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A Quick Look at Two Way Radios and Walkie Talkies

Great for hiking, camping or the work site, two-way radios and walkie talkies offer you long range so you can get in touch easily. They are built tough to withstand just about every adventure and type of weather, and they offer a solid radio frequency in case you get separated or lost. Best Buy carries a wide selection of walkie talkies and two-way radios from top brands such as Motorola and Cobra.

What are Two Way Radios and Walkie Talkies?

Two way radios typically operate on FRS or GMRS radio frequencies. They are designed for short-distance two way communication, and offer several channels you can access in order to get in touch with another radio.

Like a two way radio, a walkie talkie is a portable radio. It communicates using radio waves on one shared frequency band. Both a long range walkie talkie and a handheld two way radio are battery powered, and each device is made up of a transmitter or receiver and antenna. They also have a loudspeaker and a button you will push to talk like you would if you were using an intercom.

Some models of handheld two way radio and walkie talkie have smart features that make them a great addition to every adventure. You’ll find walkie talkies and two way radios with priority scanning, numerous call tones, audible low battery alert, waterproof casing, weather channels, built-in flashlight, headphone jack, and a backlit display.

What is the difference between a two way radio and a walkie talkie?

Two way radio and walkie talkie are terms people use interchangeably for the same type of device. They are both radios that can send and receive transmissions from one person to another, but a walkie talkie is a two way radio that is always handheld while a two-way radio may be handheld or permanently mounted in a vehicle or in an office.

A two way radio is frequently seen on job sites for communication between a base and employees in the field. A handheld two way radio, the type that is also frequently called a walkie talkie, is often used by hikers, bikers, and back country enthusiasts who want a solid connection of communication. They have long battery life, long range up to 60 km and beyond, and weatherproof features, making them very useful for outdoor adventures.

The term walkie talkie is often thought of as a children’s toy. You’ll find kids walkie talkies sold in brightly coloured packs of three or four, and you can choose a pack of walkie talkies as a fun part of your next camp out or sleep over.

Two way radio or walkie talkie? No matter what you call your handheld radio, you’ll find the best walkie talkie and best two way radio on Best Buy.