What is a Two Way Radio Channel?

What is a Two Way Radio Channel?

Answer:  In regards to two way radios, a channel is a line of communication.  This blog post will answer any questions you may have about two way radios channels.  Here’s the breakdown:

How many channels do two way radios come with?

That depends on the model you are using.  In a broad sense, there are two kinds of two way radios:

Digital: Digital radios operate through groups, which allow for one-to-one communication, as well as one-to-many communication.  One-to-one communication is only possible with digital radios, not analog.

Analog:  Analog radios operate through channels, which are lines of communication.  Channels can only yield one-to-many communication, notone-to-one communication.  Some analog two way radios have only 1-channel, while others have 2-channels, 10-channels, or 16-channels, and so on.  It depends on the model.  Usually the higher the wattage of the radio, the more channels the radio will have.

How many channels do I need?

Great question!  It depends on your application.  If you want everyone in your business to always be able to communicate with everyone else at all times, and hear everything everyone else is saying at all times, then you only need 1-channel.  If you want different groups of people to be able to communicate to each other apart from the whole group, then you need multiple channels.  It is easiest to understand in examples:

An Example of an application that only needs 1-channel:

A restaurant is one example of an application that may want to use only 1-channel.  They want everyone to be able to hear each other at all times to make sure everything gets done efficiently and correctly.  There are no excuses when everyone has to be on the same channel because everyone knows that you heard the information that was communicated.  However, restaurants can utilize multiple channels if they wish: hostesses, servers, managers, kitchen staff, etc.

            An Example of an application that needs multiple channels:  

A school has several departments: administration, janitorial staff, teachers, security.  Schools usually want each of these groups to have their own channel to communicate on.  For example, administration on channel 1, janitorial staff on channel 2, teachers on channel 3, and security on channel 4.  Having multiple channels is not only efficient, but also practical: the administration doesn’t want to hear the janitorial staff talking about every plumbing problem that the school has.

Do I have to use all the channels that my two way radio comes with?

No, even if your radio has 16-channels, you can only use channel 1 if you want.  You can use as many or as few channels as works for you.

Note:  You cannot add more channels to a radio than it comes with.  If a radio comes with 1-channel, then you only have 1 channel to use – you cannot add more channels to it.  The same is true for 2-channel radios, 4-channel radios, 10-channel radios, 16-channel radios, etc.

I am experiencing static/interference, etc.  Do I need multiple channels to fix this?

No, you can utilize the programming information resources on our website,www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com, to hopefully fix any static/interference problems you may be experiencing.

If you are using a CLS Series radio, click here for easy, step-by-step instructions on how to re-program them.

Have more questions?  We would love to hear from you: 888-560-0758 /sales@allchargedup.biz.  We look forward to serving you!

About All Charged Up

All Charged Up is a leader in radio communications and transportation solutions for businesses across the United States and takes pride in providing the best service and products at the lowest prices in the industry. All Charged Up provides Motorola and Vertex Standard two way radios and accessories, as well as ratchet tie down straps and tie down accessories, made with webbing manufactured in America. All Charged Up is made up of two branches: http://www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com and http://www.TieDownsPlus.com

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