Walkie Talkies are invaluable in working environments where mobile phones aren't suitable, reliable (when there is not enough signal) or robust enough. From building sites to adventure activity centres and noisy nightclubs, two-way radios are a communication method you can depend on.

Walkie talkie sets, also known as indoor and outdoor radios, are designed to support secure communication between teams and colleagues working outside the range of mobile phones. Modern walkie talkies come with an impressive range of features, from voice activation to the ability to send text messages, make emergency calls, headsets and microphones, and some that can transmit over several miles.

Leisure customers are buying more walkie talkies than before, especially with people taking more holidays in the wilderness. It is always sensible to equip yourself with a safe and secure communication tool, especially when outside the range of mobile signals.

Walkie Talkie Set Accessories

When choosing walkie talkies, many buy a walkie talkie set that includes at least two walkie talkies, since there is usually a need for contact between two team members. Accessories are often included, such as headsets and microphones, which allow for more discreet communication, since the basic design of any radio includes a loudspeaker, for making and receiving radio calls.

With headsets and microphones, walkie talkie users can contact each other without those in the area overhearing the conversation, with the added convenience that you don't need to unclip and hold the device to make and receive radio calls. Two Way Radio has a great selection of radio accessories, including Motorola Ear Pieces, Vertex Noise Cancelling Speaker microphone and MP3 headphone-style microphones, for extra discretion.

One advantage of buying a walkie talkie set is that they often come with accessories, including convenient carry cases, charging stations and headphones or speakers.

What are the different types of walkie talkie radio set ups?

2 way radio

To understand the benefits of having more devices on a radio network, we need to understand the basics of the 2 way radio. Radio walkie talkies are a secure and convenient way to communicate between staff members or security personnel without a reliance on mobile networks. Due to the short-range, the voice information can’t be intercepted unless you are in the direct vicinity. 2 way simply refers to the device being able to both receive and transmit data. You can still have any number of handsets on the same network, provided they are configured correctly. 

3 way radio 

If you are looking for a walkie talkie device with 3 features then this sadly doesn’t exist. There is a misunderstanding when it comes to walkie talkies that the number refers to the number of handsets on a network. When most people are searching for 3 way radio devices, they usually mean they want a network that supports 3 devices; which they do.  

4 way radio and 6 way radio 

Same as previously stated, 4 way radio is not a feature on any walkie talkie. However, the more devices you add to the radio network, the more disciplined the users need to be. When one device presses the button down to send voice data, the other devices can only receive. You cannot have multiple people talking over the same radio network. This is why there are specific codes used such as “over” when you finish speaking and “over and out” when you are ending the current dialog.  

Why would you choose walkie talkies over other mobile communications? 

Security 

Are you in charge of the safety and security of a venue? Is there information you don’t want to be readily available to outside interference? Radio communications can travel for miles but do not go through any cell towers, so the chance of someone intercepting the information is incredibly low. It doesn’t matter if you have 3 way radio devices, or 6 way radio devices. You can reduce risk of security breaches.  

Reliability 

In any form of emergency, such as power outages, the cell towers could be affected. If this happened and you are using the mobile spectrum, then you won’t be able to get in contact with your team. As the radio spectrum is transmitted from the devices on the network, you can always get in contact.  

Group communication 

Group calls are still complex and can be data heavy. If you want to get the information out to the whole team then walkie talkies are the answer. If you had 4 way radio devices on the spectrum and you had to call them individually, it could cause a bottle neck, especially in a crisis. As walkie talkies are always open to receiving information, you can send any information immediately to everyone. Even if there are 40 devices on the network.  

Instant 

There is no lag time. Cellular data requires a decent and stable connection that is heavily reliant on the network. The data is encoded, sent to the mast, relayed back to the intended receiver and then decoded on their device. Radio walkie talkies are instant and immediately put you in contact with everyone on the network. 


Walkie Talkie Set Options

From Motorola to Kenwood, the best walkie talkie brands can come in sets, which can include a mini walkie talkie twin pack set, up to a 6 way pack of two-way walkie talkies.

Leisure users can also purchase sets, since families and groups that enjoy adventure activities should always have access to secure communication channels, especially when they are outside the range of phone signals. One of our most popular leisure packs is the Motorola T80 Quad Pack.

Walkie talkie sets come in a range of sizes, from the mini twin pack set, up to a 6 way set, which means they come with six radios, a charging station and a range of accessories. Also available, from most leading brands, are 3 way and 4 way walkie talkie sets, which three and four radios per set. Give us a call so we can discuss what you need: 0800 028 6261.

We have a great selection of walkie talkies, including packs of 3 way, 4 way and 6 way Walkie Talkies, plus a wide range of accessories, such as headsets and microphones. Our dedicated team is here to help you choose the right two-way radio solution for you. Please give us a call if there is anything the team at Two Way Radio can help with: 0800 028 6261 or 01527 872 777 (on a mobile).