Time to plant or time to harvest? Maybe it’s time to prepare the farm for the winter or prep for the beginning of summer? No matter the task or scale of work, relying on cell phones to communicate with the family, farmhands, machinery drivers, and even semi-drivers can become a hassle in situations that require quick thinking and instinct. Oh, and don’t forget cell reception. Here are a few reasons why you should ditch your cellphone for two way radios (walkie talkies) when communicating on the farm.
- Cell Reception
Out on the farm, cell reception may be low quality, or, worse, nonexistent. Depending on the location and size of your farm, your family and staff could have a very difficult time conveying ideas and sharing your thoughts when it’s most critical. Moreover, even if you text, the recipient may not receive your message at the appropriate time, as their cellular provider might not provide as good service as yours! A farm walkie talkie system relies on its own network to clearly and quickly convey messages without the possibility of degraded or lost communication due to far-away towers!
- Instant Communication
One of the most frustrating parts of using cellphones for communication out on the farm is the delay from the initial call to the answering of the phone. With a walkie-talkie communication solution, requests and questions are instantaneous from the moment the user pushes their microphone button. So, while you might need to tell the combine to steer right, it might be too late by the time the phone call goes through. In an emergency situation, there will be no delay in a two-way radio communication system.
Unlike the sensitive, all-glass touchscreens of new, expensive smartphones, the rugged plastic of walkie talkies can take on the environment of the farm while even being weather-resistant. Although cell phones can be connected to a high-dollar, wireless Bluetooth headset, walkie talkies can connect to a fairly-inexpensive remote microphone and speaker that runs from the talkie to the collar of your shirt. In the event of breakage, the replacement of the remote microphone will be far less cost than the broken Bluetooth headset.
If you’re still using cellphones to communicate on your farm, consider switching to a walkie talkie solution from Communications Associates. Save yourself time, money, and energy with a solution that can fight against the elements and environment of farm-living. Give us a call if you have any questions regarding other walkie-talkie benefits or to make the switch!