Do you want to buy a radio, but you did not expect that the choice will be so big?
That is right. Radio communication has been actively used since the 20th century.
For almost 100 years, radio has acquired many types and various functions, but still, the radio transmits audio content at the speed of light for hundreds and thousands of miles.
Technology has made the radio an indispensable device for various events – a picnic in the woods, cleaning the kitchen, car repairs in the garage and even work at the airport and much more.
This is where the main question arises: How to choose?
Let’s take a look at most of the existing types of radio!
What is a Radio?
If you forgot, I will remind you.
Radio is a device that transmits information from radio waves. Information can be transmitted in the form of sound and images.
Electromagnetic energy waves are modulated, transmitted through space, hit by an electrical conductor – this is how a sound and a picture is born that you hear or see from your radio.
So the radio has an antenna for capturing a wave, a certain radio frequency spectrum, power, on which the distance the signal is transmitted, the radio frequency band, and so on.
Types of Radio
Despite the fact that the radio can send and receive information in only one way, there are many different types.
Each type of radio has certain functions and unusual features that make this type unique.
The typology that I present to you has different bases – according to the types of communication transmission or purpose. So read carefully!
1. One Way Radio
One-way radio is very simple. This is a radio that looks like a pager. Such a “pager” receives communication from the control center. For example, at races on the track, race control says information about accidents, debris, etc. And drivers hear this information.
2. Two Way Radio
The two-way radio is a radio that transmits and receives a signal simultaneously.
As a rule, using two-way radio you get sound information, and you can also respond to the received information with sound. Most often we call this radio a radio set.
3. Fixed Mount Radio
Fixed mount radio is a very unusual device, which has a receiver and an internal multichannel antenna.
This type of radio has a screen that displays information that the radio receives. There is also a microphone in which you can talk, chat. Fixed mount radio does not require much time to install. And it is ideal for working at sea or in large water spaces.
4. Portable Radio
Portable radio can be amateur or professional. A feature of this type of radio is that you can install this radio anywhere and even take it on a small trip. Portable radio can be very useful if you go far from civilization, especially since it works as a transceiver.
5. Handheld Radio
Handheld radio is like a portable device. The difference is that the handheld radio is two-way. Handheld radio also works on shortwave. Such a radio can be analog or digital.
6. Pocket Radio
Pocket radio reminds mp3 player, which is sure to be useful in emergency situations. Pocket radio can notify you about the weather, transmit signals from shortwave stations, has Bluetooth and many other “stuff”. This is a “baby”, which has many functions and fits in your pocket.
7. FM Radio
I bet you know a lot about FM radio.
But few people know that FM radio is one of the types of analog radio. In essence, this is frequency modulation. This radio works on very high-frequency waves, transmitting the perfect sound. But the FM band is short.
8. AM Radio
AM radio is another type of analog radio and is amplitude modulated.
AM radio is not widely spread, because, after World War II, FM radio became more convenient to use. The fact is that AM radio operates on the long-wavelength band. It means that this type works better for signal transmission over longer distances.
9. Shortwave Radio
It is useful for broadcasting thousands of miles. That is, using this radio, the listener can tune in anywhere on the planet. Of course, such a radio is not used by ordinary people, but by governments.
10. Ham Radio
Ham radio is not ordinary, because it requires special training, licensing and equipment.
Such a radio will be stronger than a shortwave radio. The fact is that such a radio makes it possible to contact operators from other countries.
Ham radio is suitable for those who have a similar hobby, who train professional skills in working with radio. Moreover, this type of radio can be useful during disasters, when other methods of communication can be turned off.
11. CB Radio
CB means Citizen’s Band and is intended for shortwave radio that is available to the every man.This radio operates on waves in the 27 MHz range.
CB radio is free and transmits information from an existing radio station, from amateur to professional. You can use CB radio as a means of communication with motor transport, store warehouse, with yachts and so on.
12. Car Radio
The car radio is known to everyone who has ever traveled in a car at least once. This radio is used in the car and other transport. The main function of this radio is entertaining.
Initially, this type of radio was used only for FM radio. Now it is complemented by a CD player, DVD player, Blu-ray player, navigation system, Bluetooth phone integration, and a smartphone controller.
13. Garage Radio
The garage radio is an ordinary portable radio that runs on batteries. This radio works autonomously and transmits even a weak signal. In addition, the sound will be transmitted perfectly.
14. Jobsite Radio
Jobsite radio is also portable. This type of radio is a high-performance, weather-resistant, different weather.
The radio provides stereo sound, equipped with Bluetooth technology, excellent speakers for high-quality sound, durable frame, USB port, and other gadgets.
15. Tabletop Radio
Tabletop radio is a popular little desktop radio that is great for the home. This radio has a battery, is portable. So you can take this radio not only to the kitchen but anywhere. Using tabletop radio you can save your favorite radio station, catch streaming audio.
16. Survival Radio
Survival radio needed on the ship and aircraft. The main function of such a radio is to facilitate rescue during an emergency. This type of radio works to transmit signals at international distress frequencies, and therefore even the weakest signal is caught and transmitted.
17. Kitchen Radio
Kitchen radio is compact and takes up little space. Most often, kitchen radios are placed under the cabinet. Radio for the kitchen is portable, has few wires for security. Such a radio transmits sound well because we are doing noisy things in the kitchen.
Most kitchen radio has FM, DAB, Bluetooth, kitchen timer and sleep timer display. In general, this is what you need in the kitchen.
18. Under Cabinet Radio
I would call under cabinet radio the same kitchen radio. This radio perfectly reproduces AM and FM radio, CD audio, is equipped with Bluetooth technology.
It is a thin walkie-talkie that is mounted below cabinet at face level. That is why it is very convenient to use when you are preparing a notable dinner.
19. Shower Radio
Many people have a radio in the shower. Most often, this radio comes with a shower. In addition to the fact that such a radio brightens up the usual shower reception, it is also waterproofed, plays CDs, and includes a clock.
The shower radio is analog or digital, interfaced with FM transmitters, and makes it possible to listen to iPods and similar devices.
20. Aviation Radio
Aviation radio is a type of portable radio that combines the functions of a receiver, radio station, battery, and operates in the range of 25/8.33 kHz.
Inexpensive models of such a radio are only suitable communications. And there are expensive analogs that have navigation functions.
21. Transistor Radio
The transistor radio is also a portable radio for retro lovers.
This type is small in size and fits into a pocket. Using this radio in a modern form, you can listen to music, play CDs, and connect a smartphone.
22. Utility Radio
Utility radio is an internal radio receiver, which is also known as Murphy Radio.
This radio is battery operated and has a 4-watt beep. Utility radio is usually used for service stations because the radio is too complicated to be understood by the general public.
23. Weather Radio
The weather radio is a radio receiver that is designed to receive public service broadcasts. This radio receives state radio stations that share their weather reports.
Moreover, this radio has an alert function when the radio signal is turned off or tuned to another band.
So, having such a radio, you will always know about the impending rainy weather, for which you should be ready.
It is important that even deaf or deaf person can also use this radio with external devices.
24. Satellite Radio
Satellite radio is one of the most modern forms of broadcasting. This radio works to transmit signals.
What makes radio different from AM and FM? Satellite radio works on digital coding, so this radio uses a special receiver.
But! You need a paid subscription to use such a radio. Without a subscription, a computer chip inside the radio does not unlock broadcast channels.
As it is not difficult to guess from the name, a walkie-talkie is a portable radio that can send and receive radio signals.
The range of radio signals is within a mile radius.
In fact, these are walkie-talkies that use two or more people to communicate with each other in situations where mobile communication is without a signal.
26. Police Radio
Police radio cannot be used by non-law enforcement agencies, because this radio communication system is specifically for them.
Even with a strong desire, you will not be able to listen to such a radio, since it is encrypted.
This radio works all over the world, in police cars, control centers in police stations.
27. Foxhole Radio
Have you ever heard of Foxhole radio?
It is an improvised radio that was created by soldiers in World War II for entertainment.
The soldiers listened to local radio stations, broadcast information about the battle of Anzio, which happened in Italy.
There is no radio wave source. But it has a wire antenna, a microphone and a lot of wires.
28. Crystal Radio
Crystal radio or crystal set is a radio receiver that is used to receive a signal without external power.
Now, this radio is not popular, but it was used before when the radio was just gaining popularity.
A crystalline radio has a very simple structure of several parts. This radio is very sensitive and transmits a weak sound.
29. Battery Operated Radio
A battery-operated radio can be any portable radio that also has any purpose.
As a rule, such a radio receiver is light and simple. So you can take this radio and battery power with you on a trip.
Battery operated radio catches more than 1000 radio stations in the world and reproduces the frequency range up to 16000 Hz on average.
30. Batteryless Radio
A radio that does not require a battery, but operates using electricity is a batteryless radio.
If earlier this type worked from the network, now batteryless radio does not require a power source. Energy is derived from radio waves for which a wire antenna is used.
31. Wifi Radio
WiFi radio is a simple modern radio, the management of which will be clear even to grandparents.
The radio works using WiFi without interference. By connecting the radio to the WiFi network, you will receive high-quality sound from a huge number of radio stations in the world.
In order to enjoy the sound, you just need to connect the radio to WiFi, enter the password from the network when you first connect, and then the radio will automatically connect.
32. Internet Radio
Internet radio is traditional for the first quarter of the 21st century. Why?
The matter is that the sound of such a radio is broadcast over the Internet. You connect the webcast and listen to high-quality sound from any radio station in the world that you want to listen to at the moment. That is how the radio works.
This radio allows you to listen to podcasts, recording radio programs, and more.
At least 32 types of radio exist. All of these radios differ in a frequency range, power, wavelength, and so on.
Do you want to choose the perfect radio, which is suitable for any event? Use the information above to make just the right choice.