Two-Way Radios Offer Multiple Family Uses

Think two-way radios are just for businesses, emergency responders and event planners? Think again. Two-way radios offer dozens of practical family uses.

How many times have you experienced this scenario: Searching the house, yelling at the top of your lungs for your spouse, only to find 20 minutes of time and frustration later that he’s happily working outside in the garden, oblivious to your urgent summoning? For couples or families with large homes or yards, two-way radios make day-to-day communication easier, quicker and far less frustrating.

Got a family member who is under the weather or who has an injury that requires extended bed rest? Forget the annoying little bell on the nightstand. A two-way radio set can keep patient and caretaker in touch sans countless runs to the bedside.

Family outings and vacations also are prime opportunities to make use of a two-way radio set. While Mom checks out the local boutiques, Dad plays the links and the teens hit the beach, the whole family can remain safely in touch in a new and unfamiliar city. Even on an in-town trip to the grocery or department store, any mother who momentarily loses sight of her kids knows the reassuring power of quick communication.

To keep the people you love just a push of a button away, the Motorola Talkabout series of two-way radios offers a range of options from the MB100R set with a 10-mile reach for $34.99 to the MR355R set with a reach of up to 35 miles for $69.98. Each set comes with two two-way radios, rechargeable batteries, charging trays and belt clips. Features on several Motorola Talkabout two-way radio models include built-in flashlights, emergency alert buttons and NOAA weather channels.

For active families and outdoor enthusiasts, two-way radios make staying in touch as easy as the touch of a button. Visit www.twowayradiosfor.comto find a set that matches your family needs.

How to Know if you Need Licensing for your Two-Way Radios

Once upon a time, two-way radios were reserved for government and businesses. But the creation of the Family Radio Service (FRS) band by the FCC in 1996 prompted a popularity wave for two-way radios for use by families and friends. However, depending on how you use your two-way radios, you may need licensing from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission).

 

The FRS system uses channelized UHF band frequencies that don’t suffer the same interference effects of Citizen’s Band (CB) radios. It’s limited to a power output of half a watt (500 milliwatt) and allows for use of seven channels provided specifically for two-way radio users. Use of these seven channels alone does require licensing by the FCC for use in the United States. If you operate a radio that has been approved exclusively under the FRS rules, no licensing is necessary.

FRS users can also use the 7 shared channels with GMRS for a total of 14 channels without licensing, provided you broadcast using no more than the half-watt of power allowed. However, for full GMRS operation and for dual-band FRS/GMRS operation at higher power levels (typically 1 to 5 watts), you will need a GMRS license.

GMRS licensing comes with some parameters. The FCC allows licensing to individuals age 18 or older who are not representatives of foreign governments. The licensed individual’s family members of all ages subsequently are eligible to operate GMRS units within the licensed system. For non-individuals (corporations, partnerships, associations, governmental units, etc.), licensing is available under the FCC’s Private Land Mobile Radio Services.

At press time, the current fee for a new or renewal GMRS license is $85, but fees change over time, so be sure to check the FCCs GMRS licensing webpagefor updated fees and application instructions.

How Often Should I Replace My Two Way Radio Batteries?

The purpose of this blog post is to help you get the most out of your two way radio batteries.  A very common question is, “How often should I replace my two way radio batteries?”

Answer:  You should replace your two way radio batteries every 12 to 18 months.

Note: Motorola and Vertex Standard two way radio batteries are covered by a 1-year warranty.  If your battery breaks within the warranty, we’d be more than happy to assist you in getting a new battery pack through the warranty.  If your battery is out of the warranty, we have great prices for new batteries on our website:  www.TwoWayRadiosFor.com

Advice if you notice your battery is wearing out:  Before replacing your two way radio battery, make sure the battery really is the problem.  Sometimes the charger may be the issue, not the battery.  You can test this by charging the struggling battery on a different charger and seeing if it works.

How to Prolong Your Battery Life

  1. Turn the radio off while it’s charging
  2. Don’t leave it on the charger for more than one night at a time
  3. Wipe it off regularly with a napkin or paper towel to prevent dust/grime build up
  4. Store the battery in a dry place at room temperature (extreme environments and temperatures are not good for the life of the battery)
  5. Try to run them all the way down before recharging them – excessive charging wears the life down
  6. Replace batteries older than 18 months – batteries will wear out after 12 to 18 months

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Why Two Way Radios Instead of Cell Phones?

The purpose of this blog post is to list some of the many reasons why your business should use two way radios instead of cell phones.  Below we have listed five of the most important reasons:

1.      You Save Money

Yes, that is correct.  Two way radios cost less than cell phones.  Two way radios are a one-time fee, whereas cell phones have monthly fees and data plans. Two way radios have NO monthly fees.  Once you buy the two way radio, it’s yours free and clear.

2.      Two Way Radios Increase Efficiency

With two way radios, you can instantly communicate with all of your employees at the same time.  No more missed phone calls, wondering if someone got your message, or having to call multiple people relaying the same message to each person individually.  With a two way radio, you push the talk button, relay your message one time, and every one of your employees with a two way radio heard the message.  This will increase efficiency tremendously.

Cell phones are not only expensive, but also time consuming.  You have to communicate with each person individually, and you never know if they’ll answer their phone or not.

3.      Two Way Radios Ensure Responsibility among Employees

When an employee is on their cell phone, you can never be sure if it’s a work call or a personal call.  There is no way to ensure work time is being maximized for productivity.  With two way radios, you never have to worry about this.  If an employee is communicating with their two way radio, you can have confidence that they are getting work done, making your business the most efficient, effective, and profitable it can be.

Furthermore, you know that everyone with a two way radio heard your message, so employees cannot use the excuse, “I didn’t get your voicemail, text, or phone call,” anymore.  If they miss a meeting, don’t get a job done, etc., they can’t use the communication device as an excuse.

4.      Two Way Radios are Built to Last

Two way radios are durable.  They are built with specific industries in mind to make sure the job gets done right.  Not only are two way radios trusted by heavy duty industries such as construction and manufacturing, they are also trusted by police, fire fighters, safety & rescue, and military.  Two way radios are built to withstand rigorous use, so you know you’re getting a good return on your investment.  Cell phones are not durable enough for most jobs, as they break easily, and are also expensive to replace.

5.      Two Way Radios Have Superior Speaker Quality

If you’re in a loud environment, two way radios make sure you are heard.  Communication is never a problem.  Cell phones don’t have loud enough speakers to ensure clear communication.  In most jobs it is vital that the message gets across clearly and accurately.  Two way radios are designed to make sure that happens.

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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

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.

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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

Are There Any Recurring Fees for Two Way Radios?

Great news:  There are absolutely NO recurring fees for two way radios.  A two way radio is a one-time fee.  That is one of the main reasons two way radios are far more cost effective than cell phones.

What does the one-time fee include?

Great question!  You receive a two way radio that is ready to go (it will work right out of the box!), a battery pack, a single-unit charger, a belt clip, FREE shipping, and a warranty (1-year warranty for Motorola radios.  Industry leading 3-year warranty for Vertex Radios)

Price depends on the model.  Check out our websitewww.TwoWayRadiosFor.com to look at your different radio options and how much they cost.  Ordering in bulk and looking for a quote?  You can request one straight from our website, or give us a call at 888-560-0758.  You can email us at sales@allchargedup.biz.

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