Archive for June, 2016

Things Walkie-Talkies Do Better Than Cell Phones

While your cell phone is great for sending photos to friends and making quick, everyday phone calls, there are a number of reasons why you should also own a two-way radio. These types of radios are essential in the case of a large-scale emergency, and they also enable you to get in contact with family or medical personnel if phone lines go down. Here are just a few things that walkie-talkies do better than cell phones.

  • Walkie-talkies are much more durable than most modern cell phones. Many types of walkie-talkies are waterproof and resistant to dropping or sinking, and they even float if they fall into deep water.
  • Walkie-talkies are much more affordable than cell phones, and they don’t require monthly plans to use. This means that all it takes to operate a walkie-talkie is a one-time purchase.
  • Walkie-talkies provide instant communication by simply holding down a button. Unlike cell phones, which require you to dial a number and wait for the other party to answer their phone, these types of radios can instantly put you in contact with another person.
  • Walkie-talkies don’t require phone lines to use. This is invaluable in the case of a widespread emergency, because phone lines often become so congested that they go down completely. In the case of a natural disaster, robbery, fire or some other type of emergency, a walkie-talkie is your best bet for getting in touch with emergency services and family members.
  • Walkie-talkies are much easier to use, especially for children and the elderly. If you have family members who don’t have cell phones, make sure that they know how to use a walkie-talkie in case of an emergency. In most cases, this simply means pressing one single button and speaking into the device.

Add comment June 30th, 2016

5 Stories About How Two-Way Radios Have Saved Lives

Two-way radios aren’t just a great way to communicated with your friends and co-workers, they’re also a way to stay safe in times of danger. Two-way radios have saved lives on a number of occasions, and not just when they’re in the hands of trained medical professionals. Here are 5 inspiring stories about radios saving lives.

  • In Telluride, Colorado, the backcountry skiing community set up one specific two-way radio channel for all skiers to use on the dangerous Bear Creek trails. Because out-of-town skiers often go off the trail and get lost in this rough terrain, these radio channels help to call for help in the case of an avalanche or other disaster.
  • During the chaos at shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, so many people tried to call for help or contact loved ones that the lines were flooded and cell phones didn’t work. Even those who were able to contact emergency personnel were so frantic, 911 dispatchers couldn’t get a clear grasp on the situation. Those school officials who were trained in emergency preparedness and had two-way radios on hand, however, were able to contact emergency officials, clearly state the problem and get help.
  • After a monsoon flood in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials in flood-prone regions nearby decided to establish two-way radio channels and radio facilities to provide communication during other possible disasters.  
  • Every year, the American Radio Relay League hosts a national Field Day to teach amateur radio leagues how to test their equipment and practice strategies for emergency communication.
  • During the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, phone lines were so congested that people weren’t able to use their cell phones to contact family or emergency personnel. Instead, those with two-way radios could bypass the phone lines completely and quickly call for help.  

Add comment June 27th, 2016

Top 10 Industries That Utilize Two-Way Radios for Communication

While you may use cell phones for communication in your everyday life, in a business setting, two-way radios are still some of the most effective ways to communicate with your employees and keep your business running efficiently. In fact, many of the top industries in the world today use walkie-talkies and radios in their day-to-day operation. Here are 10 huge industries that utilize two-way radios for communication between employees, departments and from management to staff.

  • Construction. Whether they’re building a large-scale apartment building or even a family home, construction crews often use two-way radios to keep up-to-date about various parts of the project.
  • Golf courses. Because golf courses are so large and require so many moving parts to operate, employees and management often use two-way radios to communicate from one side of the course to another.
  • Hotels. To communicate quickly and efficiently without dialing phone numbers and extensions, hotels use two-way radios to contact their entire team in one easy step.
  • Restaurants. It’s no secret that restaurant staffs have to have good communication in order to stay on top of orders, and you won’t usually see a restaurant without two-way radios in use at all times.
  • Nursing homes and hospitals. In the medical world, two-way radios are indispensable when it comes to effective and fast communication.
  • Security. It all comes down to quick and thorough communication when there is a security breach, which is why so many security departments rely on two-way radios.
  • Retail stores. In the retail world, two-way radios are commonly used to check prices, restock items and perform a variety of other tasks.
  • Schools. Everything from elementary schools to colleges and universities use two-way radios to ask quick questions and keep things running smoothly.
  • Warehouses. Because warehouses are so large, they rely on two-way radios to communicate between departments.
  • Manufacturing. Large plants and factories use radios to ensure that their assembly lines are always working together. 

Add comment June 23rd, 2016

3 Tech Essentials Needed When Starting a Business Today

Nowadays, you don’t just need a great idea and a great staff to start a successful business. The technology industry is always evolving and changing, which means that to keep up with your competitors, you’ll need a few reliable tech essentials. Here are 3 of the most important items that you need when starting a business today.

  • Reliable Wi-Fi. From restaurants to handmade clothing companies, every business needs reliable Wi-Fi to keep in touch with customers, handle orders and manage your finances. Even if you have to pay a bit more per month, it’s worth it to have a reliable Internet provider that you can trust. Make sure that you check in with your Internet provider from time to time to keep your service up to date, as Internet failure can result in the loss of a great deal of business.
  • High quality computer systems. To keep track of inventory and stay up-to-date on your company’s e-mails, you’ll need a reliable computer system as well. Whether it’s a slim, portable laptop or a few desktop computers with large screens, there are endless options out there to suit your business perfectly.
  • A great internal communication system. Stay in touch with your employees through every part of the production process by investing in two-way radios like the ones sold at Tech Wholesale. This will ensure that you know about any issues that may arise, keep your employees working seamlessly as a team and fulfill orders quickly and efficiently. Options like the Motorola DLR Digital Radios are great for communicating one-on-one within large workplaces, such as in between two departments.  If you’re looking for a way to communicate from a manager to a whole team, you might want to try Motorola Group Tour Radio Systems or a Ritron Liberty Repeater  to increase the range that your portable radios cover. 

Add comment June 20th, 2016

5 Outdoor Radios for Sports Coaches and Teams

If you want to give your sports team a truly professional look and much smoother communication, you might want to try using two-way radios both on the field during games and while running drills at practice. You often see professional coaches using these types of outdoor radios during televised games, and you can purchase the same high quality radios through Tech Wholesale. Here are just a few of the best outdoor radios for sports coaches and teams.

  • Motorola MURS Walkie Talkies. This affordable, easy-to-use walkie-talkie is great for just about any use outdoors, including coaching sporting events. These walkie-talkies even come with belt holster clips that you can attach right to your coaching uniform.
  • Motorola CLP1040. For a more professional, hands-free look, try this sleek, convenient Motorola ear piece. The adjustable ear piece is great for communicating without taking your eyes off the game, and the belt clip makes it easy to take with you wherever you go.
  • Kenwood PKT-23. If you’re looking for a discreet two-way radio that’s not as bulky as the usual options, this one is a great choice. While it doesn’t attach right to your ear like more expensive options, it is only the size of a credit card, which makes for very easy usage on the field.
  • Kenwood KHS-34 Ring Ear Hanger. If you want to upgrade your Kenwood walkie-talkie and make it hands-free, simply add this affordable ear piece. This one doesn’t fit inside your ear like other styles, so it’s very comfortable to wear through the whole game or practice.
  • Listen Technologies LT-700-072 Portable Display RF Transmitter. If you want to project your voice to the whole team without using a microphone, this is just the transmitter for you.  Wirelessly broadcast audio of your voice or even fun music to get your team pumped up for the big game.

Add comment June 16th, 2016

5 Fortune 500 Companies That Use Two-Way Radios

While some people wonder about the relevance of two-way radios in a time when just about everyone has a cell phone, there are a number of reasons why your company should still use two-way radios in its day-to-day tasks. In fact, numerous Fortune 500 companies still use the types of two-way radios that Tech Wholesale sells to keep their processes running smoothly and efficiently. Here are just a few of the Fortune 500 companies that use two-way radios today.

  • Wal-Mart. The discount superstore uses two-way radios in just about all aspects of its operation. Employees radio one another to check on in-stock items and summon one another from department to department, while managers use radios to communicate with their staff. In fact, recent reports even show that Wal Mart employees use two-way radios in times of crisis, such as to contact law enforcement when there is a violent crime in a store.
  • ExxonMobil. Many oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, use two-way radios to coordinate efforts across their extremely large, industrial settings. Operators patrol work areas around refineries and chemical plants, as well as monitor pipelines and stay in touch with maintenance staff around the clock.
  • Chevron. The nation’s second largest oil company uses two-way radios in its plants, drilling sites and other facilities, and it even recently took part in governmental talks about how two-way radios can improve the safety on job sites.
  • General Motors. You can’t build some of the world’s highest quality cars without great communication, which is why General Motors often uses two-way radios to keep track of the goings-on between departments in their factories.
  • Ford Motor Company. Ford also uses two-way radios in many of its factories to monitor the different parts of building its automobiles. In fact, they even offer instructions for customers who would like to try mounting two-way radios inside of their vehicles. 

Add comment June 13th, 2016

Games to Play With Kids Using Two-Way Radios

While two-way radios have a number of practical, adult uses, there’s no reason why your kids can’t also use them for a b;it of fun. Just about all children are fascinated by two-way radios, and these devices always seem to inspire kids’ imaginations. Here are just a few fun games to play with kids using Tech Wholesale’s two-way radios.

  • Hide and seek. Give the age-old game a modern update by using two-way radios to upgrade your hiding (and seeking!). When one person goes to hide, the rest of the players can join forces to cover more ground by using two-way radios to communicate with one another. Instead of playing the game with an “every man for himself” mentality, using radios makes it so that the players can create a team and help one another to search for the hidden person. Radio the other players to let them know that you’ve already checked the garage, the basement or the closets and you can cover more ground – and find the hidden person much faster!
  • Hot and cold. To play this game, hide a token object somewhere around the house or the yard (small items like a baseball, a spatula or an action figure all make great options). Next, instruct the other players to search for the hidden item, all the while giving them hints by saying if they’re “hot” or “cold”. To make the game more mysterious and exciting, hide somewhere nearby and use two-way radios to tell the searchers if they’re close to the item.
  • Scavenger hunt. Make your scavenger hunts much more fun by using two-way radios to give your kids clues. Once they find a hidden item, use your two-way radios to read them the clues that will lead them to the next item. Or, if you prefer to still use written clues, they can use the radios to ask questions or get hints about solving the riddle. 

1 comment June 9th, 2016

Tech Wholesale Saves the Day for Stanford University with State-of-the-Art Radio System

Faced with the task of orchestrating a perfectly organized tour of the world-renowned SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for 60 members of its Board of Trustees, with just 4 days to bring it all together, Stanford University reached out to Tech Wholesale for help.

Founded in 1962, this facility is one of 10 Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science laboratories, operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. It is focused on the technology of the future, attracting thousands of the world’s most respected scientists with its cutting-edge research to discover new medicines, advance electronics and produce green energy for a healthier environment. Stanford’s trustees include some of the most prestigious business leaders, such as the CFO of Google, the CEO of GM and Stanford’s president. Needless to say, for this important tour of their research center, they needed to be at the very top of their game. They required a world-class radio tour system for a professional presentation that every guest could hear clearly. They needed the best equipment on the market – and they needed it fast.

Tech Wholesale to the rescue! When the Tech Wholesale team heard of their challenge, we dropped everything and made their radio tour system our top priority, expediting the shipment so they’d have them in ample time. Our efforts were applauded by their greatly appreciative tour organizer. He was able to easily program the units in his kitchen over the weekend, in preparation for Monday’s tour.

“I cannot overstate how grateful I am for Tech Wholesale’s exceptional help and generosity in providing this hardware to us on such short notice and at such a steep discount,” Interviewee, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. “It is truly a much greater level of service than I expect from any supplier, particularly one to whom SLAC was an unknown customer just a few days ago.”

The high performance tour group system that we recommended and rushed off to the Stanford accelerator laboratory was from Listen Technologies. Their portable radio systems are specially designed for guided tours, to create the highest quality listening experience for visitors, new employees, potential clients and others for whom uninterrupted, clearly communicated information is of utmost importance. The system consists of a portable RF transmitter, carrying case, discreet wearable microphone and multiple receivers and ear speakers for the guests. With this specialized system, guides are able to be heard without having to shout or run around in an attempt to keep everyone together. Guests can hear the guide even in noisy locations, and there are custom systems available for any group size. The units are easy to use and they’re extremely portable for indoors or outdoors.

These systems have many uses in a wide range of environments. A tour group radio system can be used to show shareholders the daily operations of a manufacturing plant, take visitors through a guided tour of a museum exhibit, address attendees in a house of worship or guide visitors around a busy zoo. Using the right equipment can turn a potentially chaotic tour into a smoothly run, easy-to-hear and informative presentation that benefits both the speaker and the guests. Tech Wholesale is with you every step of the way to make sure you receive your tour group radio system quickly, answer any questions you might have and help you get everything up and operating perfectly. We’ll help make your guided tour a great success!

1 comment June 2nd, 2016