Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your questions about two way radios.
What’s the range of business two-way radios?
The range is highly dependent on the terrain and conditions. Unfortunately there is no way of saying exactly what range you will get, as each site is completely unique. Sussex Communications can arrange for an onsite survey of the two way radio equipment to ensure it works across the area that you require. Digital two way radio equipment has clear audio right to the end of the range and this can be a lot further than an analogue two way radio.
Do I require an Ofcom business radio licence? (PMR)
You will require an Ofcom radio licence if you purchase a commercial / business two way radio.
Ofcom licence cost
An Ofcom business radio licence can be obtained from £75 for 5 years.
How do I apply for an Ofcom licence?
You can apply direct to Ofcom at www.Ofcom.org.uk/home for a business licence or for a small administration fee, Sussex Communications Ltd can apply for your licence on your behalf.
Why do I need a licenced two way business radio
A licenced two way business radio has up to a powerful 5 Watts of transmission (hand-portables) – that’s over 4 times the power of licence free two way radios (unlicensed walkie-talkies) for truly professional clear audio sound.
Unlicensed two way radios (Walkie Talkies)
Unlicensed (walkie talkie) radios are licence free two way radios. These radio units are pre-programmed by the manufacturer to standard frequencies across the 446 MHz range (hence why they are called 446 radios). This is a harmonised open channel to use across Europe although not necessarily authorised.
Where is Sussex Communications based?
Sussex Communications is based just outside Brighton. Ideally located in a central position across Sussex we can provide two way radio rentals across Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Worthing, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Bognor Regis, Arundel, Burgess Hill, Shoreham, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Littlehampton, Midhurst, and Petworth. If you would like to buy commercial business two way radios we also provide demonstrations in London and across the UK.
I cannot hear through the earpiece
Common problems are that the acoustic tube can get blocked, this can range from the obvious small piece of earwax to dust, the best practice is to run water through the tube and then dry extensively, preferably in sunlight. Then try the tube again, if this persists you may need to purchase a new acoustic tube.
Two-way radio versus mobile phone
Quality, robust business two way radios are designed to work all day. Professional commercial business two – way radios are robust compared to mobile phones and can withstand a drop. Two-way radios can be waterproof, dust proof and intrinsically safe.
Free communication between the radio units, no monthly contracts, no limits on usage.
Easy to use with very little training. Efficient, simple, effective solution that you can control and easily manage. Contact all of your team at once with an ‘all call’.
Press and talk. Save time critical seconds compared to a mobile phone (mobile network dial, connect and wait for someone to answer, if they answer!).
Providing communications where they are needed in areas of poor mobile coverage.
Digital two way radio versus analogue two way radio
Digital two way commercial radios were created to ease frequency congestion and are unlikely to be affected by interference. Digital radio equipment provides clear audio to the very end of the range often extending the range significantly over analogue. Digital 2 way radios for business use are designed with noise cancelling technology, so you can be heard and hear more clearly even in extremely loud environments.
However there is nothing wrong with purchasing an analogue two way radio and they will still be around for some considerable time. If what you need is a simple, practical solution, then analogue could be the technology for you. Analogue two-way radios offer excellent performance allied with great value for money. Robust, stylish radios that deliver exactly what you need – simple, one-to-one, or one-to-group communication that keeps your business running smoothly.