5 Benefits of Two-Way Radios
These days, most of the conversation about wireless communication centers on cellular phones. There is no doubt that these popular devices have a long list of benefits in communication, productivity, and safety, but they are not the only player in the wireless communication game.
In fact, they are merely the newest participant in a field that has a long history of providing important services to users. The earliest form of wireless verbal communication is the two-way radio. Such systems are used by everyone from the police department to stagehands at a theater. Regardless of who is operating the radio, two-way systems have many helpful features. Here are five benefits of using two-way radios.
No Clogged Networks
During major events or times of disaster, cell phone networks can become jammed with calls, crowing the airwaves so thoroughly that important services cannot communicate with each other. Two-way radios utilize either a system known as a repeater, which receives the transmission through a tower and then re-sends it with a stronger signal, or what is known as a simplex system, in which each radio reaches directly to others within its range. Either way, the system doesn’t use cell towers at all, leaving communication clear and uncluttered.
Another downfall of cell phones is the risk of lost calls. It can be very difficult in certain locations to maintain a link with the nearest tower, leaving conversations broken and ineffective. They can also fail to work inside metal buildings. Two-way radios work via line of sight. For example, if two workers inside a domed football stadium can see each other, they can communicate even if they would be unable to get a call out through the thick still skin of the structure.
Rugged, Inexpensive Equipment
Many communications situations require the users to be in bad weather or dirt, or working in a high or wet location. Two-way radios can withstand moisture, dirt, and even being dropped (to a certain extent, of course). This enables reliable, wire-free communication in environments where verbal communication is impossible, like camping.
For a more professional outlook, think of a power company crew working on several poles in a row after a storm. Each climber can communicate with the others and with those on the ground without worrying that the radios are too delicate for the job. Many models are inexpensive enough that replacements are stockpiled and ready for when a unit meets an untimely end.
In a pinch, anyone can operate a two-way radio. That’s because they are so simple to use; simply press the button to talk and release it to listen. Countless police officers have been saved after an injury when citizens stopped and used the officer’s radio to summon help.
There is also no need to have detailed information about whom you are contacting–no phone numbers, no email addresses, no esoteric terminology. You simply push the button and speak, then wait for a reply. Furthermore, with the new digital minimalism movement a two-way radio can help you keep your screen time down to a minimum while still being able to connect to family. Two-way radios are almost as simple as talking face to face.
Certain uses of two-way radios require only a little bit of range because everyone in the conversation is fairly close together. At other times, greater distances must be spanned.
Either way, radios can handle the situation. Handheld units work great in those small areas, but larger models mounted in vehicles or buildings can dramatically increase range. Repeater technology can take the communication over huge areas, even entire states.
Email, cell phones, and other modern communications tools are powerful. They can help us accomplish many things that would have otherwise been slow or even impossible.
At times, though, the technology can be too complicated and too functional. Sometimes all you need is the ability to have a verbal conversation over a distance. In those situations, the simple operation and straightforward functions of two-way radios make them the gold standard of wireless communication, facilitating the easy exchange of information across distances short and long.