Clear Communication Tips on Push to Talk Two Way Radios

Push-to-talk two-way radios are essential communication tools used by many industries, from construction and manufacturing to hospitality and healthcare and much more. These radios are designed to provide instant communication, allowing teams to stay connected and work together more efficiently.

However, clear communication can sometimes be a challenge, especially in noisy or crowded environments. In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips to using push-to-talk two-way to ensure clear communication.

1) Speak clearly and slowly.

 When communicating on two-way radios, it’s important to speak clearly and slowly. This is especially important in noisy environments where background noise can interfere with communication. Speaking clearly and slowly will help ensure that your message is heard and understood by the recipient.

2) Keep the radio close to your mouth.

 To ensure clear communication, it’s important to keep the radio close to your mouth when speaking. This will help reduce background noise and ensure that your voice is picked up by the microphone. If you’re using a handheld radio, hold it about an 6-8 inches away from your mouth. If you’re using a headset or earpiece, make sure the microphone is positioned close to your mouth.

3) Listen carefully.

 Clear communication is a two-way street. When communicating on a push-to-talk two-way radio, it’s important to listen carefully to the other person. Make sure you fully understand the message before responding. If you’re not sure what the other person is saying, ask for clarification.

4) Practice good radio etiquette.

 Good radio etiquette is vital for clear communication on any radio. This includes waiting for the other person to finish speaking before responding, using proper call signs or names, using the right channel, and avoiding interrupting or talking over others.

5) Test the radio before use.

 Before using a two-way radio, it’s important to test it to ensure that it’s working properly. Make a test call to another team member or supervisor to ensure that you can hear and be heard clearly. If there are any issues, address them before beginning work.

6) Know the codes.

 There’s a whole list of radio codes that are used to keep messages short and ensure that the speaker is understood. While it’s not necessary to know every code, there are some basic ones every radio operator should know.

NATO Alphabet: The NATO alphabet code is used to ensure that letters aren’t misunderstood. Over a radio, it’s easy to misinterpret a “z” as a “c”, for example. Use the following words to represent the first letter of the word:

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

Read more about the history fo the NATO Phonetic Alphabet here.

Read about Push to Talk Two Way Radio Communication Codes and Lingo Cheat Sheet here.

If you’re looking to upgrade your business with push-to-talk two-way radios, make sure that your employees understand these tips for clear communication. Teaching them some of the basic codes is also a good idea. Most important of all is getting the right radios. Peak PTT offers affordable and high-quality radios. Browse our PeakPTT products and accessories here.