Unfortunately, programming commercial grade radios should be performed by the dealer. Why? Well, unlike consumer quality radios that use a built-in frequency range within narrow parameters, commercial grade radios have a much greater frequency ranges and are designed to be custom programmed in order to efficiently connect multiple people or groups within the same company or location. That’s why it takes a professional radio programmer to activate specific channels and frequencies in order to make your radio function as needed.

Discount Two-Way Radio uses factory trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to accurately program our radios prior to shipping. For most commercial grade radios, there are two basic frequencies that are used when programming: VHF, UHF.

VHF (Very High Frequency)

VHF ranges start at 136 MHz and runs through 174 MHz. These frequencies are usually used for outdoors because the VHF waves can penetrate trees and other obstacles better. For that reason, this range is good for the following industries:

Construction companies who work outdoors
Plumbers and contractors
Security professionals
Event Planners

UHF (Ultra High Frequency)

UHF ranges start at 403 MHz and run through 470 MHz. These frequencies are best for indoor applications or environments there are obstructions like walls or other barriers. The industries that typically use UHF frequencies include:


Also, UHF is normally the default frequency when you need coverage for both indoors and outdoors. Because UHF is so versatile, nearly 80 percent of business radios use UHF.

The New RCX Series Does Not Require Programming

In addition to selling radios that require programming, Discount Two-Way Radio also provides customers an easier solution with their new line of pre-programmed radio series called, RCX. This series is available exclusively through , and is a simple, out-of-the-box and ready-to-use business quality UHF radio. The radio operates on 32 common frequencies that are set aside for business use and can also be programmed to talk with any Motorola RDX series radio.