Can A Two Way Radio Be Traced?

Can A Two Way Radio Be Traced?

can-a-two-way-radio-be-tracedA two-way radio is an important tool for blue light services and private security companies because they provide a vital line of communication between operatives and headquarters. At Wall to Wall Communications, we’ve been providing the public and private sectors with two-way radios for 40 years and we have advised many businesses on the right radio systems to suit their needs. 

As a business, you need to ensure that your data is not exposed. We previously discussed the frequently asked question: Are two way radios secure? Keeping on the same topic, we want to explore the issue of can a two way radio be traced? Two-way radios offer closed communication networks and these networks are known to be difficult for hackers to access. The networks rely on radio frequency, not an internet connection and radio frequencies can be hard to trace through GPS but it’s not impossible. Two-way radios traceability can be seen as a negative, but it also can be used to a company’s advantage to allow you to trace your employees whereabouts. 

Can You Trace Two Way Radio Transmissions?

Tracing radio signals can be tricky because they aren’t as strong as a WIFI transmission, which makes it difficult to pick up a signal using GPS. Radio transmissions can be detected but they do have to be traced while an operative is using the device. There are several ways you can locate a radio signal which includes:


How triangulation works is that it measures the direction of radio waves from two to three points to locate the radio signal. The benefit of using triangulation to trace a two way radio transmission is that it only needs to measure the radio transmitters to pinpoint a location.


Trilateration is very similar to triangulation in tracing two way radio transmission but instead of measuring distance of the location of a radio signal, this method measures the time that it takes for radio waves to be transmitted between radios.

Can You Track Someone With A Walkie Talkie?

It is possible to track an operative using a walkie talkie, but it’s not always a bad thing. Many of our digital two-way radios include our unique trackitt software that gives real-time status updates from radio users. The application collects geographical information and stores it safely in the Cloud. The integration of trackitt into our digital walkie talkie allows businesses to build a picture of how well their radio operators are performing in their roles and to identify areas that need improving. Some more benefits of trackitt are:

  • No limit on the number of users
  • Can be used on digital and analogue devices
  • In-depth information
  • Simple to use software
  • Messaging function
  • Real-time status of individual radios
  • Logged information on the cloud
5 Tips For Extending Your Two Way Radio Signal

5 Tips For Extending Your Two Way Radio Signal


Two-way radios are an important tool used in the security, construction, leisure and hospitality industries to just name a few. They play a key role in keeping the public safe, but also the user as well. Wall to Wall Communications has been in the industry for 40 years, so we know a thing or two about what businesses need from their two-way radios. We supply a range of analogue and digital two-way radios that suit a range of radio requirements for your business. The most common question that we see is how can I boost my two-way radio signal? This is an interesting question and there are many ways you can do this. In this article, we will give you our 5 tips for extending your two-way radio signal. 


Install A Repeater On Your Site System


People work in all different environments which can pose a challenge to your two-way radio signal. Although radio signals can bend around buildings and travel great distances, the more work your radio signal has to do the weaker the signal will be. This can cause conversations to drop out or for people to be unavailable to talk. This can be a risk if you are out in the field. To combat the dropping out of signal, in some circumstances Wall to Wall Communications may recommend that you install a repeater into your two-way radio communication system. What a repeater essentially does is increases the power of your radio signal, enabling your business to always keep in contact with staff, in more challenging environments. This is a common solution for boosting your business’s radio signal.

Antenna To Boost Radio Signal

The size and design of an antenna does affect the range of your two-way radio signal. If your two-way radio communication system is currently experiencing issues with the signal dropping out, it might be best to invest in a new antenna. A better Antenna can help your business to reach areas that traditionally have poor signal and it will allow you to better keep in contact with your employees.

Regularly Change The Battery Of Your Two Way Radio

This might be obvious but it’s surprising how people have issues with their radio signal due to a dying battery. Typically, a battery that is in constant use should be changed every 24-30 months. This will prevent poor coverage, conversations being cut short mid-transmission and unclear communication. So if you use a full and healthy battery, your business will benefit from improved signal and better output from your two-way radios.

What Is A Leaky Feeder?

This is a great way to extend your radio signal to people working in tunnel environments or complicated buildings with thick or shielded interior walls. A leaky feeder is designed to be used by people who work underground, in tunnels or shafts. It is a cable that is used to leak radio signals to areas that may be difficult to penetrate with a strong two-way signal.

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