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As a catering professional, you know that your business lives and dies through referrals. You need a five-star reputation if you want to rise to the very top of your industry.

But reputation is earned through excellence. Excellence is achieved through efficiency. And efficiency is possible through communication. 

Your best option for impactful communication is to use a catering two-way radio. 

With so many radios on the market, however, you’re likely in need of some guidance. 

Don’t worry. You’ve arrived at the premiere guide for catering radios.

At Tech Wholesale, we excel at helping companies find the perfect radio match. Our recommendations are tailor-made to your specific needs. 

Because we know that every company is different, we want to work with you to find the device that best suits you. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions. Tech Wholesale is always available by phone at 888-925-5982 or by using the live chat feature on our website.

We also have an online website contact form where you can reach out to us. 

Does a device on this page catch your eye? You can contact us for a free personalized quote

What Do You Need in a Catering Radio? 

You can’t just grab any old no-name radio off of Amazon and hope that it works for your catering business. You need a radio with specs that are going to meet your needs. 

Get something too weak, and your communication will suffer. Get something too strong, and you’ve wasted money on features that you don’t need. 

But what are the features you want in a catering radio? 

  • Indoor and Outdoor Communication: When you own a catering company, you might have to travel to various different venues. Some of these might be primarily indoors. Some might be completely outdoors. For some, you might have a combination of the two. That’s why you need the ability to communicate both inside and out, depending on the venue you’re catering. We recommend either a UHF or Digital band radio. You’re going to want to steer clear of VHF radios, as they perform poorly inside. 
  • Durability: When your staff members are running around the event venue, it’s important that their radio be durable. You preferably want something built to military specifications. This ensures that they can be bumped, banged into, or dropped without breaking. 
  • Anti-Microbial Properties: Since not every member of your staff works every day, these radios are going to have to be shared amongst the workers. You want to make sure that you purchase a radio with an anti-microbial coating to avoid the spread of germs and bacteria.
  • Battery Life: Some of the events that you cater are long, and you want to ensure that your device batteries have the lifespan to make it through the entire thing. 
  • Vibracall or Earpiece: You don’t want your radios going off in the middle of someone’s wedding or business meeting. That’s why you should look for devices that have a silent message alert system like vibracall alerts or some kind of earpiece.
  • Multiple Channels: Whatever device you choose should have multiple channels. This can help you segment your staff. Servers and kitchen staff can have their own channels. Management can also have a dedicated channel for their communications. The device should also include channel scanning so that supervisors can monitor all channels to issue a quick response to problems.

In order to find the perfect radio for your catering company, you need to understand your company’s specific radio needs. We can help with that. Just give us a call at 888-925-5982 and let us walk you through the selection process. 

Best Catering Radio Models 

Motorola DLR1060

The Motorola DLR1060 is ideal for any catering gig. That’s why it’s the first device we’re recommending. 

This walkie talkie has six channels, which is perfect for segmenting a large catering staff. As for range, you’re looking at 20 Floors inside, or 300,000 square feet. That’s going to cover most catering venues. 

For outdoor events, you have a range of up to two miles.

This radio operates on a digital band, which means that not only does it work well inside and out, but it also comes free of any pesky FCC License expenses. Some UHF and VHF radios require additional licensing from the United States government. However, digital band radios fall outside of their jurisdiction, saving you money right away. 

When it comes to security, this device has you covered. The Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology that is built into this radio means that your private business communications can’t be picked up by hobbyists or other businesses. It also features 10,000 Radio profile ID codes. 

If you need to get in touch with the entire staff at the same time, there is a Page All or Call All feature available.

But what about one on one communication? Thanks to the digital band, Direct Calling is available and allows you to reach out to one specific person. 

There’s also an Instant Mute feature that will kill any external sound when you’re in front of guests. 

But will the DLR1060 last through an entire event? Absolutely. This device has a battery life that lasts up to 14 hours, so it can handle even the longest events. 

If the Motorola DLR1060 sounds like the perfect fit for your catering company, reach out to Tech Wholesale today for a free no obligation quote

Motorola RMU2040

The Motorola RMU2040 is a UHF Radio, so it works well in both indoor and outdoor venues.

This is a device with four channels to choose from. That’s perfect when you’re trying to separate the kitchen workers, servers, and management.

Typically, this is a walkie talkie that is bulkier than what a catering company would traditionally want. However, if you’re tying into an existing UHF system or catering a massive outdoor venue like a music concert then it could be an ideal selection.

When it comes to outdoor communication, you have up to two miles to play with, which is more than enough. Inside, you’re looking at a range of 20 floors or up to 250,000 square feet.

The RMU2040 is made from highly durable military standard hardware. That means it can be dropped by wait staff during a busy event without breaking. 

In terms of privacy and security, you’re covered with the RMU2040. There are 219 privacy codes designed to eliminate interference and crosstalk. It also operates on 99 UHF frequencies that are exclusive to businesses. 

If the spread of germs and bacteria is a concern (and it should be) this device is covered in an anti-microbial coating to keep staff healthy when sharing radios. 

Does the Motorola RMU2040 sound like the radio you want to use for your catering company? Contact us now to receive a free quote that is personalized to your specific business needs

Motorola CLS1410

The Motorola CLS1410 is perfect for the caterer looking for a quality cost-effective option. 

This is a UHF Radio that’s going to get you great coverage, whether you’re inside or outside. Ut gas a 15 floor indoor range, which equates to 200,000 square feet and an outside range of up to two miles.

You’ve got four channels to choose from for the segmentation of your staff. On top of that, this is a super lightweight device at only 4.6 ounces. Your servers will have no trouble carrying it around. 

You can choose from both audible call alerts and vibracall, so that messages won’t just erupt from the speaker in front of guests. 

This radio features a long-lasting li-ion battery that won’t die on you in the middle of an event. It’s also great for privacy and features a number of private line codes.

On top of all that, the simplified cloning of this device makes setup a breeze. You only have to program one radio and then you can clone those settings to the others in seconds. 

If you’re looking for a cost-effective option, consider the Motorola CLS1410. Contact us now to get a quote

Motorola CLP1040

If you want a device built for elegance and discretion, we recommend the Motorola CLP1040. It is both lightweight and discreet, fitting easily on any staff uniform using the free belt holster that comes with it. 

What’s more, this device comes with an included earpiece, which saves you money and keeps your staff communications silent. 

It’s also very easy to use. There is a large PTT button that is centrally located. Just push the button and talk. 

This four channel UHF radio is also repeater capable, meaning you can effectively double its range with ease. 

Outdoors, you’ll have a range of one mile, or two miles if you’re using a repeater. When inside, the range is up to 10 floors, or 20 with the repeater. 

This device was specifically created for restaurants and hotels, so most catering venues are right in its wheelhouse. 

The 219 included elimination codes will keep your communications secure, while the battery lasts up to 12 hours.

This is another device that is covered in an anti-microbial coating to prevent the spread of germs. 

If you want the elegance and discretion of the Motorola CLP1040, contact us for a free no obligation quote

Which Catering Radio is Right for You? 

Best Radio for an Outdoor Catering Venue

If you work with a lot of outdoor catering venues, we recommend the Motorola DLR1060

The device’s digital band means that it works perfectly outside and comes with no FCC License Fees. 

The anti-microbial properties of this radio will keep your staff safe and healthy, while its tough military-grade casing can be dropped outside without breaking. 

The DLR1060 has a two mile range outside, making it easy to communicate in any outdoor catering venue. 

It’s also a lightweight device, so servers can carry it around while they’re on the move. 

Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology protects the privacy of your business while individual communication through the Direct Call feature is perfect for talking with one manager or server.

If you want the power of the Motorola DLR1060 for your outdoor catering needs, contact Tech Wholesale today for a free quote.

The Most Cost-Effective Catering Radio

If you’re looking for a cost-effective UHF Radio, look no further than the Motorola CLS1410

This four channel lightweight device won’t break the bank and has a range of 15 floors or 200,000 square feet inside, and up to two miles outside. 

The long-lasting lithium-ion battery and private line codes of the CLS1410 will keep your communications secure through even the longest events. 

Additionally, the simplified cloning for this device makes setup a breeze. 

If cost is your primary concern for a catering radio, reach out to us for a free quote on the Motorola CLS1410

Most Discreet Catering Radio

Are you looking for a discreet device that won’t stand out on a staff member’s uniform? You need the Motorola CLP1040.

This is one of the most lightweight radios you’ll find anywhere, at only 2.38 ounces. It easily works on any uniform thanks to the free belt holster that comes with it. 

This radio actually comes with a discreet earpiece at no additional cost and the large central PTT button makes it easy to learn for anyone. 

If you’re outside, you have a range of up to one mile. Indoor communications can reach up to 10 floors. If that’s not enough for you, this device is repeater capable, meaning you can double its range.

If you want the lightweight and discreet efficiency of the Motorola CLP1040, contact us for a free quote

Want to Learn More? 

There’s so much for you to worry about when you’re running a catering event. Communication shouldn’t be one of those problem areas. 

With the right catering radio from Tech Wholesale, you can be in constant communication with your staff, and your events will run like a well-oiled machine. 

But for that to happen, you first have to understand what your communication needs are. Then, we can match you with the radio that best fits both your needs and budget. 

But we don’t want you to make any decisions alone. Our decades of experience can come in handy. Contact us anytime via live chat, contact form, or on the phone at 888-925-5982. 

If you know which radio you want, contact us to receive a personalized quote. 

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