Air horns, shotguns and smoke signals can be used as communication methods, but for those who no longer live in the Stone Age, things like walkie-talkies, push-to-talk radio systems, and headsets are fare easier to use and way more effective. If you own a Full-Size Polaris Ranger, the extra cost of a UTV communication system is undoubtedly worth it — regardless of whether you ride solo or in a crew. Vertex/Motorola VHF systems work well, and the Midland MXT115 as well as their 1050 handhelds work great, even in heavy cover. Many riders who are searching for aftermarket communications accessories for the Polaris Ranger Full-Size want to be able to run a NPG radio transmitted via UHF frequencies with a dual-band antenna. But while this setup works great on side-by-sides with limited or no metal roof, the dual-band antenna has to be specifically programmed to run on UHF frequencies.
This brings up another important point regarding UTV communication accessories. With communication devices like FRS radios and CB radios, no license is required — or even available. But if you buy an amateur GMRS or land mobile (business band) radio and use them improperly, you may be violating FCC regulations if you use them improperly. We’ll be the first to admit that the odds of getting caught are low. But the real risk is if a Ranger owner, or anyone else for that matter, gets a radio, programs it themselves, and causes interference with a legal user such as sheriff departments, state police, conservation officers, firefighters, EMS responders, etc. For most Full-Size Ranger riders, this shouldn’t be an issue. And the receivers, intercoms, and other communications here at Everything Polaris Ranger are 100% legal and ready to assist you in all your communication needs. Throw in some earbuds, helmet speakers, or an in-roof speaker and you’ll be off to the races!