Learn about rugged radios and what to look for to get the maximum durability that’s available. There are extremely durable radios that are built to be nearly indestructible to withstand severe work conditions. Whether you’re part of a team plowing roads in a snowstorm, on a crew doing construction work in the rain or on a skiing holiday with family, there are many occasions when you need a rugged two-way radio system. When it comes to demanding equipment that stands up to the harshest environmental conditions, the U.S. military are the experts. Their MIL-STD-810 is otherwise known as the Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests. These tests ensure that a particular piece of equipment can withstand rain, dust, vibration, shock and extreme temperatures, among other things. Additionally, the IP Code or International Protection Marking rates the degree of protection against intrusion from water and dust in electrical enclosures and mechanical casings. When you see a two-way radio that has an IP54/55 rating, that ensures a design that protects the unit from dirt and water.
At Radios Plus, we offer several models of Motorola and Kenwood radios that comply with MIL-STD-810 C, D, E, F and G environmental standards tests and with IP45/55 water and dust intrusion tests. They include VHF radios such as the 10-channel, 5-watt Motorola RDV5100, the 5-channel, 2-watt MURS band Motorola RMM2050 and the 16-channel, 5-watt Kenwood TK-2402V16P. These durable radios are built tough for the outdoors, with excellent range over wide, open spaces. We also have rugged radios that operate on the UHF frequency band that are ideal for indoor and outdoor use. They range from the 4-channel, 2-watt Kenwood TK-3400U4P with removable antenna and weather sealed construction to the 16-channel, 4-watt Motorola RDU4160D that has a range of up to 350,000 square feet and 30 floors.
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