When Your Two-Way Radio Accessories Don’t Work

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Are you having problems with your earpiece, headset, speaker mic or other accessories? Cheapie has a solution for you!

Let’s say your accessory is plugged into your two-way radio and for whatever reason, the accessory stopped working. We’ll label this “Accessory #1.” Cheapie suggests you conduct a test; try taking another working accessory you have (earpiece, headset, speaker mic, etc. – we’ll call this “Accessory #2”) and plug it into the radio you used the defective accessory on.

Two outcomes may occur:

1) If Accessory #2 stops working, you may have a bad accessory jack on that specific two-way radio.

2) If Accessory #2 works on that radio, then that confirms Accessory #1 IS defective.

If Accessory #1 does not work, it’s time to get that replaced. If you’re interested in getting a new accessory replacement or have more questions, call our radio experts at (844) 438-3897. Cheapie and his compatriots are standing by to help you!

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!

2015 Resolution: Take Your Company to the Next Level with Digital Radios

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With every new year comes new personal resolutions. Losing weight, staying healthy, spending more time with family, more travel, etc. are all great personal resolutions, but what about your company’s resolutions? You know, those things that make your business more successful and create continued growth from year to year. As you sit down with your staff to chat about how best to improve your business, consider what will improve your company’s efficiency, employee safety and communication. Digital two-way radios can do just that!

You may already be using analog two-way radios on the job, but take into account that the newer technology of digital radios offers a clearer signal, larger transmission area, better battery life and improved communication functionality. Using reliable digital radios in 2015 will create a consistent workflow in your company because clear, accurate information can be passed amongst your employees in real time, creating a safer and mistake-proof business environment.

DMR Digital Radios such as the RCA PRODIGI RDR3500 and RDR3600 handhelds are intelligently designed to double the amount of users on the same radio system than you could have with comparable technology. They also can give your employees, contractors, security staff and management team the ability to communicate privately through talk groups and individual user-to-user calls. The RCA Digital Radios provide a loud and clear transmission which makes them perfect for use even in large and noisy environments such as construction sites, warehousing, manufacturing and distribution centers.

Best of all the RCA Digital Radios are budget friendly. They are able to work in both analog and digital modes, giving you the option to integrate new digital radios into your old analog system gradually, so you don’t have to purchase all new digital radios at once.

Start improving your business communications today. Call Discount Two-Way Radio to find out how to upgrade to the RCA PRODIGI line of Digital two-way radios. We are standing by to help you at 844-GET-DTWR.