Your two way radio’s life spans anywhere between four and seven years, and its ancillaries will live on for up to 18 months. However, this life expectancy depends on how you care for your equipment. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you enhance your radio’s life:
General Radio System Maintenance
Protect your radio from falls or shocks. Do not treat it roughly and ensure that it is safe from vibrations.
- Do not lug your radio around by holding its antenna
- Keep it away from water and moisture. If you operate in humid conditions, buy a suitable accessory that protects your equipment from moisture. Avoid deliberately dipping your radio in water – even if it is waterproof
- Protect your radio from chemicals, corrosives and spirits
- Protect it from sunlight and excessive cold conditions. You may have to buy suitable accessories for this.
- Do not place it on a shaky surface
- Before installing any accessory, turn the radio off
- Buy the right accessories that are meant for the brand/model you own
- Ensure that you buy the recommended batteries and adapter.
Regular Care Tips (On A Daily Basis)
- Charge batteries as per instructions
- Use a recommended charger. Ensure that the battery pack is dry before charging
- Never ever charge a wet radio
- Do not charge the radio or batteries in an area that is close to flammable material
- The battery pack contains a temperature sensor
- Ensure that it is stabilized at 72 degrees Fahrenheit before you start charging
- Do not charge the two way radio or the batteries on a wet or moist surface.
- Charge the batteries as recommended – never ever overcharge the batteries
Radio Cleaning Tips
- Before starting on any maintenance activity, turn your radio off and remove the batteries
- Do not wipe your radio with a wet cloth – wipe it with a moist, clean and soft cloth – preferably microfiber cloth
- Use plain water to moisten the cloth – do not use spirit or any solution
- Never ever dunk the radio in water and then wipe it with a dry cloth.
- If per chance your radio has gotten wet, dry it immediately using a microfiber cloth.
Storing Radios and Batteries
- Before storing the radio, turn it off and remove the batteries
- Store the radio and batteries in a cool and dry place. Ensure that the storage room temperature does not exceed 72 degrees F
- Never ever leave your batteries or radios in chargers that are active.
To Sum Up
Two way radio maintenance is extremely important. Most folks buy radio systems and do not bother about maintenance because they figure the radios are sturdy and long-lasting and therefore need negligible maintenance. Well, if that’s your attitude then your radio will not even last half its life.
If you want your radio to lead a healthy life, and be responsive when you need it, then you should take good care of it. Follow the maintenance tips above to do that.
Paul Y. Free is a blogger and tech-fanatic from southern California.