If you’re a portable two way radio user, you probably use the technology a lot. Whether you carry it on your person or close to you throughout the work day, there are obvious things that you shouldn’t be doing as it can put a strain on your two way radio.
Inevitably, your radio is going to be put through the bumps and expectations that your team is on a daily basis. They will be dropped. They will endure abuse from time to time. But there are some don’t do’s that can help your two way radio last longer:
- Don’t carry it by your antenna. It’s really that simple. Doing this can affect the transmission over time. If you notice that the antenna is damaged – replace it. It’s a simple, cost effective solution, and keeps you in touch with your team.
- Secure it. Make sure your radio is secure by a clip or case on your belt or person to prevent drops and bangs of your equipment. Sure, two way radios are durable, but the less drops they endure, the better.
PRO tip: If your team is prone to dropping their two way radio, buy a speaker mic for communication. If the radio falls of your belt, the cord from the speaker mic will prevent it from hitting the ground – protecting your radio as a result.
- Don’t overcharge. It’s important not to leave your radio on a charger for an extended period of time (more than a few days). This can impact the battery, resulting in its efficiency dwindling overtime. Yes, it’s okay to do so over a weekend for example, but any longer, take it off.
- It’s not a tool. Don’t use your radio as a hammer (we’ve seen people do it). Use it for what it’s intended for. Yes, these radios are built tough, and yes they can hold up to the bumps and bruises of your day, but it’s not a tool.
- It’s not a pipe. Yelling into your two way radio does not ensure you get your message across sooner, or clearer. If you hold it a few inches from your face, talking into it in a regular voice, clear communication with your team will be achieved.
PRO TIP: Accessories help your team. It’s as simple as that. From speaker mics, earpieces and headsets, each can really make a difference in day-to-day conversation with your team, but the needs of your workplace are unique. We can easily help you determine what would work best for you, based on your requirements and what has worked for other similar industries and businesses.
Keep in mind – two way radios are built to be durable – Motorola specifically puts its radios through a series of tests to ensure that when its users are doing everyday work, they can stand up. But, ensuring your team listens to these ‘don’ts’ can keep your radio in top shape for longer.
If you have older two way radios and you’re looking for an upgrade, or you’ve never used two way radios before, Nova Communications is here to help you with your needs. With more than 30 years in the two way radio business, our team of experts can answer any and all of your questions, and get you the best option for your communication.
Contact us today for more information.
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