How To Choose Suitable Two Way Radio?

May 20 , 2022

Two way radio allows you to communicate in places where there is little or no mobile network coverage, there are a large variety of two-way radios from different manufacturers, which differ significantly in price, features, capabilities and functions; Below are some tips how to choose best suitable two way radio for business or professional use:

How To Choose Suitable Two Way Radio?

1. You want to use it for work or Leisure?

If you require a two-way radio for a work environment, then the chances are that you will need a more powerful and professional handset, with an enhanced battery life and range, with a greater number of channels. This will enable you to communicate with different groups of people simultaneously.

if you want a two-way radio for leisure purposes such as hiking, camping or sporting activities, then multi-channel radio with a decent range and battery life which isn't too costly more suitable.

2. Choose by Radio Frequencies - VHF / UHF

There are two types of radio frequencies of two way radios on the market are capable of emitting. Which are VHF (Very-high frequency) and UHF (Ultra-high frequency). VHF two-way radio can cover greater distances with less power, and VHF waves are longer. Ideal conditions to use a VHF radio would be on obstruction-free terrain. So if you work in the aviation, maritime or outdoor security sectors, a VHF radio would be preferable.

If you want to use your radio for leisure purposes, VHF radio is more appropriate.

UHF two-way radio is the more suitable because the shorter wavelength can penetrate obstacles in indoor environments, such as thick concrete walls or steel structures. Glass, however, is an obstacle which UHF radios may have issues penetrating.

3. Choose by the Power of the radio

In general every 1 watt of power = 1 mile of coverage. The higher the wattage, the higher the range.

Checking what type of batteries the radio has. Most modern radios use lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries which are high capacity and perfect for day to day use. On the other hand, there are some radios use Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries which are popular due to their high durability and resistance to impact. Also, NiMH batteries tend to charge quicker, one of their main selling points,but they are sensitive to heat which can reduce their charging capacity over time.

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