Every outdoor athlete has encountered the problem; how do I contact the rest of my party at a distance? The quickest solution at the moment is shouting, but does this always reach the other person? The best solution is is to tale a walkie-talkie with you. This allows you to reach the others quickly to pass on necessary information.
The most important thing about a sports walkie-talkie!
The first question everyone asks when buying a new walkie-talkie is whether it has a long range, as you may be moving away from your group. The distance will increase considerably, and you might end up being 10 kilometres away from your group. To still be able to talk to each other then is very nice. The range and distance differs per device and brand, and you will get more out of it if you use the same brand among yourselves.
When using a walkie-talkie, the frequency plays a very important role. There is a distinction between Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF). Licence free radios have a lower frequency due to government policy and the licensed radios can be programmed on both VHF and UHF (differs per brand and device).
As the UHF waves are higher, the signal can pass through buildings and other large obstacles more easily, with VHF the waves do not pass through obstacles as well which is less effective in a built up area. VHF is therefore more appropriate in open terrain as it can cover a longer distance, which makes it ideal for outdoors!
3. Battery life
What is not often thought about is the duration of the battery life, but since a day outdoors is usually without a power-socket, the duration of a battery is certainly not unimportant. Most walkie-talkies come with rechargeable NihMh batteries, which have a long life. If you would like to have emergency batteries with your sports walkie-talkie, the AAA batteries are also suitable for this.
4. Ease of use and durability
The last thing to consider when buying a walkie-talkie is its ease of use and durability. When it comes to convenience, you can think about the size and weight of the device. Compact and light, you obviously prefer to take it with you on an outdoor activity. Convenience can also be the holding of the walkie-talkie and the grip. The rubber one the side of the radio makes it easier to hold and less likely to drop in active situations. There are also many accessories for the walkie-talkie that enhance its user-friendliness.
When being outdoors or doing sports, it can of course be all kinds of weather and terrain. Therefore, you want a sports walkie-talkie that is suitable for all conditions. Below you will find a table indicating the degree to which a walkie-talkie is resistant to these conditions, also referred as the IP value.
With a walkie-talkie there is usually a number indicated which stands for the extent to which the product is resistant to certain conditions. If these IP values are high, the product will be better protected against dust and/or water. If a product indicated IP68, this product offers maximum protection.
Licence-free and waterproof walkie-talkie with IPX4 rating
- A range of 10 km in ideal conditions
- Group calls
- No licence required
- IPX4 (waterproof)
A general purpose walkie-talkie, ideal for users who need to stay in contact easily and economically.
- A range of 8 km
- Equipped with a LED torch
- Keypad lock
- Battery life of 14 hours
3. Midland G10
Easy to use licence-free walkie-talkie.
- Simple and functional
- Automatic power saving
- Range of 12 km in ideal conditions
4. Motorola T62
Licence-free Motorola walkie-talkie
- 8 km range
- LCD display with backlight
- With background lighting
- Rechargeable batteries