Two-Way Radio Purchasing | UHF vs. VHF

Posted by Two-Way Direct on 6th Sep 2022

   Welcome to Two Way Direct, your number one two-way radio dealer in the US. We not only offer all major brand products, but we do so at the lowest prices guaranteed.

   Purchasing a two-way radio system is a unique process due to the factors involved in creating the perfect system for each individual person or business. Whether your team will require a more durable product or if you are simply looking for a minimalistic radio to connect within a small space, it’s always best to understand how to get started in the search process.

   The first thing to ask yourself is, “Do I need these new radios to be able to work with any existing radios?” If so, begin looking at products within that same frequency band, which you are currently on, whether that is UHF or VHF. If you aren’t sure which one you are working with, feel free to give us a call at 888-742-5893 and we can help to answer this question for you.

   If you are purchasing a completely new system, you will need to understand the difference between UHF and VHF handhelds in order to find which one will work best for your application.

   UHF two-way radios have the ability to penetrate through walls and other obstacles, and is the most popular frequency option. VHF, however, will allow for better coverage in an open environment and with line-of-site communication.

   While understanding the difference between these frequency bands is important, you will also want to learn how to optimize this coverage. Once you have chosen either UHF or VHF, you will then need to increase your power output. If you need even more coverage, repeaters can be centrally located within your communication zone in order to boost communications even further. In the case of a repeater, however, be sure to limit the distance of your coax cable in order to prevent line loss. Lastly, choose the best type of antenna for your communications.

   Whether you reach out for help or if you choose to fly solo in your search for a two-way radio system, it is highly recommended that you talk with a professional first in order to make sure that your product is not only compatible, but that it will work in your environment as the best option for your application.

   Two Way Direct offers free programming with the purchase of any new two-way radios and is happy to take the hassle of purchasing a new system out of your hands. Simply give us a call at 888-742-5893 or request a quote and we will get back with you. 

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