How To Choose Your 2 way radio

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We all created home-made walkie talkie radios when we were young, out of plastic cups and string. Pretending to communicate to each other via the power of fibre led to endless hours of fun and laughter. Luckily, as we got older and discovered a little of the science behind telecommunications, we realise it takes a little more than string to converse with others in other locations. We realise that the grown up version of the Walkie Talkie is in fact a highly beneficial tool used throughout all society, from businesses, to military and also day to day consumers.

As opposed to the broken cups we used to shout in to, communication via the walkie talkie radio involves speaking into the mouthpiece of a small hand-held radio that can fit in the palm of your hand. By holding down a small button while speaking, the words are instantly transmitted to the receiver via their walkie talkie radio. Release the button when you’ve finished speaking and hear the received response transmitted back to you.

You can buy two different types of walkie talkie radio; licensed and unlicensed. Licensed walkie talkies have a specific radio frequency in which the communications are transmitted across. The frequency is isolated and will only be used by one set users at one time. In contrast, unlicensed varieties are what you would normally purchase in most electronic stores. While these are a more cost effective option, unlicensed walkie talkie radios do not have a designated frequency and as a result, can suffer with cross communication from other users.

Depending on how you plan on using your walkie talkie radio will determine the type you will need to purchase. If your communication is just for leisure purposes, such as hiking or skiing, you could consider investing in an unlicensed version. The main purposes of walkie talkie radios on a ski holiday for example, are to help you keep in touch with others and to protect your safety, should you have an accident on the mountain. For these purposes, an unlicensed model would be more than sufficient, especially considering you will only be using it for a few weeks while on holiday.

If however, you need your walkie talkie radio for a more prolonged period for business purposes, you would probably want to consider a licensed model. Security guards and taxi drivers for example would need to function on their own frequency; it wouldn’t be appropriate (or safe for security guards) to be sharing a frequency with others. There are options to use a voice scrambler if you are looking to keep conversations private or sub channels that allow for private communications, within an existing network.

Aside from being licensed or unlicensed, the coverage available with walkie talkie radios is likely to be another contributing factor when choosing your model. Most radios will cover an area of around about two miles radius however if you require distance in excess of five miles, you should definitely be looking to invest in a licensed radio.

Also, if you plan on having a number of different operators using the walkie talkie radios, you will also need to ensure that a compatibility system is available. This allows communication to take place between different users without any interference.

While the boom of the mobile phone has certainly taken the consumer market by storm in terms of communication, there are many situations where the phone simply doesn’t even compare to the walkie talkie radio in terms of its capabilities. Not only do walkie talkie radios not go out of signal range like mobile phones, you also don’t have to worry about running out of credit at a crucial moment or paying for calls. Communication is instant and in situations concerning safety and security, these features could be lifesaving.

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A Look Back At Air’s ‘Talkie Walkie’ Ten Years Later (Recap)

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On Tuesday A Look Back At Air’s ‘Talkie Walkie’ Ten Years Later was a top story. Here is the recap: (Radio.com) Radio.com takes a special look back at Air’s 2004 full-length Talkie Walkie which turned 10 this month, and will be the focus of a special anniversary reissue package due later this year.
When the band Air emerged from Versailles, France, in 1998 with their debut album Moon Safari, the group’s dreamy sound swept over the music world like a cool summer breeze. From the opening instrumental, “La Femme d’Argent,” to the album’s appropriately cheeky left field hit, “Sexy Boy,” the duo’s mlange of lounge-intensive ’60s sounds with the whimsy of fellow countryman Serge Gainsbourg was an immediate hit in hip, dimly-lit bedrooms around the world.

Following Moon Safari, Air released the highly successful film score for Sofia Coppola’s gauzy 1999 movie, The Virgin Suicides. The duo’s upward trajectory stalled a bit with the release of the experimental 10,000 Hz Legend (2001). Heavy with Daft Punk-like vocoder and a dizzying variety of sounds, the relatively muted response to the record gave the duo a renewed sense of purpose when approaching its’ follow-up full-length.

“We were kind of pretentious going into 10,000 Hz Legend,” admitted Air’s Nicolas Godin during a recent phone call from France to discuss Walkie Talkie, now 10 years old (it was released on Jan. 27, 2004). “We were kind of full of ourselves after Moon Safari, so there was a lot of ambition on [10,000 Hz Legend]. I think we tried too hard with it. So for Talkie Walkie, we didn’t have any expectations or particular ambitions. It was just JB and I, no collaborators,” he said in regards to the band’s other half, Jean-Benoit Dunckel. “We just wanted to make something simple.”

Over the course of two interviews, both Godin and Dunckel looked back on Talkie Walkie with palpable fondness, placing it high in their personal rankings of the band’s discography. They answered questions honestly and frankly, particularly Dunckel, whose personal recollections of the time bordered on the TMI (more on that later).

Both members agree that Air is taking 2014 off to work on individual projects, including the first solo release from Godin (“all I can say is that it sounds nothing at all like anything I’ve ever done”) and Dunckel releasing the second album by Tomorrow’s World, a collaboration with vocalist Lou Hayter) but plan to reconvene for a new Air album and tour in 2015. In the meantime, they’re sifting through outtakes and live tracks from the era for a special 10th anniversary Talkie Walkie reissue.

Read more at http://www.antimusic.com/news/14/January/ts28A_Look_Back_At_Airs_Talkie_Walkie_Ten_Years_Later.shtml#uFLOo8uWPsyeDgOh.99

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When To Use A Walkie Talkie

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Surely by now most of us have outgrown our childhood days of running around our neighborhood playing tag with our friends, but using walkie-talkies still have some great real-world applications for adults.

For those who enjoy role playing during our recreational time, the headset handsfree walkie-talkies are great options. They allow us to continue to track our target and team without having to worry about keying the mic every time we want to talk.

Smaller wristwatch walkie talkies for kids and adults allow moms and dads to give a very portable unit to their child and attach it to their wrists. Some of these are even long distance walkie talkies and can transmit for many miles. This alleviates having to worry about whether the child will inadvertently set the walkie-talkie radio down someplace.

Walkie-Talkies use wireless signals that communicate with another Walkie Talkie devices like walkie talkie headsets and other accessories over a limited range. It becomes extremely important in patrols, drills, office issues and it is a fun thing to indulge in, during outdoor picnics or treks.
Manufacturers like Motorola offer a more serious packaging however, still other models like Freetalker offer 2-way radios in the form of wristwatches and these somehow become very important when jumpy teenagers are taken to crowded public areas. This brand also customizes the frequency range and channels based on customer requests.
Unless something is blocking the radio signal like some kind of metal walkie talkies will work where other kinds of communication will typically not. Even satellite communications can fail when the sky is clouded or stormy. This is, not the case with the two-way radios, as they will even work on the cloudy days because the radio waves bounce around under the clouds.

The walkie-talkie radio is an cheap and efficient way of having good dependable communication with others when other types of communication will not work at all.

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Storage Spaces 2 way radios in Warehouses

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Most of us don’t really think about it, but warehouses play an important part in our lives. When we shop at a supermarket, visit an electronics store, or order online from a major retailer, we are buying items that, at one time or another, have to be stored somewhere.

Its not just completed products, either. Once an item has been manufactured, it must then be stored before transit, meaning that most factories incorporate a considerable amount of space to the storage of completed products, ready for shipping.

The modern warehouse is a vital component in the supply chain process. As a result, a good, well-run warehouse facility is becoming increasingly important to long-term business performance. Warehouse operations have a direct impact on the availability and quality of the product itself and, as a result, one of the first steps on the road to customer satisfaction is a strong, well-organized warehouse staff.

How do the managers keep the staff so collaborative? Via the use of Walkie Talkie communications, of course.

Warehouses employ thousands of people nationwide and it is of absolute importance to the managers of these facilities that those people are contactable, safe and kept up-to-speed with any relevant information. This is entirely possible only with modern two-way radio systems.

It is not uncommon for a warehouse employee to walk the equivalent of seven to fifteen miles a day and, as a result, the job can be strenuous and stressful. Quick, reliable communication is essential to keep employee supervisors apprised of any medical problems that may arise as a result of a tough working day.

Regular, reliable communications in all areas of the warehouse are of paramount importance to the overall running of the facility (as well as to the profits of the parent company). Management, staff, production, stores and sales need to be informed about any problems as they occur; the company also needs a regular, speedy and accurate stock inventory provided to them at regular intervals.

A successful company is like a well-oiled machine and good, clear communications are key when it comes to ensuring that all of those proverbial cogs are greased up and working in the proper manner. Two-way radios are portable, durable and feature crystal clear audio, allowing for fast, accurate messages to be sent over large distances with maximum efficiency and minimum fuss.

We don’t often stop to consider how important warehouses and their dedicated staff actually are, but we really ought to. Warehouses are just another complex, yet vitally important operation made simple by two-way radios.

UK ham radio licence revalidation figures

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The RSGB reports that 61,000 of the approximately 83,000 amateur 2 way Radio licences in Ofcom’s database have been revalidated

walkie talkie long rangeBy the end of June, all licence holders who have yet to revalidate will have been contacted by Ofcom. If you have not revalidated yet, now is the time to do it.

Read the RSGB report at
http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2014/06/13/
licence-revalidation-figures/

Ofcom introduced the “Lifetime” licence requiring 5 yearly revalidation in December 2006 but it seems they didn’t set up an automatic mechanism to revoke licences that were not revalidated. All licences issued during the past 8.5 years remain in the database. It is presumed that at some point over the Summer Ofcom will at last revoke the unvalidated licences.

Clearly 61,000 is not the total of UK 2 way Radio amateurs since a large number of people hold multiple licences. Ofcom have been allowing individuals to revalidate two Full licences (old Class A, Class B, Class A/B calls) as well also allowing those who have done the RCF exams to revalidate up to three callsigns (Fnd, Int, Full).

The Essex Ham website shows that validating your licence is a straight-forward procedure. If you experience difficulties or need assistance in processing your licence online, please call Ofcom on 0300 123 1000 or 020-7981 3131.

With the help of friends in government, Motorola achieves telecom supremacy

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After communication breakdowns contributed to the deaths of 125 New York firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001, the nation spent tens of billions of dollars making public safety radios more compatible, no matter their brand.

The vast majority of those tax dollars landed at the feet of Motorola. The market leader for years has held an iron grip over pricing power for the gadgets that let police, firefighters and other first responders talk during emergencies.

That spending has delivered some public benefit. Nearly a decade after a commissions report, radio connections have improved. New Yorks networks, for example, performed well after Hurricane Sandy last year.

Kansas Citys Metropolitan Area Regional two Way Radio System is known as a sparkling success story in the nations push for seamless communication among public safety workers.

The metrowide systems 2012 upgrade for 24,000 workers is also but one example of how, in domino-like fashion, Motorola leveraged one contract to land the next and the next.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sees a national system riddled with too many weak signals and fragmented frequencies. The push to resolve such issues with competitively priced upgrades has moved at a snails pace.

A McClatchy investigation over seven months found that in one region after another, city, county and state officials favored Motorola, helping the firm secure an estimated 80 percent of all the emergency telecommunications business in America.

In a 2011 report, Congress investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office, warned that government agencies may be overpaying for radios because they lack buying power in relationship to device manufacturers.

From the nations capital to the Midwest to the Pacific Coast, government officials have handed the company noncompetitive contracts, used modifications of years-old contracts to acquire new systems or crafted bid specifications to Motorolas advantage.

Those officials, perhaps without recognizing their collective role, helped stunt the very competition needed to hold down prices.

In a weakly policed but humongous patchwork of as many as 20,000 city, county, state and federal two-way radio networks, governments have paid as much as $7,500 apiece for Motorola models. They paid those prices even while some competitors offered products meeting the same specifications for a fraction of the cost.

In Europe, albeit with a lower-power network that requires more costly towers and infrastructure, police radios serving the same functions sell for $500 to $700.

Motorolas contract wins have been clouded by irregularities or allegations of government favoritism in Chicago, Dallas and the San Francisco Bay Area and on statewide systems in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Washington, to name a few. Losing bidders often have been left chafing with the belief that they werent playing on a level field.

State officials in Kansas bypassed state competitive bidding requirements in 2005 with an unusual modification of a 1991 contract with Motorola one providing for a new, $50 million digital system. State officials defended their action by arguing that competitive bids were taken on the original system 14 years earlier.

In Chicago, city officials justified a noncompetitive, $23 million contract on the grounds it would protect a $2 million investment in proprietary Motorola equipment. The citys inspector general found the equipments actual value was $350,000.

Between 2009 and 2011, the state of Iowa issued five solicitations for radio bid prices that each favored Motorola, one requiring that two knobs on the radios be exactly 19 millimeters apart a parameter fitting only a Motorola radio, The Des Moines Register first reported.

While our public safety people do an extraordinary job in protecting the public, I am not impressed with the choices theyve made relative to technology, said Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, who represents part of Silicon Valley and has for years monitored Motorolas dominance with chagrin.

She called radio prices of $5,000 and above ludicrous.

Industry dominator

Illinois-based Motorola Solutions, as its public safety arm has been called since Motorola Inc. split in two in 2011, declined to make its chief executive, Gregory Brown, available for an interview. Nor would the company respond to detailed questions submitted by McClatchy.

Instead, Motorola issued a statement saying that it has developed state-of-the-art technology to support the challenging and demanding missions of public safety for more than 80 years.

Customers choose Motorola because we have remained committed to serving these dedicated professionals by closely listening to them and responding with innovative solutions that meet their needs, it said.

Yet McClatchys investigation found that:

Even after uniform design standards for two-way radios took hold in 2005, Motorola found ways to elbow rivals out of some markets by peddling proprietary extras that dont interact with non-Motorola radios, such as special encryption software sold for a few dollars per radio in states including Kansas and Missouri.

Many cities and counties have awarded Motorola sole source contracts by using cooperative contracts that piggyback on deals that Motorola won competitively elsewhere. In 2011, financially distressed Fort Worth, Texas, and Washington, D.C., each handed Motorola a $50 million deal by adopting pricing from a Houston-Galveston area regional contract.

Auditors who track grants from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies have given little scrutiny to state and local officials who tilt procurements toward Motorola, including those who ignore requirements that its radios fully interact with other brands.

Motorolas rugged two-way radios, able to survive a dropped bowling ball or submersion in a tank of water, have for decades set the standard for performance in the emergency communications market.

Youll never get fired for buying Motorola, goes the saying.

The company usually has held a technological edge over competitors, even if its digital radios were plagued by some of the same failures as its rivals in recent years. Those glitches have been blamed for contributing to the deaths of at least five firefighters nationwide.

In addition, the companys longstanding marketing of proprietary features in its systems has clashed head-on with the national goal of interoperability. Fire commanders in some cities, for instance, carried multiple radios to multi-alarm blazes to ensure they could talk with every unit dispatched to the scene.

John Powell, a former chairman of a National Public Safety Telecommunications Council panel on the subject, said that even today weve got these systems going in with federal grant dollars that are really being a detriment to interoperability.

Powell criticized federal agencies for failing to put enough teeth in those grant guidance documents to ensure against proprietary features, such as Motorolas encryption.

It is rare that a single company wields such power over a multibillion-dollar industry, especially one financed solely by taxpayers.

Motorola is, in practical terms, a monopoly, and they control the market for the purpose of keeping the pricing very high, said Jose Martin, president of Power Trunk, a subsidiary of a Spanish firm, Teltronic, which is trying to break into the U.S. public safety radio market.

Motorola stressed in its statement that it was an early participant in the 25-year-old industry-government effort to develop design standards, known as Project 25, or P25, that are supposed to open competition to all comers.

Martin, however, contended that Motorola pushed for P25 standards so the United States wouldnt fall under Europes similar uniform manufacturing standard for emergency radios.

As a result, Martin said, U.S. taxpayers are being exfoliated.

A hold on Kansas City

Some 3,600 police, firefighters and emergency medical workers in Kansas City had relied since 1993 on a network installed by General Electric Corp.

The companys public safety radio business was ultimately bought by the Harris Corp., Motorolas biggest rival.

Like public safety agencies in most large cities, those in the Kansas City area have shifted in the last few years to the P25 common standards designed to prevent use of proprietary features that can freeze out competition.

When bids went out for a total system replacement, however, Motorola had the upper hand.

Johnson County had just bought a new system from the company and one of its multimillion-dollar master controllers, essentially the networks pulse, said Ed Brundage, manager of the Kansas City Police Departments radio system.

While the radios meet P25 standards, he said, the standards still werent sufficient to ensure full communication between controllers, or switches, made by different manufacturers.

In addition, Independence also had acquired a new Motorola system in 2007.

That made Motorola the preferable contractor, Brundage said, though a more limited arrangement was still possible with Harris.

Motorola narrowly won the $39 million contract over Harris, the only other bidder, for service to Kansas City, Gladstone, Riverside and North Kansas City.

Including equipment purchased by suburban communities, Brundage estimated the entire cost of the metro areas radio upgrade at $80 million to $100 million.

Kansas City was able to upgrade 4,000 Harris radios to the P25 standard with new software while buying 2,500 new radios, with the 3,600 handsets for public safety agencies averaging $3,500 each, Brundage said.

When Cass and Wyandotte counties come aboard, six of the metro areas nine counties will have joined the network, covering about 95 percent of the areas population, he said.

Despite plaudits the system has received, there has been a downside to Motorolas dominance.

In Kansas Citys suburbs, Motorola has embedded inexpensive, proprietary encryption features in its systems that can complicate the push for interoperability.

Last year, Independence and Blue Springs elected to use Motorolas encryption product to secure day-to-day police communications, not just for radio exchanges during major manhunts or sensitive investigations.

That handed Motorola a marketing edge.

Keith Faddis, director of the public safety radio program for the Mid-America Regional Council, said the agency has tried to limit the damage by requiring that every radio is programmed to regional talk groups where the encryption feature wont work.

But Gary Light, sales manager for KC Wireless Inc., which sells radios made by another Motorola rival as well as some Motorola models, said that police chiefs of some towns said they were told by colleagues: If you want to communicate with us, you are going to buy Motorola with ADP.

Jim Ross, police chief in Lake Tapawingo in Jackson County, said he felt compelled to heed that advice and bought seven handsets and car radios.

Were all in the same boat.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/29/4924583/with-the-help-of-friends-in-government.html#storylink=cpy

Ottawa adds more Walkie Talkie channels for B C resource roads

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Truckers, sportsmen and residents who use British Columbia’s 650,000 kilometres of resource roads will soon have better radio connectivity when deep in the back country.
Industry Canada said Thursday it will dedicate 40 new radio channels to improve communications, helping to reduce interruptions or interference on the narrow and often isolated roads.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the province, which been looking into resource road safety since 2006 in part due to the death of a logging truck driver.
Drivers on resource roads rely on %links to keep in touch with each other, warn of oncoming traffic and weather, but often have to dial through a number of different channels to find the one dedicated for a particular road. The addition of more dedicated channels will mean drivers won’t have to have the right radio channel, says Industry Canada.
“With the growth of the resource industry, the number of these resource road channels has increased,” the department said in a background paper. “What’s more, high demand for spectrum across all industries has made it difficult to add new channels. As a result, we currently have an unwieldy patchwork of resource road channels in use, which strains spectrum efficiency and jeopardizes safety.”
A 2007 B.C. coroner’s inquest into the death of a logging truck driver travelling on a northern radio-assisted forest service road cited poor communication as one of the key factors which led to the fatal accident. The inquiry’s jury recommended that B.C.’s forest service road signage be standardized and efforts be made to develop standardized radio use protocols.
The province set up two pilot projects to try some changes to improve safety. In 2009 standardized signs identifying radio channels for motorists were adopted, and the following year standard web site protocols were adopted. This month a set of standardized channels was scheduled to be implemented in the southern part of the Peace Forest District and in October in the Strait of Georgia Business Area of B.C. Timber Sales.
“The new resource road radio channels will significantly improve the safe use of industrial forest roads,” Gordon Todd, roads co-ordinator for wood products manufacturer West Fraser Mills Ltd. said in a statement with the government announcement.
“All provincial users can have a complete set of established channels, allowing them to immediately integrate to the local radio control rules wherever they work. It’s a very positive initiative in support of improved road safety.”
Ninety-five existing spectrum users will soon begin moving to new channel assignments to make way for the 40 new channels, Industry Canada said. Existing users will only move when a replacement channel has been identified that fully meets their needs, it added.
Read more: http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/ottawa-adds-more-radio-channels-for-b-c-resource-roads/94153#ixzz343zLyNNY 
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