Simple Tips to Improve Poor Two-Way Radio Coverage

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Have you noticed your radio coverage area is not what it used to be and you’re getting static transmissions and “dead spots”?

Here’s a few things you can try that might help improve your radio’s effective range:

Batteries – One of the easiest ways to make sure your radio transmits as far as possible at all times is to use fresh batteries and to make sure that your batteries are fully charged. After about 1.5 to 2 years of normal usage you may start to see some degradation in your battery’s ability to take and hold a charge. This is a natural and expected occurrence in all rechargeable two-way radio batteries. If you start to notice that your two-way radio signals are not reaching as far as they used to, it may be time to get new batteries. Just give us a call for the best prices on fresh, new batteries.

Antennas – Is your antenna cracked, bent or broken so much that the metal coiled antenna piece is completely exposed? Is your antenna screwed on well to the antenna connector of the radio? Damaged or improperly attached antennas can reduce your coverage dramatically. Replacing these old, damaged antennas is a very simple, cost-effective solution that will help improve your radio’s communication range.

Old, Tired Radios – How old are your radios? Are they older than 5-6 years? Have they been serviced recently or at all? We all know that business environments can sometimes be very rough on their equipment. Radios get dropped or bumped into things regularly, which over time may cause some internal components to go bad. To ensure maximum performance, just like your car needs regular maintenance, oil and filter change, your two-way radios need to undergo minor maintenance and tuning, especially after they’ve been in service for a while.

Your Location – If at the moment of the transmission you are inside a building or even just a room with really thick concrete and steel walls you will most likely see a reduction in the strength of your transmissions. The metal of a car or a building can block the signal from getting out to the person you are contacting. This is especially present when you are in the “bowels” of a building such as a HVAC area or parking structure. If this is a location where you need coverage just temporarily, the simplest solution will be to just step outside or get near a wall opening or a window. Additionally, the higher you can go with your handheld when transmitting, the farther your signal will travel. So, if you’re needing to transmit to someone that is outdoors and maybe a bit out of range, get to the top of an exterior staircase or the roof of the building. Transmitting from the highest point of a natural or manmade structure can noticeably increase the range of your handheld radio. If this is a location where you need coverage at all times you will need additional equipment such as a repeater to boost your signal strength and help go around the thick walls.

If you’d like to know more two-way radio tips or if you are having a specific problem with your current two-way radios, just call our knowledgeable radio experts right now at 844-438-3897. No question is too small and no problem is too big. We’re always standing by to help you!

Did You Know…

…there are 5 criteria to consider before buying two-way radios for your school?

School Administrator Contemplating1. Radio Power – One of the main factors that directly affect the radios performance, coverage and price. In almost all cases, Junior to High Schools will need at least 4 watts of power radios to ensure consistent coverage throughout the school. An elementary school on the other side will only need 2 watts of power radios which can results in about $60 savings per radio.

2. Durability and Reliability – Avoid purchasing radios made entirely out of plastic material, especially the ones that can be picked up in pairs from any retail store. These are radios for recreational purposes and will not survive the day to day use in the demanding business environments. They are cheaper one time purchase but you will end up buying new radios every year which will cost more in the long run.

3. Radio Frequencies – Always purchase radios that work on UHF frequencies 450-470MHz. These radios are able to penetrate through structures much better comparing to their VHF versions and will provide you with better coverage.

4. Warranty – The more the better. Nowadays, a good quality business two-way radio will have at least 2 years warranty. Don’t get stuck with equipment and brands that provide less than that. You will most certainly get stuck with the repair bill too as soon the 1 year warranty expires.

5. Price – The Price is always important but the cheapest radio is not necessarily the best option. Choosing radio equipment only by it’s price point in the market may end up costing you more in the long run. Making sure that the equipment is the right for your needs and will do the job you need it to, is most important. And if you compare different radios, make sure that they are similar with similar features, so you can choose the best product that fits into your budget.

Take Your Signal With You

hand-radio-signalIt’s your first day on a new jobsite. All the job assignments have been handed out and you’ve given all your work crews two-way radios so they can stay in close contact. You know that a good working two-way radio system is the key to organizing and running a successful jobsite.

But what happens a few weeks or months into the project when concrete and metal structures appear or the project has multiple floors?

Your clear, trusty, two-way radio signal suddenly becomes scratchy and transmissions are broken and not discernible. Without help, your current two-way radio signal can no longer pass through the structures that have now cropped up on your work site. As your jobsite expands you require a stronger signal with even more coverage.

When this happens a two-way radio repeater will definitely do the trick. But, purchasing an expensive system, taking the time to set it up and then having to remove it when the job is done seems like too much of a headache.

Well, new research into the wide use of repeaters in the construction industry has led to the special design of more compact, portable, self-contained repeaters that are easy to use on multiple jobsites.

Portable repeater systems such as the Rapid Deployment System (RDS) PR50 Compact are now on the market. It’s description on the website claims, “It is ready to go when you need it!” This compact repeater system is completely mounted inside a Pelican-style case that is light enough to be carried around by hand. The repeater is set up in just minutes and can be packed away just as fast, which is ideal for emergency situations or for companies who need to move around to other jobsites. Everything you need, the repeater, antenna, antenna mount and cable, are fitted into this well ventilated case which can be powered by AC, DC, battery or solar power.

With up to 50 Watts of penetrating power, having a complete “Plug and Play” compact repeater system will save you time and money, and will ensure the productivity and safety of all your current and future jobsites!