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Walkie Talkie Hire
step 1 of 2: add your radios
Motorola DP1400 Licensed UHF Digital Radio
The Motorola DP1400 is a reliable licensed UHF digital radio. It boasts superb voice quality, great range & battery life, 14 digital channels. It also offers exceptional digital privacy.
Urban terrain – 650m
Open terrain – 8km
approximately 8 hours
step 2 of 2: choose your Motorola DP1400 accessories
Push-to-Talk Earpiece With Inline Mic
Covert Earpiece for the Motorola DP1400 Digital Two-Way Radio
Covert earpieces are supplied in two parts. Firstly the body which attaches to the radio, and the tube which fits in the ear. Secondly the tube. This is a disposable item which, for hygiene reasons, is only available for sale and not for hire.
Digital Radio Repeater
Motorola SLR5500 UHF Digital Radio Repeater for the Motorola DP1400
For more information on the difference a repeater can make, and how to use it, see our guide here (opens a pdf document in a new tab).
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the range of walkie talkies?
Firstly, our DP1400 walkie talkies have a range of approximately 650m in town.
Read more: radiofacilities.com/motorola-walkie-talkie-range-2
Secondly in open countryside, our Motorola digital radios have a range of approximately 6km depending on terrain (basically hills getting in the way!).
Read more: radiofacilities.com/motorola-walkie-talkie-range
How many chargers will you supply? Do the radios come fully charged?
Like most walkie talkie hire companies, we generally supply “50% chargers”. This means we’ll provide sufficient chargers to charge half the walkie talkies at once. However they will be fully charged when you receive them from us.
How long do Motorola radios last on one charge and how long do they take to charge?
The expected battery life is eight hours with typical use (5% transmit, 5% receive and 90% standby). Batteries will take approximately 1 hour for a rapid (90%) charge. At this point the charging indicator on the base will flash green. Full charge takes around 3 hours.
Do you supply a licence to walkie talkie hire customers?
Yes you need an Ofcom licence to use higher powered units. However don’t worry! We’ll supply you with a paper copy of our licence, which will cover you. We send one out with every booking.
Read more: https://secure.ofcom.org.uk/busrad/
Will I get interference when using walkie talkies?
Incredibly unlikely. In fact our digital radios are encrypted to avoid this problem. If you make use of all the encryption features on a DP1400 radio, there’s a higher chance of you winning the lottery!
What does a radio repeater do?
A repeater extends the range of walkie-talkies. It basically consists of a box of electronics and an antenna which you put somewhere high in the centre of the area where you need coverage. It gives you a much greater range on 2 channels.
Do I need earpieces with radios?
Most of our walkie talkie hire customers use earpieces with the radios. Firstly it means that conversations can be heard in a noisy environment. Secondly it give you more privacy as it means your radios’ conversations won’t be heard by members of the public.
Can I use my own radios too?
The short answer is “no”. In fact we use encryption to prevent interruptions to calls. Basically you then only hear someone on your channel if they use the same encryption settings that you are using. However on or our DP1400 digital models, the chance of this happening is around 1 in 16 million!
Read more: radiofacilities.com/can-i-use-my-own-radios-alongside-ones-i-hire-in
What’s the difference between digital and analogue walkie talkies?
Digital radios offer improved call quality, longer battery life and also increased coverage. For this reason we only stock digital radios.
Read more: radiofacilities.com/two-way-radios-digital-vs-analogue
How many channels does a walkie talkie have?
Our DP1400 radios have 14 standard (radio to radio) channels and 2 repeater channels. This means you can choose whether you put everyone on the same channel or divide them into groups.
How do pay for my booking?
We take payment by BACS or with a card online. We accept all cards, except American Express. For certain customers, we offer 30 day payment terms (with a purchase order).
Who do you rent to?
Our walkie talkie hire clients include: John Lewis Partnership, ITV, Hill & Knowlton Strategy, Games Workshop, LAMDA, Watford Borough Council, Waitrose, Table Tennis England, Ricoh, Marriott Hotels and also British Airways Sports and Social Club. Additionally we also work regularly with hundreds of schools, colleges, churches, building contractors, youth groups and dramatic societies. Furthermore our customers come back to us time and time again.
Page Updated: 31st January, 2024