Improve the Antenna: Increasing the size of the antenna will enhance the range of your two-way radio. External antennas can be utilized to improve the range of car radios and reduce interference. It is beneficial to purchase radios with larger antennas and position your radio in a location where you can receive the best signal. Using the radio in an elevated position can also increase the range.
Use a Repeater: Signal repeaters can extend the range of your radio. A repeater is a device that receives your radio signal and transmits it again with greater power. First responders utilize repeaters to enhance the coverage of their two-way communication equipment. Signal repeaters should be installed on tall buildings or towers to maximize their effectiveness.
Check Your Batteries: Weak batteries can affect the strength of radio signals. Walkie-talkie batteries lose their power over time as they become less powerful. Regularly check the batteries of your two-way radio to ensure they are still fresh. You can easily test the power of your walkie-talkie batteries using a battery tester.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging, and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.