Military Radio aims to be the most prominent source of information for amateur radio enthusiasts as well as professionals that work with radios as communication devices. This includes works in healthcare, education, entertainment, aviation, public safety and more.
Most of our team’s time is spent conducting rigorous tests of the latest radios and radio accessories. Depending on the type of radio we’re testing, we could either run these tests at home or we might have to venture out on some outdoor trips.
The different types of radios that we test on Military Radio include:
- AM/FM radios
- Ham radios
- CB radios
- Portable/handheld radios
- Car radios
In addition to testing different communication devices, we also provide troubleshooting guides, FAQs and easy step-by-step tutorials. These posts provide solutions to common issues, installation instructions and also, removal guides.
Let’s take a look at the different factors we consider when testing our products…
How Testing Occurs
In order to write thorough and well-thought-out reviews, we try to become familiar with each facet of the products we test. Not only must we know every feature that a product has to offer but we must also learn everything that a product lacks.
Note that we also rely on information available on the internet to write reviews as well. This helps us understand the product better.
Some of the factors that we look at extensively include:
When it comes to price, we feel that the context is highly important. Handheld radios are much cheaper than most ham radios but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better. Hence, we judge a product’s price based on its category and the number of features it provides you.
If a product is highly priced but justifies its price with the number of features it offers, you can bet we’ll give it a high score.
Of course, the quality of the signals that a radio is able to receive is super important.
Testing radio reception is something that takes our team the longest time out of all other aspects. This is because we try to be as thorough as possible by testing the products in different terrain, different weather conditions and with different accessories.
The goal is to test out as many different combinations of weather, terrain, etc. as possible to find how the radio performs.
Many of the radios we review for this website are marketed as “outdoor radios” or even, “tough radios”.
Whenever a manufacturer markets their radios like that, we always stress-test them to the fullest. If a manufacturer says that their radio can handle the toughest weather conditions, our goal is to stress-test it until the product breaks.
Only then are we able to truly assess how much punishment a radio can take before it breaks down on you. It helps get a true sense of what the build quality is like and thus, then we’re able to comfortably give our opinion on whether or not the manufacturer’s claims are true.
Memory Bank Storage
The memory bank of a radio refers to how many channels it can save. Naturally, the type of radio that we’re reviewing plays a heavy role in what we consider to be “good” or “bad” memory bank storage.
For example, when it comes to CB radios, we’ll always favor a large memory bank compared to a small one. However, when it comes to two-way radios for simple communication, a memory bank isn’t really all that necessary.
The user-friendliness of a product is generally judged by how intuitive and easy to use it is. All members of our team realize that we are experienced radio operators and many of the things that are obvious to us might not be obvious to the average user.
That’s why, during testing, we ensure that we’re aware of this fact and try to consider the issues that an amateur may run into while using it. Only then are we able to make a correct assessment as to whether or not a radio is user-friendly.
Some general things we consider while assessing user-friendliness includes how self-explanatory the menus are, how accessible the button and knob layouts are, and more.
Lastly, we have the sound quality. It’s important to note that the sound quality is very different from the radio reception. If the reception isn’t great, it can definitely affect the sound quality but that’s not what we focus on when it comes to this aspect.
Instead, we test how the radio sounds when it receives a clear signal from another source. How clear does it really sound?
We tend to test the sound quality at many different volumes as well as with many different input sources. This ensures that all facets and settings of a radio are properly tested to account for its sound quality.
How are Our Troubleshooting Guides Written?
The ideas for our troubleshooting guides come from two main sources:
- Common issues that our team notices on online forums
- Issues that are team runs into during testing and during their own endeavors
In both of these cases, the goal is to highlight the process that our team members went through in order to solve that particular issue. Oftentimes, the actual process is not described but rather, the best findings are.
This means that the most efficient and best possible solution that our team was able to find is often the one that’s highlighted most. As you may know, troubleshooting issues related to communication devices mostly consists of running in circles half the time.
That’s why we hope to save you time by providing the simplest solutions to common problems.
Expertise of Each Team Member
Christopher R. Bunce
Christopher became a licensed ham radio operator at the age of 18 and is the go-to source for anything related to ham and CB radios.
None of the reviews on these two categories get approved without Christopher’s input.
Luke worked as a radio mechanic for over eight years which is why he gets to test all car radios, amplifiers and other accessories.
He’s responsible for all the wonderful diagnostic and troubleshooting guides for car radios on our website.
Felicity has worked in countless radio stations since her college years.
She’s an expert in FM broadcasting and has a knack for conducting fun experiments that also provide great insight into the products we review.