Buying a radio structure is a sizable expenditure for any company, large or small and, as a result, it is crucial that the customer makes the right choice.
“Purchasing two-way radios for commercial or personal use can prove to be a wise investment for anyone wanting a reliable cost-effective communication system. BUT, the decision as to which radio is right for you requires careful consideration”.
She also is clear that,
“Operating environments vary greatly from one consumer to the next and there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach when choosing ‘the best’ radio. While they can be pricey, two-way radios are a very useful and cost-effective piece of kit to have in your communication armory”.
She’s right; there are the number of things to think about before making the final option, chief amongst them is the band you’ll be using. UHF (Ultra High Frequency) 2 way radios operate on frequencies between 400 and 480 Megahertz. These two way radios use a very strong signal and are particularly useful if users are moving between and indoor and an out of doors setting.
Conversely, you will find the VHF (Very High Frequency) radios. VHF is generally weaker than UHF, but can carry a signal over a longer distance and generally uses less power. It’s important to become aware that VHF and UHF radios are entirely incompatible, so choosing one may exclude your from getting the other.
Another thing to notice is that there’s actually a discrepancy between a two way radio and a walkie talkie, although the terms are, more often than not, used interchangeably. As per Fast Radios.com,
“Modern walkie talkies still utilize the push-to-talk technology and are available in numerous price ranges – from units sold as toys to more commercial units used for public safety, business or any setting where a portable radio would be necessary. Some walkie talkie models can be made to be very small and depending on the differing use, the equipment varies with consumer use and commercial use”.
On the other hand….
“While commercial 2 way radios or hand-held portable two-way radios are often called walkie-talkies or ‘handie-talkies’, don’t confuse them with the cheaper model 2 way radio ‘walkie-talkies’. Two-way radios are available in mobile and stationary base configurations. An example of a two way radio that both transmits and receives at the same time (or full-duplex) is a mobile phone or cellular telephone, which uses two different radio frequencies to carry the two directions of the conversation simultaneously”.
Whilst this may seem a trifle nitpicky, it is imperative that you understand that purchasing a walkie talkie or two-way radio set represents a major company investment. It is also vital that you consider whether you would like the ‘licensed’ or ‘license free’ two way radio band. Essentially, licensed 2 way radios are secure, but a lot costlier, whereas license free radios can be eavesdropped upon. Whatever you buy, these factors are crucial to contemplate.