All You Need To Know About Two Way Business Radios

Pocket radios have come a long way since they were invented. A few decades ago, portable two-way radios were large and cumbersome to carry. They were the preserve of law enforcement agencies and the military. Today, however, almost anyone can have two way business radios for communication purposes. After all, they have become relatively smaller and cheaper. Most of these units are also available to the masses without the requirement of a licence. In some applications, however, a licence may be required. 

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Uses of Two-Way Radios

These units are used to ease communication within a given setting, such as a large commercial building, construction site, golf course, ranch, nature reserve, learning institution and the likes. They are popular because they do not require any network subscriptions and paid plans. They just need to be charged and tuned to the right frequency to enable communication. Buying 2-way pocket radios is also much cheaper than it used to be a few years ago. 

Types of 2-Way Radios

Personal 2-Way Radios

These are radio communication units meant for personal use. For instance, you could be going skiing, camping or an outdoor adventure and need an efficient and cheap way to communicate without relying on network carriers. These are mainly VHF (Very high frequency) radios that have a wide reach. They operate at lower frequencies than UHF radios (136-174) MHz. They consume less power and are suitable for outdoor applications. 

business radios

These are 2-way radios meant for business use only. They are utilized by businesses and corporate entities to facilitate communication within a building. Most of them are Ultra High Frequency 2-way pocket radios that run on frequencies ranging from 400-512 MHz. At this frequency, the radio waves are shorter and can penetrate concrete walls and roofs/floors. They are mainly used in shopping malls and high-rise office buildings for communication among staff. These can be cleaners, security personnel and maintenance staff among others. 

Licenced Radios

Both UHF and VHF radios that run on the specified bandwidths of 136-174 MHz and 400-512 MHz do not require any licence. However, any two-way radio that runs on a frequency outside the free/unlicensed bandwidth must be licenced. For instance, a business may want to run their communication at a particular secure frequency that does not fall within the unlicenced bandwidth. In such a case, the business will have to acquire a licence from the authorities. 

Unlicensed Radios

An unlicenced radio runs on either the very high frequency range (135-174 Mhz) or the ultra high frequency range of 400-512 MHz. Most walkie talkies are manufactured to operate at either the very high frequency range or the ultra high frequency range. This means that consumers do not need to apply for a licence when they purchase and use these radio equipment. 
Please note that when using ultra high frequency radios, you will need to charge the pocket radio much more frequently because VHF radios consume more power due to the shorter waves that can penetrate concrete walls.