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Can a VHF radio communicate with a UHF radio?
No. VHF radios operate in the VHF 136-174 MHz range and UHF radios operate in the UHF 400-470 MHz range. Since radios need to operate on the same frequency in order to talk to each other, it is impossible to match their frequencies. FRS radios are the same;
No. As the FRS frequency bands are from 462.5625MHz – 462.725MHz they are not capable of speaking with either.
Should I use VHF or UHF Two way radios?
VHF Radios are used mainly in outdoor applications which have few obstructions and can be used in line of sight (Boats on water, Oil fields or Motorcyclists for example) and under these circumstances the radio frequencies will travel further. UHF Radios are used when working in and around buildings or are faced with other obstructions as the frequencies penetrate walls, steel structures and the “other” obstructions better.
Yes, just let me know the frequency of your old radios; please contact us so we can match the frequencies for you.
How long will my two way radio batteries last?
Depending on: work cycle, battery chemistry, and charging cycles one should expect 1 to 2 yrs. Like a cellular phone, Talk time also varies but you can expect up to 8 hrs per day.
Is a license required to operate two-way radios?
FCC regulations require all radios operating on business band frequencies 1 watt or more to require a license (LUITON professional two way radios operate at 4-5 Watts). Instructions for obtaining a license are included with each package. It is up to the user to obtain the license. A license is NOT required to purchase a radio and can be done easily after receipt of delivery. FRS or Family radios operating at 1/2 watt or less do not require a license.
How do I change the frequency on my radio?"
Programming cables can be connected to your PC and two way radio and the software is free – contact us for more information.
What are PL/DPL?
(CTCSS/DCS) Private Line or Digital Private Line. These codes let the users receive only the calls accompanied by the radio’s code and to place calls only to those that accept the code. PL or DPL codes help eliminate disruptive conversations of others who may be sharing radio frequencies. If LUITON radio is to program to your specific frequencies it is essential that we have your DPL or PL codes otherwise your radios will not communicate with one another.
Can other people hear my conversations?
With consumer model radios (FRS Family), anyone can tune into your radio band and be able to hear your conversation. Professional radios offer encryption function and we can also program your radios for privacy (an easy to obtain FCC license will be needed for this feature).
What is the deadline date for changing to narrowband radios?
The FCC says that all commercial radios must be narrowband (12.5 kHz channel spacing) by January 1, 2013. LUITON Two Way radios are already narrow band compliant.