Two-Way Radio Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a UHF radio communicate with a VHF radio?

A: No. VHF radios operate in the 150 - 174 MHz range and UHF radios operate in the 430 - 470 MHz range. Since radios need to be on the same frequency in order to talk to one another, using VHF and UHF radios together will not work.

Q: Should I use VHF or UHF?

A: VHF radios can be used for outdoor applications where there are few obstructions. Boaters and motorcyclists are two examples of someone who would optimally use a VHF radio. Also, VHF will travel further in a line of sight environment like the dessert or on a lake or ocean. UHF radios are better suited for obstructed environments. Examples of people that benefit from UHF are Loggers and manufacturing facilities personnel. 

Q: How long will my two-way battery last?

A: Talk time varies but you can expect a regular 8 hour work day. Longevity is about 1 - 2 years.

Q: I have seen radios being advertised as being able to work over 30 miles. Is that true?

A:  Yes, however, this can only be accomplished in a line of site environment like space or on the ocean. Also, these advertisements are typically only for FRS radios and they are not good for everyday business use.

Q: Is a license required to operate two-way radios?

A: FCC regulations require all radios operating 1 watt or more to have a license. Licenses can be purchased through Telpage. Please call us or submit a request through the contact form on the right.

Q: Where can I find the FCC regulations?


Q: When is the deadline for narowbanding?

A: All commercial radios are required to be narrowbanded by January 1st 2013. 

Q: What is Narrowbanding?

A: Before the FCC required narrowbanding frequency channel spacing was 25 KHz. After January 1st 2013 the channel spacing is 12.5 KHz. The FCC has required this change to accommodate more frequency use, allowing more people or businesses to have access to these frequencies.

Q: Do I have to replace all my radios when the deadline for narrowbanding arrives?

A: As long as you radios are narrowband capable you will only have to get them reprogrammed and licensed.

Q: Will I have to change my license when I change to narrowband?

A: Yes. The license will have to be modified.

Q: How do I change the frequency on my radio(s)?

A: Telpage can reprogram you radio(s) for you. We offer onsite service for an hourly rate and if you bring your radios to Telpage we charge per radio.

Q: What is the range of portable radios?

A: Range is dependent on power, antenna height, and terrain. Typically, with onsite radios you should expect about 1 - 5 miles. With wide area radios, you can expect to get up to 30 miles with a repeater.

Q: What is the main benefit of a two-way radio versus a cell phone?

A: Two way radios are easy to use with the push to talk feature, enabling users to communicate instantly with anyone or an entire group on the radio network. Also, there are no monthly fees or talk time limitations.

Q: Can I leave my radio turned on while on the charger?

A: While it will function this way, it is best to turn off the radio while charging it.