Walkie Talkies (two way radios) have changed substantially since the first reported Walkie Talkie, the Motorola SCR-300 in 1940. We take a look at the benefits of digital radio and the benefits over analogue two way radios.
With the expansion of our digital world, 2 way radios have also kept pace allowing users much more scope from their walkie talkies with the benefit of clearer audio, GPS tracking and much more.
If you are looking to buy radios or currently have analogue walkie talkies and thinking of upgrading to digital, you could be asking yourself what are the advantages of Digital Walkie Talkies?. After all, most people have smartphones these days don't they?.
We hope to answer some of those questions.
With the likes of Whatsapp, iMessage and other chat messaging services that allow group messaging/calls, you might wonder what is the purpose of Walkie Talkies in a digital era.
The short answer is - Walkie Talkies are still here and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Manufacturers are constantly adapting radios which give users huge benefits over mobile phones.
The main key point of radios is that they are the most reliable form of communication whilst remaining extremely easy to use for the masses.
Analogue Vs Digital 2 Way Radios
If you are one of the people in our opening lines who already has two way radios, then you can be left thinking "What will I gain?".
Ultimately, you'll get clearer audio and in some cases, a host more gizmos. But if you just use radios for the basic feature of speaking between some staff on a site or getting hold of someone quickly, it's likely you'll never use these gadgets and it's potentially a waste of money upgrading for one main component. However, that said, every user and every situation is different and can each be scored on their own merits.
Digital radios are better than analogue and do give more functionality but again, it all boils down to the particular situation and the use to which they are put.
Pros and Cons
- Cheaper Radio Cost
- Suitable for most situations
- Single conversations at a time
- Small Area Coverage
- Clearer Audio
- Various Gizmos (most radios) GPS, Text Messaging etc
- Wider Area Coverage
- Simultanious Conversations
- More expensive outlay
We have various two way radios in our hire stock consisting of both analogue handheld radios and digital handheld radios.
For a good proportion of our bookings, analogue works fine for clients. However, in certain situations where background noise could be high etc. Digital Radios come into their own.
If you want to ask questions or need more information. drop us a line. We can even hire you some radios to allow you to see what would work best.