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Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on how often the radio is being used, but the average battery will last two to three years. The daily talk time also varies, but it should be able to get 8 hours of talk time with average use.

Wattage determines the strength of your radio signal. Therefore, the more wattage a radio has, generally the longer distance it’s signal can travel and the clearer the transmission will be. The larger the job site, the more watts you should purchase. Please refer to the wattage and range of each radio before purchasing.

Channels are used to send the actual communications. Each channel in an analog radio is tied to a particular frequency. You can assign a different channel to separate workgroups within your organization. This way each workgroup can have their own channel to reduce disruptions to other departments.

One channel per workgroup is typical. Examples: Managers, Maintenance, Security, Hospital Wing.

The distance a hand-held radio can communicate depends on several factors. The most important factors for you to consider are band (VHF or UHF), wattage, antenna type, and environment.

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There is no limit to the number of radios that can be used.

Yes, provided the other radios are programmed to the same frequency and codes. Please contact AWC for assistance.

A base station is a two-way radio that is meant to be stationary. It can sit on a desk, counter, or be mounted to a wall, forklift, etc.

Repeaters can extend the range of communication by boosting the signal where the repeater is located so the signal may continue traveling. They can help get around obstacles or extend the range of communication beyond what is possible with only hand-held two-way radios.

Yes, FCC licenses are required for most business radio frequencies. The biggest advantage of licensing your frequencies is exclusivity. Using common or default frequencies often mean dealing with interference from others nearby who are using the same frequencies.

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The airwaves are limited resources that need to be shared. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigns frequencies to prevent too many people from using the same channels at the same time. An FCC license grants your organization permission to operate on specific frequencies, within a particular radio band, using a specific type of radio signal emission. We can process the FCC license application for you.

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