Two-Way Radio Coverage for Events
How far do the radios Metrotalk rents reach? or what is the range of the radios Metrotalk offers? have become frequently asked questions when people interested in renting our products want to know if the equipment will cover their communication needs. Unfortunately, there’s no straight answer to those questions. Other factors besides the power and the range of the radios will impact the final coverage. How can you know if the two-way radio equipment you’re renting will give you the coverage you need?
First you need to know where the event will take place and how you are planning to communicate with your staff: will it be outdoors or inside a building? Across rooms on the same floor? Across rooms in different floors? With staff located outside the building? Across buildings? Across the city? Will you be using accessories like earpieces or headsets? Each situation will require a different two-way radio solution.
When you want to communicate across a room or across rooms on the same floor, two-way radios in Direct Mode, radio to radio, will give you enough coverage if there are no metal walls between the rooms.
If what you need is to communicate with your staff across rooms on different floors or with those located outside the building, i.e. in the parking lot, a repeater or repeaters may be required to extend the coverage. In this scenario a proper location to place the repeater will have to be set ahead of time.
When the event is happening outdoors or across the city, the use of Verizon, Sprint PTT phones or combine with two-way radios may be the solution. These phones work as two-way radios and use the Verizon or Sprint phone networks which have normally good coverage in city environments.
Whenever it’s not clear if the equipment will provide the coverage you need, the best way to know which two-way radio equipment will offer the best solution for your event’s communications is to perform a site survey. You will need at least 3 people, one will act as the repeater, and we recommend you perform the test with the same type of two-way radios you’re planning on using (analog or digital), with the same type of accessories and carrying the radio the same way your staff will do during the event (clip to the belt, to a clipboard, …) Radio coverage will be different depending on how the user carries the radio, in the hand, on the belt or on a clipboard.
Take advantage of Metrotalk’s rental equipment DEMO free of charge and request yours for a site survey. We’ll give you instructions on how to test for coverage and include a UPS return label for you to send the equipment back to us when you are done.