How to Get the Most Out of Your Two-Way Radio
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by Deanna Parenti
6h ago
Using two-way radios as your form of critical communication is an expensive method. However, it is a form of communication that pays off. With a high price tag, you want to ensure you get the most out of your investment. Accessories like PTT, antennas, Bluetooth, and earpieces allow you to use your radio fully. Antennas Bluetooth PTT Earpiece Check out this article to understand how these accessories can empower your two-way radio’s function.   Antennas: The main reason to use two-way radios is to be able to communicate over far distances and in remote or highly trafficked areas. Antenn ..read more
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Cradlepoint Discontinues IBR900 Router, What You Need to Know
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by Taylor Thomas
3d ago
In February of 2024, Cradlepoint announced they are discontinuing the popular router IBR900 later this year. The end-of-life announcement brings some concern about what that means for its users. We’ll discuss all you need to know about the end-of-life product and the router that is the suggested replacement. Quick Facts Announcement: February 14, 2024 End of Sale Date: August 14, 2024 Last Date of Support (End of Life): August 14, 2029 Replacement: The R920 Router replaces the IBR900 Router. Learn more about the R920. When? The IBR900 end of sale date is August 14th, 2024. This means it is the ..read more
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Begginers Guide to Ops Core AMP Headsets
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by Taylor Thomas
2w ago
Ops Core AMP Headsets from Gentex Corporation are one of the most popular military & law enforcement tactical headsets on the market. Introduced in fall of 2018, AMPs have quickly become the go-to in communication and hearing protection. We’ll go into more detail on each version of the headset to help you get a better idea of what you need before you buy it. Features Let’s do a quick dive into the features of the Ops Core AMP headsets. Battery The AMP headsets use AAA batteries that provide up to 120 hours of 3D Hear Through (3DHT) battery life. The headset is also fail-safe meaning if th ..read more
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The Key Bridge Collapse and Two-Way Radios
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by Deanna Parenti
2M ago
On March 26, 2024, tragedy struck Baltimore, Maryland when the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed. The destruction happened in less than 30 seconds early in the morning. This catastrophe resulted in the death of six construction workers on the bridge. In the minutes before the collapse, radios saved lives. From police reports and boat records, this calamity proves how important radios continue to be in everyday events like bridge maintenance. What Happened? Although an old structure, the Francis Scott Key (FSK) Bridge was a reliable bridge for many travelers and everyday commuters. On March 2 ..read more
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ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) VS Bump Helmet
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by Deanna Parenti
2M ago
Advanced combat helmets or ACH and bump helmets are extremely important tools in the military. Not only do helmets provide physical protection, but they also support team communication. When looking for a helmet, it is imperative to know which one will address your needs the best. Read this article to learn about the differences between the helmets to determine if ACH or bump works best for your situation. Different Between ACH and Bump: ACH and bump helmets are both great tools in unique ways; however, they offer very different uses. Advanced combat helmets were released in 2003 as an advance ..read more
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How Two-Way Radios Can Enhance Summer Events
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by Nick Hohman
3M ago
Summer often entails large outdoor events like carnivals, festivals, or fairs. These events can involve hundreds to thousands of guests, which also means a large number of event staff. From security to food suppliers, staff includes anyone running the event. With that many different people running one event, they will need to clearly and easily communicate. Two-way radios are the best friend for event staff. This technology can help the workers communicate in real time so problems can be addressed efficiently and safely. In addition to two-way radios, the accessories that can be paired are als ..read more
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Best Headsets for Plant Tours & Guides in High Noise
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by Taylor Thomas
4M ago
Good communication is essential for plant tours to be successful. Oftentimes loud environments make it hard to communicate which means using a plant tour headset for loud noise is required. You need something that will block out loud noise but still allow you to hear and talk within your group. The options below are some of the best plant tour headsets in high noise. All the headsets featured are hard hat compatible if hard hats are required to follow OSHA protocol. Below are the top 5 best plant tour headsets. 3M Peltor Litecom FRS Plant Tours MT-370 Headset Waveband Dual Muff Headset Team C ..read more
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The Top Router Manufacturers for 2024
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by Deanna Parenti
4M ago
Are you looking for the best routers in 2024 to keep your team and devices connected? If so, you’ve come to the right place. There are many router manufacturers and routers on the market making it challenging to know which one is right for your team. Some of the router companies have been in the critical communications community for decades, others are new but quickly gaining recognition. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at each manufacturers’ background, number of products, popular models, price range, and other necessary information to help you make an educated decision on whic ..read more
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The Top Tactical Headset Manufacturers in 2024
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by Deanna Parenti
4M ago
Tactical headsets are an integral device in the critical communications community. From hearing protection to environmental listening, tactical headsets are an extremely important piece of equipment to protect those working in the military. Therefore, purchasing tactical headsets for yourself or your team is an important decision. Since tactical headsets are lifesaving, there are many manufacturers. It can be challenging determining which manufacturers are trustworthy which is why we worked to put together a comprehensive guide on the top tactical headsets for 2024. 3M Peltor Invisio Ops Core ..read more
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3M Peltor WS Protac XP vs Protac XPI
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by Taylor Thomas
5M ago
On March 30, 2020, 3M announced that it will be discontinuing the 3M Peltor WS Protac XP  Bluetooth headset effective immediately, introducing the brand new Peltor Protac XPI as its replacement. 3M’s Protac WS headset series has consistently been on the front lines of hearing protection in the workplace, and the latest XPI presents another high-tech upgrade to the market.  Aimed at workers in manufacturing, construction, aviation, and other industries, the Protac XPI is built tough with an IP68 microphone, comfortable foam pads for all-day wear, and environmental listening for situat ..read more
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