2 Way Radio Texting

Hi Friends,

I am a child of the 50’s and 60’s. I had a long childhood. Typing was a course offering at my high school. Mrs. Francis taught the touch method of typing. A passing grade was attained only by typing about 30 words a minute without looking at the typewriter keys (the keypad is the modern equivalent to typewriter keys).

The touch method was based on the notion that each of your ten fingers is responsible for their specific part of the alphabet. For example, the finger best known as the little pinky of your left hand is totally responsible for all the Q, A and Z’s used in words. As you may surmise Mrs. Francis was a stickler for procedure and was not the kind of professional interested in my loosey-goosey casual approach to typing.

Mrs. Francis would have no place in today’s totally reckless two thumb style of keypading to family and friends. I am sure she would even scoff at the term “texting.”

Two thumb texting is what most everyone in the modern world is doing. Texting is a terrific way to communicate. It lets people stay in conversation with several people simultaneously and continues a discussion throughout the day.

I was resistant at first but my always modern wife (Joy Ann) encouraged me sighting the efficiency of texting. I was less than successful at first. My fingers were too big. (I had never noticed the extraordinary size of my fingers before attempting to text.) Once I made a few adjustments I took too texting like a duck takes to water.

Texting is the wave of the future. But not so much with two way radios. While digital radio manufacturers tout “talk-text-track” the reality is either too expensive, too cumbersome or too limiting (100 – 200 characters). It really takes a compelling need to text in order to justify the additional expense. On the bright side the issue is more of a marketing limitation or decision rather than a technological limitation. I suspect a creative radio manufacturer will make an offering soon.

In the meantime let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application. Give us a call at 239-601-1969 today. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer