Two-way Radio vs. Cell Phone

Posted by Michael Pollex on Aug 10, 2018 2:09:11 PM

Two-way Radio vs. Cell Phone

 Two-way radios offer a great advantage over cell phones when it comes to keeping your work team connected, efficient, and on task. Often times it easy to lose reception on a cell phone or not connect instantly with the person you are attempting to call. Two-way radios from MOTOTRBO can connect you instantly with one person or all of your work force. With MOTOTRBO, you are able to send texts, emergency alerts, work order tickets, and much more.

Take for example a manufacturing plant. When a piece of machinery malfunctions in the plant, production comes to a halt. With a MOTOTRBO Digital radio the production manager can quickly send out an alert to ALL of the employees on the floor letting them know there is an issue. In this situation the production manager can quickly put in a work order ticket and request an order for new parts all over their MOTOTRBO digital two-way radio. MOTOTRBO allows you to easily transmit voice and data in an instant, allowing radio users to take care of the situation on hand with one device. Not to mention, two-way radios are far more durable than cell phones. With noise cancelling accessories and technology, two-way radios can help users communicate clearer in tough environments. Users can have more piece of mind knowing their radio is durable and can get the job done. Cell phones, especially in the manufacturing setting have proven to be less efficient, less durable, and more distracting. Quite often cell phones can lose service, are slow to turn on, and are not reliable in noisy situations.

Digital two-way radios from Motorola have been proven to withstand tough environments for long hours. There are even intrinsically safe options for two-way radios for those working in hazardous environments.

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Topics: Denver, Digital Radios, two-way radios, Staff Commmunication, Manufacturing

Government Grants for Education

Posted by Michael Pollex on Aug 3, 2018 2:44:37 PM

Government Grants for Education

Investment in technology throughout schools today is rapidly growing. Tablets, computers, projectors, and walkie talkies are all common pieces of technology seen in schools today. Two-way radios in particular are one piece of technology that helps keep schools safe around the United States and adds another security measure for schools. Funding is available to help outfit your school with the latest technologies and keep your school ahead of the curve with the latest communication technology.

There are government grants available for Education that can go towards investing in emergency communications equipment for staff and students. Two-way radios have proven to be an effective way to communicate from one to many. This form of reliable communication helps keep administration, teachers, and other staff on the same page. Motorola Solutions partners with GovGrantsHelp to provide schools with free grant research and application assistance.

Two sources that are available for information on grants for Education are and These websites can help schools see which grants are available and how to apply.

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Topics: Digital Radios, staff communication, Team Communication, Education, Safety

Two-way Radios and Radio Infrastructure for Schools

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jul 20, 2018 2:38:07 PM

Two-way Radios and Radio Infrastructure for Schools

Administration, teachers, and students are all preparing for the upcoming Fall semester. Before school starts, it’s important to ensure quality communication systems are in place. Let’s take a look at some common infrastructure and two-way radios that we see in many different schools today.

SLR5700 Repeater

This SLR5000 series repeater has a sleek form factor with a low power consumption. This MOTOTRBO repeater allows you to have one analog channel and two digital channels. There are ways to expand the capacity of your repeater with Capacity Plus or Capacity Max from Motorola. This repeater can be tucked away in an IT closet or mounted to a wall. This repeater has proven to be durable and a solid piece of two-way radio infrastructure for many school communication systems.


The Motorola EVX S24 is a favorite handheld radio among administration and staff. This radio is small, light, and compact and is easy to carry to the playground or walk around the halls with. This radio provides clear digital voice and is easy to use, and there are many accessory and carry options available as well.

SL 300

The SL300 is a slim radio from Motorola is another favorite among administration and teachers. Due to its form factor, it can be easily fit into a coat or pants pocket. The bright LED display screen allows you to easily see what channel you are on. The SL300 is similar to the EVX S24 in that there are numerous accessory and carry options.

When it comes to school two-way radio communication, it’s imperative that the systems in place are reliable and provide clear communication. If you're looking for solutions for your school or school district, feel free to reach out to us at:

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Topics: Motorola, school safety, Education, Safety

Motorola Solutions TEAM Communications Platform

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jul 13, 2018 1:30:21 PM

One Platform. One Provider. All of Your Communications Equipment.

What is Motorola Solutions Team Communications Platform? Team Communications from Motorola allows you to communicate seamlessly between numerous devices. With Team Communications, you are able to unify your work team by connecting your two-way radios, smartphones, computers, telephones, and IOT. This platform from Motorola Solutions allows you to communicate in an instant, without boundaries, and with added intelligence.

A large part of Team Communications is the power of MOTOTRBO. MOTOTRBO allows you to communicate with quality digital voice and data. Extra thin portables, extra tough mobiles, and quality infrastructure have all been tested and proven in multiple industries today. MOTOTRBO helps your work team stay connected with trusted communications equipment.

Another aspect of Team Communications that allows you to connect without boundaries is WAVE broadband push-to-talk. With WAVE, there is no barrier from device, network, or location. Connect with your team in an instant, no matter where you are. Also, by leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things and a variety of apps you will be able to unlock the potential of your data.

Other features such as Dispatch, GPS Tracking, and Security Management Systems are available all through the power of Motorola’s Unified Team Communication platform. Industries like Hospitality, Manufacturing, Private Security, Transportation, and many others all have seen the benefits of using multiple aspects of Motorola’s Team Communications Platform.

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Motorola EVX and VX Series Radios

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jul 6, 2018 2:41:20 PM

Motorola EVX and VX Series Radios

The EVX and VX Series recently joined Motorola in January of 2018 and have provided immense value to users in many different industries. The VX and EVX series are high powered, top notch radios at a cost-effective price. These radios require an FCC license, and with that you will have your own private frequencies to communicate on.

Are you looking for a radio that is small, easy to use, and water submersible? The EVX-S24 may be the perfect radio for you. It is lightweight and a favorite among users because it’s easy to use.

Another radio to look at is the EVX-261. This radio can be a great option for you if you are looking to make a shift from analog to digital. This cost effective and durable radio is a great option for numerous industries looking to upgrade their two-way radio fleet.

If you are looking for an intrinsically safe option, going with the VX-451 or VX-454 could be the best option for you. This radio comes in at an IP57 durability rating and is built for harsh environments.

Time and time again the EVX and VX series radios have proven their durability and reliability. This series of radios from Motorola boasts superb audio quality and user friendly features.

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Topics: Motorola, Walkie Talkie, Team Communication, Construction

Tips for Deploying Two-way Radios within an Operation

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jun 28, 2018 11:05:49 AM

Tips for Deploying Two-way Radios Within an Operation

Two-way radios can be a great addition to many different types of businesses. From manufacturing warehouses to community centers, two-way radios can help increase productivity, safety, and efficiency. Walkie talkies have proven to be an effective one-to-one and one-to-many way form of communication. When implementing two-way radios into your business, there are a few important tips for businesses when first deploying two-way radios. 

Make sure everyone is properly trained

Before distributing radios to employees, it is important that employees know how to properly use their radio. Having a demo session before, or a quick meeting can allow for time for employees to ask questions and get comfortable with their new effective mode of communication. When working with Radio Resource, our representatives are more than happy to talk to employees and demonstrate proper radio etiquette. 

Knowing the different functions of the radio, like programmable buttons

Having a grip on radio functionality can allow employees to more effectively use their radios. If functions like an emergency all call or scan are programmed into the radio, it is important for employees to know so they can use these functions when needed.

Make sure employees know who is their go-to person for their radio issues

It is important that employees report any damaged or stolen equipment to the designated radio manager(s) within their operation. The sooner the problem is reported, the quicker it can be taken care of. Some radios are able to be remotely stunned, which means that it can be shut down and will be inoperable. This is effective for radios that have been lost, or possibly stolen from a former employee.

Overall, it's important that staff members of any operation are prepared when it comes to properly using their two-way radios. Having a deployment plan in place when implementing new radios into any operation help your team be more prepared for the day ahead!

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Topics: two-way radios, Walkie Talkie, Staff Commmunication, Team Communication, Construction

MOTOTRBO Mobile Radios

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jun 22, 2018 3:15:21 PM

MOTOTRBO Mobile Two-way Radios

Mobile radios can help keep your vehicle fleet connected. Whether you have a fleet of work trucks or school buses, MOTOTRBO has the right solution for your work team. Mobile two-way radios are vehicle mounted wireless devices that are used to send voice or data messages. These messages can be send over a local city, area, or state. Depending on where you are communicating, there are many custom solutions available to suit your operations.

Most common within business and cities, UHF mobile radios will be used due to the higher buildings and terrain. VHF radios will commonly be used on open area settings such as farming. One popular mobile series is the MOTOTRBO XPR5000e series. These radios range from 25-45 watts and are a commonly used throughout many different industries. Quick access buttons on the radio allows the user to communicate smoothly and efficiently. These radios also have text-to-speech technology that allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road. These radios can help deliver loud, clear speech and can be ideal for noisy environments as well.

MOTOTRBO mobile radios can help your team stay connected and decrease downtime. There are many different industries that are seeing the benefit from using MOTOTRBO Motorola radios.

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Two-way Radio Battery Date Codes

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jun 14, 2018 10:12:12 AM

How to Read the Date Code on your Motorola Two-way Radio Battery

Do you ever wonder if the problems you are having with your two-way radio is due to the battery? One important thing to know about the battery is that is has a date code located on it! Depending on use, Lithium Ion batteries can last for 3-5 years. It is important to know that radio problems you are experiencing may just be because you have an old battery on your radio that needs to be replaced. Lets look at the picture below:

Next to the part number of the battery (NNTN4497CR in this case) there is typically a 4 digit date code. For example, on this battery we see the code “1512”. The first two digits have to do with the year of production. So with this battery the “15” stands for 2015. The next two digits stand for the week of the year that the battery was manufactured. This battery was manufactured in the 12th week of the year.

So, from reading the date code, we can see this battery was manufactured on the 12th week of 2015.

In some cases, if your battery is very old, you will see only 3 digits. For example, the code “145” would stand for the 45th week of 2001.

Make sure your battery is up to date!

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Topics: Digital Radios, Staff Commmunication, battery life

Expanding Two-way Radio Communication in your Building

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jun 8, 2018 1:58:45 PM

Tips for Expanding Two-way Radio Coverage

1. Add a longer antenna to your radio

Adding a longer antenna to a two-way radio can give radio users expanded range and a larger footprint. In some operations a 3-watt radio may not give the user proper coverage that they are looking for. Quite often radios like the EVX-S24 are a preferred radio due to its size, but it doesn’t have the same output power as a CP200D or a XPR3500e. Adding a whip antenna to your EVX-S24 can help the user cover more area and they may not have to go to a repeater.

2. Install a repeater

Depending on height, size, and components of a building, adding a repeater can help resolve dead spots. A repeater can be great for a facility that is made of thick concrete walls or has a basement that may be tough to get coverage in. Repeater placement in key in optimizing performance of your two-way radio communication.

3. Changing your battery

If a radio battery is toward the end of its life, it may give less output power and result in giving you less coverage. If your coverage seems to be diminishing with your radios make sure to keep an eye on the battery and read the date code.

4. Add a preamplifier

A RF preamplifier can help turn a weaker signal into a stronger one. This solution is ideal for certain communication situations where users are having trouble covering multiple areas within their facility.

If you are in the Denver metro area and would like a free consultation on how you can expand your two-way radio coverage, feel free to reach out to us at:

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SL Series Radios from Motorola Solutions-Where Function and Style Meet

Posted by Michael Pollex on Jun 1, 2018 10:25:36 AM

SL Series Radios from Motorola Solutions-Where Function and Style Meet

Keeping your work team connected can be a challenge if there aren’t the proper communication systems in place. The MOTOTRBO SL Series radios allows users to stay more connected by utilizing different business applications. A main part of two-way radio is obviously push-to-talk communication, but the SL Series radios can do so much more.

The SL Series radios are exceptionally slim in size, making the radio easy to use and comfortable to carry. Embedded Bluetooth is also available for wireless audio and multiple earpiece and accessory options are available as well.

Utilizing the SL Series radio to its full capability allows you to see the power of team connection and makes your team more efficient. There are numerous business applications that can enhance many different parts of your operations and make your team more efficient.

Work order tickets allows you to have quicker customer response and allows you to take care of an issue going on within your operations. In hospitality work order tickets can be used to direct employees to complete tasks such as bringing more chairs to the pool area or taking care of a leak in a specific room. The ticket can be accepted and then marked complete all using the SL Series radio.

Manager’s and staff members are all able to connect to their email directly from their SL Series two-way radio. The ability to see important emails through the two-way radios gives staff members yet another tool to help them manage their day and take care of important emails that may arise as they go throughout their day. To go along with email, the SL Series radios can text to each other, letting users connect with ease. Users can utilize telephony as well, connecting radios and landlines to their mobile two-way radios.

Overall, the SL Series digital radios give your team a stylish look but most of all effective team communication. To find out more about the SL Series radios or data applications, please contact us at:

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Topics: Motorola, DMR Digital Technology, Digital Radios, two-way radios, Staff Commmunication, Team Communication, Hospitality Operations

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