28. May 2013 · Comments Off on Appraisal of the lightweight Gp 340 walkie talkie · Categories: 2 way radio · Tags: ,

Recently we marked the 40th anniversary for the world’s 1st mobile phone call. Inevitable, it is a Motorola engineer who made the historic phone call and, more inevitable, the phone call was made on the Motorola phone (or, in this case, prototype telephone). If you’re taking one thing away from this introductory paragraph, it needs to be this: Motorola are chief, at least when it relates to 2 way radios.

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

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery life, signal encryption and a selection of VHF or UHF radio bands, the Motorola gp340 hits the ground running and goes from there. A strong, somewhat forces-esque design gives the Motorola gp340 a professional look and facilitates for great sturdiness across many environments.

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

What’s more, you get 16 channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.

There’s no screen to be found here, which is possibly a shame, but I doubt this will influence the radio in any major way, to be truthful.

THE PRICE

Somewhere between £230 and £280, based on wherever you look. It pays to run a thorough web search at this point, as there looks to be several offers going on at the moment.

THE PERFORMANCE

The Motorola gp340 is definitely more of a team two way radio, especially if that team transpires to be posted a considerable distance away. To quote precisely from the Motorola site,

“Reorganization operations with two way radio communication raises efficiency and can form part of an businesses health and safety structure which is predominantly significant for those who work on their own or remote from the team”.

This is very genuine, as the inclusion of a dazzling orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board competently demonstrates Motorola’s obligation to consumer security. If you’re a company owner and shopping to setup a company (especially one going into a potentially unsafe situation) with 2 way radio units, you might do a lot worse than a set of Motorola gp340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are useful and mostly discreet. Yet, if you use the changeable power level function, you can make the battery survive that little longer and save yourself the noise.

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

THE VERDICT

This seems like another great two way radio from Motorola. The plentiful, well-designed and considerate security features on this one are a real plus point, as is the universal sturdiness and craftsmanship reputed to virtually all Motorola 2 way radios.

The overall impression of this radio is one of carefulness and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely wants to keep them secure at all times and employers can identify that their workforce are at all times contactable, especially in an emergency.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the DP3400, but that is approximately the only weakness I can find with it. Even then, the signal is generally clear and passable. This premium level of performance, along with a bucket load of features to aid everything from user security to battery life, is what makes the Motorola gp340 a real winner.