Nowadays, the use of two-way radios is widespread in the professional sphere; the instant communication they offer makes organisation and coordination tasks much more straightforward. To help you to make an informed decision, we have compiled a list of features and products to look out for when purchasing a professional two-way radio.

Key Features for your Professional Two-Way Radio

Two-Way Radios for Construction

On a construction site, the use of two-way radios can be critical. They are generally full of obstructions (walls, scaffolding etc.); therefore, in order to communicate clearly, a radio using a UHF frequency would be the obvious choice.

A crucial feature for such an environment is noise-cancelling technology. Construction sites are bustling places; with a noise-cancelling receiver, no matter how loud the background noise, your voice will be heard.

Key features to consider:

  • Robustness
  • Noise-cancelling technology
  • Range & frequency
Motorola DP2400 1 professional two-way radioMotorola DP1400 1Vertex VX-451 1 professional two-way radio
Motorola DP2400Motorola DP1400Vertex VX-451

Two-Way Radios for Maritime Use

Without doubt, the two most important features for maritime two-way radios are range and IP rating. The latter is particularly relevant, as it denotes the level of water-resistance of the device – this is vital for safe and reliable use in a maritime environment.

The ‘weather update’ feature is also very useful while at sea; it provides you with weather updates and allows you to be aware of/guide yourself away from unfavourable conditions.

Key features to consider:

  • IP Rating
  • Range & Frequency
  • Audio quality
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Entel HT20Entel HT723Entel HT649

Two-Way Radios for Schools and Colleges

Range and reliability are the most important features to consider when buying radios for use on a school/college campus.

It is vital to maintain contact at all times, especially when the safety of others is in question. For this reason, we would recommend a radio with a UHF frequency; as campuses are often built-up areas, any two-way radio will need to be able to penetrate obstructions.

In addition, you should take into account the IP rating, ensuring your device will not fail when it matters most.

Key features to consider:

  • UHF or VHF
  • Emergency function
  • IP rating
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Motorola TLKR T80 ExtremeMotorola TLKR T80Motorola TLKR T60

Two-Way Radios for Event Management

As events generally attract a lot of people, it can prove difficult to keep in touch with colleagues. The simplest way to maintain contact is through a reliable professional two-way radio. Unlike with other industries, the features on these two-way radios are geared towards simplicity and functionality.

For event management, range capability remains as important as ever. We recommend a VHF radio for an outdoor event with limited obstruction, while a UHF device would be more suitable in a built-up indoor environment.

However, the majority of those purchasing two-way radios in this field are using them at indoors; therefore, the devices we recommend below are UHF radios.

Key features to consider:

  • Hands free (VOX function)
  • Channels
  • Range
Dynascan R-58 1 professional two-way radioMidland D-200 1Mitex Pro 1
Dynascan R-58Midland D-200Mitex Pro

Two-Way Radios for Transportation

Communication for drivers is a necessity to maintain contact with control in addition to other drivers. Two-way radios allow drivers to pass on vital information (such as traffic and roads diversions), therefore making for a quick and smooth journey.

You may want to take into consideration a professional two-way radio with multiple channels and sub-channels as you may need to maintain several conversations with different vehicles simultaneously.

Additionally, the weather and NOAA alerts feature could prove handy in avoiding poor driving conditions.

Key features to consider:

  • Range
  • VOX hands free function
  • Weather alerts, NOAA alert and emergency channel
Motorola DP2600 1Entel HX425 1Vertex VX-454 1
Motorola DP2600Entel HX425 Adv. SignallingVertex VX-454

Two-Way Radios for Hotels

Communication and organisation are critical in running a successful hotel business; thus, a professional two-way radio is an essential piece of equipment for staff.

However, the necessary features may vary between roles. A hotel restaurant manager may need a more compact radio (as they tend to be on their feet), whereas a receptionist would need a different device entirely.

Key features to consider:

  • VOX hands free function
  • Range and frequency – consider the signal obstruction inside buildings
  • Channels, sub channels and codes
Motorola T60 3Motorola CLP446 5Midland G18 PMR446 3
Motorola TLKR T60Motorola CLP446Midland G18 PMR446


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