When purchasing a two-way radio, we might consider the question of what is the best range for my two-way radio? 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 UHF Ultra-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.

Tips to increase your range

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

Below are our top 3 long range two-way radios!

1. Motorola DP2400 two-way radioMotorola DP2400 two-way radio

The Motorola DP2400 is a versatile and powerful radio from the DP2000 Series.  It can be operated in digital or analogue mode and is available in UHF and VHF frequency bands. It requires a licence for use in the UK.

Key features:

  • 5 watt radio, up to 25km range
  • Price does not include programming costs
  • Battery life – 11.5 hours in digital mode, 8 hours in analogue mode
  • Frequency band – VHF or UHF
  • 16 Channels
  • Is repeater capable


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2. Entel HX486 two-way radio

Entel HX486 two-way radio

The Entel HX486 Advanced Signalling Keypad delivers loud and high quality audio in a robust and compact licensed two way radio, operating on the 400 – 470MHz frequency band. This radio requires a licence for use in the UK.

Key features:

  • Also available in VHF
  • 255 channels
  • LCD display
  • Receiving signal strength indicator
  • Exceeds MIL Standard 810 C/D/E/F


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3. Vertex VX-354 two-way radio

Vertex VX-354 two-way radio

The Vertex VX-354 handheld, all-purpose licensed radio, is compact and easily portable. Being both economical as well as safety-conscious, this radio includes a built-in emergency notification that will send an emergency unit ID and transmit with a live microphone, perfect when working alone. This radio requires a licence for use in the UK.

Key features:

  • 16 channel licensed radio in both UHF and VHF versions
  • IP55 rating for dust and water protection
  • ARTS equipped with quality audio output
  • 6 scan features


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