We Know: All About Two-Way Radios
What is a two-way radio?
Two-way radios are radios that are capable of transmitting and receiving signals. These devices facilitate two-way communications across short distances of two to five miles. Two-way radios are also known as walkie-talkies. A two-way radio can also take the form of a device with a mobile and bases configuration. An example of such a device is the cell phone, which uses two frequencies to transmit and receive conversations.
What is the maximum distance a two-way radio operates?
Two-way radios operate by line of sight. This means that it is effective over a distance which you can spot by eyesight. Depending on the frequency, two-way radios have an effective range of between two to five miles.
Two-way radios are popular with outdoors enthusiasts.
What types of two-way radios exist?
There are two commonly used types of two-way radios. They are:
A hybrid between the two major types now exists. The FRS/GMRS hybrid radio provides the flexibility of additional channels with lower power requirements. The combo radio has a higher price tag than the FRS radio.
What are some features of two-way radios?
Two-way radios come in all shapes and sizes, and the price tag of a radio really depends on the features you want. Typical features include:
What are the advantages of using a two-way radio over a cell phone?
A two-way radio has coverage everywhere and does not depend on a signal from within a particular region to maintain operability. There are no service fees associated with broadcasts, minimal power requirements, and good sound with long range capabilities.
Where can I buy a two-way radio?
Two-way radios may be purchased from outdoors retailers such as REI or electronics retailers such as Radio Shack. Two-way radios are also available through online retail outlets.
What licenses will I need for the GMRS radio?
If you decide to use a GMRS radio, you'll have to apply for a license from the Federal Communications Commission. The forms you'll need to complete are Forms 605 and 159, available electronically at the FCC website.