Archive for April, 2017

How Top Industries Are Enhanced with Two-Way Radios

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.

  • HospitalityHotels, 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.

Add comment April 24th, 2017

Five Key Questions to Answer Before Purchasing a Two-Way Radio

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Add comment April 17th, 2017

Are Two-Way Radios Allowed on Airplanes?

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.

Add comment April 10th, 2017

How Technology is Changing the Way We Use Two-Way Radios

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.

Add comment April 3rd, 2017