Q. What is the difference between channel and frequency?
A frequency has to be programmed into a channel for the radio channel to work.
Q. Can I talk to other users if they are on a different channel?
Not unless a channel on your radio has been programmed with the same frequency.
Q. Why do my radios have several channels that I don’t need?
Some users require several frequencies e.g. construction sites, hotels, distribution centers and airports. Manufacturers therefore produce radios to accommodate all scenarios.
Q. Can VHF Radios talk to UHF Radios?
No, because they operate on a completely different frequency bandwidth.
Q. How can I improve radio coverage?
Coverage can be enhanced by the installation of a Repeater Base Unit connected to an external antenna.
Q. What is the range of the radios?
There is no definitive answer as radio signals can be adversely affected by obstructions such as buildings or topography. It is advisable to carry out a site test prior to any purchase.
Q. What radios can I use abroad?
The PMR446 unlicensed radios are approved for operation within the UK and most of Europe.
Q. Will they work on the ski slopes?
Possibly, however they will be adversely affected by the topography.