If you are planning to purchase new walkie talkies, it is important that you are familiar with the differences between VHF and UHF radios. In this article we try to explain this as simply as possible to help you find out whether you should purchase a VHF or UHF radio.


Walkie talkie frequencies

Radio frequencies are generally not difficult to understand. However, it is useful to know that in most cases a UHF walkie talkie is the most suitable option. Keep in mind that UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radios cannot communicate with VHF (Very High Frequency) radios.

UHF walkie talkies

UHF radios work with frequencies from 400 to 512 Megahertz (MHz). Most users prefer these types of radios because their signals can penetrate busy buildings. They are also suitable for indoor and outdoor activities. Stronger UHF radios will have a further reach in buildings and can penetrate steel and concrete with their signal. Nevertheless, radios have difficulty penetrating glass. This makes UHF the better option for general use in indoor and outdoor air.

VHF walkie talkies

The VHF radios operate at 136-174 MHz and operate over large distances with less power consumption. With VHF walkie talkies, the signal waves can travel a further distance. With optimum conditions (clear view – for example, without buildings and mountains), the range is at its best. VHF radios are especially popular for communication in air and sea shipping, because they function over waterways, in the air or on the ground. Other examples of places where VHF walkie talkies are often used are: On golf courses, at outdoor events or for security purposes.

Save on professional Motorola walkies!

At Onedirect you can currently benefit from a special promotion on various professional Motorola radios, for example choose a 4-pack of the XT420 including accessories and save on purchase costs!

Motorola XT420

  • Without display
  • PMR446 license free radio
  • Robust metal casing for harsh environments
  • IP55 dust and water resistant
  • 8 channels, 219 codes
  • Range up to 9km in line of sight, 13 floors or 16,250m2 (in optimal conditions)

You can find all XT420 packs here

Motorola XT460 

  • PMR446 license walkie talkie
  • Easy to read display
  • Robust metal casing for harsh environments
  • IP55 dust and water resistant
  • 8 channels, 219 codes
  • Range up to 9km in line of sight, 13 floors or 16,250m2 (in optimal conditions)

You can find all XT460 packs here

Motorola XT660D

  • 128 channels (4 zones & 32 channels)
  • IPS55
  • Full keyboard and LCD screen
  • Send text messages with up to 50 pre-programmed messages and support for 126 characters
  • Record and play audio

You can find all XT660 packs here

More packs, offers and information about this promotion can be found here!

Interested or need help?

Take a look at our website and view the various UHF and VHF radios that we offer.
If it is not yet entirely clear whether you would like to receive more information about our offer, please contact us at 085 888 3452 or contact@onedirect.co.nl.