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Churches and schools require a lot of communication to function, both in terms of organizational information as well as security. 

Having a functional two-way radio system in place that meets the needs of your site can help you keep your services and school days in order while potentially saving lives. 

That’s why we created this ultimate church and school radio resource guide. 

Tech Wholesale carries only the finest name brand Kenwood and Motorola radios. We work tirelessly to match every customer with a product that will both suit their needs and fall in line with the budget of their organization. 

Every church, temple, mosque, and school is different, so there are no one-size fits all solutions. The selections on this page come with our highest recommendations, but if you have questions or concerns that were not covered here, contact us directly. Tech Wholesale can be reached by phone at 888-925-5982 or through live chat on our website.

We also have an online website contact form that you can use to converse with us anytime. 

If you think that you have found the device that you need, contact us for a free personalized quote

What Do You Need in a Church or School Radio? 

We live in scary times and it’s not overly dramatic to say that the radio choice you make for your church or school could be a matter of life and death.

Because of that, we want to ensure you're able to make an informed and intelligent purchase decision. There’s too much on the line for you to just head off to a local Walmart and grab whatever device has an attractive price tag. 

A no-name radio might not have the range you need, or it might stop working in the middle of an emergency. That’s not a chance you can afford to take. 

But what are the features that you need to look out for when selecting a radio for your church or school? 

    • Works Both Inside and Outside: You’re going to need a radio that works in both indoor and outdoor locations. That’s why, for churches and schools, we typically recommend a UHF device or digital band radio. You’re going to need something that can easily make its way around walls, desks, doors, etc. But these radios also need to be able to function outside in the event of an evacuation. We don’t recommend VHF devices for schools or churches because they are not optimized to work indoors. 
  • Lightweight: Because members of your staff will have to walk around with these radios, they should be small and lightweight. That will make them easy to carry, and they won’t cause any problems or get in the way during an evacuation. 
  • Sturdy: Your chosen radio should be highly durable. We recommend military-grade hardware. A radio that will shatter if it’s dropped won’t do any good for anyone during an emergency scenario. 
  • Long-Lasting Battery: Don’t buy a radio that can’t make it through a day’s worth of services or a regular school day. You should look for something with at least 12 hours of battery life. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery would be ideal. 
  • Multiple Channels: For the sake of efficiency it’s always a good idea to segment your staff using different radio channels. Custodial workers don’t need to hear the back and forth exchanges between members of your security team, and so on. 

Give us a call at 888-925-5982 if you have any questions about the needs of your church or school. We can help to match you with the perfect device.

Best Church or School Radio Models 

Motorola DLR1020

The Motorola DLR1020 is a solid choice for a small church or school. It has two channels, which means you can segment security staff on their own channel while everyone else shares one. 

It runs on a digital band, which is budget-friendly in the long run. That’s because digital radios don’t require FCC licensing and the fees that go along with it. The FCC requires certain VHF and UHF devices to obtain licenses that have to be renewed periodically. Digital radios are exempt from that directive. 

This is a super lightweight device at only 4.2 ounces. It has a two-mile outdoor range coupled with a 300,000 square foot indoor range. 

Privacy is never a concern when using the DLR1020 thanks to the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology that protects your communications. 

Despite having only two channels, this device has a Direct Call feature. That means you can contact one specific person without everyone hearing. In a church setting, you’re able to contact Child Care if need be without interrupting the other departments. 

There is also a Page All Available feature that would be beneficial in the event of an emergency.

If you want to utilize the Motorola DLR1020 in your church or school, contact Tech Wholesale for a free personalized quote

Motorola DLR1060

If you liked the DLR1020 but wanted its features for a larger staff, the Motorola DLR1060 has got you covered. This is a multichannel version of the 1020 with six channels that can be used to segment a big staff or faculty.

It has the same 20 Floor or 300,000 square foot indoor range along with an outdoor range of two miles.

This device also operates on a digital band which means that it has no FCC License expenses that will eat at your annual budget. 

The Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology built into the DLR1060 means that your private communications can’t be picked up. It also has 10,000 Radio profile ID codes to further protect your sensitive information. 

The rechargeable li-ion battery that comes standard with the DLR series has an average life of up to 14 hours. 

Do you need the multichannel power of the Motorola DLR1060 in your school or church? Reach out to the radio professionals at Tech Wholesale for a free quote

Motorola CLS1410

The Motorola CLS1410 is a UHF Radio with four Channels. It is a lightweight device, at only 4.6 ounces.

Churches and schools could get a lot of use out of the CLS1410 because of its 15 floor, or 200,000 square foot, indoor range and two-mile outdoor range. 

This device features Audible Call Alerts and Vibracall, so incoming messages won’t interrupt a class or service. 

On top of that, it comes with a long-lasting li-ion battery, private line codes for enhanced security, and simplified cloning for easy setup. 

To get the Motorola CLS1410, contact us right away for a free quote that is personalized to the specific needs of your church or school

Motorola CLS1110

The Motorola CLS1110 is a cost-effective radio option with one channel. That means it would be good for a small church with no need for segmentation. 

Like the 1410, this is a lightweight device, clocking in at just 4.6 ounces. 

It also has the same two-mile outdoor range and 15 floor indoor range. 

Services will never be interrupted by a stray message thanks to the Audible Call and Vibracall Alerts. 

This device also comes with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery and features simplified cloning for a truly easy setup. 

If you have a small church that could benefit from the Motorola CLS1110, contact us today for your free personalized quote

Which Church/School Radio is Right for You?

The Best Radio for a Small Church

If you have a small church that needs an affordable radio, we recommend the Motorola CLS1110.

It has just one channel, so this is a radio that would work for a very small staff with no need for segmentation.

It’s super lightweight at just 4.6 ounces, so it’s not cumbersome. 

On top of that, it boasts and impressive range of 15 floors indoors and two miles outside, easily covering the space taken up by a small church.

If your small church needs a quality radio, we’re happy to help. Contact us today and receive a free quote on the Motorola CLS1110

Best Radio for a Mega Church 

If you run one of those massive mega churches and you need a radio with the power to keep a massive staff in check, then you need the Motorola DLR1060.

With six channels to choose from, you can segment the staff, including worship staff, child care, janitorial, management, and security. 

It has a 20 Floor or 300,000 square foot range with up to two miles outdoors, so even the largest Mega Church should be well within range.

This device operates on a digital band, so you won’t have to worry about FCC License expenses eating into your budget. It’s also great at getting around both internal and external obstructions. 

There is Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology coupled with 10,000 Radio profile ID codes to keep your private communications protected. 

The Page All and Call All Available feature is perfect for emergencies. It allows you to contact everyone right away, all at once. 

The Direct Call feature also allows you to reach out to one specific person. 

With a battery life of up to 14 hours, this remains one of the most effective radios available for Mega Churches. 

If your large church could benefit from the Motorola DLR1060, reach out to Tech Wholesale and get a free quote.

Best Radio for an Elementary School

If you run an elementary school, you should consider the Motorola CLS1410 to keep your staff connected.

This is a UHF Radio with four Channels, so you can easily communicate both inside and outside while keeping your staff segmented for maximum efficiency. 

The indoor range of this device is 15 floors or 200,000 square feet. This will easily cover the space of your average elementary school. 

Outside, this device reaches up to two miles, which is perfect for evacuation drills. 

This is another radio that has Audible Call Alerts and Vibracall set up so that incoming messages won’t interfere with the school day. 

What’s more, its long-lasting li-ion battery will last through the whole school day on one charge.

If you believe that your elementary school can benefit from the Motorola CLS1410, the radio experts at Tech Wholesale want to help you out with a free no obligation quote. Contact us today!

Best Radio For a High School

If you’re looking for a radio for a large high school, we recommend the Motorola DLR1060

This multichannel digital band radio has six different channels for you to segment your faculty and staff members. 

With a 20 Floor or 300,000 square foot range indoors, you can be sure that the entire high school is covered. Outside, you’ll have a range of up to two miles.

The digital nature of this device will appeal to your board of education as it saves money by requiring no FCC License expenses. 

On top of that, the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology and 10,000 Radio profile ID codes ensures that no one is listening in on your communications. 

The first step toward leveraging the power of the Motorola DLR1060 for your high school is to reach out to Tech Wholesale today. Let us put together a free personalized quote that has your school budget in mind.

Want to Learn More? 

The safety of your congregation and/or students is paramount in any church or school. 

Communication is the first step to enhanced security. You can be sure that your church or school is safe when you have a two-way radio that has been perfectly matched with your specific needs (and budget). 

At Tech Wholesale, we encourage our customers to take their time and do their homework in order to find a radio that’s going to meet their needs without breaking the bank. 

Of course, you are not alone with that decision. We’re committed to using our years of radio experience to aid in your search. 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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