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What is a two-way radio?

A two-way radio also commonly referred to as a ‘walkie talkie’ is a hand-held device that can both transmit and receive voice & message communication. Two-way radios are available as hand held radios, stationary radios which can be used on a desk top, and radios which can be fitted to vehicles such as those used by taxi companies.

 

What is the difference between digital and analogue radios?

Analogue radios operate in the ‘traditional’ analogue mode and use frequency modulation to transmit the natural voice. The radio signal is stronger when the analogue radios are closer together. This means that when analogue radios are moving towards the end of their coverage they start to lose the signal and transition becomes less clear.

Digital radios operate in a digital mode which means they use a mathematic system represented by binary numbers 1 or 0 to transmit the voice, which becomes digital. The new digital two-way radios bring enhanced voice quality for clearer more precise communication, longer battery life and private one-to-one calls for voice privacy. Advanced applications allow a host of further benefits to radio users; adding real value to your business and operations.

With all digital radios offering backwards compatibility, we can work with you to manage your migration to digital radio and complete the process in stages to ensure that no operational capability is lost.

 

What is the difference between licence and licence free radios?

A Radio licence provides you with a unique frequency on which you can operate your radios legally, you can obtain your licence from Ofcom in the UK and COMERG in the Republic of Ireland. The basic licence is £75 for 5 years, however, there are a few more different types of licence. For example, there is a nationwide licence to ensure that a large systems or premises throughout the UK operate on legal frequencies.  Allow us to manage your OfCom license.

When you obtain your licence, OfCom will provide you with the unique frequency on which your radios will transmit. With a Site-Specific License there are no legal ways other parties can listen to your conversations.  With UK general license you will have shared frequencies, but the tones can be configured to ensure minimal interference occurs. 

Licenced radios are 8 x more powerful and in open territory can have a coverage of up to 2.5 miles. The licensed radios also need to be specially programmed which we can do for you.

 Licence free radios are normally used for personal and light industrial use. For example, some licence free radios are suitable for communication between friends and family at camp sites and ski resorts.  Where there is minimal coverage required or very small buildings and communication between users is within a close range, these radios could be considered. Licence-free radios come pre-programmed with set transmitting frequencies. No specialist programming is necessary and once charged up the radios are ready for use.

 

What is the typical battery life?

On average, most two-way radio batteries will last around 18 to 24 months, depending on the quality of the battery and how you use your radio. Your rechargeable batteries can be charged and used repeatedly.

Depending on usage, the typical battery life is 8 – 12 hours from fully charged.

 

Can I buy ear pieces, head sets and carry cases for my radio?

Yes, in addition to handsets we offer a comprehensive range of accessories.  You can find out more here.

 

Can I use the radios abroad?

You can use license free radios in most European countries. Licensed radios require licenses to be hired from the country they are to be used in. Please leave at least 3 months before you go abroad to arrange this. Costs vary country to country.

 

Can I try the radios before I buy them?

Yes, if you are buying new radios and are unsure whether they are suitable we are happy to lend demonstration radios for a trial. A credit check is carried out before any radios are sent out and terms and conditions must be signed.

 

I can’t afford to purchase, what are my options?

We offer digital and analogue radio and accessory hire, short term or long term