Are you new to two-way radios and having trouble with them?

Our range of two-way radios include items such as the Motorola DP1400 radio rental. They are a great way of achieving instant voice communication over short-to-medium distances in some of the most remote locations. Used in a range of different scenarios from sporting or music events, to education environments, warehouse facilities, or construction sites, two-way radios allow vocal instructions to be delivered clearly even with chaotic background noise.

However, sometimes things do go wrong or you may find that your two-way radio rental or push-to-talk rental product isn’t quite performing as you would expect. Not to worry! Below are six common problems associated with two-way radios and our solutions to fix them.

Charging issues

It is important to note that, when first charging the batteries of, for example, a Motorola VHF mobile radio or ICOM two-way radio, you leave the device on charge until a steady green light shows on the charger plug. This will confirm the device is fully charged and ready to use. A lot of people use their devices right out of the box, meaning the battery is quickly drained.

You may notice a flashing red light on the charging block which means the battery is not making proper contact with the charger, or, on the other hand, you might see a flashing orange light, suggesting the battery voltage or temperature is not optimised for charging i.e. it is too hot or too cold. When voltage and or temperature levels are stabilised, the battery will start charging automatically.

Why am I experiencing a delay/lag?

People may experience a delay or a lag with their two-way radio especially when they are just starting out. This could be down to one of a few issues, the first and possibly most obvious, is that they are too far away from the nearest transmitter, so try walking around if you are outside to see if the signal improves.

Another possibility is that you are forgetting to release the push-to-talk button once you have finished speaking. The button needs to be pressed for the entire time you are talking and released when you are finished, otherwise your sentence will be cut short.

Users can’t hear your transmission (you’re cutting out)

Similar to the point above, when people first start using their two-way radio, they start talking as soon as they press the push-to-talk button. The trick is to wait a second before speaking so that the first few words of transmission aren’t missed.

Why does my radio cut out? Why am I experiencing coverage issues (dead spots)?

  • Are you trying to communicate through concrete?
  • Are your radios analogue?
  • You might be trying to communicate over too large of an area.

Your earpieces are falling out

If your earpieces aren’t quite staying in your ears properly, you can easily swap them out for ones that fit better. There are options available that wrap around the ear, or ones that sit just inside.

Your earpieces aren’t getting sound

In the unlikely event that you experience a loss of sound from your earpiece, you may need to unplug them from the radio device, turn the device off, plug them back in, and switch the device on again.

As always, our team of experts is here to help. So, if you need any advice about issues with your two-way radios, contact us via:

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