There are numerous factors to consider when purchasing long range two-way radios; therefore, we have compiled the list below to help you to make an informed choice.

1. What range does my two-way radio need?

When purchasing two way radio, range is one of the most important features to consider. The range and effectiveness of the radio is dependent on two key factors: the frequency that the walkie talkie emits (either UHF or VHF) and the environment that the radio is being used in. We have compiled this guide to ensure you choose the right long range walkie talkie for your needs.

UHF vs. VHF: frequency is key

Radio frequency - VHF vs UHFUltra-High Frequency (UHF) radios operate on frequencies between 400 to 512 MHz. The frequency of the waves is greater than those of very high frequency; therefore, they are able to penetrate obstacles and thus transmit the signal with more obstruction present.

UHF radios are typically used in built-up areas and indoors, as the frequency of the waves works well in such environments.

Very High Frequency (VHF) operates between 136 to 174MHz. They have longer waves and remain closer to the surface; hence, they can cover a greater distance. VHF radios work best when there is a clear line of sight from radio to radio with little obstruction.

This feature makes them ideal for open space usage such as golf courses and for maritime activities.

Some tips to increase your range

  • Full battery and high power mode
  • Open up the ‘monitor’ function on your radio
  • Install a repeater
  • Invest in a whip antenna

Walkie talkie battery life2. Battery life

Power is an important factor not only for range but also for signal strength and audio quality. Be sure to sure to use the most efficient batteries available. NiMH batteries are renowned for providing the radio with the enough power to transmit signal over the greatest distance.

The ability to receive signal won’t change when using this specific battery pack; however, the transmitting power will improve significantly.

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3. Repeaters

A repeater essentially receives a signal and re-transmits it over a longer range. This occurs via a process known as duplexing; the radio receives the signal on one frequency and then transmits it on through another.

4. Antenna

The ‘whip’ antenna in particular provides the two way radio with a higher point of transmission. Antennas play a great part in boosting both your receiving and transmitting capabilities.

The whip antenna is longer and more difficult to package than the standard stub antenna; however, this is a small sacrifice to pay for the extended range.

Recommendations

Typically a VHF frequency would be the preferred option when choosing a two-way radio specifically for its range. However, adding powerful batteries and the right antenna will certainly boost the range of a UHF two-way radio. Some long range two way radios come in both UHF and VHF variations, so be sure make the right choice for your activity.

Take a look at the top 6 best long range walkie talkies on the market below:

Suggested long range licensed radios

Mitex General Xtreme long range two-way radios1. Mitex General Xtreme

The Mitex GeneralX Twin Pack is a set of two robust, heavy duty two-way radios that work with existing Mitex models (General, Pro and DMR). With an IP66 rating, the walkie talkies are resistant to dust, water and vibrations, making them suitable for industrial, working and outdoor environments.

Key features: 

  • Up to 25km range
  • IP66 rating: dust, water and vibration resistant
  • Powerful 5 watt rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries
  • Compact and heavy-duty

 

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Vertex VX-261 2. Vertex VX-261

The Vertex Standard VX-261 two way radio is part of the new VX 260 range of Vertex portable two way radios. This pre-programmed radio offers the ideal combination of features and performance for efficiency, reliability and inter-operability.

Key features:

  • Up to 25km range
  • 700 mW internal speaker
  • Superior audio quality
  • Lone worker features

 

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3. Motorola DP1400Motorola DP1400 long range two-way radios

The Motorola DP1400 offers flexible analogue and digital communications, with high voice clarity, superior audio and the full range of features you would expect from a Motorola radio. This radio requires a licence for use in the UK.

Key features:

  • Up to 25km range
  • IP54 rating
  • Compatible with existing analogue radios
  • Noise-cancelling software

 

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4. Mitex PMR446 Xtreme2Mitex PMR446 Xtreme2

The IP66-rated Mitex PMR446 Xtreme2 Two-Way Radio is the flagship 446 licence-free radio designed with versatility and ease of use in harsher environments in mind.

Key features:

  • up to 12km range
  • IP66 Rating
  • Compact, lightweight and durable
  • 15 channels

 

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Midland G105. Midland G10

The Midland G10 two-way radio is a small and compact professional walkie-talkie that is easy to use and provides clear, crisp communication.

Key features:

  • Up to 10km range
  • 16 channels, 51 CTCSS and 83 DCS code
  • VOX function
  • Audio squelch (Noise-cancelling)

 

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6. Motorola TLKR T80 ExtremeMotorola T80 Extreme long range two-way radios

Robust and weatherproof licence-free radios – an ideal tool for simple communications, particularly outdoors and in hazardous environments.

Key features:

  • Up to 10km range
  • 8 channels and 121 codes
  • LED torch
  • Back-lit LCD display

 

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