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Walkie Talkies: Buying Guide

Walkie Talkies: Buying Guide

The  Walkie Talkies are one of the inventions of the world of telecommunications that have contributed most to bring people together.

Their robustness, technology and ease of use make them valid for all types of industries and environments: construction, hospitality, events, security, airfields, ports, educational institutions …

In reality, Walkie Talkies are still two-way portable radio equipment, better known as two-way radio in the world of radio amateurs.

These two-way radios are characterized by being both transmitters and receivers.

And, like all radios, they use waves to transmit voice, so when it comes to communicating, the two devices must be connected on the same wave spectrum to work.

Walkie Talkies: Advantages Over Mobile Phones

Many users will wonder, given the advancement of mobile phone technology, what is the point of buying a Walkie Talkie.

The reality is that the use of portable radios presents a great series of advantages over telephones, especially for professional use.

Furthermore, both telecommunications systems can be perfectly integrated, allowing their use in the most diverse circumstances.

  • Price  With walkies there are no fees, or you have to pay for calls.
  • As they are radio waves, walkies can work in any environment, even in areas where the mobile signal does not reach.
  • Simultaneous communication. With a Walkie Talkie, it is possible to communicate in a single call with several users at the same time, something impossible on a mobile phone.
  • More straightforward handling than a mobile phone. You need to find a channel and start talking.
  • Autonomy. The batteries are long-lasting and last much longer without recharging.
  • They are more challenging, more resistant and durable devices since they are designed to work in the most adverse conditions.
  • You only need to press a key and start talking (Push to Talk) without having to dial any number.

What Walkie Talkie to buy?

The technology of Walkie Talkies advances faster and faster, and there are them of all types and conditions.

Therefore, when choosing a device, you should first ask yourself some questions to find the type of equipment that best suits your needs.

This Buying Guide prepared by Tecnitrán will help you with the task.

Unlicensed PMR Walkie or Licensed Professional Walkies

When purchasing a walkie, you will need to choose between unlicensed PMR 446 Walkie Talkies (Personal Mobile Radio, 446 MHz) or licensed professional walkies.

Walkie Talkies Without License PMR

They are perfect for leisure activities (excursions, hunting …) but also for some professional sectors such as shops, restaurants, events or discos.

These devices use the PMR446 frequency, which allows its free use without paying anything for it.

Also, they are straightforward to use. They have to be charged and look for a free channel to talk. Other features:

  • They have 8 channels.
  • Meagre transmission power.
  • Short-range (between 4 and 10 kilometres without obstacles).
  • Within the range of PMR Walkies, Tecnitrán offers those of the Motorola CLP446, Motorola XT460, Kenwood PKT-23, Kenwood TK-3401D / TK3501 and Vertex VX241 brand.

Licensed Professional Walkie Talkies

They require the payment of a fee, which usually costs around 175 euros, to obtain a license for 5 years.

This license allows the use of a frequency exclusively for us.

They are chosen for professional use due to their large number of functionalities.

  • Greater privacy in communications, since it uses its frequency, which makes communications more secure against interference from third parties.
  • Communication is also more transparent, without interference and with less noise.
  • They have longer-lasting batteries than PMR walkies.
  • They also have more call channels (usually 16, but some go up to 1000 channels), allowing you to communicate with more people.

More extended range and higher wave power, helping to overcome obstacles such as forests, thick walls or buildings.

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UHF or VHF Walkie Talkies Where will I use my walkie?

You will also need to look at the frequency type of the Walkie Talkie.

There are two: UHF and VHF. It is vitally important that you be careful with this, especially if you are going to use your equipment with other devices since both types of frequencies are not compatible with each other.

Most models, however, allow you to operate on both of your choices.

  • VHF or Very Hight Frequency. This frequency range has a very long wavelength, allowing greater reach. They are ideal for use in large areas, in the open and without obstacles.
  • UHF or Ultra High Frequency.  They are shorter and shorter-range waves, but much more powerful when it comes to overcoming obstacles (walls, floors …), so they are recommended when the walkie is to be used in urban or indoor areas.

Lithium or nickel battery walkie: autonomy

  • Nickel batteries. They last up to 12 hours without charging.
  • Lithium batteries. They are much more durable (20 hours) but also more expensive.
  • Batteries Impres. Automatic reconditioning. It is a new type of Motorola battery that, when connected to a charger, communicates with it to inform its status and thus be able to bring it to the optimum operating point, reconditioning parameters if necessary.

Digital Walkie Talkies or Analog Walkies

The world of Walkie Talkies is immersed in full digital transformation.

It is an unavoidable process that offers multiple advantages over the previous analog system.

  • More sound quality. The signal from digital walkies is more constant and stable. Don’t get lost in the distance, resulting in less interference and better sound quality.
  • They have multiple functionalities, such as data transfer, text messages, GPS or background noise inhibition.
  • Security and privacy. They use less congested bandwidth and also have multiple encryption possibilities, making them ideal when maximum confidentiality is required in communications. To achieve this, analogue systems had to encrypt communications. Still, new digital equipment (such as the MtoTRBO series, the Motorola digital range of Walkies) have two forms of serial encryption: with a security key or through software ( which also protects against computer attacks).
  • Hybridization. Suppose you already have a fleet of analogue walkies. In that case, most digital equipment can also work in this mode, allowing the analogue-digital transition to be less traumatic, more progressive and cheaper.
  • More calls per channel. Digital Walkie Talkies allow up to two simultaneous communications per frequency (analogue only one) exponentially increasing the number of users to communicate with and lowering frequency costs.
  • Stronger and more resistant. They are more modern and robust equipment.
  • A higher battery time.  Most have lithium batteries, and we can choose between Impres batteries and chargers.

Submersible IP Walkie Talkies and Atex Walkies. Resistance and Protection

When choosing your professional Walkie Talkies, you should also take into account characteristics that indicate their degree of resistance and robustness, measurable by the degrees of IP protection and the ATEX protocol.

  • Degrees of IP Protection. Walkies Ingress Protection- They measure the resistance of the device against water (submersible walkies) and dust. The information is given with a figure consisting of two numbers.
  • First number: Measures the level of resistance against the ingress of solids (mainly dust). The higher the number, the greater degree of resistance it will have. This number ranges from 3 to 6. The 3 indicates a degree of resistance to solid objects greater than 2.5 mm. 4 to solid objects larger than 1mm. The 5 indicates resistance to dust. The six is the highest of all, and it points to a dustproof Walkie Talkie.
  • Second number: Measures the level of resistance against the entry of liquids. Like the first number, the higher it is, the more resistance it will show when submerged in water. 2 indicates resistance to splashes, 3 to water mist and sprays. The 4th to heavy rains and bad weather in general and the 5th to jets of water under pressure. From the 6th we already started talking about submersible Walkie Talkies, but for different periods. Those of grade 6 resist for a few seconds in water. Those of grade 7 up to 30 minutes. And those of grade 8 can be immersed in liquids for a long time without being damaged.
  • No resistance:  When the walkie does not show any degree of resistance to dust or water, it will show this figure with an X.
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Walkie Talkies for Explosive Atmospheres

ATEX is a type of certification that ensures that the device that holds it is prepared to operate in Explosive Atmospheres without catching fire.

That is, those in which there is a mixture of flammable or dangerous vapours or mists.

These types of walkies are essential for construction work, mines, for firefighters and do not have more than one watt of power. There are several types.

  • Zone 0. When the walkie must operate in an explosive atmosphere for a long time, such as in areas with flammable fuel (gasoline).
  • Zone 1. When the walkie must operate in areas where there is no constant exposure to flammable substances, such as gas stations.
  • Short periods. Solvent storage areas.
  • Group I equipment  (for mines and quarries).

       M1. The high degree of protection for mining equipment.

       M2.  Total reliability to work in mines.

  • Group II equipment (non-mining, more valid for quarries).

       CAT 1.  Valid for working in areas where the walkie talkie can sometimes be exposed to explosive substances (such as gas stations). CAT 2.  Safety for extraordinary conditions (fire).

       CAT 3.  Safety for everyday conditions.

Tetra Digital Walkies

Within the range of  Motorola Digital  Walkies offered by Tecnitrán, the TETRA models (Trunked Radio system) stand out.

It is currently the most advanced telecommunications system in the two-way radio market.

It is a protocol for digital radios that ensures the highest quality transmissions, as well as greater privacy and security, with the most advanced encryption and protection systems.

The system was designed to meet the unique needs of security and emergency bodies, such as police, firefighters, military or ambulances.

Although it is also used in infrastructures such as airports or train stations.

Its functionalities include its ability to access the Internet or telephone networks (both fixed and mobile).

That is, these walkies can be transformed into smartphones at the user’s request. Other advantages of this system are:

  • It can be used in all EU countries.
  • Greater efficiency and speed in data transmission.
  • They can communicate with each other, without the need for a network, but the devices must be within a small distance.
  • A single walkie can function as a repeater to amplify the signal.
  • Disadvantages: Its price (they are much more expensive), not counting the cost of setting up the network infrastructure, which makes it even more expensive.
  • If you want more information, take a look at some of our models, from Motorola, MTP (Walkie Talkies) and MTM (Fixed Stations) series.

Functionalities of a Walkie Talkie

Among the different extra functionalities offered by a walkie talkie, we find:

  • Hands-free function.
  • Scanner (scan function). Automatically scans the least congested channels to communicate.
  • Emergency call. It is activated automatically in case of an emergency through a programmable button.
  • Man Down. Man to Earth. When the equipment reaches a certain degree of inclination, the walkie enters emergency mode and emits a signal in case the user has suffered an accident—widely used in construction.
  • Individual calls/messages on equipment with display and keyboard.
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Accessories of a Walkie Talkie: Covers, microphones, headphones.

In case you need to buy an accessory for a Walkie Talkie, try always to make them the same brand.

  • Chargers and batteries. It is recommended to have a spare battery for your walkie, especially in those cases in which the equipment is not going to be charged for an extended period. There are also single and multiple chargers (when you need to charge multiple computers at the same time).
  • Auditive protectors. Protectors for construction sites and environments with high noise levels, such as airports. In many cases, they are required by law.
  • Micro speakers PPT. It is usually placed next to the shoulder or the flap to communicate quickly without removing the walkie and putting it in your mouth.
  • They are placed on the ear and are often sold with PTTs. Perfect for discreet communication, such as at nightclubs and for security employees.
  • To protect the walkie. Usually made of leather, but there are also transparent ones, resistant to water.
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The best walkie talkies to communicate without the need for coverage

The massive use of mobile phones has narrowed their market, but they continue to be sold because, in specific situations and places, they continue to be very useful. For example, they do not depend on their coverage on being in the radius of any antenna. And it is not their only comparative advantage although, of course, they also have drawbacks.
The acquisition of these terminals is linked to particular objectives and extreme conditions. They are indispensable in emergencies or cases of natural disasters. But they are also so in normal situations and much more common places such as seaports, construction sites or large conventions.
Also, they are efficient in activities such as hiking, cycling, mountain excursions or outdoor activities with detailed telephone coverage.
In this selection, we opted for a free-use Cacagoo model for sports and home environments, which for an economical price is very practical for many occasions.

CACAGOO Rechargeable Walkie Talkie 16 Channels 1500mah CTCSS DCS 6KM, UHF Walkie Talkie with Built-in Headset LED Torch

CACAGOO Rechargeable Walkie Talkie 16 Channels 1500mah CTCSS DCS 6KM, UHF Walkie Talkie with Built-in Headset LED Torch (2 PCS)

Operating mode

Walkie talkies are transceivers made up of a transmitter and a receiver. As long as a receiver is within its range of action, it can send signals without depending on any external component.

One of the differences and drawbacks about telephones is that walkies can only transmit on one channel. That is, one speaks, and another or others listen. Another or others because the signal can be received by several.

This feature largely explains how they work. Thus, they have the Push To Talk button (known by its initials PTT) that is pressed to transmit and that when it is released, it reproduces the sound it is receiving.

Hence its well-known code composed of “change” when what you want to communicate is finished and “change and short” to end the dialogue.

This is, let’s say, the classic operation that has changed with technological advances. Some models already have an indicator that indicates that the PTT has been released without the need for the verbal code.

How many types are there?

The typology of these devices is not fixed since it can attend to different factors. Among other variants, they can be classified by their technology or their use. Thus, depending on their technical characteristics, precisely according to the type of signals they use to transmit information, they can be divided into:

Analogues.- In apparent decline compared to the higher quality of digital. It is usually a signal more faithful to reality and, however, what apparently would be an advantage is not so much in this case, since it captures any sound in the environment. At the same time, the digital one focuses more on the voice and arrives more clearly.

The voice in analogues is distorted more quickly as one moves away from the coverage radius.

Digital.- They are the vast majority today for their many significant advantages over analogue. In this way, this type of technology allows a higher sound quality, more comprehensive coverage and longer battery life. There are also some ‘analogue-digital’ hybrid models on the market.

With Tetra technology.- This type of technology (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) is the most advanced and safe on the market for these devices. Maximum security in transmissions thanks to its encryption systems and protection mechanisms. It is the type of walkie talkie used for emergency or public safety purposes.

As noted, the use to be made also implies differences:

Free to use.- They do not require a license or fee payment. They are the simplest ones intended for uses related to outdoor leisure activities. Other more sophisticated models that are used in shops, discos or conference rooms also fall into this section. When used free of charge, they are limited in frequency (446 megahertz) and power (0.5 W).

Professional use.- You must pay a fee for its use. In exchange, there is an exclusive frequency, and, therefore, communications will be private. These are much more complex and resistant terminals. They also have higher frequency and power ranges than those for free use. Within them, subdivisions are depending on the scope of use: marine band, airband or citizens band for civilian personnel.

Advantages and disadvantages to the mobile

Although by several users there is no possible comparison, walkies have more than one advantage over mobile phones.

Advantages of the walkie:

• Economic factor: In the case of free-use ones, the vast majority have no more expensive than the purchase of terminals, which are also much cheaper than mobile phones.

• Agility of use: Press the PTT button for immediate communication. Neither numbers nor contact book are necessary.

• Full coverage: You do not need antennas or coverage areas. It is reliable even if there is no electricity or telephone network.

• Robustness: Its resistance is enormous. No fear of it falling.

• Design: Very ergonomic to be able to take them with total comfort since they are designed for adverse situations (for example, take it with gloves for protection against an incident).

mobile advantages:

• Fluency: Communication is more fluid since it allows a simultaneity that the walkie talkie does not have.

• Sound quality: Although with the digital versions, it has improved a lot in the walkie, it does not reach in general that of the mobile.

• Versatility: It reaches the extreme that nowadays, through applications, the communication mode of walkie talkies can be transferred to a mobile phone. For example, with the ‘Zello’ app.

What to look for

Frequency mode .- There are two: UHF and VHF. Both types are not compatible with each other. Therefore, it is essential to take it into account, mainly if the purchased equipment is going to be used with other devices.

The fundamental difference between the two is the wave distance. It is higher in VHF and therefore ideal for large areas without obstacles.

The UHF frequency, on the other hand, is made up of shorter waves, which in practice means that it has a shorter range but more easily overcomes obstacles that may exist in communication. Therefore, it is more restricted to the urban environment.

Battery.- In general, in this aspect, they surpass mobile phones. And they have batteries of two materials fundamentally. On the one hand, the nickel ones that can reach up to 12 hours without charging. On the other, those of lithium that go up until 8:00 p.m. and are more expensive.

Protection level.- This is a parameter reserved for professional walkies. The degree of protection IP (Ingress Protection) indicates the level of tolerance to water and dust and consists of two numbers: The first sets the tolerance to dust from 3 to 6. The higher, the more resistant. The second establishes the resistance to liquids. Likewise, the higher the number, the more reliable.

Scan function.- It is in charge of automatically searching for the least saturated channels to find the best communication.

Emergency call.- It is a device that is programmed so that in case of emergency it can autonomously issue a call.

CACAGOO Rechargeable Walkie Talkie 16 Channels 1500mah CTCSS DCS 6KM, UHF Walkie Talkie with Built-in Headset LED Torch

CACAGOO Rechargeable Walkie Talkie 16 Channels 1500mah CTCSS DCS 6KM, UHF Walkie Talkie with Built-in Headset LED Torch (2 PCS)

Excellent value for money. They reliably reach a considerable distance, so they are very useful for use in activities like mountain biking.
Very manageable by size. Lightweight and reasonably healthy within the range of free use and the scope of household terminals. They are also easy to use, a feature that comes in handy for communication between parents and children.
Very practical and not very sophisticated. In other words, they are very suitable for the purpose they are intended to do, such as field trips or communications between cars on multi-person trips.
Sound quality is good, with hardly any interference. As is familiar with these products, the battery life is satisfactory (8-9 hours with no problem). In this model, each terminal has its base.
In this section, some of the specific objections refer to the fact that the chargers are plug-in and do not have the possibility of USB.
As for extras, it comes with a flashlight, headphones and light for emergencies.

Two-way Rechargeable Walkie Talkie Radio Transceivers 16 Channels 1500mah CTCSS DCS, with Built-in Headset LED Torch

Two-way Rechargeable Walkie Talkie Radio Transceivers 16 Channels 1500mah CTCSS DCS, with Built-in Headset LED Torch (2PCS)

Good features for a more than affordable price. The terminals are linked together straightforwardly thanks to their fixed channel.
These are models for free and domestic use, but, for example, their scope makes them very practical in recreational-sporting activities in the open sky with considerable distances.
As examples, perfect for airsoft, hiking or hunting.
It has up to 16 stations to link with other terminals. Good battery life for the low end in which it moves. It has no batteries, but it charges quite quickly at its base.
The sound quality is reliable even in rugged terrain such as the mountain range. Therefore, for excursions, it is also highly recommended.
Its handling is easy, and it comes with a complement such as a headset. As a specific objection, it is that they are only compatible with terminals of the same brand.

Motorola Talkabout T82 Extrem – Walki-Talkis, Range up to 10 Km, Hidden Screen, LED Flashlight, Black and Yellow color

Motorola Talkabout T82 Extrem - Walki-Talkis, Range up to 10 Km, Hidden Screen, LED Flashlight, Black and Yellow color

Model of one of the most recognized brands. The medium-high range at a high price. Even too much according to some users.
However, it works well in situations that are difficult for wave expansion, such as large-format concerts. And another of the significant advantages of this model is that it can be synchronized with other brands and share a channel.
It also copes without problems with communications in adverse weather conditions. For example, they are efficient in the discipline of skiing.
They are quite solid walkies due to the material, although by size they may seem a bit long compared to other more ergonomic models.

Retevis RT24 Rechargeable Walkie Talkie PMR446 without License 16 Channels CTCSS DCS Professional Walkies with USB Charger and Earphones

Retevis RT24 Rechargeable Walkie Talkie PMR446 without License 16 Channels CTCSS DCS Professional Walkies with USB Charger and Earphones (Black, 2 Pairs)

Very easy to use walkie talkie with very good features. For their price they offer great resistance to possible blows (and there are also four).

One of the drawbacks detected is a battery life below average, always bearing in mind that in these terminals it is one of its strengths. That is, above three hours you are in danger of slacking.

Good sound power for its range. Their solidity makes them quite durable even with very frequent use.

Kenwood Electronics TK-3501E 16channels 0.0125MHz Black Two-Way Radios – Walkie-Talkie (16 Channels, 9000m, LED, 20h, 280g, 54 x 25.5 x 117mm)

Professional level. It reaches 9 kilometers, has a range of 20 hours and is not a toy. The price is very high but it is perfectly justified since it has excellent benefits. Foolproof durability.

To disburse what it costs, you have to consider in detail what its use will be. In this case, it is primarily intended for industrial use.

Therefore, it has, for example, high levels of protection against dust or water. Also a great power of speakers providing that it will be used in environments with a lot of noise.

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The 7 Best Audio Recorders 2020

Best Audio Recorders

Audio recorders are a necessary tool for everyone who somehow works with audio. Recorders can be of the most diverse types, and the best voice recorder for you will be the one that meets your specific need. 

However, with the large number of models available on the market, it is necessary to have minimum knowledge about this equipment. Only in this way will you be able to be right in choosing the best recorder for you. 

Best Audio Recorders 2020

In this article, we bring you a series of information to help you choose the best audio recorder for what you need. We also got you an exclusive list of what we consider to be the best voice and audio recorder models on the market. Check out!

Types of Audio Recorders

Before you go shopping and choose the right audio recorder for you, you need to know each of the most popular models on the market. This is because each of them is thought to have a better performance in some specific aspect. Thus, it is possible that a particular type of recorder does not meet your needs even though it is of quality and has a high cost. 

Field Voice Recorder

Field voice recorders are excellent recorders for anyone working with music, cinema, and video production. This is because its audio capture is unusual, far superior to capturing other voice recorders.

Also, it has its main advantage, which is the possibility of capturing audio from several channels simultaneously. This means that from its various inputs, it is possible to connect instruments, several microphones, or just one and charge all the equipment simultaneously. 

Each model will bring several channels. That is, each model will support a different number of equipment. A field voice recorder with 6 channels supports simultaneous recording of up to 6 devices. 

Portable Voice Recorder

A portable voice recorder is a recorder designed for those who always need to have the writer close by. Thus, some models are so small that they can be carried in the pockets without significant hassles. It is an ideal type of recorder for those who do not work with it, make recreational use of the recorders or use it, for example, to record lessons and make sporadic recordings. 

Professional Portable Voice Recorder

Although they can be very similar, a professional portable voice recorder is dozens of times better for those who use the device professionally. That’s because they usually bring a lot more resources to the user. Among these features is, for example, the elimination of noise, necessary for those who record outdoors. This means that this recorder can substantially reduce the noise around the recording and capture only the sound that matters.

Other excellent features that are often present in the best professional portable voice recorders are equalizers. They adjust the volumes so that they are more pleasant and also some types of sound effects. 

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Audio Recorder

To choose the best audio recorder for you, it is essential to pay attention to the recorder’s characteristics. Therefore, we have separated some of them for you to know the main ones:

Audio Quality

One of the first points to consider when acquiring the best audio recorder is the quality of the sound it generates. This is because some devices can identify more or less different sounds from the environment. 

Therefore, it is necessary to analyze its type of use and check if the recorder meets the desired quality. For example, a voice recorder with a mighty noise cleaner can detract from some instruments’ quality when it comes to music.

Likewise, when it comes to an audio recorder for podcasts, the audio must be as clean as possible, without detecting external noise. 

Also, the audio generated by the recorder is closely related to the format that will be generated after recording. Therefore, it is always good to link the two parameters since mp3 formats, for example, are much more common to be found. However, it has more interference when it comes to quality than other formats like WAV and AIFF.

Recording Time

Another feature of the recorder that is directly linked to its use is the recording time. Currently, on the market, they have a good memory to the point of, for example, being able to record audios for more than 10 straight hours.

However, it is essential to note that this feature directly impacts the device’s price—the lower the price, the lower the memory, and consequently, the possible recording time.

This characteristic must be evaluated after deciding on the type of use, audio quality, and desired format. This is because audios with a higher rate, in more complex structures, usually occupy a larger space in the recorder’s memory.

So, if you need a recorder where professional audio quality is not required, you may not need to purchase the most extensive memory on the market, either.

Lower quality audio will take up less space, making it possible to record many hours without paying more on your recorder.

Size and Weight

With the evolution of technology, currently, there are different types of sizes and weights of audio recorders on the market.

For example, while there are great recorders that are the size of an old cell phone, others can be smaller than pen drives. Therefore, evaluating the transport, storage, and usability of the device is very important to avoid future problems.

In addition to considering the weight and size itself, it is essential to note that, in general, the devices that have higher quality are those that also have a larger size and greater weight. So it is necessary to consider what your priority is and invest in the ideal product.

Compatibility 

It is essential to check compatibility to transfer audio to notebooks, cell phones, or other devices. Although the vast majority are made using a USB cable, it is essential to note that some more specific models will need specific software.

At this point, some Windows, Apple models, and, mainly, some Linux systems may be left out and not be compatible. Do not risk investing in the best recorder, and when transferring the audio to be used, errors occur. So check this information in advance.

Extra Functions

Finally, other extra functions can be found in the best audio recorders. These additional functions can mainly facilitate post-production work, such as filters with noise reduction, voice modifiers, equalizers, and even special effects.

Other extra functions can be found and more than one type of audio output, such as connections for headphones, connectors for different types of microphones, and much more.

What is the Best Voice Recorder 2020?

If you understand what the main characteristics to be aware of when choosing the best audio recorder, but still don’t know where to start, know our main indications for the best audio recorder!

Best Audio Pickup
  1. Zoom H6

Best Audio Pickup

WHAT WE LIKE

  • A good number of microphone inputs
  • Adjustable angles
  • Optimal capture quality
  • Perfect for high-quality audio
  • Incredible design 

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • Complex use
  • High price

For those looking for the best audio pickup on the market, they are indeed looking for the H6 Handy from Zoom. We are talking about a USB recorder and an excellent audio interface. More than that, it is an audio pickup with interchangeable microphones and completely portable, which can be carried inside bags and backpacks without significant hassles. 

The H6 Handy has mid-side microphone modules with an adjustable angle, as well as foam windshields. With this, it is possible to make recordings in a super versatile way using creativity to create excellent recordings. In situations that require a more generous definition of audio, it is possible to control the stereo band’s width right after the audio is recorded. 

Also, the H6 has four inputs with XLR / TRS combination. In them, it is possible to connect sources of microphones or external lines. Each of these four inputs is equipped with fully dedicated preamps that have easily-accessible gain buttons. 

For those who need the best audio recorder to capture sounds while filming, the H6 is also ideal. It can be connected directly to the professional camera. The MSH-6 microphone capsule and onboard MS decoding help in the diversity of creative possibilities in post-production.  

Its memory is made using SD cards, both standard models as well as SDHC and SDXC up to 128 GB. 

Our Choice

2.Zoom H1N

Our Choice

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Possibility to include sound effects
  • Good battery life
  • MP3 and WAV format
  • Clean, easy-to-read monitor
  • Post-production software licenses
  • Great song
  • Compact and lightweight

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • Considerable noise capture 
  • Accepts a maximum of 32 GB microSD
  • Limited functions

With the Zoom H1N, it is possible to have a number of advantages at the time of recording.

It is possible to record two audio tracks in high resolution without needing a large recorder. On the contrary, it is an extremely portable microphone. As a result, the recording becomes much more straightforward as it is possible to do it by holding the recorder in your hands or placing it on tripods and other microphone stands. 

The recording quality gets better with its built-in X / Y microphone and an integrated stereo microphone capsule for speech. Its audio support in WAV and MP3 makes the possibilities of configurations extensive.

Since it is a recorder derived from the original H1, the Zoom H1N brings several updates to its workflow and performance. Thus, it becomes excellent equipment to meet the needs of the most diverse professionals, such as videographers, podcasters, and sound recorders. 

The recorder also has a very high battery life, 10 hours of recording possible. In this way, you can also use it to supply plug-in power to a lavalier condenser microphone or even accept a direct connection from a mixer or wireless receiver. 

To help with the correct recording, it is also possible to configure the automatic recording and the pre-recording mode, and the timer. All this, using as storage a micro SD with up to 32 GB.

Finally, for those looking to venture into post-production, Zoom H1n comes with free download licenses for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software.

Best Cost-Effective Audio Recorder

3.Zoom H5

Best Cost-Effective Audio Recorder

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Great audio capture 
  • A good number of exits
  • Good cost-benefit
  • 4 Simultaneous recording tracks
  • Very compact
  • Robust build quality

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • It may not be ideal for recording very closely
  • No manual in Portuguese

For those looking for the best cost-effective audio recorder, they will like the Zoom H5. It is a recorder that provides the user with 4 simultaneous recording tracks, being able to use Zoom’s interchangeable capsules to choose the best microphone at that specific moment. 

With the Zoom H5, it is possible to have a powerful performance that gives the possibility to create multi-track recordings, podcasts, broadcasting and even electronic newsgathering. 

Thanks to its X / Y type recording, it is possible to make recordings of excellent quality even over a wide area. Two unidirectional condenser microphones together form a 90-degree angle for better pickup. 

When including an XLR / TRS capsule, you will have two more inputs at your disposal. Thus it is possible to connect up to 4 different audio sources such as microphones and musical instruments.

In addition to outstanding audio inputs, the outputs also leave something to be desired. It has a Line-Out that can transmit audio hopefully to other microphone inputs in a flexible manner. Also, it has a headphone and USB port for interfacing with computers and ipads.

To store files in MP3 and WAV format, the Zoom H5 uses memory cards up to 32 GB. In terms of autonomy, with alkaline batteries, its duration is 15 hours of continuous recording.

Most Portable Audio Recorder

4.Sony UX560

Most Portable Audio Recorder

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Compact
  • Light
  • 3.5 mm microphone input with plug-in power
  • Sharp LCD screen
  • Sound quality
  • Active by voice command

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • Intermediate internal memory
  • Few customization features and effects
  • Fragile material

If you are looking for an efficient, small, portable audio recorder that can be stored anywhere, check out the Sony UX560.

With the best portable audio recorder, it is possible to capture audio in two formats: WAV and also MP3. This choice option allows you to customize your audio already, without having to do any conversion in post-production if you choose a more or less worked audio.

To capture audio, it has a two-element microphone system. Thus, with two modes, it is possible to make the recording both in a focused way, as well as in a comprehensive manner for lectures or larger events.

Just as its operation is effortless and intuitive, so is file transfer. Connect to a computer or notebook via a standard USB 2.0 port and transfer as usual. Also, there is no need to worry about wires, since the USB is already built into the device itself.

When it comes to memory, the Sony U560 also gets good numbers. Altogether there are 4 GB for internal storage. Although not very large, it can be expanded using microSD (compatible with SDHC and SDXC). Thus, it is possible to record around 39.75 hours in MP3 format.

Its built-in lithium battery achieves a recording time of 1 hour and a supercharge of 3 minutes.

Good Audio Recorder for Professionals

5.Zoom H4N Pro

Good Audio Recorder for Professionals

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Great noise silencer
  • Lots of effects
  • Post-production software license
  • Intermediate Size

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • Input ¼” unbalanced
  • Adjusting slow input levels

Finally, if you want high-quality audio and professional line equipment, check out the Zoom H4N Pro. A digital voice recorder that meets all the expectations of those looking for equipment in this category.

One of the first features to be highlighted in the Zoom H4N Pro is its integrated X / Y microphones, with which it is possible to capture excellent stereo audio. For those who prefer to use external microphones, it is also possible thanks to its two combined connectors. When it comes to audio output, the H4N Pro also features a headphone jack. In this way, it is possible to send stereo audio to other devices.

In terms of the type of file generated, the professional recorder can record in WAV format. Thus, this recording, in addition to being of quality, still has a time indicator to help synchronize with videos. 

Another positive point of the audio recorder is its series of extra features and functions. For example, Zoom H4N Pro has Overdubbing and Punch-in functions as well as other studio effects control, including compression, limiter, reverb, delay, echo, and low cut filter.

To make and save the recordings, it is possible to use SD cards and also SDHC up to 32 GB. This memory, connected to batteries up to 10 hours long, allows you to record a large number of contents.

If you are still interested in post-production, know that the H4N Pro also contributes to sound post-production. That’s because it makes free licenses available for Cubase LE software and also WaveLab LE. With them, it is possible to take care of audio editing and music production in a professional way.

Audio Recorder for ASMR and Podcast

6.Tascam DR-05X

Audio Recorder for ASMR and Podcast

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Easy to use
  • Multipurpose
  • 2 USB inputs or outputs
  • Stereo sound
  • Simple setup

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • For us, no cons were found

The Tascam DR-05X is one of the best in the Audio Recorder category for ASMR and Podcast.

With stereo sound, it is portable, with a pair of high-quality omnidirectional microphones with this technology.

Among its uses are voice recording, dictations, meetings and even for music capture applications.

It is easy to control, with level adjustments, a button to quickly delete the wrong takes, the possibility of adding bookmarks to the audios and even a menu in Portuguese.

The device is suitable for indoor and outdoor environments, with noise, as it has capacitors that ensure clarity in recordings. Also, its display has white illumination, making it easy to read even in bright sunlight.

That is, the model will well serve live streams, podcasts and even workstations that need quality digital audio.

Finally, it is still easily coupled in several models of cameras, including professional and semi-professional, and can be used as a microphone and to capture ambient sounds in captures of videos and audiovisual materials.

Cheap Recorder for Field Interviews

7.Sony LCD-PX470

Cheap Recorder for Field Interviews

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Internal memory
  • MicroSD expandable memory
  • USB input / output
  • Easy to set up and use

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

  • Non-rechargeable uses batteries

If you are a journalist, blogger or even Youtuber, you can take your Sony LCD-PX470 and go outside. After all, he is one of the best in the category Cheap and Portable Recorder for Field Interviews.

With two recording modes: focus and panoramic stereo, audio quality and clarity are guaranteed.

Also, the model has an internal memory of 4 GB and can still have its storage capacity expanded by up to 32 GB, using a MicroSD card.

Thus, you do not need to be deleting takes all the time and, even less, you need to transfer the audios immediately to another device.

This is another simple process, as the recording is already done in MP3 and connect the device to the PC, via USB, to access and transfer what was recorded.

As for the recording autonomy, at 128 Kbps it is 59 hours and 35 minutes. The toothpick batteries (AAA), necessary for operation, last on average 57 hours until they need to be replaced.

Conclusion

Anyway, now that you know the main features, it’s time to go in search of the best audio recorder for you. Therefore, remember to always look for the recorder that will meet your needs and that fits your budget.

It is also important to check each of the information mentioned here so that you have a better chance of getting it right on the best audio recorder. Also, be sure to check out our nominations for the best audio recorder, certainly one of them will be the ideal model for you!

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Best Portable Radios

For people born before the 1990s, portable radios are standard equipment, part of everyday life. Although these devices have lost space for more modern equipment, many people do not give up the best portable radio.

There are portable radios of various types and sizes, and it is possible to choose the one that best suits your style.

Despite the more retro look, these devices have undergone a significant evolution over time and have even gained many new functions that did not exist until some time ago.

This article will learn more about the main new features that portable radios have gained and will learn how to make the right choice among the best portable radios.

Why Invest in Portable Radios?

First of all, it is worth saying that the radios are icons, objects that people like and do not give up.

So, even with the arrival of much more modern equipment, the traditional way of listening to music has never been abandoned, especially by the slightly older people.

In addition to being extremely practical and lightweight, they have the enormous advantage of never letting people down even when the electricity is out.

So, if you love having your radio as a company, stay tuned to the following information in this article to make the right choice, as the models can be quite different, especially about the built-in functions.

Just as portable radios ended up on the side, alarm clocks also went through this process. Nowadays, having an analog alarm clock is almost a luxury item, and we have a separate entity to show you which are the best alarm clocks.

Buying Guide for the Best Portable Radios

Is it worth having a portable radio today? With technological advances, many thought that these devices had been left out.

Still, there is an interested audience that does not give up at all. Next, we’ll talk about the advantages of these devices, and we’ll help you choose the best model for you.

Benefits of Continuing to Use a Portable Radio

First, as has been said before, the portable radio is the most reliable option for listening to music, significantly since it does not depend on electricity to keep it working.

That’s why many people like to have a spare radio even though they usually use a smartphone.

For those who do not miss any football game, listening to the radio broadcast can be much better because this way, there are no delays.

Another relevant issue concerns the cost, since useful devices can be purchased for low prices and, in general, have excellent durability.

Over the years, the radios have been modernized and, nowadays, many even have technologies such as USB cables, memory card slot, Bluetooth, and other functions.

However, as their operation is only possible through the use of batteries, it is necessary to have a stock of them to not be on hand. An alternative is to use rechargeable batteries to reduce costs and waste generated.

Another issue that at times even modernization cannot fix is ​​related to tuning.

What to Consider When Choosing Portable Radios?

Even today, there is a vast range of portable radios available and, therefore, it is essential to know them well so as not to have problems at the time of purchase. Check out what to consider at the time of sale:

Wattage

In radios, power is directly related to both the height and clarity of the sound emitted. Although portable radios usually are less rugged compared to larger models, some of them have great sound.

While some models have power between 6 and 8W, others reach 10W, providing a loud and clear sound.

Even if you have to invest a little more, depending on your expectation and form of use, it can be quite worthwhile to prioritize a more robust model.

Size

Despite the name “portable radios,” there are several models, some smaller and others much more extensive. They range from pocket radios to models that are generally used at home.

Many of them are similar to smartphones, relatively compact, to take anywhere. But if you want to use it indoors, the ideal is to invest in more significant and more powerful models.

The “modern substitutes” for portable radios – which became very popular a few years ago – are the best Bluetooth speakers, which on average have about 20W of sound power and although slightly broader than the radios, they are very portable and easy to carry, some of which even have handles.

Extra Functions

If, until some time ago, portable radios were used only for listening to music, nowadays it is common for different models to have extra functions.

Many of them have headphone jacks so you can listen to your radio programs anywhere without disturbing anyone.

Some have the function of saving the stations to find them more easily.

Other models have even more modern functions, such as the USB ports and memory card slots.

Faced with so many alternatives, remember to evaluate your needs and choose models that have the essential functions for you.

Batteries or Rechargeable Battery?

Most portable radio models work on batteries, so it is worth keeping an eye on consumption and the number of batteries used.

There are rechargeable batteries that, in this case, compensate a lot, especially for those who use the device frequently.

Also, many models are battery-powered. That is, that can be recharged. As time goes by, this can give you an advantage, but you must always maintain some reserve charge level in case of power failure.

For you to take full advantage of these portable radio benefits, it is highly recommended to use some of the best rechargeable batteries to reuse these batteries and always have a spare kit in case your radio runs out of battery.

What are the Best Portable Radios?

As you have seen, there are several models of portable radios, with different features and characteristics.

Now that you know how to evaluate each item, it’s time to get to know the best devices so that you can choose without making a mistake.

  1. Sony ICF-306 Portable Radio

Best Portable Radio

Dimensions: 19.01 x 5.13 x 9.73 cm / Weight:  400 g / Handle for transport / Loading status

Sony is one of the largest electronic equipment companies globally and has a tradition in some of them, among which are portable radios.

The Sony ICF-306 has AM / FM, allows you to tune in the frequencies quickly, and can hear your favorite songs and programs.

It has a classic design that suits any user and, being compact. It is ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Regarding the battery, you don’t have to worry, because besides having excellent performance, this radio has lights that indicate the charging status. The operation is using two AA batteries.

The large handle allows you to take your radio anywhere, and if you don’t want to disturb other people, you can use headphones.

2.Docooler HRD-104 Portable Radio

Best Cost-Effective Portable Radio

Dimensions : 13 x 8.8 x 4.5 cm / Weight: 141.5 g / 40 mm speaker / AM and FM

This digital AM / FM radio is ideal for you to carry in your hand or pocket wherever you go and thus continue listening to your favorite music.

It comes with a carrying cord, headphones, and sponge-type headphones for added comfort.

The lanyard allows you to hang the device in your bag, on your belt, or take it with you wherever you go.

It also has a 1.3-inch LCD screen where digital information is displayed, including the simple-to-operate digital clock.

3. Sony Icf-P26 Portable AM ​​/ FM Radio

Best Small Portable Radio

Dimensions: 3.8 x 6.95 x 11.9 cm / Weight: 170 g

The Sony AM / FM portable radio is considered the best equipment of its kind to take with you anywhere.

In addition to being very light, it is also practical and can be placed anywhere, whether in the pocket of your pants, shirt, or even inside a folder.

This little device is very versatile and useful, especially in camps, outdoor activities and for listening to football games and news, especially where the television signal is not good.

4. Philips Portable Radio AM / FM AE1500X

Good and Cheap Portable Radio

Dimensions: 5.6 x 2 x 12 cm / Weight: 63 g / Power: 100mW

Phillips is another traditional brand in portable radios, and this model is especially modern and compact, in addition to having simplified operation.

The Philips AE1500X speaker has good power and the sound has good quality even at a higher volume.

This model has a headphone jack so you can listen to your favorite music wherever you are. The operation is with two AAA batteries, which has good life.

5. Sony ICF-19 Portable Radio

Analog Portable Radio

Dimensions: 22.86 x 7.62 x 12.7 cm / Weight: 220 g / Voltage: 4.5 Volts

Another one of Sony’s portable radios, the ICF-19 is small and can easily be taken anywhere.

With it you can easily tune AM / FM frequencies to follow your favorite programming with great quality.

It also has LED indicators that show which radio stations have been tuned in and what the battery status is.

The analog tuner allows a better adjustment of the stations and the monaural speaker provides an excellent performance even for small boxes.

Operation is by means of two D2 type batteries.

6.Avantree SP850 Portable Radio

Best Portable Radio with Bluetooth and Rechargeable Battery

Dimensions: 13.21 x 3.3 x 6.6 cm / Weight: 158 g / Technology: Wireless

This is much more than a simple portable radio. It has several modern functions that improve your user experience.

Its speaker is 3 in 1, and this powerful radio allows simple transfer of music from your other electronic devices via Bluetooth.

If you prefer, you can store your favorite music on an SD card and then listen to it whenever and wherever you want.

You can also significantly improve the quality of the sound you hear with the six different equalizer modes, which adapt to the main musical types: natural, rock, pop, classical, jazz, and soft.

To search for channels, you can choose to do this manually or automatically. Both ways are efficient and straightforward.

The Avantree SP850 is perfect for taking anywhere with its lightweight and portable design. To further improve the experience, it has a movable handle that makes it easier, especially if you are in the habit of practicing physical activities with your radio.

Conclusion

Portable radios are great companions for all hours, whether on the street or indoors. Despite the new technologies, many people do not give up traditional equipment.

That is why, even after many years of their invention, they are still being marketed and have even gained some new functions over the years.

This led to the emergence of diversified models, with many variations. So you need to know how to choose correctly.

Now that you know the most important key features, you are ready to choose the most suitable among the best portable radios.

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Radios for skiers – which one to choose?

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Walkie-talkies for skiers are a beneficial, necessary means of communication! It is difficult to overestimate the benefits of walkie-talkies at a ski resort, especially when traveling with a large team. Radios for skiers are an indispensable assistant. The choice of radios for skiers and snowboarders is currently huge. The forums have been studied, reviews, tests have been re-read, and various radios’ prices have been compared. And yet, what kind of radios to buy for radio communication at a ski resort? The answer to this question is ambiguous; let’s try to figure out the criteria for choosing radio stations, radios for skiers, and snowboarding. This is the necessary range of radio communication, ease of use, reliability, and radio strength.

Let’s dwell on them in more detail:

  1. Radio range in the mountains… Here you need to think – do you need to communicate further than 3-5 km on a mountain slope? Many who buy radios for skiers answer that 3-5 km is more than enough. Therefore, we will recommend radios for skiers based on these numbers. Often, manufacturers of radio stations indicate the declared radio range for line-of-sight conditions. If you ride a team on the same slope and keep in touch with each other, this is essentially line-of-sight communication. Portable unlicensed radio stations in the 433/446 MHz range with a power of 0.3 W, and above are great for communication at distances of up to 3-5 km in line-of-sight conditions. As a rule, multichannel, compact radios, they are lightweight and much more convenient than portable radios in the 27 MHz range. We still recommend that you pay attention to walkie-talkies with a power of 1 W and above. The use of portable radios with a force of more than 4-5 W is unjustified. For a noticeable increase in the communication range, the power must be increased every ten times, and this is already about 40-50 watts. Only car radios or base stations provide this power. An increase in the power of a portable radio to 7-8 watts will only lead to an acceleration in the battery’s discharge and will not noticeably increase the range.
  2. Ease of use. Of course, for communication on a mountain slope, you need to use convenient radio stations. The dimensions and weight of the radio significantly affect usability. The most convenient, functional, and compact are LPD or PMR radios operating at 433 and 446 MHz, respectively. The most inexpensive LPD radios for skiers are Baofeng BF-888S radios and more durable and high-quality RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA radios. RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, Vector VT-44H, and ARGUT A-23 NEW showed themselves even better in the mountains- they operate in the unlicensed LPD / PMR range. Transmitter output power 4-5 W, high receiver sensitivity, and extended antenna provide excellent communication range for LPD / PMR radios. 
  3. The use of lithium batteries is also an essential factor in providing the convenience of operating radio stations in the mountains. An example of such radio stations is the RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, ARGUT A-23 NEW, Baofeng UV-5Rand some models from other manufacturers. All walkie-talkies that use lithium batteries come with automatic chargers, which makes the charging process fast, and the automatic shutdown at the end of charging is informative and safe. Lithium batteries work worse at low temperatures, so it is better to put the walkie-talkie under outerwear or in a pocket in winter. You can improve the usability of the walkie-talkie by using headsets.
  4. The reliability and strength of walkie-talkies largely depend on their design and the quality of the components used. The most durable radios are made based on an aluminum chassis, for example, Vertex VX-231, RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, ARGUT A-23 new, Vector VT-44 Military, and some models of other manufacturers. It is worth noting that such walkie-talkies have more weight than unlicensed LPD / PMR radios in plastic cases sold in cellular salons. The most compact of the rugged walkie-talkies are the Baofeng BF-888S. The highest quality and most reliable radios are RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI, RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF, Vector VT-44 Military, and Vertex VX-231 radios.

As a result, we get the following conclusions  – you can save money on radios for skiers. More often than not, there is no need to use particularly robust and especially long-range radios. You can use comfortable, compact radios, the most inexpensive of Baofeng BF-888S, and RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA. Sometimes skiers use even cheaper radios, such as Voxtel or Motorola toy radios sold in telecom stores. But in all respects, they are inferior to the RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA radio stations.

The leader in terms of the set of parameters, and the most recommended radio for skiers, is the RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI. It is relatively compact and durable. It was made based on an aluminum chassis. The radio station body has a protection class of IP-66, which allows you to use radio communications at a ski resort without resorting to additional measures to protect the radio from snow or water. The RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI radio provides radio communication at a distance of up to 5 km over rough terrain and up to 2 km in a forest. In conditions of direct visibility between the tops of the mountains, communication is possible at distances significantly exceeding the ten-kilometer line. Radio station RIXOTEL R-55 PROFInot overloaded with controls, easy to use, equipped with an automatic network charger, high-capacity lithium (Li-Ion) battery, flexible antenna, and quite affordable!

The convenience of using walkie-talkies with a Li-Ion battery can hardly be overestimated because you can charge it at any time without waiting for a complete discharge. Li-Ion batteries have no memory effect, and the charging process itself takes no more than 3 hours. The walkie-talkie with a lithium battery does not have to be left to charge overnight.

RIXOTEL R-22 DELTA

The walkie talkie is made on the basis of an aluminum chassis, this design provides high strength. The weight of the radio with antenna and battery is only 215 grams.
1990 RUB

RIXOTEL R-44 SKIF

The radio station is in a rugged case with protection from external influences. A rubber seal in the area of ​​the battery contacts, as well as rubber plugs and other seals completely prevent dust and strong jets of water from entering the radio station (degree of protection IP-65).

RIXOTEL R-55 PROFI

Protected radio UHF frequency range, made in a rugged case with protection class IP-66. The radio is built on a modern high-tech element base, has a shock-moisture and dustproof housing, and its basis is a durable and lightweight aluminum chassis.
RUB 4950

I want to write separately about the unsuitability of CB (C-Bi) radio communications at a ski resort. Also, the 27 MHz CB band is of little use for any other outdoor activities when portable radio stations are required. Let’s start with the fact that the CB range is actively used by taxi and freight services. – there may not be a free channel at 27 MHz. Many will reasonably notice no taxi far outside the city, and they will be right. But Mother Nature has prepared an unpleasant surprise for all radio communications users in the 27 MHz range. On days of high solar activity, there is a chaotic passage of radio signals emitted hundreds and thousands of kilometers from you. Moreover, these signals’ level often exceeds the signal level from a portable C-Bi radio station located several kilometers away from you and operating on a short antenna. Put – at the most inopportune moment; you can be left without radio communication at all!

It is also worth noting the high cost of portable radios in the 27 MHz range, which often exceeds the value of many robust LPD / PMR radios. Let’s add here the impressive dimensions of mobile CB radio stations, considerable communication deterioration when working from the car, and the premises. The following situation will often be observed: “We got into the car without connecting an external antenna – goodbye communication! We entered the room with a portable CB radio – goodbye communication!” Increasing the receiver sensitivity of 27 MHz radios does not solve problems with either range or communication reliability. The sensitivity of any receiver will be limited by the significant noise level in the air. And the noise level in the CB band (27 MHz) is often very high, and therefore the receiver’s real sensitivity will below.

As a result, we have a significant set of disadvantages of 27 MHz radio communication for communication in the mountains, in the absence of noticeable advantages. To effectively transmit and receive at a frequency of 27 MHz, antennas of impressive size are required. How many skiers would like to ride with antennas in the form of “one and a half meter rods”? We can hardly imagine such a skier. The CB 27 MHz band is suitable for communication between stationary objects, between a fixed object and a machine, and communication between devices, but only when using external antennas. Basic CB antennas are often over 5 meters in height. CB radios have been used successfully in taxis and truckers on the highway, but these are topics for other articles.

Walkie-talkies for skiers can be purchased in our stores in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk and purchased with delivery to cities in Russia and Kazakhstan. RealAudio company delivers walkie-talkies and radio equipment by transport companies, as well as by Russian Post cash on delivery to the cities:

Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Barnaul, Belgorod, Belogorsk, Biysk, Birobidzhan, Blagoveshchensk, Bryansk, Veliky Novgorod, Vladimir, Volgograd, Volzhsk, Volzhsky, Vologda, Voronezh, Dimitrovgrad, Yekaterinburg, Ivanovo, Izhevsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Kazan, Kaluga , Kemerovo, Kirov, Kostroma, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Kursk, Lipetsk, Magadan, Magnitogorsk, Miass, Murmansk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Tagil, Nizhnevartovsk, Novy Urengoy, Novokuznetsk, Novorossiysk, Orengoy, Omsk, Om , Orsk, Penza, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Podolsk, Pskov, Rostov-on-Don, Rybinsk, Ryazan, Samara, St. Petersburg, Saransk, Saratov, Smolensk, Sochi, Stavropol, Stary Oskol, Sterlitamak, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Taganrog, Tambov, Tver, Togliatti, Tomsk, Tula, Tyumen, Ulyanovsk, Ussuriisk, Ufa, Cheboksary, Cherepovets, Chita, Mines, Engels, Yakutsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk,Yaroslavl.

The list of cities to which communication facilities and radio equipment are delivered is continuously updated.

We also deliver radio communication equipment by the Delovye Lines transport company to the following cities: Abakan, Adler, Bratsk, Bugulma, Vladivostok, Volgodonsk, Dzerzhinsk, Zabaikalsk, Irkutsk, Novomoskovsk, Ulan-Ude, Ukhta, Khabarovsk.

To the cities of Armavir, Budennovsk, Nalchik, Nevinnomyssk, Neftekamsk, Nizhnekamsk, Pyatigorsk, Severodvinsk, Syzran – by PEC . To the cities of Berezniki, Nefteyugansk, Noyabrsk, Khanty-Mansiysk – by Express-Auto . To the cities of Almetyevsk, Achinsk, Ishimbay, Kiparisovo, Komsomolsk on the Amur, Labytnangi, Neryungri, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Rubtsovsk, Ust-Ilimsk – by ZhelDorExpedition .

To the cities of Beloyarsky, Beloretsk, Verkhnyaya Salda, Glazov, Gubkinsky, Kamensk-Uralsky, Kachkanar, Korotchaevo, Krasnouralsk, Kungur, Kushva, Langepas, Nevyansk, Priob’e, Raduzhny, Salavat, Strezhevoy, Tuimazy, Urai, Ozerchensky, Nadym , Purovsk, Buzuluk, Pelym, Pokachi, Prokopyevsk, Pur-Pe, Yugorsk, Seversk, Serov, Sibai, Solikamsk, Sukhoi log, Tchaikovsky, Chusovoy, October, Simferopol, Tobolsk, Ishim, Kogalym, Shadrinsk, Nyagan, Sarapul, Yuzhnouralsk – the company CIT …

Delivery of radio stations and other means of radio communication is possible to any settlements by Russian Post cash on delivery or EMS Mail, for example: Alapaevsk, Artyomovsky, Asbest, Astana, Aktobe, Aksu, Atyrau, Aksai, Almaty, Balkhash, Baikonur, Balakovo, Berezovsky, Bogdanovich, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Zarechny, Ivdel, Irbit, Kamyshlov, Karpinsk, Karaganda, Kirovgrad Kokshetau, Kyzylorda, Semey, Krasnoturinsk, Krasnoufimsk, Lesnoy, Nizhnyaya Salda, Nizhnyaya Tura, Novouralsk, Pervouralsk, Polevskoy, Revda, Severouralsk, Sysert, Shchelkun, Tavda, Vereshchagino, Nytva, Lyskamna, Krasnouvishyor Chernushka, Gornozavodsk, Dobryanka, Gremyachinsk, Kudymkar, Gubakha, Yayva, Vikulovo, Yarkovo, Nizhnyaya Tavda, Yalutorovsk, Kaskara, Kazanskoe, Borovskiy, Petropavlosk, Romashevo, Golyshmanovo, Vinodar, Tarmany, Taldykorinsky, Sizkazili, Zhezkazino Uporovo, Uralsk, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Shymkent, Taraz, Omutinskoe, Berdyuzhye, Abatskoe, Antipino,Isetskoe, Turtase, Norilsk, Salekhard, Vorkuta, Votkinsk, Ekibastuz.

RealAudio follows the latest developments in radio communication and is pleased to offer the most modern means of communication for any task. Professional radio communication is our specialty!

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BEST RATINGWALKIE-TALKIES

Rating of the best radios

In our time of universal mobile telephony, it is difficult to imagine problems with communication. I dialed the number and talk, but it turns out it’s not that simple. There are still many “white spots” that are not covered by cellular operators on the territory of our vast country. This is especially true for the forest, steppe expanses, and mountainous areas. In these cases, the good old radio always comes to the rescue. Forestry workers, hunters, anglers, hiking lovers in the mountains and valleys cannot rely on cellular communications. It remains to hope for a walkie-talkie as a proven and reliable means of communication. This type of communication does not lose its relevance.

We have compiled a list of the best walkie-talkies based on expert assessments of specialists and real buyers reviews. Our recommendations will help you make the best choice for your requirements and desires. There are many competitors in the world market for equipment, but we have selected the best manufacturers and recommend that you pay special attention to them:

Budget / Inexpensive

  1. Baofeng
  2. MIDLAND
  3. KENWOOD

Middle price category

  1. ARGUT
  2. VECTOR
  3. Yaesu
  4. Motorola
  5. ALINCO

ARGUT A-43

ARGUT A-43
The main advantages
  • The device case with a high protection class IP 54 is made of impact-resistant ABC / PC polymer. Withstands short-term heating up to 130-145 degrees Celsius. The radio is capable of operating in the temperature range from -30 to +60.
  • 4 W power provides an extended range of up to 8 km, depending on the terrain
  • The ability to change the operating frequencies by reprogramming the device using a PC will help tune the radio to the desired range.
  • There is a function of synchronizing settings for multiple radios without using a computer.
  • Sleep timer after the end of call saves battery power.

VECTOR VT-44 Military

VECTOR VT-44 Military
The main advantages
  • Professional grade LPD radio (non-licensed frequency band) in a protected case with an aluminum carrier rail. Has a small weight of 150 grams
  • Additional LCD backlight makes it easier to work at night
  • The long-range, even in urban conditions up to 10 km, provides reliable, high-quality communication
  • The ability to scan channels with automatic squelch and CTCSS (friend/foe identification) makes it easy to find the desired signal
  • Operating time on one charge from 25 to 40 hours, depending on the intensity of use

COMRADE R6

COMRADE R6
The main advantages
  • Extremely powerful (7W) with a wide range of features in a monolithic shockproof case
  • With the VOX system, you can activate the radio remotely. A special headset allows you to free your hands and turn on voice transmission automatically at the beginning of a call
  • Up to 16 channels can be programmed and stored for quick switching
  • Built-in scrambler protects conversations from tampering or eavesdropping
  • Three multifunctional programmable dual-use buttons make it easy to operate the radio
  • Automatic Selective Scan helps you find the desired signal at the correct frequency

Yaesu FT-60R

Yaesu FT-60R
The main advantages
  • Amateur FM radio station in a shock- and moisture-proof housing. Has an optimal ratio of quality and price, in comparison with the closest competitors
  • Output power can be adjusted in three modes, which allows, if necessary, to reduce power consumption and extend battery life significantly
  • Blocking the control buttons from accidental activation and password-locking the activation of the radio itself will protect against loss of the desired frequency of negotiations and outside interference
  • The ability to program the control buttons for a specific mode of operation “hot keys” makes it easier to access the necessary functions, bypassing the “menu.”

Baofeng UV-5R

Baofeng UV-5R
The main advantages
  • One of the most popular amateur radios from a well-known Chinese manufacturer
  • Separate charging capability. The removable battery can be charged without being installed in the radio case
  • The design allows you to conduct a conversation on two different bands and frequencies, as well as quickly switch between them
  • Built-in FM receiver can receive radio station signals in the range of 65-108 MHz
  • LED torch with adjustable lighting mode (constant light, flashing light) will help in the dark or serve as a beacon for an alarm

Baofeng UV-82

Baofeng UV-82
The main advantages
  • Dual-band intercom with a range of up to 16 km and an informative black-and-white display with additional illumination (three colors to choose from)
  • The main external components are assembled from aluminum alloy, which increases the reliability of the case and improves cooling.
  • Switching between the operating ranges is carried out using the “swing” key.
  • With active radio communication, you do not need to preselect the channel/frequency, just press the upper or lower part of the key to change the operating mode. The same switching options are implemented on the headset of the device.

Baofeng BF-888S

Baofeng BF-888S
The main advantages
  • Inexpensive 16-channel radio with a power of 5 W and a range of 5 km
  • Robust housing with LED indication of operating modes (reception – green, transmission – red). The structure of the device is assembled on a metal chassis. This increases the rigidity of the case and provides adequate cooling of the working elements of the radio.
  • The preset UHF operating frequency range can be easily reflashed using a computer to license-free LPD and PMR, distributing 8 for each band.
  • Separate power adjustment (two modes) for each channel is possible.
  • A built-in flashlight will help in the dark, as well as when you need to send a visual signal for help (SOS)

KENWOOD TK-3406M2

KENWOOD TK-3406M2
The main advantages
  • Dual-band walkie-talkie in a dust and moisture protected case
  • Updated and improved BTL one-watt amplifier and a loud half-watt speaker ensure high-quality conversations even in noisy environments
  • Programmable capabilities of the radio station using special software, through a connection to a computer. Two keys can be configured to activate specific functions with on / off mode
  • Operating range from 1 to 5 km in urban areas, up to 12.5 km in the industrial zone, and up to 15 km outside the city
  • Built-in noise cancellation and speech scrambler for added convenience and security

Yaesu VX-6R

Yaesu VX-6R
The main advantages
  • Lightweight yet durable waterproof aluminum-magnesium alloy housing for increased protection. Endures staying in the water at a depth of 1 meter for half an hour
  • Wide reception range with the ability to connect up to 1000 communication channels
  • Informative monochrome LCD showing the operating mode of the radio station with a backlit screen and control buttons
  • The ability to adjust the signal power from 0.3 to 5 watts reduces power consumption and extends the operating time of the device without recharging
  • Built-in FM receiver
  • A high-capacity battery (1500 mAh) ensures long-term, uninterrupted operation of the radio

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3. Microlab MD310BT

Microlab MD310BT photo

Even though this model is experimental, it has gained quite a wide popularity among users. The dimensions of the device are 277x115x76 mm, which is pretty decent for such an autonomous product. The weight is about 1 kg. The design’s body is made based on black plastic with a matte finish, on which there will be no fingerprints or other marks. It also has glossy inserts – the design looks pretty strict. The front panel houses a metal grill, a large LCD, and several control buttons. In addition to information, the display shows the time.

The design provides two rather large speakers. On the back, there is a subwoofer, which is additionally protected from damage by a plastic beam. The battery capacity is 1000mAh. In general, the device has many functions: in addition to standard music playback, there is a rather powerful radio receiver with a memory for 30 stations. If you connect the speaker to a tablet or laptop, you can get a kind of home theater. The front panel has a jack for a wired device connection, a slot for a memory card, and a USB input. The sound is pretty straightforward, even at maximum volume.

Benefits:

  • Quite a compact size for such a powerful device;
  • Good volume;
  • A large number of functions;
  • Strict appearance.

Disadvantages:

  • Low-frequency control is not provided.

2. Sony SRS-X55

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It has pretty decent overall dimensions of 22.1×11.8×5.1 cm with a weight of 1.2 kg, making this model a real record-holder among our review of the best portable speakers. The device’s top panel has a glossy, shiny surface where all the pressing control buttons are located. Unfortunately, it is quite easily soiled as a result of which every speck of dust and a trace of even a slight touch will be visible on it, although such a panel looks quite stylish. On the front side, there is a rigid metal grille, painted in gray. Hidden behind it are two speakers and one designed to transmit low frequencies. All the main connectors and jacks are located on the back of the device. Rubber inserts are provided below.

The wireless interface is a Bluetooth 3.0 channel; there is a USB connector through which you can charge mobile phones and smartphones. The manufacturer claims 10 hours of battery life only from the battery – there is some truth in this, mostly if the volume is set to average. The battery is fully charged within 2.5-3 hours. The column automatically turns off if it has not played music for the last 15 minutes – this is a reasonably convenient feature. The sound quality is relatively high for a stand-alone device.

Benefits:

  • Excellent sound;
  • Attractive appearance;
  • All necessary wireless modules are available;
  • Extended headroom.

Disadvantages:

  • Large dimensions and weight;
  • Marking the top side;
  • There is no radio.

1. Mobidick SuperTooth Disco

Mobidick SuperTooth Disco Photo

This is the most potent device among all the models presented in our ranking of the best portable Bluetooth speakers. The speaker has two speakers of 8W each, and it is also equipped with a 12W subwoofer. Another distinctive quality of the product is the power supply, both from the battery and the mains. The overall dimensions are also quite significant – 31x9x6.5 cm, with a weight of almost 1.2 kg. In standby mode, the device can work up to 1,500 hours on a single battery charge. In intensive use (listening to music at full volume), the battery will last about 3-4 hours; moderate volume allows you to extend the operating period to 9-10 hours.

This model is explicitly designed for high-quality sound – it will not be possible to find a radio receiver, a card reader. The function of charging other mobile devices is not provided. The subwoofer delivers excellent low frequencies, while the other two speakers are perfect for high frequencies. The range of transmitted sounds is in the range from 80 to 18,000 Hz. The rechargeable battery is nickel-magnesium, which provides a quick charge.

Benefits:

  • The set includes a convenient case for storage and transportation;
  • Correctly transmit any sounds;
  • Fast charging;
  • Decent battery life.

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy and oversized.
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Walkie-talkies in 2020

Planning to spend some time out of town, hiking, skiing, or just enjoying the great outdoors, but need a way to communicate besides your cell phone? Cell phones are not a reliable option: even in today’s world, it can be challenging to find a network in remote locations. So, how can you effectively communicate with the rest of your group and the outside world when things go wrong?

One option is a satellite phone that will work anywhere. But these devices are expensive, as are the monthly maintenance fees. Fortunately, there are much cheaper options available. The good old two-way radios remain an effective and affordable option for standalone communications. There are hundreds of models to choose from, most of which are inexpensive. After consulting an expert and reading dozens of customer reviews, we have selected the best ones.

Editor’s Choice

1. Baofeng UV-5R (average price 1600 rubles)

Just ten years ago, nobody had heard of BaoFeng. And today, the company’s radios are among the best-selling (and most popular). The UV-5R, one of the company’s finest models, has become a favorite among users as a cheap and functional portable radio. It can receive and transmit any frequency between 136-174 MHz and 400-520 MHz at up to five watts of power and receive the 65-108 MHz range. Other features include dual-frequency monitoring and standby and a built-in emergency siren.

+ Low price

+ Wide range

– No

2. Midland GXT100VP4 (average price 6300 rubles)

Midland has been making walkie-talkies for decades but always innovating. The GXT1000VP4 is a great example: it has 50 channels, 142 privacy codes, and an impressive 36-mile range. The gadget is equipped with a bright LCD backlit screen, offers ten configurable alerts for incoming messages, and includes a whisper mode for communication in quiet situations. These walkie-talkies are also rugged, waterproof, and come with rechargeable batteries that keep them running for hours. In addition to basic functionality, Midland has developed the GXT1000VP4 for emergency use. An SOS siren alerts others when assistance is needed, and NOAA’s built-in radio weather alert keeps users ahead of severe weather conditions.

+ Wide range of functions

+ Durability and moisture protection

– High price

3. Motorola Talkabout T42 Twin Pack (average price 2200 rubles)

A great set of walkie-talkies for kids, the T42 is available in various colors: blue, red, or a choice of three. With a range of up to 4 km, they are an excellent choice for short distances and an indispensable companion for family vacations. They also include a dedicated quick pairing button that makes it very easy to pair all your radios.

+ Ease of use,

+ Low cost

– Limited functionality

4. BaoFeng BF-F8HP (average price 1800 rubles)

If you are looking for power, choose Baofeng BF-F8HP. The F8HP is an upgraded version of the popular BaoFeng UV-5R, which has conquered the market for low-cost, high-power radios. The new BF-F8HP boasts a whopping 8W of power compared to 2W or less of most FRS radios. With power comes complexity, and the Baofeng BF-F8HP is not an easy-to-use walkie-talkie. This is a full-fledged radio with the ability to broadcast on public Fed channels.

+ Large set of functions

+ Full-fledged radio station

+ Low price

– No protection from external influences

5. Midland LXT-425 (average price 4000 rubles)

Midland LXT630VP3 makes our list of the best FRS radios sold now. They are packed with all the features, including 36 channels, belt clip, fast charging, and a range of up to 30 miles. The bright yellow bezel makes it easy to find, and the durable outer shell is ideal for use anywhere. They have weather alerts to alert you when it gets bad. Easy Activated Voice and Sound (eVOX) with three sensitivity levels makes hands-free operation easy. Buyers praise these radios for their impressive sound quality and range. While this radio package only offers two radios and costs a little more than most of the other options we’ve listed, we think the performance makes them worth the money.

+ Sound quality

+ Wide range

+ Security

– High price

6. Midland GXT1050 (average price 6000 rubles)

If you need to stay connected offline, these are the radios you need – the multifunctional Midland GXT1050 with 50 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service). GMRS radios are more powerful than their traditional FRS (Family Radio Service) counterparts, so the signal travels for miles without interruption. In this case, the GXT1050 radios cover about 58 km in open areas, with obstacles such as buildings and trees, the range decreases. Since these are GMRS radios, a license is required to operate them.

+ GMRS standard

+ Security

+ Autonomy

– License required

7. Motorola TLKR-T92 H2O (average price 7500 rubles)

The Motorola TLKR T92 H2O is identical to its predecessor, the T80 Extreme, boasts a maximum range of up to 10km, a rugged and weatherproof design, and all the same features. Built to withstand external factors, the TLKR T92 is one of the most reliable two-way radios available. It even contains a floating core, making it ideal for kayaking and other water adventures. The gadget comes with a host of other features, including a built-in flashlight to help save valuable space in your kit bag. Combining Durability with a sleek design and a decent 16 hours of battery life makes the TLKR T92 a solid choice that offers good value for money.

+ Durability

+ Durability and reliability

– High price

8.Motorola Talkabout T82 (average price 6400 rubles)

The two-way Motorola T82 Extreme radios are rugged and weatherproof, with an IPX4 rating and a hidden screen that can light up for easy menu navigation. With a range of up to 10 km, they are ideal for hiking, skiing, or other outdoor activities where you need to keep in touch. What’s more, the T82 also includes several handy additional features such as an LED flashlight for professionals working at night. Another advantage of the T82 is the iVox function, with which you can enjoy automatic voice activation and hands-free operation.

+ IVox function

+ Security and reliability

– Limited range

9. Motorola Talkabout T62 (average price 4200 rubles)

Motorola TALKABOUT T62 is one of the latest brand models, which is equipped with many features for an inexpensive walkie-talkie. A simple pairing button instantly syncs your walkie-talkies, and the iVOX feature makes them an excellent choice for hands-free use. The batteries provide up to 18 hours of use, which should be enough for even the most demanding users. Finally, the Motorola T62 offers a range of up to 8km in optimal conditions, which is impressive considering the price. If you want a decent two-way radio kit at an affordable price, then the T62 is worth considering.

+ Affordable price

+ Ease of use

+ iVox function

– Limited functionality and range

10. Baofeng BF-888S (average price of 900 rubles)

BaoFeng BF-888S is very well received in the low cost walkie talkie market. It has many great qualities and is by far one of the most cost-effective walkie talkie options—a decent little radio, incredibly easy to operate. Getting the job done with minimal cost seems to be the core idea behind this walkie talkie. If you want more exciting features like high power, dual-band, or waterproof performance, you should probably consider other options, but the essential elements of the BaoFeng BF-888S will provide.

+ Very low price

+ Good performance of essential functions

– Limited functionality

How to choose a walkie-talkie

Choosing the right walkie-talkie for your needs is pretty simple – it all comes down to how you plan to use it. For practical advice, we turned to the traveler and radio amateur Kirill Tudachkov, who often uses portable radios on his trips.

Radius of action

The most important feature to consider when purchasing a walkie talkie is the communication range of the device. While some models can travel more than 30 km, others can only “finish off” the other side of the country house. Be sure to select a model that can support the range you need when choosing a device.

Battery life

Nothing can be more dangerous than a discharged radio during an emergency. Depending on your needs, be sure to check which batteries your device needs and how long they are designed for. Rechargeable lithium batteries can work great, but an AA battery pack is best in the middle of a forest.

Durability

When buying a walkie-talkie, be sure to consider its overall durability. Some options can be designed to suit children’s needs (with thin plastic surfaces), while others will be covered with thicker materials (such as rubber) to keep them working even after a hard fall.

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Recommendations for the correct choice and rating of the best car radios

A car radio in many situations can be a real salvation or just a way to have fun with your interlocutors during a long trip. This has repeatedly helped truckers and autotravellers not to fall asleep at the wheel, call for help, and get support in a given situation.

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Someone will say that radio stations are no longer relevant in current conditions since, at each person’s disposal, there is a much more functional and compact device called a smartphone. But the phone’s work is limited even in current conditions due to the lack of coverage and telephone towers in many areas. Most often, drivers notice that the smartphone does not pick up the signal on the highways. It becomes challenging to get through and especially to access the Internet. Radio communications are by no means a thing of the past. Many drivers continue to use these communications actively. And truckers are rightly considered the primary consumers. Before talking about the nuances of choosing radio stations for truckers and auto travelers’ needs, as well as voicing the current rating, you need to find out some necessary details that relate to the work, device, and actions of authorship.

Purpose and application of car radio stations.

On the modern market, you can find a large number of different types of car transmitters on sale. To optimally select a walkie-talkie for a car, you should focus on a number of technical parameters. In most cases, the buyers of such equipment are taxi drivers , truckers, travelers, and intelligence officers. However, some frequencies from the range are not designed for use by civilians and require permission. In those places where telecom operators’ antennas cannot be caught, a radio station with a transmitter is the only possible technical means to guarantee regular communication. That is why, with its help, it is safer and more economical to contact dispatchers, colleagues, and rescue services.

Criteria for choosing a walkie-talkie.

The choice of a car radio should begin with the purpose for which it is purchased. Various manufacturers focus on the production of devices: automobile, office, travel, amateur. In addition to the acquisition purposes, you need to rely on the scope of use when buying. This will determine how stringent the requirements will be for impact resistance, coverage range, and other characteristics. If the product is purchased for occasional rare use, then there is no point in investing in expensive analogs.

Range of radio stations and their power.

To ensure regular communication between drivers of cars in the city or outside it, it is better to use stationary radios with a capacity of at least 8 W, equipped with an external antenna. They practically guarantee high-quality communication with a range of several tens of kilometers. Even portable handheld devices with less power can establish a connection between 2 km and 20 km.

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How to choose a walkie-talkie for a car based on the range criterion? This indicator, especially outside the city, is influenced by the following characteristics:

location of vehicles. When driving in mountainous terrain at the highest points, the communication range can reach 20 km. If the hill is between the cars, then this figure can be reduced to 1 km. Straight sections of a track usually provide up to 5x better connectivity than uneven or winding ones,

the number of cars on the road at a given time. The more there are, the worse the connection and the lower its range. A natural obstacle to radio waves’ passage appears when there are an abundance of long cars and buses on the road, which reflect them in opposite directions. Additional interference is created by radio-electronic equipment such as mobile phones, tablets, navigators,

landing height in a particular car. The greater this criterion, the greater the distance the signal will propagate.
For this reason, SUVs will provide better connectivity than traditional sedans; vehicle equipment. The radio station antenna loses part of the signal due to the glazing area, especially the tinting. Weather conditions can also affect the radio communication range. For example, dampness and precipitation reduce this indicator. However, most modern radios with a power of 7-8 watts are enough to provide a decent signal at a distance of 1000-2000 meters. As practice shows, it is enough when moving vehicles in convoy. The range and quality of communication is directly affected by the transmitter power in the station. When the batteries are fully charged, the value will be even higher.

Channels and frequencies of radio stations.

The simplest models of walkie-talkies are designed for only one communication channel, and for this reason, it is rather inconvenient to use them. Given the large amount of such equipment on hand, it should come as no surprise that the broadcast is often clogged. That is why full-fledged walkie-talkies should be at least two- or even multi-channel. To switch between channels, they are equipped with an additional toggle switch. The built-in digital indicator will display the channel numbering and individual modes of the device. Manual frequencies can be specified manually in the settings. Most radios in the car, which can be selected in professional car dealerships, can register up to 80 frequencies with a step length of 25 kHz. And if it so happens that the user is in a place of massive traffic congestion, and all channels are clogged, then within one of the so-called “subchannels” can be organized. Then it will be possible to communicate with the opponent without interfering with other participants in the network. And the most popular channel among motorists continues to be channel 15, which is commonly referred to as the “truckers” channel. To work with it, you need the walkie-talkie to be equipped with an AM mode (amplitude modulation).

Types of antennas for walkie-talkies:

The antenna’s length directly affects the quality of the connection and the distance at which it is provided without any severe interference. The radio should be incredibly reliable for the route, given the significant distances between vehicles or between the driver and the dispatcher.
Nevertheless, even on the freight trucks roof, it is considered inappropriate to install devices over 1.5 m in length. Otherwise, there is a risk of hitting road obstacles or wires. The most acceptable types of antennas for walkie-talkies, based on the method of attachment, are magnetic. Motorists who are thinking about choosing a car radio should understand that magnetic devices are easily fixed to the body. In this case, the car’s metal roof will no longer be able to act as a signal amplifier – this will require additional wires. Mortise antennas for walkie-talkies are considered more reliable in this sense, but you will have to drill holes in the body for them.

Key selection options.

Quite often, even in the era of global smartphoneization, let’s call it that, questions arise about which walkie-talkie is better and more correct to choose for truckers. There are several basic parameters worth paying particular attention to. Having received the necessary and most important information about radio stations’ design and operation, it will be much easier for you to choose since the knowledge luggage contains the relevant information and understanding of what exactly you want to get from the purchased equipment.

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Experienced truckers and specialists in the field of radio equipment identify five main points that are most relevant when choosing a radio station for a car that makes long trips to remote corners of our country and not only:

  • Power indicators.
  • Antenna type.
  • The type of squelch used.
  • Power supply and its features.
  • Frequencies and number of channels.
  • Dimensions and design.

You already know about the existing types of antennas for a walkie-talkie, so it makes no sense to dwell on this issue again. The same can be said about radio frequencies and the number of channels. They also talked about the range, that is, the range and the power of the equipment. Regarding the radius, everything is mostly clear, but on control, it is worthwhile to linger a little and make some clarifications. Power If you still do not know how to choose the right car radio, planning to use it for long-range or for long trips to remote parts of the country, where there is a chance of encountering a lack of cellular communication, you should prepare in advance and collect the necessary baggage of useful information. Many buyers pay special attention to what power characteristics are present in a particular radio station. Power is the parameter that has a direct impact on the transmission range of radio signals. Often we are talking about radio stations with a power range from 4 to 50 watts. But the most demanded and famous are those with a power of about 8 watts. They are inexpensive, transmit a high-quality signal and function entirely within a radius of 5 to 10 kilometers.

In the case of truckers, such parameters are quite enough. But there is an erroneous position or opinion, according to which the power is directly related to the quality and range of signal reception. This is not true. A simple example can be given. One trucker uses a 15W radio, which is quite a lot and not so common. At certain distances, the situation will turn out that the connection will be one-way. That is, your interlocutor hears you perfectly, but you do not hear him at all, or with severe interference. And the whole point here is the use by the second driver of a standard radio station for 8, and maybe 4 watts. If we talk about a radio station’s power, then it is essential to remember one golden rule. It says that the quality of communication is only 20% dependent on the radio station itself, its parameters and characteristics, including power. The rest, 80%, falls on the shoulders of the antenna used. Therefore, the issue of choosing an antenna should be given special attention. It is much more important than power. For truckers, as mentioned earlier, 8 watts is considered optimal. It often makes no sense to buy more powerful models. But a lot depends on the specific situation and individual needs.

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How a Walkie Talkie Works

use of a walkie talkie

Do you want to know how a Walkie Talkie works? A Walkie Talkie is nothing more than a radio device that can be used both as a transmitter and as a receiver (that is why they are also known as “two-way radio” ).

In many ways, a walkie works in a very similar way to a mobile phone, but there are significant differences.

All the keys to using a walkie talkie

First of all, communication between two Walkie Talkies can only be carried out simultaneously, contrary to what happens with mobiles, where both parties can speak at the same time.

On radios, however, you have to wait for the transmitter to finish speaking and then press the side button ( push to talk ) to transmit your message.

Second, professional radios have much more autonomy and independence compared to telephones, since the latter always need the signal from a nearby tower.

Meanwhile, walkie talkies are autonomous and independent radios that transmit and receive signals by themselves, so as long as there is another device nearby transmitting on the same frequency and from the same channel, communication will be possible.

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Types of Walkie Talkies

Different types of walkie talkies differ by the type of technology, but also by the use that is going to give them.

Analog Walkie Talkies: Less and less are manufactured due to the better performance and quality of digital models. Still, many digital models are compatible with analogue.

Digital Walkie Talkies: Better sound quality than analogue, greater privacy, coverage or advanced call control; also, they have longer battery life.

Atex Walkie Talkies: Mandatory for communications in explosive environments such as air mixtures with fog, vapours, gases.

Tetra Walkie Talkies: It is the most advanced telecommunications system. It ensures the highest quality and security in its transmissions, with more advanced encryption and protection systems—walkies designed for security and emergency bodies.

Batteries for Walkie Talkies

Another element that gives greater autonomy are the batteries for walkies since their duration is greater than that of mobile phones.

Indeed, a two-way radio can last much longer without recharging than a mobile.

Channels of a Walkie Talkie

The two walkie talkies used for communication must be configured on the same channel, so before speaking, you must look for the channel through which you want to communicate.

Ideally, use one channel for each department of your company.

For example, if you work in a nightclub, one channel can be used to speak safely, another for bar waiters, another for table waiters …

The PMR446 Walkie Talkies (unlicensed) has 8 channels.

But the most professional also have subchannels, which exponentially increases the number of people and groups with whom to communicate.

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Range of a Walkie Talkie

There are Walkie Talkies whose signal is capable of reaching several kilometers around.

However, these are maximums achievable only in rural and flat areas, with no obstacles in sight.

Differences between UHF and VHF

UHF and VHF are two types of frequencies that walkie talkies use for very different situations.

The wave type of UHF makes it suitable for indoors or small spaces with some obstacles between them, such as mountains, walls or buildings.

However, VHF is used for more open spaces , open air (in the field) without obstacles and for transmissions that need a long range. It is usually the most suitable type of frequency to use in large outdoor events.

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How to increase the coverage of a Walkie Talkie

With a walkie talkie repeater, preferably located in strategic areas, at high altitudes and without interference or obstacles, a walkie talkie can broadcast much farther.

There are different types, but the most used is duplex.

In this type of repeater, there are two different frequencies for the same band. The input (the one that the walkie emits to the repeater) and the output (the one that the repeater emits to the walkie receiver).

Top 5 PMR446 walkie talkies

Are you interested in a walkie without a license for personal use? The PMR446 walkie talkies are the perfect option since you can be in communication without the need for a license in the vast majority of countries.

Whether it is to organize an activity in the mountains or for professional areas, it is essential to have the best communication system: with PMR devices we can always be in contact without the need for coverage.

In this post, we tell you what this technology consists of and which are the 5 best PMR446 walkies on the market so that you can choose the one that best suits your activities.

What is a PMR446 walkie talkie?

The audio equipment used in tents and mountain activities is usually devices with Personal Mobile Radiofrequency (446 MHz), which have different channels and sub-channels for free.

To better understand what this frequency consists of, we put you a bit in context: radio transmitters are regulated by law, by transmission power and by frequency.

One of those frequency bands is free to use, so the radio license is not mandatory and is what we know as PMR 446.

There are two types of sub-channels or codes: CTCSS (Continuous Tone Controlled Squelch System) codes or sub-tones and DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) codes or sub-tones.

The CTCSS undertones use a low-frequency tone (between 67 and 250 Hz) together with the voice signal and allow us to select the Squelch (noise silencer) to avoid discomfort during conversations.

DCS is similar to CTCSS, but instead of emitting a continuous tone on the selected frequency, digital transmission of data is added to the radio signal.

List of the best PMR walkie talkie on the market

There are hundreds of differences between PMR and professional walkies (coverage, power, etc.), so let’s see some of the best models available on the market and what advantages each one has.

Motorola, the technological brand par excellence, offers communication devices for users with high audio quality and privacy.

1. Motorola XT420 PMR Walkie

Walkie-Motorola-XT420

The XT400 Professional series is the perfect option, both for personal and professional use, due to its sound quality and security in its communications (between 8 and 219 channels).

It offers the possibility of a hands-free VOX and PTT function, which makes it possible to facilitate and even optimize tasks in the workplace by improving communication between employees.

In addition to being very resistant, the Motorola XT420 PMR walkie (IP55 standard certified), has a 2150 lithium battery and a cover with clip to hang it and carry it comfortably with us.

2. Motorola CLP446 Bluetooth walkie talkie

Motorola-CLP446BT

Do you want to have more comfortable and simple communications? The walkie Motorola CLP446, thanks to its Bluetooth connection to connect a wireless headset and communicate freely from anywhere.

What I like most about this device is its compact and light format:  its size is so discreet that you will forget that you are carrying it.

It is perfect for work environments such as hospitality or surveillance since it has eight communication channels and is compatible with other PMR446 walkies.

If we talk about distances, it does not exceed 7,400 m2 of reach, so it is not the model with the most capacity of the brand. Even so, its antenna integrated into the device ensures the best coverage even in difficult places.

3. Motorola XT460 walkie talkie

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If you are looking for a PMR device with a long-range, you will love the Motorola XT460 for its optimal conditions even over long distances.

The Motorola XT-460 walkie for free use PMR446 has military standards such as MIL810 to guarantee maximum security between channels, as well as VOX function and be compatible with other radios of the same brand.

This model is liked for being practical and efficient. It has a range of 10 kilometres and its battery can last up to 20 hours. Can you ask for more?

4. Kenwood PKT-23E

PKT-23

Kenwood offers us a simple, easy to use and very light equipment. The PKT-23 walkie is ideal for those looking for easy-to-use professional PMR walkies.

With only 110 grams, the PKT-23E radio is the smallest and lightest Kenwood PMR446 radio on the market, so you can carry it on your belt or pocket without being disturbed.

One of the best advantages? In addition to meeting the IP54 standard (resistant to dust and water), it has a standard micro USB port to charge the device’s battery from anywhere.

5. Kenwood ProTalk TK-3501

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For efficient equipment, the Kenwood ProTalk Tk-3501 delivers the best audio quality even in the harshest environments.

In addition to being robust, it has a 1.5 W BTL amplifier and an internal speaker that guarantees clear sound without interference.

Like almost all models of this brand, this device complies with the military standard MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F & G. It includes 16 communication channels and built-in VOX. Safety and power guaranteed!

We hope that this post has helped you understand what Personal Mobile Radio is and know which are the five best PMR446 walkies in the current market.

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Best Walkie Talkie: Test 10 Most Popular Walkie-Toki

After weeks of rigorous testing and testing in various conditions, we decided that the Midland GXT1000VP4 walkie-talkie is the best Walkie-Toki option available to the general consumer todaу. Among the ten contenders, it came out on top due to its undeniable versatilitу, range and a huge list of additional properties – including moisture resistance, the abilitу to make group calls and receive weather forecasts directlу from specialized channels. It was Midland that eventuallу won the title of the best model. From the budget options, we considered the Tacklife MTR01 radio an excellent choice.


Selection of finalists “Walkie-Toki” – from the English. A walkie-Talkie (walker-talkie) is a common name for portable radio stations, which is widelу used in English-speaking countries. During the experiment to identifу the best portable radio, it should be borne in mind that most professional radio stations require permission to use – “radio amateur’s license.” The license is not so difficult to obtain, but for example, in the USA, the FCC’s approval is required. Two-waу radio operation on General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels requires a license from the user. This requirement was introduced due to the possible health risks posed bу high power radio waves. This maу be too radical a choice for the most ordinarу radio amateurs, so we limited ourselves to models that should work at the highest level without requiring official approval. These radios operate on the FRS, or Familу Radio Service, frequencies. Two models on our list, Midland and Motorola, are capable of both GMRS and FRS frequencies. This can be verу useful if уou plan to become a permit holder in the future for the sake of increased coverage and higher communication privacу. So, to create our initial list of candidates for the title of “Best Walkie Talkie,” we went to the Reddit forums at r / CampingGear and r / BuуItForLife to find the opinions and comments of radio amateurs on what equipment theу can recommend. We then headed to Amazon for details, specs and reviews, both good and bad. We found that even the best-selling models received many negative comments, up to complaints of complete inoperabilitу. For our research, we selected the most popular walkie-talkies with a high percentage of positive reviews.

Additional features among the various brands make some Walkie-Toki models more suitable for a particular activitу. Features such as weather forecasts, SOS alarm and moisture resistance can be incrediblу useful when traveling. We decided to rate our models in three categories: the best walkie-talkie, the best budget walkie-talkie and the best Walkie-Talkie for kids. This is because people use walkie-talkies for a wide varietу of purposes, and we wanted to take into account all the basic characteristics to help уou choose the best one for уour needs.

Comparison of selected Walkie Talkies

Whу do уou need a walkie-talkie? In addition to the opportunitу to feel like a professional and use ciphers for no reason, imitating secret agents from movies , walkie-talkies can be widelу used in everуdaу life. The most obvious examples of their use include camping and traveling, skiing or snowboarding, cruising, hunting, hiking, and socializing with emploуees at work or even neighbors if needed.


In areas where there are problems with mobile communications, walkie-talkies are an excellent replacement for mobile phones, an ideal choice for keeping in touch with friends using the magic of radio waves.


Also, walkie-talkies will help уou not to lose уour children frolicking in a neighbor’s уard or around the camp. Just imagine, with a walkie-talkie, уour kids won’t have anу more chances of being late for familу dinner!

In the top ten Walkie Talkies, we reviewed, each walkie-talkie has a wide range of features and strengths. Choosing such a device for уourself, it is verу important for уou to understand what exactlу уou expect from it and whу уou need it. The following parameters should be considered: Effective range How far does the equipment run? Is it possible to understand the interlocutor at a great distance? Is there a lot of extraneous noise? Batterу capacitу How long does the charge last? Can I replace the batteries with spare ones while traveling? Extra features What makes this model different from the rest? Does the model give уou such essential benefits: a wide range of frequencies, safetу and is the walkie-talkie easу to use? Fortunatelу, we have alreadу done all the research and tests to make уour choice easier. Simultaneously, the world of radio communication is not divided into black and white. If one radio can be inferior to others in some waу, it can also surpass them in other areas. For example, the Motorola MH2З0R walkie talkie showed the best results in terms of batterу life.


On the other hand, its signal transmission range is lame. It is small in comparison with even fewer cost examples. We felt that no matter whу уou need a walkie-talkie, content and high sound qualitу are the essential features. What is the point in the long work of “Walkie-Toki” if it can onlу give out noise and interference?
At the same time, powerful batteries or the abilitу to replace them with spare ones are worth considering if уou rarelу can charge уour devices, for example, during long trips or camping with an overnight staу. Different models have their compromise sides, so we tried to choose those that are the best choice in terms of the sum of the parameters. Some equipment has a high percentage of positive reviews, but the qualitу and quantitу of these reviews is low, so we were skeptical about these products during our tests.

The best models for fishing and hunting walkie-talkie

3. Motorola TLKR-T80 Extreme Quad

Motorola TLKR-T80 Extreme Quad photo

This is a very convenient means of communication when used outdoors at short distances, especially when mobile communication is intermittent or does not function. The walkie-talkie is quite simple to use – even a person who had no previous experience with radio stations can set it up. The device operates in a range that does not require registration. In open spaces, the maximum communication range can reach about 10 km. Still, the manufacturer does not indicate that this can be achieved in sunny weather, in the absence of wind, and exclusively in open areas. For a power supply, you can use standard finger-type batteries or rechargeable batteries. Besides, a built-in nickel-cadmium battery is provided.

The set went on sale a year ago. The set comes with four radios at once – very convenient for hunting lovers; there are also two stations for charging devices. Eight channels are provided for communication; this is quite enough for a full conversation. The case is waterproof rubberized. There is a liquid crystal display; it is equipped with a convenient backlight and a charge indicator. The weight of one radio is 140 grams. The functionality is complete, there is the ability to scan channels, you can simultaneously monitor two channels at once, if necessary, the keyboard is blocked, an automatic shutdown is provided.

Benefits:

  • Simple to use;
  • You can use ordinary finger-type batteries;
  • No need to register walkie-talkies.

Disadvantages:

  • Shows the battery discharge only when it is already wholly discharged.

2. KENWOOD TK-2406M

KENWOOD TK-2406M photo

This radio operates in the VHF range at a frequency of 136-174 MHz. It allows you to provide the highest power of 5 watts. The user can use one of 16 communication channels. The body has two programmable buttons that a person can customize depending on their own needs. The radio has a so-called panic button. To quickly select the available communication channel, there are scanning modes.

It should be noted that this model is capable of functioning normally in a reasonably wide temperature range – from -30 to +60 degrees. The weight of the product is insignificant. The case is of high quality, made of rubberized materials. There are rubber inserts that will not allow the radio to slip out of your hands on the sides. The sound transmission quality is very high, primarily due to the installed powerful speaker.

All settings are programmed using a personal computer or laptop. In addition to the function of high-quality suppression of extraneous noise, there are several additional features. In particular, there is an activation of the walkie-talkie by voice through the headset. The battery power is not very high, so it discharges rather quickly, especially if the device is in cold weather.

Benefits:

  • Good workmanship and workmanship;
  • Clear sound, voice can be heard with ease;
  • Long service life;
  • There is nothing superfluous on the surface of the case.

Disadvantages:

  • Weak battery.

1. Vector VT-43 H2

Vector VT-43 H2 photo

This device is perfect for those who like hunting or fishing. This radio is capable of operating in two bands – VHF 136-174 MHz and UHF 400-470 MHz. The maximum power of the equipment is 5W. If desired, the user can select a low radiation power of 1W, which can significantly save battery power. There are many memory channels here, all of them are quickly accessed, and switching between frequencies is carried out almost instantly. The design is equipped with a functional liquid crystal display, where the necessary information is displayed, but there is an additional opportunity to access all the capabilities of the product. In particular, it can be used to configure the operation of a tone or digital noise suppression system.

The body of this radio is made of polymer materials. It has a full-fledged button keyboard, where you can enter the required frequency. When scanning the broadcast range, it is possible to use the frequency grid. The radio has a jack for connecting a wired headset. It is equipped with a reasonably powerful lithium-ion battery with 2800 mAh, which allows for long battery life. This radio is perfectly suited for daily use in a wide variety of conditions. The case is waterproof and also protected from dust penetration.

Benefits:

  • Display with universal backlight;
  • The keyboard is blocked if necessary;
  • The walkie-talkie can be programmed both offline and through a computer connection;
  • Rugged case;
  • High battery capacity;
  • Acceptable cost;
  • The battery indicator displays the current data.