Which Two-Way Radios Work Over Long Distances?

When it comes to two-way radios, the ability to communicate across great distances is critical. From construction sites to manufacturing plants to first responders in the field, you need to know that your radio can reach everyone on your crew.

To help you choose the best fit for your workplace, Radio Communications of Virginia (RCV) put this blog together to see which two-way radios work over long distances. 

What Determines a Radio’s Range?

Communicating Over Long DistancesUnderstanding the factors that dictate a two-way radio’s range is crucial for optimizing communication. First, there’s the radio’s frequency. This significantly influences how far the signal can travel. Higher frequencies usually have shorter ranges, while lower frequencies can travel further. 

On the flip side, the more powerful the radio’s output is, the more it’s able to transmit over long distances. Another aspect that has a direct correlation to radio range is the antenna. A high-quality antenna can make all the difference when it comes to how far you can reach your coworkers. 

Additionally, location plays a big part in your radio’s communication capabilities. Wide open areas allow the radio signal to travel far, while dense forests, mountains, and tall buildings can make it challenging for the signal to reach as far. 

Long-Range Communication With Motorola Radios

As a leader in telecommunications, Motorola radios are renowned for their exceptional long-range capabilities. They stand out for a variety of reasons, such as their state-of-the-art technology and durability. However, their range is just as reliable as their ability to stand up to a hard day’s work.

Many Motorola two-way radios include powerful transmitters, which helps them cover a lot of ground without compromising signal strength. They’re also equipped with the kind of technology that can come in handy when you’ve got colleagues in the field. With GPS, you can locate your team whether they’re offsite or en route.

One two-way radio that’s prepared to work well just about anywhere is the Motorola WAVE™ TLK100. It features a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that makes it easy to reach even in lower levels like parking garages and basements.

How to Improve Radio Range

ConstructionIn addition to getting a Motorola two-way radio for your staff, you can also add some radio solutions that will enhance your radio range even further. For example, installing a repeater on your jobsite is an effective way to amplify radio signals and increase your range.

Another option is adding a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) or a Distributed Antenna System (DAS). With BDAs/DAS onsite, your two-way radio signal is capable of going around or through thick building materials like steel and concrete. They also act as a range extender, much like our Motorola series repeaters do.

Learn More About Communicating Over Long Distances

To find out which two-way radios work best for you and your business, contact RCV for a consultation. We’re proud to offer Motorola two-way radios for sale, rentals, and government contracts. Plus, we also carry two-way radio accessories, like antennas, that can extend your range. Contact us to get started.