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Hunting For A Two-Way Radio System? Here Are Some Ideas For You

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Hunting For A Two-Way Radio System? Here Are Some Ideas For You

Do you wish to be in contact with your acquaintances on the beat? Or, do you like to chat with your mountain climbing partner whose mountaineering skills are going downhill? If these are some of your concerns, then a two way radio  might just be what you are searching for. The trick is to buy the proper system that will help you perform efficiently. And, here’s a guide that will help you choose:

How many channels are you looking for and how much power do you need?

If you require a two-way radio system for basic use, then go with FRS (Family Radio Service) models, which operate on 0.5 watt of power and transmit on 14 channels. If you want higher power, select GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), which operate on 1-2 watts of power and can transmit on 22 channels. The Federal Communications Commission requires you to have a 5 year license to make use of GMRS bands. Also, if you want more channels, then buy a GMRS system.

What is your required range?

Two miles is typically the range that a lot of radios can transmit and receive. This is because variables like weather, topography, metal surfaces, human bodies, electromagnetic interference and other obstructions can impact radio performance. Keep this in mind before purchasing a radio system and do not be taken in by tall claims made by the manufacturer.

At what height will you use two-way radios?

Will you use your radio system in a place in an increased urban jungle, or will you use it to communicate to a colleague located in the valley below while you are at the mountain top, or will you make use of it on completely flat land?

You must know that radio waves travel a much longer distance when they are transmitted from a height. If the transmission tower is positioned in an elevated area or if you would be using the radio system from an elevated portion, then its range will surely increase. Elevation can dramatically increase the range and you must take this factor into account while choosing your system.

What is the efficient radiated power of the antenna?

A radio antenna with high effective radiated power can capture waves that are 12.5 inches in length. A system with larger antennas has more effective radiated power and therefore makes more sense than a system with smaller antennas. But people want small antennas because they look stylish. You must choose the antenna based on your program - do not go for smaller antennas just because they look good, and remember, smaller antennas cannot cover a long range.

Do you want some level of privacy?

Opting for a CDCSS (Continuous Digital Coded Squelch System) is perfect if you are operating your 2-way radio in a busy place and you are expecting a lot of interference. CDCSS helps you divide channels by using privacy codes.

Annoying chatter is minimized, although not fully cut out, when you communicate with privacy codes. Keep in mind that your communication wouldn’t be made private by the CDCSS.

Miscellaneous factors to take into account

Some other factors that are worthy to consider are the weight of the radio set, the calling features, keypad locks, weather radio, channel-scanning capabilities, voice activated or VOX system, headset considerations, channel compatibility and the battery type used.

Before you buy a two-way radio system, make use of the one-way guide provided above. We wish that this will assist you in making the proper judgment.

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