Walkie-talkies are handheld transceivers, portable and radios. They look a lot like cordless phones.
They transmit wirelessly (using radio waves) on a single, shared frequency band. It consists of a transmitter/receiver and antenna (for sending and receiving radio waves), a loudspeaker, a microphone and also a button that you push to talk so you have to press a button to speak and you have to release that button to hear the sound coming from other units. It contains an LCD display which shows channel number and also the remaining battery life etc. It also contains a monitor which switches the walkie talkie to monitoring mode so it can also be used as a listening device. It also has a menu button that is used for changing functions and settings. LED indicator light shows when channels are busy. The loudspeaker/microphone works like an intercom because a speaker and a microphone contain the same essential components like a coil of wire, a magnet, a plastic cone to produce sounds. Some walkie-talkies contain separate loudspeakers and microphones. They have a half-duplex channel which shows that only one walkie-talkie on a channel can transmit a signal at a time but many radios can receive that same signal.
Uses of Walkie-Talkies:
Businesses use walkie-talkies so that employees can chat in and around outdoors. Employees don’t have to deal with dropped calls due to poor service with a device that provides them with a constant connection. Overall, this simple device can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your business.
Wilderness lovers use walkie-talkies so that they can keep in touch during hiking or hunting trips where cell phone coverage is not available.
Walkie-talkies are strong, easy-to-use, and simple so they’re perfect for use outdoors and best for children. They’re specifically handy in places where cell phone network coverage is poor or even unavailable. They’re also great fun for kids. They’re very handy in situations where many people need to listen and only one needs to talk at once. Walkie-talkies normally have multiple channels (from about 8 to 25 or more) so you can simply switch to another frequency if other people are also using walkie-talkies nearby.
Aside from communication, these two-way radios also provide other features like weather alerts and SOS signals.
Some of the best walkie talkies are as follows:
* Midland GXT1030VP4 TWO-WAY GMRS RADIO: It has bold yellow faceplate, three-year warranty, 22 Channels PLUS 28 EXTRA CHANNELS, JIS4 Waterproof so it provides protection in all directions against light rain or splashing water, 142 Privacy Codes so it provides you up to 3,124 channel options to help you block other conversations and 36 Mile Range that is best range for communication in open areas with little or no difficulty.
* Motorola MR350TPR Talk about 2-Way Radio:
It is black in color. It has a range up to 35 miles and includes every possible radio feature. It is lightweight and rugged with extra-large buttons which help you to operate even with gloves on. It consists of 22 Channels, each with 121 Privacy Codes. It has built-in Flashlight also. It is dual power and PTT Power Boost.
* Motorola T470 2-Way Radios:
It is a powerful and best option from Motorola; it has a 35-mile range and it includes 22 channels and 121 privacy codes. The radios have an IPX4 water-resistance rating and also can be used hands-free, so they’re perfect options for outdoor use. There’s also a built-in LED flashlight that can lighten up your path in a pinch.
* Cobra RX680 Walkie Talkies:
These walkie talkies from Cobra are built to be resistant to water and dust. They contain rechargeable batteries and they have a handy charging dock. These walkie talkies have up to 38 miles of range in the normal conditions and have 2,662 channel combinations. It’s also easy to approach NOAA channels in case of emergencies.