These are not just fun walkie-talkies for family vacations – we’re here to shatter your two-way radio illusions! Do you think two-way radios are only good for hiking, camping or small businesses? Think again. Many of the world’s top industries use these efficiency-boosting devices in their daily operations. They’re an essential part of business, whether it’s to let builders out in the field know about new client specifications or for security personnel to discreetly alert a supervisor of suspicious activity. Here are just a few ways that business two-way radios can greatly enhance operations.
- Hospitality – Hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other hospitality businesses greatly benefit from using two-way radios. They can be used to ask questions, communicate problems or instructions, place orders and request assistance.
- Health and Safety – Police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders depend on two-way radios to dispatch help, obtain backup and notify headquarters of the situation’s status. In a large-scale disaster, cell phone towers often become overloaded, making it difficult if not impossible to connect. In a life or death emergency, two-way radios may be the only reliable means of communication.
- Retail – Whether it’s a department store or a small shop at the mall, store clerks frequently use two-way radios to call the backroom staff for merchandise assistance. This lets them quickly answer customers’ questions without leaving their side. Two-way radios for retail are also used by clerks to quietly notify security if they see someone shoplifting or becoming violent in the store.
- Manufacturing – On a busy factory floor or assembly line, two-way radios for manufacturing can be used to instantly communicate with supervisors, managers or the maintenance crew, to keep operations running smoothly.
- Mining - In dangerous occupations such as mining, two-way radios can be a lifeline. With a robust radio system, miners can call for help in locations where cell phones won’t operate. These economical devices can be used to prevent injury or death in the event of an explosion, collapse, fire or some other emergency.
- Security - For security guards working on a surveillance operation within a large facility, two-way radios are vital. They can be used to alert co-workers and supervisors of suspicious activity or theft, without alerting the perpetrator. Two-way radios designed for security are reliable, rugged and designed for discreet use.
If you’re interested in learning more about two-way radios that are made for various types of businesses, see the Tech Wholesale Shop by Usage Guide. As an Authorized Motorola and Kenwood Dealer, we are uniquely qualified to help you choose the best radio system for your business. We offer a wide selection of high-quality radios with the latest features.
April 24th, 2017
Connect, organize and conquer! You’ll be amazed at how two-way radios can improve your work environment, recreational activity or family trip. Whether you’re using your two-way radios to make employees more productive, keep friends organized on a skiing trip or stay in touch with family members on a shopping excursion, there are huge benefits. But the many kinds of radios can be overwhelming. Which is the best for YOU?
Before making an investment, make sure you purchase the radio with all the features you’ll need, and none that you don’t need (which may add to the price). Here are 5 key questions to ask yourself before purchasing a two-way radio.
- Where will you use your radio most?
Is this a radio for work, for home use, while on vacation or out in the wilderness? This is an important question that will help narrow down your choices. Choose a heavy duty two-way radio with rugged features for outdoor use, and go with VHF radios (or digital radios) for a wide-open area, such as while skiing, hiking or on a golf course. Something that’s short-distance and lightweight is more appropriate for indoor use, especially for service jobs such as restaurants and hotels, where employees must have something small and discreet that can be worn on a uniform and used without being overheard. Office workers and security personnel also benefit from small, lightweight two-way radios that offer discreet, secure communications.
- Does your radio need to be compatible with other radios?
If you (or someone you’ll be communicating with) already own two-way radios, make sure that your new radio is compatible with those you want to communicate with. Not all two-way radios will work with one another. Check the specifications carefully before you make your purchase.
- What type of activity will you be doing most?
There are business two-way radios, designed with the features that companies need, and family radios, made specially for personal and recreational use. A two-way radio for a family vacation will be easy to use for children, while a two-way radio for offices, restaurants and other businesses will have additional features for secure communications. Service workers who interface with the public will need a two-way radio that is compact. discreet, and can be worn on a uniform. Manual labor workers need a radio that’s built to be especially durable.
- How many groups of people will be talking on the radio?
This determines how many channels you will need. For communicating with your family or a few employees in a small business, you may need only 1 channel. However, a larger organization, such as a hotel with front desk staff, supervisors, security, restaurant staff and cleaning crew, will need multiple channels for the different departments.
- How long will you need to use the radio in an average day?
If you’ll be on an overnight camping trip with no access to electricity, you should invest in a radio with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery. For indoor use, you’ll be able to recharge the battery with your charger. If you need to charge multiple units at once from one electrical outlet, there are multi-chargers available.
Where Can I Go for More Information About the Different Kinds of Two-Way Radios?
Tech Wholesale is your Authorized Motorola and Kenwood Dealer. We have a wide selection of top-quality radios for the lowest prices, with deep knowledge and expertise. For more assistance in choosing the right two-way radio for your unique requirements, complete our easy-to-use Which Two-Way Radio is Right for Me quiz. We’ll help you choose the best two-way radio for your application.
April 17th, 2017
Two-way radios are great to have on vacation! They’ll help keep your family connected, even if they go off in different directions. But can you fly with them? As you’re getting packed and ready for your flight, you may be wondering if you can bring your two-way radios on board. Here’s the information you need to have a safe, comfortable and hassle-free flight.
Taking Your Two-Way Radio on a Flight
Many families bring along two-way radios for communicating on a cruise ship, but airlines have their own rules and regulations, which have become stricter due to security concerns. Currently, TSA Guidelines do not list two-way radios as prohibited in either checked or carry-on luggage. However, pilots and other professionals (such as in this discussion in a radio forum), recommend that you put two-way radios in your carry-on luggage, so that you can explain what it is to the TSA agent. They might ask that you turn it on to prove that it is a working two-way radio. If it requires an operator’s license, bring it along.
Complex radio setups, such as “hacked” two-way radios or HAM radios with gel batteries, messy cords, wires and other accessories, should be left at home. If you need it, scale back your operation. Unusual electronic devices will make TSA agents very nervous. If a radio setup looks too much like a possible explosive device, you might be taken aside and questioned. A simple two-way radio set, however, should be fine.
Using Your Two-Way Radio on a Flight
For in-flight use, a two-way radio is the same as any other communications device, like a cell phone. When the captain says to turn off all electronic devices or set them to “airplane mode,” turn off and put away your two-way radios. Also, be considerate of fellow passengers by not using any device unless you can do so discreetly and quietly.
Two-Way Radios for Family Vacation Communication
When you reach your destination, two-way radios can be extremely useful, especially for a family on vacation. If various members head off in different directions at a theme park, while shopping or during a sightseeing trip, two-way radios can keep everyone in close contact. For a wide selection of radios designed for personal use, see Tech Wholesale’s Family Walkie-Talkies. As an Authorized Motorola and Kenwood Retailer, we offer the latest models at the best prices with personalized customer service.
April 10th, 2017
Use the awesome power of today’s communications technology to supercharge your business! Technology has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, yet we don’t always realize the many ways we use it. From operating our vehicles to interacting with family and friends, we’re rarely away from some sort of device. But have tried-and-true items like two-way radios been changed by technology? More than you imagine! Here are some interesting ways you can use the latest two-way radios to enhance your communications.
- The Convenience of a Cell Phone – Many modern two-way radios operate like cell phones, minus the network and data plan. With today’s digital two-way radios, you can communicate by voice or text message, depending on your needs. You can also call just one person for a private conversation in addition to broadcasting to a group.
- Reliable Dispatchers – We can still use today’s two-way radios to communicate person to person between a dispatcher and a base unit. This is why they’re so dependable, especially during a catastrophic event.
- The Power of a Computer - Newer two-way radios have applications for controlling email, sending and receiving text messages, location tracking and system monitoring.
- Control of the Workplace - Technological advancements greatly increase productivity on the job. Two-way radios are not just for communicating with employees anymore. They can be used to manage work tickets and systems throughout the workplace.
- Beyond the Conventional System - Traditional two-way radios operating on a standard system are a thing of the past. Newer models like Motorola radios operate on Conventional, Connect Plus (multi-site digital trunking), Capacity Plus (single-site digital trunking used with the MotoTRBO two-way radio system), Linked Capacity Plus (allows integrated voice and data without a separate network controller), or IP Site Connect (uses the internet to extend coverage).
- Next Generation Functionality - Two-way radios can now be used to track efficiency, productivity, safety and more, in addition to offering crystal clear communication.
How Can You Harness the Power of the Future for your Business?
Tech Wholesale is your premiere resource for the latest in two-way radio technology. As an Authorized Motorola and Kenwood Dealer, we carry the newest advances in two-way radios, at affordable prices. We also have the necessary expertise to assist you in finding the best communication solution for your company and get you up and running quickly.
April 3rd, 2017
Supercharge your two-way radio system for optimal efficiency and performance! Have you saved your company money with great bargains on radios and other business communications gear through the year? You may have some extra funds in your communication budget, and are wondering how to put that cash to the best use. Look no further! Here are 10 savvy ways to enhance your investment and get the most from your radio system. Your boss will thank you (even if that’s YOU).
- Headsets and Earpieces – To increase productivity and add a layer of privacy to employees’ conversations, invest in compatible microphone headsets with earpieces for your existing radios. Your workers will be more efficient with hands-free communication, while internal discussions remain confidential. These are especially useful for service workers that attend to customers.
- New Batteries - Newer model lithium-ion batteries extend the lifespan of your radios. It’s also smart to have spares on hand for a longer-than-expected work day.
- Maintenance - Keep your radios operating at full power with regular servicing at a local radio repair shop.
- New Antenna – Is your radio’s antenna looking a bit shabby? Does it not give you the range that it once did? The latest in antenna technology might greatly improve performance and reach. This is an easy, affordable fix.
- Multi-Unit Charger – If it’s taking too long to get your radio fleet recharged, a multi-unit charger might be a game-changer for your business. For a large family or a business, a multi-unit battery charger lets you charge all of them at once from a single power outlet.
- Radio Cases - Both for protection of the radio from everyday wear and tear, and for worker convenience, radio cases are a great idea. This is especially true if your employees are using their radios on potentially dangerous job sites.
- Convert to Digital - By converting your analog radios to digital radios, you’ll be able to take advantage of advanced features and enjoy a longer lifespan and no FCC licensing fees.
- Spare Radios for Emergencies - Sometimes “just enough” isn’t good enough, especially in an emergency, like when one stops working. If your business communications are critical, have a few spare business radios on hand, just in case.
- Battery Fleet Management System - This useful device monitors the battery life of all your two-way radios, so that you can check them all without having to individually test each radio.
- Maintenance Contract - Don’t wait until something unexpected happens. A maintenance contract lets you budget for necessary repairs, eliminating any bad surprises.
What’s the Best Place for Two-Way Radio Accessories?
Tech Wholesale, of course! As an Authorized Kenwood and Motorola Dealer, we not only carry a large selection of their best radios. We also stock original manufacturer two-way radio accessories that are specially designed for Kenwood and Motorola radios. We offer these accessories at the lowest prices, with our knowledge and expertise backing everything we sell. We can answer whatever questions you have about these accessories and their uses before as well as after the sale.
March 27th, 2017
Keep kids Safe! That’s Priority Number One for every parent. But what happens when they head off to school? To protect students and keep operations running smoothly are two great reasons for schools to use two-way radios. You might not realize how complex and multifaceted an average school is. In addition to student security, there’s traffic to direct, school buses to organize and administrators and teachers to keep well-connected and informed. Add to that the food service crew and cleaning staff and wow, that’s a lot of moving parts! At Tech Wholesale, we know how to enhance business performance with a top-quality radio system. Here are the best ways that two-way radios are used in schools.
- Directing Traffic – Does the area around your school have traffic jams every morning? Two-way radios can be used by traffic directors and crossing guards to help control the flow of traffic and pedestrians for maximum efficiency and safety. Users can be notified of school bus problems, accidents, late-arriving students and other issues.
- School Bus Drivers - When bus drivers are equipped with two-way radios, they can easily communicate with school officials and other administrators. This keeps them informed about changes in their route or issues at the school. Radios also allow drivers to call for help in the event of an emergency.
- Security Guards – School security personnel keep a two-way radio on their belt to report any problem, suspicious activity or possibly violence in and around the school, the moment they see it. Radios are far more reliable than cell phones in an emergency, as it’s a closed system not susceptible to heavy cell phone usage.
- Administration – Two-way radios let school administrators stay apprised of issues anywhere in the school, as they happen. This allows for immediate response, if need be.
- Teachers – These days, most modern schools equip ever classroom with a two-way radio so that teachers have quick access to help if there’s any trouble.
- Food Service – Just like in a public restaurant, a school’s food service staff use two-way radios to coordinate cooking, food preparation and serving duties for a smooth operation.
- Cleaning Staff – Two-way radios help a school’s janitorial staff stay on top of messy situations, on call for teachers and nurses. They can also be part of the school’s security team, alerting supervisors of any suspicious activity.
Two-Way Radios: Real-World Results for Improved Safety in Schools
Read these real-world stories about how two-way radios have enhanced safety in schools. Challenging times demand robust solutions, and two-way radios give educators and school administrators the edge in dealing with situations quickly and effectively.
Convinced? Take the Next Step!
If you’re convinced that your school needs two-way radios to improve safety and efficiency, Tech Wholesale has the best radios at the most affordable prices. We’re an Authorized Dealer for Motorola and Kenwood, so we have an excellent selection of top models with advanced features. Discover the best radios for small schools and large school campuses. We also offer outstanding customer service, due to our many years of two-way radio expertise.
March 21st, 2017
If you’re not already an experienced two-way radio user, the terms “UHF” and “VHF” likely don’t mean much to you. However, in the radio world, these two options can make all the difference when it comes to choosing the right radio for your specific uses. Here are a few facts about UHF and VHF radios – and how to choose between them.
- “UHF” stands for “Ultra High Frequency”. These types of radios have frequencies between 300 MHz and 3 GHz, and they are the most powerful types of two-way radios. These types of radios can be used indoors just as well as outdoors, and they can penetrate many types of barriers and interferences that other radios cannot. UHF radios can even penetrate steel and concrete!
- “VHF” stands for “Very High Frequency”. These types of radios have frequencies between 30 MHz to 300 MHz, which means that they are significantly less powerful than UFH radios. Just because they are less powerful doesn’t mean that they aren’t useful, however; if you’re using your radio primarily for outdoor use in fairly open areas, these are still great options. They can’t penetrate structures or other obstructions, but they’re great for hilly or flat landscapes.
- If you plan on using your radio for business or travel purposes, such as managing a warehouse or keeping in touch with family on a cruise, you should likely choose a UHF radio.
- If you plan on using your radio for recreational or outdoor use, such as hiking, hunting, or music festivals, the VHF radio is the way to go.
- If you want to maintain privacy and choose your own custom options when it comes to channel and frequency settings, the UHF radio is the one to choose.
- If you want to stick to a strict budget and can’t afford to spend much on a radio the VHF is a great option.
- If you don’t want to get a license to use your radio, you can really go with either option; today, there are styles of both UHF and VHF radios that don’t require a license to operate.
January 30th, 2017
If you recently invested in a Kenwood Two-Way radio for personal or work use, you’ll certainly want to program it before attempting to use it. This Japanese electronics manufacturer produces a very popular line of portable radio equipment, and its wide range of two-way radios is often used in both home and corporate settings. While a Kenwood radio can be programmed to a particular channel or programmed to search for channels, whichever type of programming you choose, it only takes a few minutes to set up. Here’s how to set up your brand new Kenwood two-way radio:
To set a specific channel:
- Turn the radio off and hold down the menu button. While still holding down the menu button, turn the radio back on and then release the button.
- Using the arrow keys, select whichever channel number you prefer.
- Once you land on the correct channel, press the menu button again.
- Next, use the arrow keys to select your preferred frequency within that channel.
- If you want to program multiple frequencies within each channel, repeat those same steps for every channel.
- Press any other button to exit.
To set your radio to scan for channels:
- Turn the radio off and hold down the menu button. While still holding down the menu button, turn the radio back on and then release the button.
- Press either one of the arrow buttons repeatedly until “Sc-on” appears on the screen.
- Press the menu button again, and then press PTT, Mon or Cal to exit.
- Hold down the up arrow button until “Scan” flashes on the screen. Your radio will automatically scan frequencies within its range and connect to those that it finds compatible.
December 29th, 2016
Whether your neighborhood already has a designated neighborhood watch or you’re looking to start your own, you’ll likely need a radio to communicate with the rest of the watchers in your neighborhood. Many people use GMRS radios for this type of protection, and if you’re looking to invest in a GMRS radio system for your neighborhood watch, here are a few reasons why these are great options.
- GMRS radios are designed for short-distance two-way communication, so while they aren’t ideal for long-distance activities (like hiking or hunting) or group activities (like tours or workplace use), they are great for communicating with a partner on a neighborhood watch. The range between radios is usually 1 to 2 miles, while mobile units with antennas can work up to 5 miles away.
- GMRS radios require a license for use in the US, which allows you to communicate on the channels within the Family Radio Service. While the GMRS operator must have a license in order to use the radio, the license allows the owner’s immediate family members to communicate with him or her in case of danger or emergency.
- GMRS radios are more expensive than your standard walkie talkies or two-way radios, but that’s because they are considered a higher quality than those types of common radios. They won’t drop the connection, and they maintain much more private connections than other radios.
- If you’re on neighborhood watch and notice suspicious activity, you can easily and privately communicate with a partner by using a GMRS radio. Before approaching the suspect or interfering with the activity, you can call for backup by alerting the other person via the GMRS radio. You can even ask your partner to call the police if you feel that the situation requires even more assistance.
December 26th, 2016
Family cruises are great vacations because they enable your whole crew to go to one or more destinations without worrying about travel accommodations, lodging, food, and other additional expenses. Everything is all-inclusive on a cruise, and the beautiful waterfront views make your travel time feel like vacation time as well.
If you’re embarking on a cruise with your whole family, you may be wondering how the kids and adults can stay in communication with one another while on the incredibly large cruise ship. Because it’s common for cell phones to lose signal in the open water, you may want to invest in a two-way radio system for your family to use. Here are just a few of the benefits of using a two-way radio on your next family cruise.
- Many people underestimate the size of a cruise ship – until they actually step on board. These ships are very, very large, and using a two-way radio makes it easy to keep track of all of your family members when they all rush off to do different activities on deck.
- Like we mentioned before, cell phones don’t work aboard a cruise ship. Unless you want to have the crew page your missing family members, you’ll want to invest in some long-distance two-way radios.
- Many types of two-way radios operate at a distance of 23 miles or higher, which means that they’ll work on the ship even if one person is tanning on the top deck and another is bowling below deck.
- Two-way radios have dozens of channels to choose from, so you know that you’ll always find a channel for your family to use.
- If you’re worried about maintaining privacy from the other family aboard the ship, you can use a privacy code on your two-way radio. These types of codes are entered before communicating on your chosen channel, so even if another family is using that same channel, you can be sure that you won’t hear their conversation – and vice versa!
December 22nd, 2016