Motorola Two Way Radios

Motorola two way radios are the most popular to way radio devices in the world. Motorola can trace it's history back to 1928 when Paul and Joesph Galvin founded Galvin Manufacturing coporation, later renamed Motorola. Motorola has been at the forefront of the two way radio industry ever since and has always created high quality, robust professional two way radios.

Types of Motorola Two Way Radios

The Motorola range of two way radios covers all levels of use, from personal licence free walkie talkies, licence free business radios, analogue licenced two way radios and MOTOTRBO digiatl two way radios.

Motorola Walkie Talkies

While walkie talkies and two way radios are technically the same thing, the definition of a walkie talkie is commonly referred to as a personal leisure licence free radio. Motorola has a 'Talkabout' range that provides a variety of different grades of walkie talkie.

Common uses range from children simply playing with the low cost walkie talkies, to being used by indiviudals for leisure activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing etc.

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Motorola Licence Free Business Radios

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Motorola adopted the same durable build philosophy as used in the professional radios and created a range of professional business licence free two way radios. These units are easy to use, work 'out of the box' and importantly can withstand the rigours of business users.

These models are the XT420, a non-display radio and the XT460, a display version. They did introduce the Motorola XT660d, a digital version but this was later discontinued, even though it was a popular radio.

Motorola Analogue Two Way Radios

For a long period of time there were no other choice than an analogue two way radio. Many users of a certain age will fondly remember the Motorola GP300 as their first introduction to a two way radio. It was certainly the go to product for construction sites and for two way radio suppliers hire fleet. We have seen some GP300's still operational even when they were part melted.

The design of the Motorola GP300 was such that the case and the chassis in which the circuit board would be mounted were seperated by a rubber seal rather than them been fixed together. This simply construction process allowed the radio to be dropped and it would absorb the shock whereas other radios with a a fixed construction would simply break the circuit board.

The current range of stand-alone analogue two way radios is very limited. Only the Motorola DP1400 has an analogue only option, although we expect that will be phased out before long and cannot see it being brought back into stock. All MOTOTRBO radios have a dual mode allowing both analogue and digital operation.

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MOTOTRBO Two Way Radios

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The main range of Motorola two way radios now fall under the brand name MOTOTRBO. The MOTOTRBO range come with a number of advanced features designed for enhanced audio, improved range, enhanced security bluetooth, GPS and to connect to their system solutions.

The current handset models mainly feature the DP4000 series, but these will be phased out in 2023 with the introduction of the latest Motoropla R7 range. The new R7 radios are already in the market and feature 3 different models, the R7a, R& NKP and R7 FKP.

Motorola took feedback from the market and from this input decided to enhance the audio to be the best in class. This is so that customers can rely on their Motorola R7 radio to provide a secure solution, enhance safety and protection, be easy to operate even when using with gloves.

Motorola Mobile Radios

Motorola two way radios also include mobile radios. Their mobile radio range was introduced with the DP4000 series range and is called the DM4000 series. There are design 2 variations of this radio and then 2 variations of each design, namely the integration of Bluetooth and GPS.

Mobile radio equipment with GPS can be monitored by Motorola System Applications from a central command post such as in a CCTV control room or the main hub of a local council. This brings efficiency to teams of mobile operatives as supervisors and management can view in real-time their location and allocate work accordingly.

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Motorola Repeaters

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Motorola two way radios couldn't provide the solutions they do without repeater base stations. Their repeater base stations help boost two way radio signal coverage and are a vital component of all Motorola systems.

Currently their are three models, the SLR1000, SLR5500 and the SLR8000

Our Thoughts

Motorola Solutions two way radios and systems are regarded as the best communications supplier throughout the world. Their products have a very low failure rate with durable reliable build quality. That doesn't mean there are not other suppliers to consider. Hytera two way radios are the next directly comparable manufacturer, with a whole new impressive range of products that are a match to Motorola.