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4 Radio Tips to Survive the Current Chip Shortage

Have you heard that the current chip shortage could last through 2023 — possibly longer? That might seem like dire news to the two-way radio industry, but we don’t think so. Here are a few radio tips on how you and your team can maximize the use of your fleet and still get access to the units you need.

Radio Tip #1: Make Your Current Radios Last as Long as Possible

You won’t have to worry about backorders if you’re making the most out of the units you already have. That means protecting them from unnecessary wear and tear — something that we highlighted in our last blog. You can do that by:

  • Replacing batteries at regular intervals to ensure optimal performance.
  • Turning units off every time you recharge them to avoid cooking them and their batteries.
  • Purchasing premium-quality holsters to keep your radios secure while in use.

Radio Tip #2: Know When Radio Repairs Are Really Needed

If you start to see radio performance decline, make sure to test the battery first. More than likely, that’s the reason for the issue, and a simple replacement is all you need. But if that doesn’t eliminate the problem, or you can see enough physical damage on the unit to know it needs repairs, send it to us.

We’ll take as many or as few radios as you’ve got — no minimum amount required for a job order. We even cover shipping both ways, and will have your radios back to you in a matter of days instead of weeks. The best part? You only pay for what we fix!

As of this post, we also have a special offer for Motorola and Kenwood users: send us three radios to repair, and only pay us to fix two of them!

Radio Tip #3: When You Need Replacements, Choose RCA

Unlike our competitors, DTWR has RCA two-way radios in stock and ready to ship as soon as today. We’ve been fortunate not to have the same supply chain issues that have led to severe backorders for other brands.

If any of your units need more than new batteries or repair jobs, we suggest replacing them with comparable models from RCA. Why?

  • They’re just as reliable and dependable.
  • They offer the same quality, coverage, performance, and durability.
  • They can communicate with any radios you currently have, regardless of brand.
  • They cost at least 30 percent less than any competing model on the market.

You can choose mid-tier radios that provide the essential functions your workers need, or upgraded models that are more heavy duty, military grade, and intrinsically safe.

Radio Tip #4: Prevent Broken Radios by Using Base Stations Instead

Rather than risk dropping, losing, or theft of your handheld radios, incorporate more compact base stations into your fleet. RCA’s 5-watt RDR2750 is a perfect fit for the following reasons:

  • It’s small, making it convenient for any desk design.
  • It offers the same coverage as a handheld unit.
  • It only needs AC power — no batteries to replace!
  • It’s easy to install — just plug it in and it’s ready to use!
  • It’s mountable, making it far less likely to fall or be stolen.

Additional Radio Tips and Purchase Options

If you’d like to learn more about how to protect your two-way radios, or get instant quotes on available units, batteries, and accessories, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888.299.6340! Our award-winning, “no-hold” customer support team is ready to answer your questions immediately, and get you the radios you need to maintain an effective communications network. Together, we’ll weather this chip shortage and market uncertainty.

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