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    What are the rules of using a walkie-talkie?

    When using a two-way radio you cannot speak and listen at the same time, as you can with a phone. unless it is an emergency. If it is an emergency, inform the other parties that you have an urgent emergency message to respond.

    Which frequency is best for walkie-talkie?

    The VHF radios operate at 136-174 MHz and operate over large distances with less power consumption. With VHF walkie talkies, the signal waves can travel a further distance. With optimum conditions (clear view – for example, without buildings and mountains), the range is at its best.

    How do I know the range of my walkie-talkie?

    Range increases by approximately 30-50 percent if you double the power. So, a 2-watt walkie-talkie might broadcast within a range of 1.5 miles; 3 watts = 2 miles; 4 watts = 2.5 miles; 5 watts = 3 miles; and so on. Actual distances may vary widely based on weather, UHF vs. VHF, etc.

    What kind of signal do walkie-talkies use?

    Walkie talkies are handheld portable radios that use radio waves to communicate wirelessly on a single frequency band. They were first developed in the 1930s by a Canadian inventor named Donald Higgs and, quite independently, by an American named Alfred Gross.

    Are walkie-talkies analog or digital?

    Analogue walkie-talkie radios have been around since the 1940s – although they have improved and got a lot smaller, lighter and have longer-lasting batteries than the early models. But the basic method of operation has remained the same. The user’s voice is transmitted as an analogue waveform to the receiving radio.

    What is the difference between two-way radio and walkie talkie?

    Two-way radio: a radio that can both receive and transmit radio signals. Walkie talkie: a handheld portable two-way radio.


    Do radios need to be intrinsically safe?

    A radio that is Certified Intrinsically Safe can be used in hazardous environments. It is designed to withstand a wide range of elements, from water to fire, while still remaining functional. Intrinsically safe radios are required in certain settings, such as onboard ships, as well as for Marine and Fire Team communication. In fact, recent updates to the law require two intrinsically certified radios onboard every ship.

    How long will radios be in use for each day before retiring to their charger?

    If radios require long-term usage, you may want to consider adding a battery extender. Not to mention, STARK is known for its long-lasting battery technology quality.

    How many walkie-talkies can be on the same channel?

    There is no limit to how many walkie talkie users can communicate at the same time however because all will be sharing the same frequency band only one person can speak at any one time.

    Will radios be used in a rough environment where durability is crucial?

    There are water-proof radios, dust-proof radios, and radios built tough enough to withstand a pretty steep fall. In addition, there are radios that get the job done but are not intended for high-risk environments. It all depends on what you need situationally. It’s worth investing in a more durable and rugged radio if you need it, but if you don’t, you might save money by going with a less hardy model.

    Do you require communication across UHF or VHF frequency bands?

    Are you communicating on VHF/Very High Frequency [low band—49 to 108 MHz, or high-band—169 to 216 MHz]? Or, UHF/Ultra High Frequency [low band—450 to 806 MHz or high-band—900 to 952 MHz]? Some radios are equipped to handle both, but not all radios are. It’s important to know what frequency band you’ll be communicating across when picking the best two-way radio for your fleet.

    Why do walkie-talkies have different channels?

    Channels are a way to partition a two-way radio’s frequency, so that its user can communicate with multiple people without everyone talking over each other and having to worry about who talks when.