Harvesting season is on the horizon. If you own or manage a farm, you’re probably looking for ways to improve your operations all the time. Even making small improvements and optimizing your business in any way you can always greatly benefits your bottom line.
One thing that many farms have been turning to, particularly during harvesting season, is push to talk two-way radios.
What are two-way radios?
Unlike cellular devices that lack durability, have long-term contracts, and can be bothersome to get a hold of someone on the job, push to talk two-way radios are easy-to-use and highly reliable. Two-way radios allow workers to send and receive messages instantly across long-distances with the simple push of a button.
In fact, many farmers have switched to two-way radios even though all of their employees may have cell phones. The benefits of two way radios far outweigh the low-costs to using them. Below, we’ll get into the details of how two-way radios can benefit your farming operation.
Benefits of push-to-talk two-way radios for harvesting:
Ease of use
During harvesting season, and probably all-year-round, your workers wear gloves on the job. Gloves are an important safety measure but they can make operating cellphones difficult. Buttons may be too small to press with gloves on and touch screens are completely inaccessible. That means employees need to pause what they’re doing, take off their gloves and make a call before putting their gloves back on. This may sound like a minor issue, but it disrupts productivity.
Push-to-talk two-way radios are easy to use and messages can be sent with the simple push of a button. They can be clipped to belts for easy access and used regardless of what gloves employee wear.
Another downside to using cellphones at a worksite is that cellphones are unreliable. First of all, they have shotty batteries that can go out in a moments notice and especially in extreme temperatures. Second of all, cell service can make communication difficult with cellphones.
Peak PTT two-way radios are extremely reliable and always deliver clear messages, no matter where you are. You’ll never have to worry about breaking up or sending and receiving unclear messages with these reliable and long-distance devices. So if you have employees that are spread out on different fields for harvesting or across multiple buildings on the farm, you can rest assured that they will be able to contact the necessary personnel no matter what.
On a similar note, you want a radio that reinforces safety at your farm. Especially if heavy harvesting equipment is involved, you want to allow employees to be able to communicate where they are and what they’re doing so everybody stays in the loop at all times.
Rugged and Water-Resistant or Waterproof.
PeakPTT two way radios are rugged. Peak PTT-584G is waterproof having a IP rating of 67, while the PTT-584G is water resistant with a respectable IP rating of 54. (Read more about IP ratings here.)
Also, if a medical emergency does happen, Peak PTT two-way radios will allow messages to be sent out via an SOS Alert to PC Dispatch Control Panel immediately so an ambulance can be called as quickly as possible.