The Gp 340, a basic evaluation of the colossal two way radio

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The other week celebrated the 40th anniversary of the world’s 1st mobile phone communication. Unsurprisingly, it’s a Motorola employee who made the historic call and, even more unsurprisingly, the phone call was made on a Motorola telephone (or, in this instance, prototype telephone). If you take one thing from this introductory section, it should be this: Motorola are superior, at least when it pertains to communications.

With that in perspective, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Radio, the popular in a lingering string of very good Motorola radio devices. The following is what I thought about it.

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery life, signal encryption and a selection of VHF or UHF bands, the Gp 340 hits the ground running and goes from there. A strong, somewhat forces-esque design gives the GP340 a specialized appearance and permits for important durability across multiple environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420g, the Motorola gp340 is also naturally transportable, which provides to the complete feel of this device as an ‘action’ device, possibly better capable than most 2 way radios to more working use.

What is further, you get sixteen channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.

There is no screen to be found here, which is perhaps a shame, but I query this will involve the radio in any key way, to be frank.

THE PRICE

Someplace between £230 and £280, depending on where you look. It pays to run a thorough web search here, as there looks to be several offers going on.

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THE PERFORMANCE

The Motorola gp340 is definitely more of a team 2 way radio, especially if that company happens to be posted a significant distance away. To quote precisely from the Motorola site,

“Streamlining operations with 2 way radio communication increases productivity and can shape part of an companies health and safety structure which is predominantly vital for those who work on their own or secluded from the squad”.

This is exceptionally genuine, as the inclusion of a intense orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board capably demonstrates Motorola’s obligation to user protection. If you’re a business owner and shopping to outfit a group (particularly one going into a potentially hazardous circumstances) with radio units, you could do a lot worse than a group of GP340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are useful and mostly unassuming. However, if you use the adjustable power level function, you can make the battery life keep going that little bit longer and save yourself the noise.

The ‘Call Forward’ function is also an absolute treat, allowing you to, in essence ‘leave a message’ for a user who is otherwise indisposed.

THE VERDICT

This appears like another great two way radio from Motorola. The abundant, well-designed and considerate safety features on this one are a real plus point, as is the universal robustness and craftsmanship inherent to nearly all Motorola 2 way radios.

The whole feel of this two way radio is one of carefulness and attention. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely desires to keep them secure at all periods and employers can know that their labor force are always contactable, especially in an urgent situation.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Dp 3400, but that’s approximately the only fault I can discover with it. Even then, the signal is normally clear and passable. This high level of performance, along with a pail load of features to aid all from user protection to battery life, is what makes the Motorola gp340 a real winner.