How to use a Two-Way Radio
Two-way radio communication systems provide a reliable framework for business and organisations to stay in touch. Two way radio offers a vast range of benefits above and beyond the essential communication that they offer including improving decision making, teamwork and providing essential health and safety. Sometimes even the most effective radio system can be let down if the right procedures and training aren’t in place and the user is not able to handle a radio confidently. Here we provide some tips and advice about the procedures to think about when using two-way radios, whether PMR446 walkie talkies, analogue two way radio, digital two way radio, LTE/PoC radio or Satellite PTT radio. Hopefuly they are useful to you and your team.
Getting StartedMake sure that your battery is charged….you won't get very far if this does not happen. Then switch on the radio…this is often done with the volume control. Check to see that the radio is on the correct channel otherwise no one will hear you and vice versa. Then listen for transmission and adjust the volume to a comfortable audible level. Being Heard
If you want to make a call, wait for the channel to become clear to avoid interference. Push and hold the PTT button. Speak into the microphone (10 to 15 centimetres from your mouth) clearly and at a normal voice level. Then release the PTT to return to receive. When you press the PTT to speak, no one else in your group can speak or be heard; this is how most radios work. Therefore, it is important to think about what you are going to say. Also, remember that if you keep pressing the button you are preventing anyone else from joining the conversation and you might be blocking someone on your frequency with an emergency message to transmit! Remember not to panic and you will soon get used to using the radio.