VHF or UHF? Which frequency is better for my workplace?

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One of the most commonly asked questions is, “which frequency is better for my workplace?” Two-way radios communicate over radio waves and have different frequency bands. UHF and VHF are the two most common.


UHF- Ultra High Frequency. 

In Canada, the UHF spectrum is 403 to 470 MHz. UHF is more suitable for indoor and outdoor use as the wavelengths are shorter and more likely to penetrate through obstacles such as steel, concrete, and trees. The higher the frequency, the better your signal will penetrate through structures. UHF frequencies also allow for a more compact radio, as a smaller antenna can be attached. If you would like coverage for both indoor and outdoor, UHF would be your best bet! Its flexibility and versatility makes it the most common frequency band used in many industries.


VHF – Very High Frequency

The VHF spectrum is 136 to 174 MHz in Canada. VHF is more suitable for long-distance outdoor use as the wavelengths are much longer. This means you are able to communicate further on flat ground provided there aren’t many obstacles. A longer antenna can also be attached to increase the range.

The areas you are trying to cover will determine which band suits your needs best. Make sure you consider where you would like coverage as each band has different uses for each environment.

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