How To Connect Walkie Talkies: Get Transmitting Right Away

If you’re going outdoors for a hike or camping, you better take the walkie-talkie with you. Many new hikers found out how great the device can be where a mobile network is not available.

So, more people are picking up the device.

But many don’t know how to connect walkie-talkies, which doesn’t surprise me. And I guess that’s why you landed here to learn how to do it.

Let’s get on to it then.

Why Can’t You Connect The Walkie-Talkies?

How To Connect Walkie Talkies

You got a radio, your friend got one. You both got on the same frequency. Still nothing! Only static. Or maybe, one of you can transmit, but the other can’t.

Even though you’re both on the same channel, it doesn’t work.

That’s maybe because the radio you both are using isn’t compatible. And it’s quite a common problem in the world of walkie-talkie users.

So, why doesn’t it work? There are 3-reasons for such an issue.

CTCSS Blocking

This is a feature that gets used by most radios. What it does is that it lets the radio communicate with each other in a sort of private manner. Some kind of because it doesn’t actually make the communication channel private. Using the CTCSS, the sender sends a tone along with the transmission, and the receiver end has a system that accepts the message only if he gets the tone. And that’s where the problem lies. If your radio sent tone doesn’t match the tone-setting to the receiver one, the connection won’t occur.


DCS is quite similar to CTCSS except that it sends a code instead of the tone. And the same fashion, the incompatibility of codes, makes it impossible to connect with other walkie-talkies.

Channel numbers

Confusing channels numbers of FRS and GMRS frequencies is also an issue. I won’t go into detail as it is quite complicated. Just know that the series of frequencies get labeled differently in different models. For instance, what’s channel 2 on your radio might be channel 5 or say 8 on your friend’s one. And in some models, one channel might not be at all available for use. There are crazy complications that cause a connection issue between devices.

How To Solve It?

Ok, many complications can cause the problem. Now, how do you solve it?  It isn’t that hard. All you need is to do is disable the CTCSS/DCS settings on the radio. With the settings off, you will be able to connect more easily.

Just both you and the radio you’re trying to connect to be on the line of sight. Then both the radios need to be on the same channel to start transmitting and receiving.

But do you know how to be on the same channel? If not, then check out below.

Setting Walkie-Talkie Channels – Be On The Same Page:

To start transmitting and receiving, you’ve got to be on the same channel with the other person you’re trying to communicate with. If you’ve followed the step above and disabled the CTCSS and DCS features of your radio, you won’t have problems connecting with other model radios.

Step 1: First of all, select a channel where the communication will occur between you and the other guy or your team that you’ve gone camping within the mountains or the jungle.

Step 2: Good. If you’ve selected the frequency, then all the devices should have that channel displayed on the screen.

Step 3: Now, find the PTT button and press it. That will save the channel that you’ve just chosen as your line for communicating with the team.

Step 4: Other team members need to repeat the same process in their devices to have the channel.

Right, you’re ready for talking with the other guys on your team. Not that hard?

How Do You Sync Two Walkie-Talkies?

Even though it’s easy to connect radios for transmission, there are times you’ve got to sync the models.

It’s the case most of the time when you’ve radio that is old and new or at times even with an advanced model of two different brands, you’ve got to do it.

Step 1: In the first stage, you’ve got to set both the radios’ private code to the same number.

Step 2: Done with the setting code. Then move and save both the walkie-talkie to the same channel. You can do that by using your radio’s display to ensure you have the same signal on both devices.

That’s it. You got the radios synced. However, if you’re still having trouble, then make sure to check the CTCSS and DCS settings of the radio. If they’re enabled, disable them and try again.

Also Read: How To Talk On Walkie Talkie Like a PRO!


Does walkie-talkie need wifi?

Not at all. The entire communication system is based on radiofrequency—therefore no need for wifi to use it unless you’re using the so-called smartphone ones.

Is there a walkie-talkie app that works with a real walkie-talkie?

No. You can’t use mobile apps to connect the device with a real walkie-talkie.

Can a walkie-talkie be tracked?

Yes, they can be tracked, but it’s quite hard to do. It will require directional equipment as well portable antennas to find the source. And the transmission needs to be for long, which is unlikely with radios. They can’t be traced with the ping method that gets used for phones.

How far can walkie-talkie reach?

It depends on the model and the location. But with the best ones like Midland or Motorola, you can get 2KM coverage, at least. This can get extended too.

Is it worth getting a walkie-talkie?

You’ve got a walkie-talkie on your smartphone, then why should you invest in a real one. It’s something that many of you think.

To do that, I’ve got to say one thing. Those apps aren’t reliable. They depend on the internet to work. The transmission isn’t at all stable, and don’t get me started on how they drain your phone’s battery.

Still, the walkie-talkie is the most reliable option when you’re out there in the wild. This will get you in touch with others, no matter the situation.

It’s worth every damn penny.

Also Read: Walkie-Talkie Privacy Codes: The ULTIMATE Guide

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