UHF & VHF Radios: What’s the Difference?

Two-way radios provide businesses and organizations with a convenient means of communication, but first time buyers are often unsure what type of radios they should purchase.

One of the biggest questions newbies have about two-way radio communication  is whether they should buy UHF or VHF radios.

UHF and VHF refer to the frequencies these radios transmit. UHF and VHF radios provide differing advantages, and which radio type is right for you depends on your individual circumstances.

UHF Radio Advantages

Difference Between UHF and VHFIn general, UHF radios are better for indoor use because their wavelengths are shorter and better able to penetrate through steel and concrete. UHF radios broadcast at between 300 MHz and 3 GHz. VHF radio signals tend to degrade more than UHF signals indoors. UHF radios also have shorter antennas than VHF radios, making them a better fit for discreet radio devices or in situations where longer antennas are impractical, such as crowded hallways in schools.

VHF Radio Advantages

VHF radios broadcast at between 30 MHz and 300 MHz. VHF radios are better suited for outdoor use where line of sight or open terrain is involved. If you need communication at a festival or construction site, these are the right radios for you. VHF radios are used exclusively in maritime and aviation communications.

When choosing a UHF or VHF radio, think carefully about your specific needs and pick the solution that best suits your situation. Also, be sure to purchase well-regarded brands, as cut-rate brands will often not perform as well.

Two Way Radio Gear is an online resource for Motorola and Kenwood two way radios. With nearly two decades of experience in radio equipment sales, service, and installation, Two Way Radio Gear understands its products and its customer base, and can help customers find the right solution for their two way radio needs.

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