5 Things to Consider When Buying a Shortwave Radio

1. Cost: Hobbies can get as expensive as we let them. Shortwave radio listening is not as popular in the United States as it is in many other parts of the world. In all honesty, at times the prices of shortwave receiver sets in the United States can seem a little steep for what you are actually buying. This might be due at least in part to the fact that a good portion of amateur and shortwave radio dealers in the United States tend to rely on government purchases for revenue. Even so, choosing a good shortwave receiver to be your primary workhorse needn’t break the bank. Although there is no shortage of expensive radio gear, there are currently a few quality portable shortwave radios available to residents of the United States for affordable prices. Fortunately, at this point in history people living inside the United States are not required to pay a receiver set license fee for shortwave radios as citizens residing elsewhere such as Europe might have to in order to fund public broadcasting. Today the prices of new shortwave radios in the United States range anywhere from around $40 or so for compact handheld receivers to upwards of several thousand dollars for advanced monitoring devices.

Finding the right shortwave receiver for your needs and budget first requires defining what you hope to be able to hear with your radio and how much that you are willing or able to spend. Prices of medium sized portable shortwave radios at present in the United States range anywhere from just over $100 to around $500. Many of these middle of the road shortwave receivers tend to offer a good variety of features and functionality along with a price tag that is bearable for most who are serious about putting their radios to work. Something to consider when budgeting for a shortwave radio is that, while additional equipment is not necessarily a requirement for one to be able to log shortwave broadcasts, having a decent external antenna can make all of the difference in the world for reception. Crafting homebrewed antennas is part of the fun for shortwave radio hobbyists. Provided that you are willing to use your head and do a little soldering yourself, the price of such projects can be determined by the cost of materials or plans. Commercially available antennas come in many different forms and configurations. For less than $100 in today’s prices a tuned dipole or compact active antenna can be attained.

2. Quality: There are many different shortwave receivers on the market. Not all of them were built to last and, in some extreme cases, even work properly right off the shelf. Avoiding being stuck with a lemon by making the effort to do some homework before making a purchase can greatly increase your chances of finding shortwave radio listening to be a rewarding hobby from the start. As most salespeople would agree, it is generally accepted that you get what you pay for. This is quite often the case but is not always true. The quality of a shortwave radio is ultimately dependent on the manufacturer and it stands to reason that there are many business models in existence that attempt to produce maximum financial gain from minimum input.

Talking to other shortwave hobbyists or doing some detective work on your own are good ways to learn about the pros and cons of different shortwave radio models, their reliability, as well as personal experiences with shortwave equipment dealers. Participating in radio related internet forum discussions or going to radio club meetings can be a way to educate yourself. Reviews can be a helpful way to become familiar with many of the available features of various shortwave radio models as well as the quirks or undesirable aspects of particular radio sets. However, it is important to understand that some reviewers might give an opinion regarding a product which is biased because of their own interest in somehow making a profit from your purchase. Therefore, taking in more than one or two reviews as well as talking to more experienced shortwave hobbyists is highly recommended as a means to gauge the quality of a particular shortwave radio set, manufacturer or distributor.

3. Functionality: Aside from the ability for a particular radio to connect to and utilize various different external antennas, perhaps the most important defining aspect of a shortwave radio’s capacity is limited by the frequencies which it can receive. When selecting a shortwave radio it is a good idea to make sure that it is capable of receiving in the different modes where transmissions that you would like to monitor occur. The term “shortwave” has a broad scope and is generally used to refer to high frequency (HF) communications consisting of multiple “bands”, or portions of the radio spectrum. Most commercially available shortwave radios provide access to the frequencies where large commercial shortwave stations transmit public broadcasts. However, some radio monitoring hobbyists like to log aircraft, marine activity, or utilities such as beacons and may require special receivers which include frequency coverage which permits doing so. It is important to note that the definition of shortwave bands can vary and not all shortwave receivers cover the entire HF radio spectrum. Some shortwave radios include coverage of bands where ham radio transmissions occur and many receivers include air traffic bands which are considered to be very high frequency (VHF). Due to the popularity of medium wave (MW) AM and FM radio stations, access to the commonly used bands may be included in the coverage of shortwave receivers.

Most of the real optional bells and whistles incorporated into modern shortwave radios are aimed at tuning methods. A lot of the specialized options related to shortwave tuning deal with being able to pull out or eliminate specific signals. For some time now shortwave radios which utilize digital features have included options of tuning in varying steps such as 1, 9, or 10 kHz. For the most part it is a matter of personal preference whether your shortwave radio has a keypad for digital entry, a dial for tuning, or both. Some high end shortwave receivers may even feature a remote control with both a keypad and a dial. There are radios which offer phase locked loop (PLL) circuitry and others that incorporate digital signal processing (DSP) into tuning in order to improve reception. One feature considered valuable to listeners of shortwave radios who seek out more than just the large commercial or national broadcasters is single sideband (SSB) capability. SSB signals are an efficient way to transmit and receive and are often utilized by smaller broadcast stations. Provided that the frequencies are available, a shortwave radio which features SSB functionality may be used to listen to long distance transmissions from ham radio operators and smaller independent broadcasters, as well as the occasional pirate operator.

Other aspects of functionality worthy of consideration when choosing a shortwave receiver include the type of display, methods of tuning, and ability to store preset frequencies by memory. Most shortwave radios above the very low cost handheld models tend to have a digital display these days. Display may feature a light or offer a utilitarian menu which enables access to the radio’s features.It is not vital to understand the ins and outs all of the additional features available in shortwave radios to find a basic set which is suitable the needs of most beginner hobbyists. By first gaining an understanding what you would like to listen to and then making sure that you will not be limited by your choice of equipment you should be able to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.

4. Size: Commonly available shortwave radios for personal use come in sizes ranging from pocket or handheld models to tabletop sets. Handheld shortwave radios can be as small as the size of a wallet which enables portability with ease. Depending on the model, pocket sided to medium sized shortwave receivers are for the most part very well suited for use in a wide range of places. Medium sized shortwave radios can be taken along when traveling as they are easy to pack in luggage and the built in antennas are often sufficient for acceptable reception of transmissions by large international and domestic broadcasters. Medium sized receivers also make for good side table companions in bedrooms and many of them even tend to come with built in alarm clock features.

Larger tabletop shortwave radio sets are typically for stationary use and, although they are probably not the best suited place to set your cup of coffee on, they can be big enough that they can easily collect stacked clutter on their flat surface areas. Despite having adopted the old ham radio terminology of “boat anchor” as a nickname due to their larger size and heft, many modern tabletop shortwave receivers offer all kinds of additional functions and features as well as improved ergonomics when compared to more compact radios. The size of a shortwave radio can affect its functionality due to the omission or inclusion of basic characteristics such as the presence of a built in antenna, external antenna connectibility, or features including frequency coverage. Although there may be a few exceptions, larger tabletop shortwave radios do not typically have built in antennas and are intended for use in environments where listeners have the space required to install a longwire or dipole antenna of some sort or another. Active antennas do make it possible for sophisticated tabletop sets to be utilized in smaller settings and provide an alternative space saving solution but in some cases they can be costly and might not be considered ideal. Many smaller shortwave radios do not have connectors which permit them to be readily interfaced with external antennas requiring plug in type jacks. However, many have used the argument that giving up a few options in a small receiver is a small sacrifice for being able to carry broadcast voices from around the world in the palm of your hand.

5. New or used?: Lets face it, who wouldn’t like to buy a new shortwave radio set if given the choice? However, as the current economic climate might be trying to teach some of us, sometimes being frugal and bargain hunting can serve to lead to an improved quality of life. Even so, from time to time seeking deals that are too good too be true can result in unnecessary hassles when poor quality or irreparable faulty radios are passed on. Some people collect radios as if they were baseball cards. Occasionally extreme radiophiles and avid collectors give in to pleas from family members to make space around the house and cash in on their excesses. Eventually we all pass away and if relatives have no use for the equipment we have collected it ends up in an estate sale. Many avid radio collectors and hobbyist shortwave listeners simply like to wheel and deal. There are plenty of places to find used shortwave radios including internet forums, auctions, established shortwave radio dealers and swap meets such as hamfests.

When considering whether to buy a new or used shortwave radio, the type of warranty offered by the manufacturer or dealer may either add some comfort to the deal or, if non-existent, may increase the amount of risk you are taking. Radio repair shops do exist and they are usually found in conjunction with established dealers or manufacturers, although repair can be costly and, in some cases its availability is dependent on the make of equipment. For many years we have been living in a society that has fostered and encouraged built in obsolescence. In some cases, radio repair is simply not cost effective. Buying a new radio can and should keep you out of repair shops for at least long enough to get settled into shortwave radio listening as a hobby. Taking good care of your equipment and making good choices when purchasing it can help to prolong and ensure that the lifespan of your shortwave radio well exceeds the time it takes to open the box it was shipped in.

Two Way Radios – How to Choose The Best Walkie-Talkie for Your Business Needs

Two way radios can add thousands of dollars to your bottom line in the first year by saving as much as 5-9% of labor time. Make absolutely sure you select the right radio for your needs the first time.

Walkie-Talkies were introduced into typical business practices decades ago. Technology and battery engineering made them cumbersome and difficult to use in everyday applications. However, 2-way radios were recently made super-affordable, more portable and were given a much improved battery life. Combine these advancements with the ability to save countless labor-hours, cost-free talk time and you have one of the most promising bottom-line tools for just about any business.

The key to getting the most out of your two-way radios is to make absolutely certain you choose the correct model the first time you buy your radios. Many small businesses make the mistake by starting off using Family-FRS radios. Typically, these will work out great for the first month. Invariably however, these radios will begin to lose the battery charge, the clips will break off, the speakers will cease to function after a few drops, and the entire radio will need to be replaced within a relatively short period of time. These FRS radios were simply not designed for regular, daily use. They were manufactured almost as toys, and are meant to be used gently a few times per year. Further, according to FCC guidelines, it is a violation to use FRS radios in a business function.

The proper two-way radio makes all the difference in the world. For the most part, any small to upper-medium sized company can benefit from the use of today’s walkie talkies. The cost will typically range from $120 per radio to about $300 each. Improvements in battery design will get a full day use after an overnight charge for as much as 2-3 years of daily use. Plus, the durability of the radios has improved so much that it is not unheard of for some radios to still work great after 10 years.

There are four basic elements to consider in choosing the right radio for your job:

VHF vs. UHF – The difference between UHF and VHF can be explained with frequency penetration. VHF waves travel about twice the distance of UHF waves on open ground, rolling hills or through foliage. However, VHF waves are very poor at penetrating walls, buildings and rugged terrain. So, if you are working exclusively outdoors with open land, rolling hills or heavy trees, VHF radios are the best. In any other situation, including indoor to outdoor use, UHF radios will be the choice. UHF and VHF radios will not communicate with each other.

Power – If the radios will be used within a single building, or outdoors in less than about 1 mile, then a 1-watt radio will be sufficient. If the 2-way radios will be used to communicate between multiple buildings or for up to 2 miles, then a 2-watt radio should be used. There are 4 and 5 watt radios that will communicate consistently at further distances, but there is a limitation to any radio-to-radio communication. Once exceeded, the only way to proceed is through the use of a repeater.

Channels – If your entire group will always be speaking on the same channel at the same time, o matter how many radios you have, you will only need a 1-channel radio. However if you manage, say, a restaurant and you want the valets to be on one channel and the wait-staff to be on another channel, then you will want a 2-channel capable radio system. This will allow each group to communicate individually, but not talk over each other. For you, as the manager, to be able to communicate with both of the groups you will want a radio that “scans”. This will allow you to speak with either group by switching to the appropriate channel automatically.

Durability – Business radios range anywhere form units that are designed for restaurant and hotel use, to radios for heavy-duty military operations. Review the specifications on each unit to determine the best fit for your needs.

By selecting the proper elements in choosing your initial radios, you will be assured of starting off on the right foot communication-wise. You will gain all of the benefits of having two-way radio communication, but will avoid the common pitfall of having to replace old radios that will not work with what should have been used in the first place.

How To Get “Radio-Active” PR For Your Non-Profit Cause: Part Two of Three

FIVE WAYS TO GET ON THE RADIO

Here are five basic methods of fitting your group into the programming at
radio stations:

1) Spot messages

2) Feature stories

3) News

4) Interviews

5) And becoming a reporter.

Here are details on each method.

Spot Messages

Spot messages are short public-service announcements that most stations are
required to carry as part of their license agreement. Getting a spot is not
difficult; you must simply fulfill the program manager’s criteria for the types of
charitable organizations the station is willing to sponsor.

If you are approved, some radio stations will write the public information spot
for you. You need supply only the grist, the basics about your cause and your
organization, and perhaps some flesh -and-blood examples of how you’ve
helped.

But don’t count on getting such assistance. In the majority of cases, the staff is
too busy to do this work for you. And even at stations where they’re prepared
to help, supplying them with copy that requires minimal alteration makes it
more likely your spot will eventually get made and aired.

If you need to write your own spots, here are basic tips for making your spot
appealing.

1. First, remember that spots are typically only a minute long, so the message
must be conveyed in a tightly wrapped form, with the accent on getting the
listener’s attention from the very outset.

2. Spot messages can be informational, telling listeners about the problem
your organization seeks to alleviate and how you go about doing it. In this
case, you need to accent the human dimension of things: a story about
someone you’ve helped, or an individual volunteer’s experiences, for instance.

Alternatively, a spot message can be motivational, urging listeners to get
involved and help give the problem a cure. These kinds of spots demand a tone
of enthusiasm and challenge. They’re pitched directly at the listeners,
summoning them to respond personally.

The appeal should be frank, candid, direct, yet upbeat, not an exercise in guilt-
tripping. “You have what it takes to help a child in need,” is a good example of
a positive way to appeal to someone’s best instincts.

In contrast, a downbeat tone, intended to shame people into helping your
cause, doesn’t conform well with the radio medium: People are listening for
enjoyment and entertainment, and a public information spot that hits a
discordant tone is likely to cause irritation- a switch of the radio dial.

3. No matter what station the promotional spot will run on, keep the language
conversational. Don’t write in long, run-on sentences. Use short, active
phrasing. (“We want to hit a home run against hunger,” for instance. Not: “The
societal disorders evidenced by homelessness should give us all pause for
concern.”

4. Write with directness to take advantage of the immediacy of radio. Speak to
listeners as if they were your friends. Be personal and friendly, projecting a
relationship between your organization and your listeners with liberal use of
words like “you” and “yours.”

5. Avoid jargon, slang, acronyms, or unfamiliar words that might cause people
to scratch their heads instead of focusing on the important things you have to
say.

6. If the radio station runs your spot, be sure to write a note of thanks. “Station
personnel are like everyone else,” says Pete Weitzner of Century Cable. “They
like to feel appreciated, and organizations that show appreciation are more
likely to be helped by people at the station again in the future.”

Feature Pieces

Feature pieces are another form of programming that can provide you an
opening to a station. Your feature piece could be an interview or a report on an
event you are sponsoring in your community. Feature pieces are usually more
analytical and in-depth than spots or news stories.

If you identify a local radio station that does occasional features, call to find
the names of the producers who oversee them. Write to these people about
your project, and the social problem you are covering. Give solid examples of
people being assisted by your efforts. Say that you would be happy to help the
station with your experience and expertise should they be interested in doing a
feature dealing with your issue.

As with newspapers, I also recommend following up your letter with a phone
call, telling the producer you “just wanted to make sure” the letter arrived, and
you’d be happy to answer any questions he or she might have.

Again, as with follow-ups for standard press releases, it’s useful to have
additional noteworthy facts to offer when you make phone contact, to spark
more interest.

Feature stories are most interesting when they include real people. If there’s
someone whose life has been turned around by your charitable organization,
that’s the kind of story people like to hear-and radio can convey it effectively.
So make sure the producer knows if there is such a potential story about your
nonprofit.

News Stories

A charity can be proactive in its approach to radio news, attempting to
generate news stories about itself with press releases. Those releases should
be geared to the style of radio news writing, which gets the basic point of the
story across in the first sentence or two, adds some descriptive imagery, and
ends fairly quickly.

There is also the possibility that your organization’s work could be mentioned
in the context of a “hard news” story. In fact, when you write to the radio-
station producer for any reason, you might gain a special advantage by linking
your organization’s story with a topical story in the news that week or month.
“If your message can be wrapped into a news story … that catches a
programmer’s eye, he or she is likely to add it to the end of an announcer’s
newscast,” writes Marty Schwartz, vice president of sales at New USA, a public-
relations firm in Virginia. “Of course, not every message can be … successful.
There has to be some news value or public-service value inherent in the
message. If it just a ‘product’ pitch, programmers will make their own pitch-
into the circular file-and be sore that you wasted their time. So this is where
some creative thinking about how it can be presented is really valuable.”

Even if an expanded feature program doesn’t fit into the station’s schedule, a
producer or news director who finds your story interesting might see the
opportunity to broadcast an interview with you, or to let someone in your
organization interview someone else involved with the charity.

Interviews

Radio interviews can be divided into three broad categories.

1. The first is akin to feature reporting-a longish interview, conducted by
someone with the station, in which the subject matter and general questions
are known in advance. Such exchanges can even be scripted. But authenticity is
enhanced when there is some spontaneity, so it is better to request a format in
which you don’t stick to a text, but only to an overall framework of questions
that have been agreed to in advance.

2. There is the interview conducted by the charity itself. While these can be
effective, especially if done with leeway for ad-libbed conversation to boost
credibility, there is something more authoritative for many listeners when a
station employee conducts the interview.

3. There is the news interview conducted by a reporter. These can be the most
intimidating exchanges for the interviewee, because the questions aren’t
reviewed in advance, so you have to be quick on your feet in answering.

If you have an opportunity to choose among these various formats, the one
that usually offers the most potential to show you and your organization to
best advantage is the first, because it is more relaxed and you’re usually given
a chance to know what you’ll be asked about and to frame your responses in
advance.

If you are interviewed, it is recommended that you try to get to know the
interviewer before the tape actually starts rolling. This will help you relax
during the interview itself. When the interview is under way, don’t step on the
interviewer’s questions, and pace yourself in your answers.

And when it is over, make sure get a recording of your appearances, just as
with any print stories that appear about your organization, you should collect
your radio “clips”-i.e., record your appearances-and assemble a little cassette
of your best sound bites. These can be used for an “audio press kit” to help
line up future radio appearances.

Becoming a Reporter

A last way you can gain access to radio is to become something of a reporter
or commentator for a station in your area. If you play your cards right, you can
turn into a station’s local expert, who is called on whenever news relating to a
specific issue arises.

Gary Millspaugh, executive director of the Allentown Rescue Mission in
Allentown, Pennsylvania, knows the value of becoming a resource to a radio
station. “I attended the Presidents’ Summit on volunteerism in Philadelphia,” he
says. “I thought hard in advance about how to turn that trip into publicity for
our rescue mission, which serves up to eight hundred homeless men per year,
and has a 70-percent success rate in getting people out of the debilitating
problems that led them to the streets. Our graduates get into jobs and a
responsible, self-sufficient life.”

To turn his trip to the Summit into more than just a jaunt to Philadelphia, he
called his contacts at major radio stations (he is meticulous, he says, in always
nurturing relationships with key people in the local media) and he let them
know that he would be attending the Summit and could offer first-person
perspective. His efforts won him two rounds of publicity.

First, he got coverage prior to the Summit for being a local service-provider
who would be going to the event. Second, he got publicity while he was in
Philadelphia. After President Clinton’s speech, for instance, Gary called one of
the largest Allentown-area stations, and was put on the air during drive-time
(the afternoon “rush hour,” when listenership is highest). “I basically became
their on-the-scene commentator on the president’s speech and the Summit,”
he recalls.

This kind of vigorous courting of the media is “essential” for any charity that
wants “to survive in the incredibly competitive world of nonprofits today,”

Gary argues. “The inescapable fact is that if you’re a nonprofit or a charity,
you’re engaged in a competitive activity. You have to view it as competitive. As
rough as it might sound, you’re in a win/lose proposition. If you don’t put your
resources to a winning use, you’ll lose-and be out of the business of helping
others.”

If you’re as successful as he was in winning an opportunity to become sort of a
freelance reporter on a social issue, keep in mind some basics of radio
journalism. Facts should be conveyed clearly and accurately. Keep your
sentences short. Use words that carry color and meaning. Make the
chronological presentation orderly and understandable.

THE GREAT WORLD OF TALK RADIO

In addition to the above methods of getting your message on the radio, there
is also an entire world of talk radio that offers you instant access to the
airwaves.

In fact, talk radio offers excellent possibilities for organizations with a socially
significant message, especially if you have someone in your organization who
can be seen as an expert in a field.

(Ironically, the more you appear on talk radio, the more you become an expert,
as one’s expertise usually gains a heightened status from being on the radio.)

One advantage of some talk-radio shows is that their audiences may be more
affluent, with more money to invest. This observation should perk up ears
among charities and nonprofits looking for donors.

But while talk-radio provides fertile ground for publicity, you should still
remember that radio stations operate not to perform charity but to generate
ratings so they can make money.

So they’re not going to invite a spokesman for a charitable group on who has
nothing interesting to talk about.

They’re not going to devote their time to conversations about next weekend’s
fundraising car wash.

This means that your creativity is highly tested if you seek to get on talk radio,
just as with all other aspects of promotional campaigns. When you contact a
radio station producer to suggest focusing on something that has to do with
your nonprofit cause, the producer is going to ask what’s unique and
interesting about your subject: What is it that will grab listeners and keep them
from pushing another button on the dial?

That’s the question you have to ask yourself about every idea you consider
pitching to any media outlet. You have to be able to answer it again and again
during your marketing efforts. If you can’t answer it, you have no business
doing promotion in the first place.

One wonderful advantage of radio today is that you don’t have be in the studio
to perform your part. You can be on the phone, calling from your office, car, or
from across the country. You are simply “patched in” to the show, with the
audience knowing nothing about where you are located.

Interviews on talk-radio programs can vary from fifteen min to an hour in
length. On many shows, guests are also asked to take calls from listeners.

If you have an opportunity to be on a talk, how, it is useful to give your host a
list of ten to fifteen questions that you would like to be asked.

Although there is no guarantee your questions will be used, many hosts
appreciate having your questions supplied because they interview such a wide
variety of guests that they can’t be well-versed on all the subjects under
discussion. Your questions therefore act as pointers and cues that make them
look intelligent and knowledgeable.

On the other hand, be careful about getting too scripted. When an
organization seeks to get on talk shows, it is best to choose the person among
its staff or officials who is most knowledgeable and articulate about the group
and its work and can ad-lib.

Many shows like to be flexible, taking a diversion from the announced subject.
After all, nothing runs as smoothly when it’s scripted. The worst shows are the
ones where they just read off a list of questions. So be sure your spokesperson
is comfortable talking on his or her feet.

Here are a few additional pointers for targeting talk radio.

o To increase your chances of being on radio stations around the country,
submit your name and organization’s project to Newsmaker Interviews, a
publication to which dozens of radio stations across the country subscribe. It
lists potential guests and their topics in detail.

o Another publication to consider is The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities
and Spokespersons, which provides an “encyclopedia of sources” to
subscribing hosts and producers from media outlets nationwide. It has a Web
site: http://www.yearbooknews.com.

Talk-radio producers are heavily worked, almost always busy lining up guests
and arranging the logistics of each program. You might not reach a producer
the first time you try calling. Persistence is usually required.

o When you call a talk-radio producer, show that you know something
about the program by mentioning a recent topic or guest.

o Try to link your idea with some issue or event that’s in the news. Most
producers look to the headlines first in trying to line up show topics.

o If you can inject controversy into your topic, you have an advantage in
trying to get a guest spot. Talk radio generally thrives on dramatic issues and
exchanges. It isn’t supposed to be sleep-inducing.

Look for the third part of this article, next week.

Buying a Two Way Radio

A two way radio is generally a handheld device that can be used for a variety of purposes. The most common and popular use of this type of a radio is for communication. Such a radio can be used for sending and receiving data or signals at the same time. This makes these devices convenient to use. These days, two way radios come with a lot of features. These features have been added keeping in mind the needs of the users. These radios are available in different price ranges. Most radios of this type are affordable. Also these radios are available in several different variants.

Every person uses a two way radio for different purposes. Therefore, the type of radio that is purchased by a customer depends upon the usage of the radio for the person. There are several things that have to be kept in mind when buying a two way radio. One of the main considerations includes the basic components of the radio. One of the most important components that need to be checked is the battery. Most of these types of radios come with an internal rechargeable battery. These batteries simply need charging for the radios to be used for a long time. One the other hand many radios come with replaceable batteries. In these radios, once the life of the batteries gets over, the batteries need to be replaced with new ones to continue using the radio.

Another factor that determines the two way radio that can be purchased is the features or the functions that are available in the radio. Many radios have special functions that attract a large number of customers. Many times these radios have features that help in navigation or for outdoor activities like hunting etc. A lot of people prefer these types of radios. However, these are more expensive than the radios that have normal or ordinary functions.

One more thing that can be focused on when buying two way radios includes GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) channels. Most radios come with this feature so that the signal can be received more clearly. This feature can also help one catch exclusive frequencies. The incorporation of this feature makes a two way radio more expensive than the normal radios.

The cost of this type of radio also needs to be considered before one can be purchased. These radios are generally affordable. However, if a person needs extra features in the radio, one has to spend a little more.

These types of radios are very useful and can be used for many types of activities. For making the best choice when this type of a radio has to be purchased, one must know about all the features that this type of radio offers or incorporates. This will ensure that a person knows what features one wants in the two way radio that they are purchasing. This also ensures that a person makes the purchase within their budget and does not end up spending more for a 2 way radio that does not serve them and their business well.