VHF Radio Systems – Why Are They Still Known?

VHF two way radio systems continue to fall within the realm of relevant wireless communications – 70 years after its first introduction. An acronym for “Very High Frequency”, VHF radio systems still outdo many other typical radio communication systems used today.

With technological advancements taking place today, radio technology does not appear to be slowing down. Just because we still use elements of older technology, doesn’t mean radios haven’t evolved to accommodate 21st century needs. VHF radio systems are no exception to that rule.

If you’ve used Motorola’s two way radios before, then you already know about their quality and how the company continually evolves their technologies. They never stop developing improvements to help those who depend on proper communication equipment in challenging settings.

Let’s take a look at where VHF radio systems started and why they’re still preferred, particularly by those who work in back-country regions or rural settings.

Motorola Invents the First VHF Radio

When World War II began, there was a need to provide soldiers with the best possible radio communication technology to stay coordinated. Prior to 1943, many military members had grown frustrated with being able to properly communicate with fellow soldiers. This led to a company called Galvin Manufacturing, now Motorola Solutions, designing what was then called a “walkie talkie” radio.

In 1943, Motorola designed the SCR-300 which quickly became an essential wartime communication device. The company produced over 50,000 of these, and soon went into action during the turning points of the war.

From this early moment, Motorola already set their brand in place. These VHF radio systems had extreme durability. This stayed the same with advancing VHF radios through their ensuing evolution.

Characteristics of VHF Radio Systems

The line-of-sight for VHF radio systems is typically 1 to 1.5 kilometres for portable radios and mobile radios (vehicle mounted) can talk 10-15 kilometres, with a frequency designed to go further than other, newer systems. When you add repeater systems to the mix, there is a much further reach, some of which can achieve coverage ranges over 100 kilometres. Those who work in aviation or on marine vessels frequently use VHF radios because of better sound, lack of interference and portability factors.

High-frequency bands like CB radios or shortwave simply don’t have the sound quality VHF has, which is one reason why so many continue to use portable VHF radios in numerous industries.

For more recreational applications, these radios continue being nonpareil. Those who live in back-country regions (like hunters and skiers) continue to use VHF radio systems to help communicate if they have emergencies. It’s here where range plays a big factor in many careers, especially those who have to work extensively in the field.

VHF Radio Use in Rural Areas

Those who have to work in urban areas don’t always use VHF radio systems because nearby buildings and other structures hinder the range capability. That’s why if you live in a big city, you may not see field workers using these radio. Nevertheless, many have to work in rural settings, including construction, transport, volunteer fire departments, forestry and agriculture, among others.

In emergency situations, a VHF radio system saves lives based on clear communication with fellow workers and ability to contact help during a crisis. It’s something Motorola takes constant pride in, as well as helping those who work in more rural environments like some regions in Canada.

Canada’s Strong VHF Radio Market

Since Canada still has many rural settings, workers are increasingly turning to Motorola VHF radios for field jobs. Now 74 years after the company introduced VHF radios, Motorola radios are still a dominate market here in Canada, and likely to stay this way as long as rural jobs exist.

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