Two-way radios come in all shapes and sizes and are available in 3 types of frequency bands: UHF Radios
, VHF Radios
or Digital Radios - 900MHz ISM
. The most important thing to consider is: How to choose the correct two-way radio for your communication applications
. More information on the various bands may be found here: UHF, VHF and Digital Radios
First up! Motorola UHF Radios, Motorola VHF Radios or Motorola Digital Radios - 900MHz ISM
? This part's important: VHF should only be for when you plan to use your radios exclusively outdoors. Use VHF when you plan to use your walkie-talkies exclusively outdoors
. Purchasing VHF walkie-talkies for strictly indoor use would be a big mistake.
If you already have VHF radios, you'll need to get VHF radios for that too. VHF talks to VHF only. That goes for the others, as well. UHF radios talk to UHF radios. 900 MHz talk to 900MHz walkie-talkies only.
VHF radio waves travel about twice as far on open ground, rolling hills and through foliage as UHF & 900MHz ISM waves. However, they're not as good at penetrating structural things like walls, buildings and urban terrain. VHF is the choice for outdoor use.
For strictly indoor use or indoor/outdoor combined use, you should choose either UHF or 900MHz ISM band. It's all about the radio frequency penetration. Indoors, in indoor/outdoor mixed use scenarios and in urban settings; UHF or 900MHz ISM band should be considered Beyond that, you'll want to look at the application situations in which you'll be using your radios most and individual radio model features etc.
Next Question: Business or pleasure?
If you plan on using your walkie-talkies for a business application then you'll want to be sure and buy a commercial two-way radio
. Commercial grade walkie-talkies are built tough with durability in the design to handle the rigors of heavy duty application and the beating that business use can put on a handheld radio on the job. Business radios
increase productivity and efficiency by keeping your staff connected, so they can deliver a rapid response in customer service applications and work together as a stronger team in all other business radio situations.
don't see the kind of heavy duty action a commercial radio gets, so they're generally made lighter and are priced a bit cheaper. They also operate on frequencies that the FCC had designated for family use. Family radios help friends and family stay connected in all kinds of recreational scenarios: skiing, shopping, hiking, having a good time at the amusement park or just bumming around the neighborhood. Family radios connect the fun! Family radios can also help keep you safe in an emergency. When something stinky hits the fan, you'll be glad your family has a set of family radios around to help coordinate maneuvers in uncertain conditions and keep everyone together.
Note: The choice of VHF or UHF is not something you have to worry about when choosing Family Radios or GMRS Radios since the choice of UHF vs. VHF is not applicable. All Family Radios and GMRS Radios are UHF.
To assist you in making the proper selection for your unique requirements, we encourage you to visit our "Which two-way radio is right for me?"
tool. You'll be asked a series of questions via drop down menus that walk you through important situational considerations that will guide you to the right radio for your needs.
Or if you'd like to dig in and learn all you need to know on choosing the right radio for business or pleasure, we've created our "Radio Review Guide"
that outlines and explains in plain language aspects of usage you'll want to consider, many of the more common features on offer and many of the types of accessories you can purchase to get the most out of your choice.
Want to jump right in and get to the fun part: looking at the goods? Select one of the categories shown at the bottom of our two-way radios home page. We've listed many of the most popular selections and any of the radios shown are high quality radios suitable for any handheld radio application you can dream up!
Motorola RDX Radios
- Motorola RDU2020
, Motorola RDU2080d
, Motorola RDU4100
, Motorola RDU4160d
, Motorola RDV2020
, , Motorola RDV2080d
, Motorola RDV5100
. Or, Motorla CLS Radios
, Motorola CLS 1100
, Motorola CLS1410
, Motorola DTR Radios
- Motorola DTR410
, Motorola DTR550
, Motorola Talkabouts
. Kenwood ProTalk 2-way Radios
, Kenwood TK-3300U4P
, Kenwood TK-3300U16P
, Kenwood 3302U16P
, Kenwood TK-2300V4P
, Kenwood TK-2300V16P
, Kenwood TK-2302V16P
Older, currently upgraded models include Kenwood TK3102, TK3101, TK3130, TK3131, TK3200U2P and TK3200U8P. Motorola XTN Radios
- XU2600, XU2100, XU1100, Spirit XV1100, XV2100, XV2600, AXU4100 and AXV5100.
Our two way business radios are ideal for use in; Construction, Restaurants, Outdoors, Government Offices, Hospitals, Military applications, Theaters, Manufacturing and Campus uses.
Our FRS family walkie talkies are ideal for use in; Hunting, Skiing, Driving, Biking, Vacations, School, Sports and more. Descriptions of the radios are; Long Range, Portable, Family Service, FRS, Hand Held, Personal, Business band, UHF, VHF or Mobile. We also carry walky talky accessories - Microphones, Batteries, Battery cases, clips, Earphones, Headsets, Holders and Holsters.