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Hardware Thread, Walkie talkies in Technical; Apologies if in wrong forum! Anyone use/recommend walkie talkies? Apparently latest plan is for Mid-day supervisors to communicate with each ...
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    Walkie talkies

    Apologies if in wrong forum!

    Anyone use/recommend walkie talkies? Apparently latest plan is for Mid-day supervisors to communicate with each other using wlakie talkies (no idea why they can't shout - they seem quite good at that). So any advice gratefully received.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Apologies if in wrong forum!

    Anyone use/recommend walkie talkies? Apparently latest plan is for Mid-day supervisors to communicate with each other using wlakie talkies (no idea why they can't shout - they seem quite good at that). So any advice gratefully received.
    Hiya Chrbb,

    We have the below solution in stock,



    Features
    Transmit Time out Timer
    Sleep Function
    Battery Save Mode
    Scan
    Low Battery Audio Alert
    Keypad Tones
    Talk Confirmation Tone (Roger Beep)
    5 Call Tones
    Channel Busy Alert
    Heart Beat
    Backlit LCD Display
    Keypad Lock

    we have sold a few into education and I know a few friends who use them at glastonbury with success lol
    Last edited by CPLTD; 20th October 2009 at 04:37 PM.

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    Swift reply! Any chance you can PM me a price? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Swift reply! Any chance you can PM me a price? thanks
    will be with you in 5 mins

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    Do you get a discount for product ugliness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Do you get a discount for product ugliness?
    very fair point lol the below look ok when seated in the charger


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    We have them for various members of staff. Have consistently found the small PCR types to be rubbish but we are in an old building so very solid walls may be to blame. Prefer the chunkier old school types especially as they have much better batteries. Obviously more expensive though, not sure by how much.
    Next problem is people using them, not pressing the tune button, holding the button down long enough, not speaking to soon, remembering to have it on/up/listen to it, etc etc etc

    All good fun though

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    Ahhh, that's alright then To me they look like a hi-tech bike lock - what on earth were Motorola thinking?!

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    I would heavily recommend testing any handheld radio system in your school before going ahead with purchase.

    The radios which don't require an additional license are PMR466 radios. They often state decent reception / coverage but this is all dependent on materials in your local enviroment.
    A decent radio supplier should be willing to loan you a couple of PMR466 handsets to do some site testing.

    If you find that the PMR466 radios don't work as well as they should (not receive anything, or receive broken static audo) then you might have to consider a business license and a central repeater.
    The repeater is basically a box connected to an aerial that repeats the signal - they are quite pricey, but sometimes the only way forward.

    If you do go down the cheap PMR route I'd recommend staying away from the ultra-cheap Motorola units - I've used a lot of the low-end range and their battery life + reliability have been poor.

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    We also have the below in stock which also dont require any additional licience,



    Features
    Up to 10 km range
    Over 300 channel combinations
    Voice activation (VOX)
    Auto power save
    Low battery indicator
    Headset outlet
    Belt clip
    Keylock
    Roger beep

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    Roger beep
    That's sold it for me. Do they also make that 'shhhhh' noise?

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    We have about 4 sets for our Lunchtime supervisory assistants - mainly for the ones up the field to get in contact with the Main reception.

    Majority of the staff who regularly need to be contacted have been provided with a mobile phone. Caretakers, Senior Management, me etc.

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    We used to use motorola XTN 446 radios but now in new buildings we've had to invest in a repeater/licensed channel and vertex standard radios... all a bit pricey. The motorolas were very good though when we used them.

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