Q: I need portable radio accessories. What are my choices?
Antennas: Choose between a stubby and whip antenna (if applicable),for the correct frequency range of your radio (VHF vs. UHF). Most antennas come
pre-tuned to exact ranges.
Batteries:Rechargeable battery packs of multiple capacities are
being offered. They feature NiCd, NiMH
or LiIon chemistries. If you require uninterrupted
communications, we recommend purchasing additional spare batteries. Don't
forget to check out quality batteries from after-market makers - this can save
Unless stated otherwise, the
after-market batteries we sell are certified to properly charge in the original
chargers (made by Motorola, Icom, Kenwood etc.). When
in doubt – please ask.
Battery eliminators: For use in vehicles.
These devices look like batteries with coiled cords and cigarette lighter
adapters. Attach a battery eliminator to your radio, plug it in and conserve
Carry Accessories: for carry cases choices often depend on the type
of radio (with or without DTMF keypad) or a battery size. Carry cases are made
of leather or nylon. Depending on your application, order cases with belt loops
or swivels for quick radio access. Check out other listed carry accessories,
they may offer additional functionality and convenience.
Chargers: your choice should be based on the AC voltage available
locally (110/127V or 220/230V). Trickle (a.k.a. slow, standard, overnight)
charger takes between 8-12 hours to recharge you battery. Rapid charger can do
it in 12 hours. Some chargers analyze and discharge the battery first, which
actually prolongs battery's useful life. Several manufacturers offer vehicle
chargers and/or adapters.
We recommend using rapid chargers
with large capacity batteries - standard chargers may not recharge them
properly. Newer rapid ‘smart’ chargers do not overcharge batteries being left
in them for prolonged periods of time.
Microphones and audio accessories: Handheld microphones, public
safety microphones, surveillance kits, listening ear pieces, headsets with boom
mikes. You have many choices depending on the application.
Anticipating heavy use (with an
occasional abuse) of an audio accessory in your line of work? Then don't
compromise on quality.
Programming software and cables: Most commercial two-way radios
cannot be keypad-programmed in the field. New radios do not automatically come
pre-programmed with your channel information. Unless you have access to a local
radio shop with appropriate software and tools, we recommend you purchase your
own software and programming cables.
Why would you need them? Example:
you own radio(s) that may require parameter modifications later. Moving your
operation to another geographical area where channel allocation may be
different is another example.