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The walkie talkie radio is a device that has enabled communication across the airwaves in all manner of businesses and industry sectors. Most people however imagine the use of the walkie talkie to be limited to children playing, although the image from films, with the good guy conversing with the evil criminal over the radio is also a common occurrence.
The use of this form of radio however is widespread and in many cases has been key to the development of society, the protection of freedom and just values. For instance; if it was not for the walkie talkie it would not have been possible for the allies to encroach upon continental Europe and secure the culmination of the Second World War.
As well as the military applications of the Walkie Talkie, in the protection of civil liberties it has also played an important role. The police and other law enforcement bodies all use hand held radios for communicative purposes, if they did not have this device it is likely that response times and effectiveness would be seriously limited. In fact this was the first proposed use of the mobile radio; an Australian policeman invented a portable radio that took up the entirety of the backseat of a car enabling officers to communicate with the headquarters allowing for greater operational effectiveness.
Typically the walkie talkie radio is a hand held device that has a switch enabling the operative to talk to other users. The use of the term walkie talkie however is a misnomer; originally the phrase referred to the back pack radios often worn by military personnel. In most cases, in the modern sense the device is a small handheld model that resembles a telephone in many ways but with an aerial on the top; although with the addition of a headset and mouthpiece the device can be completely concealed.
For commercial uses companies are advised to buy licensed models as these are more robust and have specific frequencies allocated to them. For private use, cheaper unlicensed versions are a preferable option.
The walkie talkie radio has wide and diverse applications in many industries. Builders and construction workers utilise the devices in order to control operations on site whilst security personnel, in locations such as shopping centres and nightclubs can also use them to ensure troublemakers are kept under control. In addition, businesses that have personnel scattered across large areas, such as event management companies can also utilise hand held radios for efficient communication. Normally the radios used in these instances are the more expensive variety, due to the fact that it is often a matter of public safety that they operate effectively.
That is not to say that the walkie talkie radio purely has applications in the commercial sphere, many private users find them a handy addition for a variety of leisure activities. One instance would be where a group of adventurers are heading out on an expedition; in many wilderness areas it is often not a possibility to use cell phones as the network coverage is so poor, hence a hand held device is the ideal way to maintain communication between members of the party.
Hopefully this article has given consumers and idea of the types of walkie talkies out there. If buying for the commercial sphere it is usually worth investing a little more whereas if the device is to be used purely as a child’s plaything a cheaper model is a viable option. Whatever the choice, one thing is certain; the handheld radio has changed communication for good, allowing real time converse and greater operational ability.