Two-Way Radio Solutions for the Construction Industry

Having a durable, reliable two-way radio will increase the safety and productivity of your jobsite. But even more, having a professional, industry leading supplier for your two-way radios will save you lots of time and headaches in the future.

Discount Two-Way Radio has been supplying the Construction Industry with affordable, dependable communication solutions since 1997. We have top notch customer service representatives, a fast in-house repair department and a giant selection of products ready to be shipped to you immediately!

So give our helpful radio experts a call at 800-895-5122 or visit us online at:


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!

The Cost of Safety for Construction Companies

construction-worker-piggy-bankAn engineering and construction firm based out of San Jose, CA is well known for saving their clients’ money and providing state of the art services.

The California Institute of Technology claims that this firm saved them 28% on energy expenses and 30% on water bills by building them a state of the art laboratory.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission says that this firm has helped them reduce their energy consumption by 55%.

Lowering operating costs and providing state of the art services is exactly what this company does for its clients.

So, when the firm’s operations manager looked at what they were spending to rent Motorola radios for their subcontractors, something did not add up.

The high cost of renting their Motorola radios, combined with the fact that these radios were often damaged in the rough-and-tumble world of heavy construction, just didn’t make sense.

That’s when the operations manager decided to look around for a more economical, durable and reliable two-way radio option.

At first, he was a little skeptical of other two-way radio brands because he’d never used anything but the high-priced Motorola radios. So when he finally contacted Discount Two-Way Radio our client representative, Anthony Challenger, recommended that the firm should test a few of the other radio brands before making any final decisions.

“I sent him 3 other leading brands of radios to test, including our best selling RCA radio,” said Challenger.

First the operations manager tested the radios’ coverage and found all of them to be about the same.  Then he tested their durability and felt that the RCA brand seemed to be the toughest. What finally changed his mind was the fact that the RCA radio was offering a longer warranty than the other radios …and it was less expensive!

State-of-the-art durability, longer warranty and lowering operating costs is exactly what this firm was looking for.

The operations manager estimates that his decision to buy radios from Discount Two-Way Radio rather than rent radios from any other dealer has saved the firm thousands of dollars over the years, while still providing them with the durability and reliability they need.

Discount Two-Way Radio has been serving the construction industry since 1997 and  we know that you need a tough radio to get the job done. Give us a call today to speak to our helpful radio experts about how you can improve the safety and productivity of your job site.

What Is Best for Your Guests?

hotel-housekeeperSummer travel time is the busiest time for many hotels and hospitality businesses. It’s make or break time and providing a memorable, pleasurable experience for your valued guests means having reliable, instant communication between your staff members.

Four years ago, the manager at a Florida Hampton Inn gave us a call and was very upset that she didn’t have the radios she needed to get her through the busy Summer season.

She stated that she had been ordering small, one-watt, walkie-talkies that were considered to be entry-level radios. They were surprisingly expensive and they still weren’t getting the job done.

First, her radios weren’t powerful enough to cover the range of the whole property, so her staff would lose contact or “drop out” now and then. This was becoming a big problem for her because when guests were requesting assistance or services she was unable to have her staff respond in a timely manner. When her guests had to wait too long for assistance, this unintentionally created a “situation” where she had to deal with unhappy guests. In the hospitality industry, good communication and great customer service is everything.

Second, these entry-level radios kept breaking down and became useless by the end of the busy travel season. Since these radios were, for all intents and purposes, “disposable” radios, she was having to buy new radios every Spring at the cost of about $3500 per year. This is an unnecessary expense that could be completely avoided.

Third, the vendor she was ordering the radios from never checked to see if these radios were even right for the hotel before shipping them out…they just booked the order and collected the cash.

In the hospitality industry, if you treated YOUR guests that way, do you think they’d ever come back?

We asked her, “Why are you even buying these radios if they are not working for you?”

She responded with, “The radios were corporate approved…I just figured they were what we needed.”

We said, “Well, now that we’ve established that these radios are clearly NOT what you need, are you required to order from this vendor?”

She said, “No, we can buy from anyone we want.”

So we reviewed some basics with her and delivered the RCA BR250 which is a commercial-grade radio that is slightly more expensive than what she was using. It’s a 4-watt radio which is powerful enough to cover the entire property, durable enough to withstand everyday use, and yet light-weight, compact and easy to carry around. We even helped her pair her radios with the appropriate accessories for her type of industry.

And, you know what? They’re still using those same radios four years later. The employees at the Florida Hampton Inn still love their two-way radios and they’ve reported improved customer response times and an overall more efficient workplace.

Evenmore, they haven’t had to go through the hassles and headaches of replacing their radios each year which has saved them over $10,000.

In any industry great communication is everything and at Discount Two-Way Radio we’ll listen to your needs and get you the right radios…the first time…right away.

Events: Creating a Fun, Safe Environment for All

Crowd of People

The Spring/Summer travel season is right around the corner and large entertainment venues and events will soon be flooded with happy vacationers and “road-trippers” looking for memorable travel experiences.

Venues such as amusement and water parks, convention centers, sports stadiums, national parks, zoos, concert venues and museums will be preparing for all sorts of large scale events. In order for your event to function properly the management and staff must be able to communicate effectively to deal with unexpected emergencies or incidents and to maximize efficiency on the busiest of days.

A reliable two-way radio system is imperative for an organizations success when working in large areas with big crowds and lots of noise. Different types of venues will require different types of equipment, but overall, here is some useful information to help you provide a fun, safe environment for your attendees.

Most venues are very large and contain lots of obstructions such as concrete and metal walls, machinery, trees, staircases, HVAC rooms, office buildings and large crowds of people. This creates problems when your radio signal is trying to penetrate as you are transmitting or receiving a message. That is why it is best to go with a commercial 4 or 5 watt radio. The more power (watts) you put out guarantees the signal will be stronger, clearer, travel farther and penetrate more of the types of obstructions mentioned above. Maybe you have seen many of the “consumer” type of radios, you know, the ones that are small and come two in a pack for under $100? These are consumer type radios that are not durable enough to be used in business environment and will not work well for large venues and events because they are usually less than 2 watts of power, and because they do not have “private channels” you can expect lots of transmission interference. These “consumer” radios will always be unreliable and not provide you with the level of performance you need for your event. So choosing a fully commercial 4 or 5 watt radio will clearly help your staff provide the best possible experience for your event’s attendees.

Another key factor to using any two-way radio at a large venue or event is the type of frequency you are using. It is well known that VHF (Very High Frequency) is capable of traveling long distances, but the inability of the frequency to penetrate through objects makes it more suited for flat, open areas with no obstructions. Therefore, it is much better to choose radios using UHF (Ultra High Frequency) for large events with many obstacles to penetrate because of UHF’s ability to go through obstructions.

The success of your venue or event depends on how smoothly management and staff are able to communicate when handling daily operations and especially during any issues or emergency situations that may arise. With the amount of vacationers soon to be flooding your venue this season, having a powerful, professional radio will guarantee a safe and fun environment at all your events.