Here at Radios 2U we are often asked about the advantages and disadvantages of licence-free two-way radios, as well as where would you use them.
Advantages of a licence free radio
- Simple to use
- Less costly than licenced two-way radios
- Pre-programmed radio frequencies
- No call charges or contracts
- Rechargeable versions give great working time
- New advanced digital technology has enhanced performance and voice quality
- No licence needed!
- You can use it throughout the UK and in most EU nations
Disadvantages of licence-free radios
- Lower power output, making their range shorter (approx 3km max)
- Channels can often become congested due to the popularity of licence free radios
- Not suitable for emergency use as channel usage is on a first-come first served basis
- In the event that clients are too far separated they may experience interference from other two-way radios within range.
Who could benefit from using a licence free radio?
There is a massive range of possibilities for the use of licence-free radios. Some examples are listed below:
- Construction workers
- Event managers
- Tourist attraction operators
- Factory workers
- Farm & Country estate workers
- Leisure use (Hiking, cycling, camping, orienteering, hunting, fishing.)
- Neighborhood watch co-ordinators
- Assembly line laborers