As a kid having walkie-talkies were so thrilling though we didn’t have anything worth using those, but that was really fun. However, now people have a lot of reasons to use walkie-talkies. Before mobile phones, walkies talkies was the only option to share information’s but even now, police officers, hunters, military personals, event organizers, hunters do use walkies talkies.
Although most people know what is walkie talkie but I am sure there are few who don’t know how to talk on walkie-talkies. And today this very article is all about how to use a walkie-talkie. Not only that, along with the user instructions, I am going to describe how walkie talkies work, advantages, disadvantages and some other related information too.
The entire article will hardly take your 10 minutes, but trust me, you’ll thank me later. And that being said, let’s dive right in.
What is a walkie-talkie?
Walkie-talkies are a handheld device with which you can communicate wirelessly. They use radio waves on a signal. Each walkie talkies are battery powered and every unit includes receiver and antenna in order to send or receive radio waves. Plus, it comes with a loudspeaker and a button called PTT (push to talk). There are other buttons too but PTT is that button you are going to need most.
How Walkie Talkies Works?
In order to use walkie-talkies for talking to a group of people, the entire group has to tune into the same frequency band and it’s called Channel. When someone is talking, others radios are receiving and their loudspeakers and microphones both works as an actual loudspeaker which makes kind of hissing. And when a person wants to talk to another in private, they would need to hold the PTT button. Their radios will get quiet and their loudspeakers will automatically switch into the microphone.
And when they talk over it, their words get converted into the radio waves and beams into a preconcert channel. As radio waves are a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, they move at 300,000kms light speed. So other handsets can instantly pick the wave up. Then the radio waves get converted back to the fluctuating electro currents and the speaker uses those to deliver the sound of the talker’s voice.
When the talkers are done with the talking they say Over which means finish and then they release the PTT button. After releasing the PTT button the radios switches back to the loudspeaker mode.
How to Use a Walkie-talkie?
Although the working process of walkie-talkies are a bit complicated but using them are really easy. Talking on walkie talkie are almost similar to cellphones but there are some ways that should be followed so that people on the other side can hear exactly what you are saying. However, below I have listed all the aspects that you would need to bring the best out of the walkie-talkies. Let’s get started.
Well at the very beginning you would need to push and hold the PTT button until you are done talking. Now one mistake that most newcomers make is, they start talking before they have completely pushed the PTT button. If you do that, the one on the other side might miss a few words. Although that might not sound something serious but those few words could be very important. So start talking one or two seconds after you have completely pushed the PTT button.
An important one. You should always keep the microphone in between two to fine centimeter from your mouth. Not to close, nor far. Keeping the microphone far away from the mouth makes the audio susceptible to room reverb, noisy and harsh. On the other hand, keeping it too close to mouth can catch extra breathing and noise. Both of these will make it really hard for the receiver to listen clearly what you are actually saying. The best way to avoid this kind of interruption is to keep the microphone on the lapel, so it will be in a proper distance.
You should not hold the microphone straight to your mouth. When you talk keeping the microphone directly straight to your mouth, the microphone will catch a lot of air puffs which could create an issue in the future. So instead of holding the microphone directly straight to your mouth, hold it around your mouth.
Make sure you hold the mic steadily. Try to avoid movement, because when you shake the mic during transmitting the inconstant volume level, noises and unclear words will irritate badly the receiver on the other side.
Try to find a calm place when you are talking over the radio (walkie-talkies). Avoid Squeaking chairs, noisy keyboards, people’s conversation, and other background noises, it’s always good to transmit in a quiet area. But if you can’t any quiet place or you are in a busy area, you can slightly lower the noise by covering up the microphone with your hand.
You don’t need to speak very loudly or fast in walkie-talkies. Go slow and speak clearly so that the receiver can get it clear and smooth. And wait for the response.
Most used Phrases in Radio
There are some codes and phrases which are mostly used during talking in walking takes. These phrases are unknown to few people but if you often watch Hollywood action movies, you might be familiar with such phrases. However, I have shown only a few phrases which you must know as a beginner. Given below
- Breaker 1-9: If you hear this from someone, that means he/she wants to start a transmission.
- Affirmative: This means Yes.
- Negatory: It addresses No.
- What is your 20? This one means, where are you?
- Roger that: It means; they have understood what you have said.
- 10-4: Means, okay!
And time to pack up. So that was a small try from my side to make you familiar with some common walkie-talkie things. Hope you have enjoyed it. And most importantly, if you have any disagreement or valuable suggestion, don’t hesitate to hit me up through the comment section. Over & Out!