A two-way radio is a radio that can both transmit and receive, unlike a broadcast receiver which only receives content. A two-way radio allows the operator to have a conversation with other similar radios operating on the same radio frequency (channel). Two-Way radios are a critical part of your emergency preparedness planning, providing a critical line of communication in severe weather or remote areas. More than a traditional weather radio, these radios give your family a reliable means of two-way communication when other options fail. In this article, we will explore how two-way radios work, along with their various features.

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How Does a Two-Way Radio Work?

Two-way radio systems usually operate in a half-duplex mode; that is, the operator can talk, or listen, but not at the same time. A push-to-talk or press-to-transmit (PTT) button activates the transmitter; when it is released, the receiver is active.

motorola-ms350The two most common two-way radio systems operate in the VHF and UHF parts of the radio spectrum. Because this part of the spectrum is heavily used for broadcasting and multiple competing uses, spectrum management has become an important.

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Two-Way Radio Features

Two-way radios offer a variety of functional features that enable more talk options, as well as ease of use. Here is a partial list of features many two-way radios include today:

Scanning: This allows the user to cruise though channels in order to find the one being used by other members of his/her group. This feature can also be used to locate an “empty” channel to use.

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Weather Radio: Two-way radios can often tap into NOAA weather band stations for local forecast and conditions. This is a very handy feature, especially for hiking and backpacking.

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Privacy Codes: Privacy codes (also known as interference-elimination codes) enable users to subdivide channels. This is a good option when all of the main channels are occupied with other users.

Ideal for campers and hikers, the Motorola Talkabout® FV300 has a range of up to 10 miles for indoor and outdoor communication. This rugged two-way radio features 22 channels and the standard scan feature, making it easy to stay in touch while you’re out and about.