Q: How do I determine the best solution
for my business?
A: Partnering with us is an important first
step. We spend time learning about your business and
how your specific operation works. Then we use this knowledge
to develop customized solutions. It may be as simple
as spending five minutes discussing application and results
desired, or it may require a site audit to determine
the best, cost-effective system. In any case, we will
design a system that provides the results you need now
and prepares you for the future.
Q: How should I charge my portable
A: All portables require a battery to supply
power to the unit. If the batteries are charged correctly,
the units will provide a longer period of operation.
Plus the life of the battery will be increased. It is
always best to turn off the radio prior to charging and,
when possible, drain the battery prior to charge. Never
transmit when the portable is in the charger. Charge
the battery for a full cycle, typically meaning a normal
charge time of 10 hours for standard charger and one
hour for rapid chargers. Never leave the battery in a
charger for extended periods.
Q: Is an FCC license required to
operate two-way radios?
A: Yes. All business frequencies require
an FCC license. We provide our customers with all details
necessary for a valid FCC license. We can assist in obtaining
a license and will help determine which frequency to
use and which service best suits your operation of two-way
radios. Systems that are operated as SMRs or wide area
trunking may be licensed by the system owner and do not
require the end user to apply for a license.
Q: How much do portable radios cost?
A: The cost of portables range from $300
- $1300 depending on such variables as: Quality, Durability,
Battery Type, Frequency, and Features.
Q: What is the range of portable
radios and what’s the difference between UHF
A: Coverage is reliant on power, antenna
height and terrain. On-site portable radios will typically
cover from 1 –3 miles in radius, while wide-area
radios can offer coverage up to a 30-mile radius from
the repeater site.
Due to the characteristics of radio waves,
UHF radios generally offer better building penetration
and therefore are ideally suited for indoors as well
as for areas of high building density (cities). VHF radios
are better suited for areas where there is vegetation,
where the signal can pass through objects. For this reason
VHF radios are ideal for outdoor use. Where the application
requires a combination of indoor and outdoor use, a UHF
radio is preferable.
Your sales consultant will know by your specific
application which radio will best fit your needs.
Q: What are the benefits of a two-way
radio versus a cell phone?
A: Cost and Dispatch Capabilities.
Push a button and be connected to one or one hundred
individuals. Two-way radios are easy to use with a
push-to-talk feature, which enables the user to communicate
instantly with anyone on the network. Two-way radios
are designed to be utilized in extreme conditions and
offer rugged features. Flat monthly fee with no per
minute airtime cost, unlike cellular phones. Low monthly
costs, which include unlimited talk-times.