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Two Way Radios Buyers Guide


Your Guide to Two Way Radios

If you have been given the job of sourcing Two Way Radios for your company or Event, you might find this a very daunting task. With the growing number of manufacturers and Two Way Radio systems now available, many questions need to be answered including what radio is suitable for me, do I need a Licence or not. 

Here at GDS Radios, we have put together some frequently asked questions:

1. Why should I choose two-way radios?

Instant communications with other users with no ongoing running costs, improve workforce productivity and improve staff safety.

2. Who can use them?

Two-way radios can be used by any industry, from the pubs and clubs, hotels, schools and shopping centres. The only decision would be what type of radio you would need.

3. What type of two-way radio will work best for me?

Most of the current radio systems come in Either UHF or VHF.

UHF is generally used for internal working within buildings and hotels, pubs and nightclubs etc.

VHF is widely used for outside events such as festivals and golf courses. If after purchasing your radios you are still not achieving the coverage you require you can add a repeater to your system. That will boost the coverage when installed in a suitable location with a repeater antenna.

4. How long can I expect my Radios to last?

A radio can last anything from 3 to 7 years depending on how well it is looked after. Batteries can last even up to 3 years if they are charged and discharged in the correct manner.

5. Should I Buy Analogue or Digital Radios?

If you currently have a Digital radio system then you can only work Digital with Digital (if you require them to talk with each other). If you currently have an Analogue radio system then you can use Analogue or Digital (Digital programmed in Analogue mode). Analogue radios will still be around for some time but some manufacturers have stopped manufacturing Analogue only radios. It means that you would need to purchase a digital radio and have it set up in Analogue mode. Digital radios have outstanding audio and noise cancelling properties, and Digital will generally give you better coverage than Analogue.

6. In what type of radios do GDS Radios specialise?

GDS Radios have a very comprehensive range at all price levels while still having the same quality. Offering Licence Free radios, Full power Analogue radios and Full power Digital radios.

7. Do I need an Ofcom licence for my Hand Held Radios?

An Ofcom licence is not always required. You do NOT need a radio licence for Analogue or Digital licence free radios as they are pre-set with pmr446 frequencies and are Low power Radios. You WILL need a licence for any Analogue or Digital radio (unless you already have a live Ofcom licence).

8. Is it hard to apply for a radio licence?

It’s not, but if you wish GDS Radios will help you every step of the way apply for your Business radio licence.

If you wish to use your radios all over the UK and are not based in one fixed location, you can apply for a Business Radio Simple UK licence which is £75, renewable every 5 years.