One of the most important differences between consumer grade 2 way radios and commercial grade 2 way radios is durability. Durability is the radio’s ability to withstand normal wear as well as abuse.
The Defense Logistics Agency is the US Department of Defense’s largest combat support agency. The Defense Logistics Agency provides guidelines and criteria for supplies and materials that are used by all branches of the US Military. These guidelines and criteria as they apply to commercial grade 2 way radios are referred to as “Mil Spec Radios.” The guidelines call for radios to be able to withstand shock, vibration, humidity, temperature extremes and a host of other criteria. Passing “Mil Spec” testing is an indication of a superior product and is a good indicator of a radios durability.
Commercial grade radios meet or exceed Military Specifications. Consumer grade radios do not meet these standards and are less able to withstand the rigors of daily use.
The additional cost for commercial grade radios is returned many times over in longer life and better performance.
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