What To Consider When Renting Two Way Radios

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Thursday, March 27, 2014

If you’re looking for a price savvy communication product, without the full commitment of a purchase – renting radios is definitely one of the best options out there. You get the quality and control that you would normally get when purchasing a two way radio system, but without the upkeep and price tag associated with it. This is a perfect option for those who would only use a radio system a few times a year for special events. Batteries and antennas are automatically included with each rental; each customer receives one spare battery and charger for every two radios rented. By choosing to rent radios, you can rest easy knowing that the programming, licensing, and even delivery of your communication equipment is being taken care of.

But first, here are some things to keep in mind after you’ve decided on the wise choice to rent two way radio equipment.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Two Way Radio Accessories, Rental Equipment

You’ve got your two way radios…now what?

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Friday, January 24, 2014

We all know that two way radiosare highly beneficial in keeping everyone connected when it comes to communication, they’re reliable, and much more cost efficient than cell phones.

But do you know how to optimize your radios for even more benefits, features, and connectivity? Simply having a two way radio is a start to great communication, but there are a few ways to get the most of your radio.

Apps, for example. I know your mind shoots to the Angry Birds game on your smart phone you probably have in your pocket or purse.  Even for two way radios…there’s an app for that.

With a little more importance than that of Angry Birds, applications that are added to your two way radio enhance the capabilities and performance of said two way radio . MOTOTRBO radios have applications to augment fleet management, dispatch consoles, work order management, system management, alarm management, personal tracking, email/text gateway, and interoperability. Whew! So many ways to use a two way radio for more than just communicating.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Two Way Radio Accessories, MOTOTRBO

Turkeys & Two-Way Radios

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and in just a few short days the year will also come to an end. But Chicago Communication’s rental department acted as a catalyst for the city of Elmhurst into the holiday season this past November with the 30th Annual Dan Gibbons ‘Turkey Trot’.

Held on Thanksgiving morning, runners of all ages joined at the starting line to raise money to help feed local families who were in need of a meal, not only on thanksgiving but every day; something that we may take for granted on a regular basis.

However, in order to have such a successful long running fundraising event, communication amongst staff and volunteers must be a top priority. Not only does in ensure that all of those involved in the execution of the Turkey Trot are where they are supposed to be, but also keeps runners safe.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, Two Way Radio Accessories, Rental Equipment

Are you ready for some…MOTOTRBO?!

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What are the first things you think of when given the slogan ‘Are you ready for some football?!” Many ideas such as food, tailgating, friends and team rivalries are the first to pop into our minds. But what if we didn’t have our Sunday afternoon/nights of football, or what would we have to look forward to on Monday nights after a day at work if the NFL ceased to exist? Fault proof communication is one of the silent, yet very important aspects of running not only a successful game, but a stellar season.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions, Two Way Radio Accessories, Technology, MOTOTRBO, Safety Solutions

'Steve Harvey' turns to Chicago Communications for Radios!

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our rental department at Chicago Communications is one of the services that often times goes overlooked when prepping for an event. However, if utilized correctly, having a communicationsystem in place for your event, no matter how big or small, really determines whether or not it goes off without a hitch. Ask Justin Thaler from STEVE HARVEY on NBC .

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Two Way Radio Accessories, Rental Equipment, Customer Service

Summertime Means...Radios Everywhere?

Posted by Jill McNamara

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer in Chicago! Festivals, Beaches, Parades, Markets and ………Two Way Radio?

 Yes, Two Way Radio. It’s everywhere, just think about it.

 You’re at the beach, the Life Guard talks with another Life Guard down the beach, does he yell? No, it’s a two way radio used to speed up response times.

 You’re at your favorite parade. Thousands of people, float after float, bands marching-- how do they keep it moving? How are they keeping the path secure? Two Way Radio!

 How about the ball game? Security staff keeps the crowds in check with two way radios.

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Tags: Two Way Radio Accessories, Rental Equipment, FREQ Squad

In a Wireless World, You Can't Live Without These

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Ultimate Power Source for Wireless Is...

     Batteries! Can’t live without them in today’s world. Their importance lies in connecting us to our fellow man through walkie-talkies, cellular devices, tablets, and even to grounding Boeings newest 787 Dreamliner. And battery technology has come a long way. When I first started as a technician, the NiCd (Nickel Cadmium) was the battery of choice for our two way radios. Back then charging allowed two speeds: Standard Charge and Rapid Charge. Standard charge ran a low stream of current into the battery that took about 8 hours to get the battery to full capacity. Rapid charge ran a high stream of current into the battery. This speed would typically recharge in 3 hours.

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Tags: Motorola Solutions, Two Way Radio Accessories

Battery Care & Tips for Two Way Radios

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, November 4, 2011

     Batteries are designed and manufactured by Motorola engineers to ensure optimum portable radio performance. These battery tips will help you obtain optimized performance and a longer life cycle from your Motorola rechargeable battery.

Top 10 Tips:

1. Charge your new battery overnight before using it. This is referred to as initializing and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity.

    a. Nickel Cadium or Nickel Metal Hydride: 14-16 hours.

    b. Lithium Ion/Polymer: 1 to 2 additional hours after the charger light turns green.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Motorola Solutions, Two Way Radio Accessories

Matching Two-Way Radio Equipment to other Equipment

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tom's Tech Talk (#8): "Sync" Your two-way Radios & Accessories

     As most people believe that hooking up a radio is a couple of wires, consider this. Typical radio antenna connections are 50 ohms of impedance. Antenna cable comes in many varieties. For instance your Cable TV Cable is 75 ohms impedance. Twin lead for an outdoor antenna is 300 ohms. Standard 2 Way Radio cable is 50 ohms. In layman’s terms, ohms equates to the resistance of a part or device. When mixing different varieties of cables, you actually get a mismatch. This mismatch usually results in degraded performance or even failure.

    For two way radio, the typical impedance is 50 ohms. This means that the radio should match the antenna cable and the antenna cable should match the antenna. When done properly you obtain maximum transfer of power to the antenna. When done improperly the mismatch can actually cause reflected power back into the radio either shortening the life of the amplifier or causing degraded performance in the operation of the radio.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Tech Talk, Two Way Radio Accessories

Popular Two Way Radio Accessories

Posted by Jill McNamara

Friday, August 19, 2011

Let's Break It Down: An Overview of the Essentials

     Certain two way radio accessories are a must have when you regularly rely on these radios for communication.  At one time, the devices were used mainly by the military and law enforcement personnel, but with advances in technology and their cost efficiency, they have become a favorite with the businesses in all industries today.
      Two way radios are relatively inexpensive, simple to use, and provide crystal clear communication, even from an extended distance.  They are efficient, lightweight, and easy to carry, which makes them popular with groups, individuals, and professionals alike.  For a first time user or even for experienced users, the list of accessories can be steep and overwhelming. Here we try to break down  that list into a few of the most essential two way radio accessories:

Batteries and Chargers

      If you are using your two way radios frequently, two of the top radio accessories you will always need are batteries and chargers.  Batteries need to be chosen for proven lasting durability since they can determine and affect a radio’s performance. Be sure to pick up spare batteries, plus a charger that works both at home and in your vehicle. For the two-way portable radio user with cell type batteries, the most useful chargers are the ones that offer a charging timer that will automatically interrupt electrical power to the charging batteries when they are fully charged. The buyer of these chargers should also look for one with electrical circuits that will monitor charger temperature, electrical  current resistance and drop in voltage. These characteristics will prevent damage to the chargers and batteries.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Two Way Radio Accessories