You should use reliable, rugged, and waterproof two way radios for the concrete construction environment.
Icom America Inc. You should use reliable, rugged, and waterproof two way radios for the concrete construction environment.

Pouring money into a business can be compared to pouring concrete, which ultimately forms a foundation. With this solid foundation, growth occurs with stability and precision, and a business has greater potential to last. Growth does not occur without teamwork, however, and an effective team requires proper communications.

Whether using cell phones or handheld radios, each business has its own preference for what works best. But how much do they really know? In this article, authorized two-way radio dealer, Two Way Direct, offers common mistakes and misconceptions when buying business two-way radios.

Cell phones work best

Though cell phones may seem to be working for your team, are they actually ideal for your environment? With jobsite elements and the probability of getting dropped, there is a huge risk of ruining your communications before you even get started.

Handheld radios are much more rugged and are even offered in waterproof versions. Wash that concrete right off, save your time and money and become more efficient by reaching out to the entire team with just the push of a button.

Cheaper is better

This is not the case. Often the money-saving option proves to be the kiss of death. Product specifications are so important with this type of communications, and I almost guarantee that you will unknowingly sacrifice power output, which is vital to providing proper coverage for your team. So stick with the model that was recommended to you in the first place, or reach out to a dealer who can refer you to one.

Amazon, EBay and Craigslist are Valid Sources

You are wasting your money if you buy handhelds from these websites. Ninety-nine percent of the time these sources are unauthorized resellers. Most had previously owned the exact radios you are buying. Once they realized their own mistake, they decided to capitalize on yours.

Not only will these radios probably not be programmed properly, but they may also mix in different frequency bands which can be extremely detrimental to your entire system.

It is important to find a company that you trust to provide you the right solutions. In doing so, you will not only save time and money, but your team will be much more efficient.

For the concrete construction industry, a UHF frequency band system is highly recommended. As workers typically communicate through walls and other obstructions, frequencies should be strong enough to reach the other handhelds with no problem.

Ruggedness needed

Because construction is a messy environment, you want a radio that can withstand being dropped, wet, and even covered in concrete. Find a product that is waterproof and has rugged housing. Avoid radios with displays since they’re more likely to break if dropped.

If you work in a larger area and need to extend the coverage of your system, a repeater could be just what you need. This receives a signal and throws it in every direction so that handhelds further away can receive a message, which they may not be able to if they are operating on just a radio-to-radio system.

Lastly, consider accessories. Because this is a constant hands-on job, pulling a radio off of your belt to communicate is not only a hassle, but is also a quick way to drop and break it. Simply clip a remote speaker microphone to your shirt and press a button when you need to message your team. With this accessory, contractors can operate in a more hands-free environment. It is a cheap and easy way to improve your communications.

Regardless of the size of your team and the size of your budget, there are options that will work for you. Speak with an authorized dealer who can understand your needs and recommend a system that will last.