How many of you use two-way radios?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by kirkmbrown2001, Apr 10, 2011.

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  1. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey everyone!

    I wanted to know how many of you guys use two-way radios to communicate to your crews. I am thinking of getting a set so I can communicate to my new, non-experienced employees when I can't be there helping them. Have you had much success with them or do they usually lose, damage, leave them in the truck?

    Here is the set I was thinking about purchasing: http://amzn.com/B001WMFYH4

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bump...........
     
  3. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    you do realize you wont get that 36 mile range right? They will work good if you are in the same area working on a large commercial/hoa property, but you wont be talking to the guys across town
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I run busniess band
     
  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you want a two way radio, get the motorola the one that's a phone also. I can't remember what it's called though.
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  6. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, I have read the reviews on Amazon. The main reason for a shorter range is the topography, (hills, mountains) and the number of people using radios in the area. I have two things going for me that will help it a little. I live in farm country where it is relativly flat and 2, Unlike the city, I wouldn't think that many people use radios out here.

    I know that for the particular model I posted, it has some restricted channels that you need an FCC license for. That will give you a much farther range. I don't beleive the license fee is outrageous and I think it lasts for 5 years. Please correct me if I am wrong!
     
  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    Why not just give them a cell phone?

    I think it's called motorola PTT (push to talk)
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  8. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
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    First: A cell phone is WAY more expensive

    Second: I wouldn't want them using my minutes to talk to their friends, with
    radios, they can't.

    Third: I literally just hired them! I'm not gonna trust someone with my cellphone until I get to know them better!
     
  9. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    You can get cheap phones added to most plans and you can easily restrict the numbers they can call. Pay $10 for each line and set it so they can only call your phones and 911. And if they can only call your lines then it wont use any minutes
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  10. zimmatic

    zimmatic LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use motorola maxtrac. They are the 45watt models. they reach about 20-25 miles depending on the terrain. If I had the 3' antenna's vs the 18" I would get better coveage. Also if you can get the 60+ watt models they will go further. These radio's are selling cheap because everyone is upgrading. Make sure not to be on someone elses frequncy or emergency channels othewise the radio police will come find you. I run 5 radio's without a license. We dont chatter on them all the time but it is nice to use them especially when plowing. I am not going to get a license either. If I was going to get a license I would get a repeater and go the full radio route. However depending on what city you are in there are companies that rent their repeaters and you can cover an entire metro area. they also rent radio's etc and you would be on your own business ban setting so you wouldnt hear other people.
     

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