1.What is the range of the radios?
The range of radios is entirely dependent on where they are used and whether there are any obstructions like hills, buildings, dense woodland etc. between the radios. All radios are capable of working over several miles providing there is good line of sight but the range will be reduced by any obstructions. Some manufacturers do quote approximate ranges of 2, 5 or even 10Km but this is just a marketing ploy and these distances refer to ideal operating conditions and should be regarded as only a guide and cannot be guaranteed. All unlicensed radios are set at EXACTLY the same output power at 0 .5 Watt by law so you would expect to see no difference in performance between a 2km or 10km quoted radio. Licenced radios at 5.0 Watts are 10 x more powerful than unlicenced radios therefore you will get better coverage and reception.
2. Can radios bought in other countries be used in the UK
Many radios offered for sale on the internet are North American models which are highly illegal when used in this country, these frequencies are monitored by Ofcom who will impose heavy fines and confiscate equipment.
3.How many radios can talk to one another?
The minimum number is two and there is no maximum limit, providing the radios are within range of one another and all radios are using the same channel.
4.Can I use this type of equipment in other countries?
All unlicensed radios sold in the UK, come under the PMR446 banner which is recognised in most European countries. This type of equipment is not permitted for usage outside of Europe.
5.What is the typical battery life?
Dependent on usage the typical battery life of a licenced radio battery is 8 - 12 hours. Leisure radio batteries dependent on usage will be anything from 3 - 6 hours
6.What is the delivery time?
We use various courier companies (where signatures are required) dependent on type of equipment ordered and geograpically where the order is originated. Deadline for next working day delivery is 1.30pm. If you need to know if the product you require is available for next day delivery please contact us.
Carriage quoted on all online orders is for UK Mainland post codes only and NOT Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands/ Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Scilly, or overseas (EG Ireland , France etc) If you would like a quote for carriage for any of these destinations please email or call telling us what product is required, quantity, and the postcode or country where shipping is required and we will endeavour to get the best carriage cost for you.
7. Difference between models
A full description of all the different models can be found on the online shop. By clicking on each individual product you can then view a full product description as well as scrolling down to see what accessories are available to fit and use inconjunction with that particular product. If in any doubt please call us for advice.
8. Can I mix and match leisure radios of different models and brands?
Yes as long as they are all bought in the UK or EEC and come in the PMR446 variety. It is very often easier to keep to the same brands as you only need to put different models on the same channel and the same sub channel (sub code) and off you. For example adults in a ski party may have the Motorola T80 Extreme pack of radios and the children may have the Motorola T50 twinpacks. If you buy different brands for example Motorola and Binatone you can get them to talk to eachother you just have to transmit continually on one radio brand whilst you set the other brand into scan mode unitl you pick up the correct channel to talk and receive on. You then lock you key pad and off you go.
If you have any other questions about Walkie Talkies and Radios, you may find the answers here
or you can contact a member of our team on 0800 028 6261