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What is Ham Radio?

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

You can set up a ham radio station anywhere! In a field

at a club station

Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.

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2 Practical Reasons to Use Two-Way Radios

1. Safety

Safety is the No. 1 concern for any professional cleaner or custodial firm. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 custodians and cleaners suffered an average of 50,000 injuries that required them to take days off from work. Even more staggering, the industry is in the top 20 most hazardous occupations, along with logging, professional fishing, and roofing.

Cleaning injuries can range from accidental exposure to hazardous chemicals to slips, trips, and falls. Two-way radios are valuable tools for anyone who works in an isolated or remote area as custodians often do. Unlike cell phones, which may not be able to receive or send a signal and can be hard to operate in the midst of an emergency, two-way radios can provide immediate and reliable communication.

For example, most professional-grade, two-way radios have a programmable emergency alert button located on the top of the unit. During an emergency, workers can push the button to immediately send out an alert to either the entire network or a specific user. The signal will reveal which radio sent the alert. This feature allows two-way radio users to instantly communicate with each other while maintaining distance between them, which is especially valuable in this age of the highly contagious coronavirus.

2. Efficiency
A two-way radio is a useful tool for maximizing efficiency in any facility setting. Consider a cleaning crew dispatched to a large office building with multiple floors. One worker may encounter a problem on the seventh floor that requires a second opinion or supervisory instruction. With a professional-grade, two-way radio, the worker can instantly notify another team member or supervisor to receive the additional support needed to get the job done. Not having to leave a location to secure help saves the worker time and saves the company money.