Motorola Radio Systems
Knowing what the questions to ask when purchasing a two-way radios in New Jersey can help you improve your team’s communication, productivity, safety, and efficiency. Depending on your industry, the location of your team, and possible building obstacles, we’ll help you determine if UHF or VHF two-way radios are better suited for your organization, and other important questions during your buying process.
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Step 1 – Do I need UHF and VHF Two-Way Radios
The main difference between UHF and VHF two-way radios (walkie talkies) is the frequency in which they operate and whether your team will be working outside or in and around a building. Another consideration is if you are currently using radios today and have an FCC licence. If you are unsure if you have an existing frequency with the FCC, please feel free to contact our team and Wireless Inc, and we’ll be able to do a licence search for you.
VHF Radio Frequencies Are Ideal for Outdoor Use
Lower frequency means longer wavelength, so VHF radios are suited for long distances in the open air and for outdoor use. Because VHF radios are normally used for outdoor operation and in rural areas where lines of sight are clear. Typical industries that use VHF frequencies include:
UHF Radio Frequencies Are Ideal for Indoor Use
UHF radios operate at a higher frequency, which makes them ideal for communications that need to penetrate through walls or concrete. New Jersey Motorola UHF radio frequencies are suited for in-building use where obstacles can be penetrated.
UHF frequencies are the most common in use today, with 85% of radios sold in this range. Leading industries in New Jersey purchase scalable UHF radio systems. This makes it easy to add to their existing infrastructure of wireless communication tools as their business grows.
New Jersey UHF two-way radios operate at ultra-high frequencies and are suited for buildings or densely wooded areas. UHF frequencies are the most commonly used in industries such as:
Step 2 – What type of repeater system do I need?
Depending on the size of your operations, number of radios, and if you are working on a single site, multi locations, or traveling over a wide area will help determine which repeater system is best for your business. There are 3 general types of radio systems to consider:
- Trunking Repeater System – Trunking repeater systems are perfect for larger operations with several radios, area need for communications, or if you have multi locations. Some industries that benefit from trunking repeater systems are manufacturing, refineries, transportation, property management, healthcare, school districts and universities, and utilities. Trunking systems work well if you team is at a single location, if you need city or county coverage, or if you need to communication across the country or anywhere in the world.
- Conventional Repeater System – Is designed medium sized operations located on a single site or area. Industries that use conventional repeater systems would be schools, hotels, malls or outlets, manufacturing, and sports facilities.
- Simplex Radio System – Is designed for small operations and do not require any additional repeater infrastructure. Business that use simplex radio systems are retail, small warehousing, and small construction sites.
If you are not sure what system would be best for your business or application, please feel free to contact our team at Wireless Inc, and in a few questions, we can help guide you to the right direction.
Step 3 – Do I need Portable Radios, Mobile Radios, Base Stations, or Combination?
The next step in the process is determining what type of user equipment you’ll want to purchase for your team. There are 3 types of radios you can consider for your team:
- Portable Radios – Also know as walkie talkies. Approximately 85% of radios sold today are portable and are perfect because they are easy to carry, rugged for some the harshest conditions, and allow your team the flexibility to move around your locations as needed. Some of the limitation of portable radios are they are less power then the other options, so at time your may lose coverage, but we can help design a system that this should not happen. Also portable radios will need to be charged on a daily basis…..some batteries can last up to 27 hours, but the standard is 10-12 hours.
- Mobile Radio – are the radio that are found in vehicles, trucks, or equipment. Perfect for drivers, mobile radios are stationary in the vehicle or equipment and are installed for maximum coverage. Mobile radios have significantly more power that portable radios, so they can also talk much further.
- Base Station – are designed for use at a desk or central location at your office or warehouse. Base stations use the same radio as a mobile but are mounted with a power supply and external antenna. Base stations have great coverage like mobile radios are there is generally at least one base station in most systems.
Please also note that all 3 radio types can be used on the same system. It is important that you determine how many of each radio type you are going to need on for your team. At Wireless communication we can also help on any questions you have on the radio types.
Step 4 – What accessories are available for radios?
Accessories are often one of the most overlooked items when purchasing a radio system. When purchasing radios, also buying the right accessories are critical in having your team use the radios daily and having the system work to full capacity. Here are some of the most common accessories:
- Speaker Microphones – Should be a must have for industrial settings that are using portable radios. Speaker microphones bring the speaker and the push to talk button closer to the user for easy use. Most speaker microphones can also be combined with earpieces for high noise environments. One lesser know benefit of speaker mics are they can act as bungy cords and protect your expensive radio from dropping.
- Heavy duty headsets – In high noise environments heavy duty headsets are must have. They protect the hearing of your team, as well as allow the radio to be used in all conditions.
- Earpieces & Bluetooth Accessories – Earpieces have always been a must have on radio systems for people working in high noise environments or around the public. Also a number of the Motorola radios also come equipt for Bluetooth accessories for seamless and wire free communications with your team.
- Multi-Unit Chargers – For teams with a number of radios, multi-unit chargers are invaluable. With the ability to charge up to 6 radios or batteries at one time, means your team will always have a radio ready to go.
Our team at Wireless Inc. will be able to help you determine and review all the accessories you might want to consider on your system.
Step 5 – Is there anything else to consider?
There are some additional features that may need to be considered as part of your system. These would include radio applications for safety and productivity, supporting radio infrasturcuture like dispatch consoles, voice recorders, WAVE talk groups, and inbuilding amplifiers. Our team at Wireless is well versed in each of these areas and will help to determine if some of the additional tools would be right for your application.
To get started and customize your own two-way radio system in New Jersey, check out our free Motorola Selector Tool today. As a premier New Jersey Two-Way Radio Dealer, we offer industry-leading two-way radios, accessories, and options for radio rentals to meet all of your business needs.