How Far Can Two-Way Radios Communicate?

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Here at Wall to Wall Communication, we specialise in two-way radio hire as well as sales, repairs, system design and overall installation. We are currently the most experienced provider of wireless communications, offering complete training and a full research and bespoke development service. So, when it comes to two-ways radios, we can give you all the essential information you will need about this piece of vital equipment, including how far two-way radios can communicate.  Two-way radios are used in many different industries in this modern day, including construction companies, hospitality, plumbers, contractors, schools and security professionals. 

One of the primary FAQs we get about our equipment is, how far can two way radios communicate? 

Using a walkie-talkie is imperative for most industries. For example, employees may need to keep in continuous voice communication. Another good reason for utilising a two-way radio is that it allows one person to call an entire group at the same time within a simple press of a button. 

In this article, we will be talking about the range of a walkie-talkie and what can effect their overall range within the work place.

 

What Is the Furthest Range For Walkie Talkies?

How far a two-way radio can communicate is an imperative decision that you will have to make when purchasing one.

The maximum range of a 446 radio is around 2 miles, or 3 kilometres. All PMR446 radios are legally limited to 500mW transmission power, this means that all brands will have around the same range. Business radios which work at much higher power outputs can achieve 3-5 miles in ideal conditions.

However, there are a few instances where your range may be affected. For example, if you are communicating through buildings. Talking on the radios through solid objects could reduce your range to as little as 1 / 4 mile. Of course, this is all dependent on the thickness and density of the material in question, but this is something to consider when using your radio inside.

There are even ways to improve your reachability. Business radios can transmit well over 2 miles when added antennas and repeaters are used. 

Unfortunately, we can’t give a definite answer about personal and particular situations, such as ‘will these radios work on my busy building site?’. The best way to ensure your radio works in your environment is to try them out on-site. Which here at Wall to Wall, we can help with! With our services, you can try before you buy. We have a bespoke hiring service which allows our customers to test all the equipment before deciding to purchase it. 

How Two Way Radios Can Benefit Your Business

If you’re working in a field that utilizes a two-way radio often such as private security, construction site, retail, teaching, travelling companies, or even multi-site industries, then adding this essential tool to your team’s kits could be a real benefit.

So, what are some of the pros that come with hiring, renting or buying two-way radios?

Firstly, there is unlimited communication between yourself and others. Unlike mobile phones or landlines, this adds up to no additional cost, meaning it really is unlimited! You can also get in touch by the press of a button. Again, unlike a phone, you don’t have to dial a number or add a new contact. You can effortlessly press a button and communicate directly with whomever you want.

Finally, they are super simple to use and set up. Of course, our team is on hand if you have any questions regarding the over management and installation of your device. However, once all of this is complete, you can begin using your two-way radio with ease.

Obstacles That Affect The Range Of Two-Way Radio Communication 

As we’ve said previously, communicating through dense or solid objects can reduce the reachability of your two-way radios. However, there are few other work environments which you may need to consider your communication being limited in. 

For example, when using radios whilst working underground and tunnel environments, the obstacles can really affect the range of your communication. In this instance, where the ‘line of sight’ is very short, it can become difficult to achieve full signal penetration around the curved sections of the tunnel. 

However, a good solution to this is to use Radiating cable otherwise known as Leaky Feeder cable instead of more traditional types of antenna which can be installed in runs throughout a tunnel network to give reliable signal in all areas.

Do not hesitate to call us on 0208 770 1007, email us at info@walltowallcomms.co.uk or fill out the form on our website.