Two-Way Radio Accessories
two way radios have a jack for a
radio audio accessory
like a headset or speaker microphone. When
headsets are used with VOX capability the user can talk with hands free
There are a variety of audio accessories available for two-way radios
depending on your application. If you want to wear your radio on your
belt, but do not want to be constantly taking it off to talk, then a
speaker microphone with a clip that lets you mount it near your ear may
be what you want. Having the speaker near your ear is great for noisy
environments. You see police officers using these. Of course their
shirts or jackets have a special place to clip the speaker mic on their
shoulder so this may not work for a person wearing average clothes.
If you would rather be more like the Secret Service than the police,
you can get a security type earpiece with a pendant push-to-talk switch
with built-in microphone and clip. You put the earphone in your ear and
clip the microphone/switch to your clothes not too far from your mouth
and then you just push the switch when you want to talk.
If you don’t want to have the curly cord leading up to the earpiece,
you can get a headset that has an earbud that looks more like what you
would find on an iPod® or iPhone®. It still has a pendant push-to-talk
switch with built-in microphone and clip.
You can also get a single-ear lightweight behind-the-head headset
with boom microphone and pendant push-to-talk switch. This is more like
what you would see a telephone call center agent wear. This one is great
for noisy environments and is comfortable enough to wear for long
If you purchase a base-station intercom to use with your two way
radios you may want to add an external speaker if you are using it in a
noisy environment. You’ll get a little extra volume out of the unit,
plus they come with a longer cord so you can place the speaker somewhere
closer to where you will be when you are not talking on the intercom.