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How to Choose the Best Size Megaphone for Your Needs

ThunderPower’s line of heavy-duty bullhorn megaphones are good tools to have around in many situations. From outdoor playing fields to indoor classrooms or even as part of an emergency preparedness kit, there are many times when having a battery powered megaphone can be a real asset. The truth is that almost all outdoor settings with groups of people and background noises are an excellent place for megaphones. Of course, the question of knowing exactly what kind of megaphone to use during specific events is important and can be a little confusing.

From Compact to Military Strength

ThunderPower Megaphones are lighter and louder than most off-the-shelf brands of megaphones, and because we offer a full line of megaphones, our customers have a nice variety of options from which to choose when they want their voices to be heard.

For example, the ThunderPower 150 Megaphone has a super compact design and only weighs 2 lbs. with batteries. However, it still has 15 watts of power to be heard more than 600 yards away, making this the perfect megaphone for day care centers or guided outdoor tours.

On the total opposite end of the spectrum is the ThunderPower 1200 megaphone. This megaphone is so powerful and so loud that we often refer to it as the “earthquake maker” because it will rattle the streets and shake the windows! With a full 45-watt power supply, the ThunderPower 1200 can be heard from more than 2,000 yards away! This megaphone is a favorite for military personnel and peace officers who need to control large crowds.

There are different megaphone sizes for different purposes. Here is the ThunderPower 450 Megaphone being used by a military officer addressing his troops.

Where Would You Use a Bullhorn Megaphone?

Other popular occasions where less powerful ThunderPower Megaphones could be incorporated include school camping trips, scouting jamborees, group hikes, and beach picnics. These activities will usually include 10 – 50 people scattered over a wide area, making communication through battery powered megaphones a perfect solution to communicate with everyone no matter how far they’ve wandered.

When involving yourself in protest rallies, political gatherings, or even religious congregations, more powerful Thunderpower Megaphones would be the best strategy. Typically, these kinds of gatherings involve hundreds or thousands of people and lots of surrounding noise could present the right conditions where and amplified megaphone should be used. This of course depends on the number of attendees, and the expanse over which they will be dispersed. The more ground to be covered, the more power you need behind your voice.

Megaphones are Suitable for Use Anywhere

The truth is making yourself heard is important, and so anywhere you need to be heard is a good place to use a ThunderPower Megaphone.  but it is important that you make sure that you are not going to be breaking any laws with the words you say or how loud you get.

For more information on ThunderPower Megaphones contact us today at 866-927-7955. ThunderPower Megaphones are exclusively distributed by Discount Tw-Way Radio

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ThunderPower Megaphones Help You Exercise Your First Amendment Rights

Man using ThunderPower megaphone to express himself on the street.

ThunderPower Megaphones were created to help people better express themselves. Of course, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly protects your right to free expression with or without the amplified sound of an electronic bullhorn. But since you are going to exercise your right to speak, don’t you think people should hear you?

ThunderPower Bullhorns are designed for maximum power and volume and constructed from durable materials to withstand damage following being dropped or banged against hard surfaces. More and more people are turning to ThunderPower megaphones to incorporate into public speaking engagements, protests, or campaign rallies.

However, in addition to being armed with a ThunderPower megaphone, understanding some basic First Amendment principles and guidelines for free speech will help protect your rights while amplifying your message. That’s why ThunderPower Megaphones decided to outline a couple fundamental First Amendment principles everyone should know before hitting the streets with your message.

  I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Principle Number One: When Using Megaphones, It Is Your Conduct That Counts Not Your Content

In other words, it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. Your right to express your opinion is protected no matter what beliefs you hold. However, how you present your beliefs is what matters. This issue was at the center of an important in a 1919 Supreme Court decision that rejected a man’s defense that he could yell, “fire” in a crowded theater. Any expression or protest that causes serious disruption can be stopped by law enforcement or other government agencies. But with a few notable exceptions, nobody can restrict your rights simply because they don’t like what you say.

ThunderPower Megaphone as a symbol of free speech

Still, as long as you are not expressing “dangerous” expressions, the First Amendment protects your right to express your opinion, even if it’s unpopular. That means you can criticize the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or even the chief of police without fear of retaliation. But again, you can’t grab your ThunderPower Megaphone to start a riot or yell “rob that store” because this is considered speech that is intended to “inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace” and you will be subject to arrest. Further, First Amendment rights doesn’t extend to slander, libel, dangerous threats or speech that incites imminent violence or law-breaking.

Principle Number Two: Free Speech is for Everyone

The one thing is crystal clear regarding free speech is that it applies to everyone. That’s right, whether you are a Mormon or Muslim; man or woman, young or old, or whether you are an evangelist or an atheist you are protected by the First Amendment. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’re a U.S. citizen, whether you speak English, or are not of voting age. ThunderPower Megaphones wants to remind you that free speech is for everyone who is physically in the United States.

Principle Number Three: It Is About When, Where and How

Consider when, where and how you use your free-speech rights. If you organize a rally that causes violence or unnecessary disruption, your event may be disbanded. Every municipality has regulations and it’s your responsibility to understand them. You must observe reasonable regulations on time, place, and manner when you exercise your rights to demonstrate and protest.

This brings us to two additional points as well:

  1. Do you need a permit to march, promote, or advocate?

Whether you’re marching on city hall, holding a candlelight vigil, or rallying outside the statehouse or a private business, you should check your local municipal codes before pulling out the megaphone.

In general, the government can’t prohibit marches or rallies. However, it can make you get a permit in order to avoid competing uses of an area, and you don’t abuse the amount of time you use occupying the space or vandalizing the area.

In general, lawyers advise people to double check the specific rules and guidelines for the city you will be speaking in.

  • How much noise can you make?

This area specifically addresses how you use your Thunderpower Megaphone, and like many municipal ordinances, the answer depends on what city you are in.  However, in general this very important principle applies: You may use amplification devices as long as your intent is to communicate your message, not to disturb the peace. The government may require permits for music, drums and megaphones, most city ordinances are narrowly tailored so that they prevent excessive noise without interfering with your free-speech rights. Check your local regulations. You may not need a permit to use your ThunderPower bullhorn or megaphone, but the government may ban noisy parties without a purpose, or sound that is “amplified to a loud and raucous volume.”

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Rowing Clubs Rely on ThunderPower Megaphones & RCA Two-Way Radios

Female rower with ThunderPower megaphone and RCA two-way radio.

Discount Two-Way Radio is the exclusive distributor for both RCA professional two-way radios and ThunderPower megaphones, combining two powerful communications tools under one roof. After all, the two products are almost family, with some of the common threads being they both improve safety, productivity, and efficiency through improved communications.

Recently, a California crew team, “Pacific Rowing Club”, combined the power of both RCA two-way radios and ThunderPower megaphones for its San Francisco Bay Area group of scullers. The group is a youth rowing club that teaches 6th – 12th grade students the sport of rowing. Because the sport is completely focused on obtaining perfect balance, coordinating movement, and maximizing power, the Pacific Rowing Club coaches and trainers rely on two-way radios to communicate among themselves and their young rowers while leading or following the rowers on a boat. In addition, instructions on correcting hand-height on the oars, head positions in the shell, and body centeredness on the footboards are all communicated via the powerful ThunderPower Megaphone.

“Many of our customers take advantage of the synergy between two-way radios and megaphones by purchasing them together as a kind of communication bundle. The Pacific Rowing Club is a great example of how they combined both radios and megaphones for an improved coaching scenario.

Ben Burns, Founder Discount Two-Way Radio and ThunderPower megaphones

Ben explained that because the team practices on water, the coach has to observe somewhere on the land, along with coordinating with other trainers along the raceway or back at the boatyard. Therefore the coaches decided to combine the ThunderPower 1200  megaphone and RCA2500 two-way radios as the perfect communication solution for their club needs.

About ThunderPower 1200 Megaphones

The ThunderPower 1200 is the most powerful megaphones on the market, and with 45 Watts of power it can communicate over 2,000 yards away! In addition, a cigarette plug power supply makes it possible to charge the megaphones straight from a vehicle, so you don’t have to worry about batteries.

Another quality the rowing club appreciated about the ThunderPower 1200 was its extra strong polycarbonate design, making it tough enough to use in harsh environments like on open water, beachside, or launching dock. In addition, the ThunderPower 1200 has a handheld microphone that delivers amazing clarity, and shoulder strap for easy carrying. Discount Two-Way Radio also offers complete VIP support and guarantees the megaphone with a comprehensive one-year warranty.

About RCA RDR2500 Radios

Regarding two-way radio recommendations, one of DTWR’s professional account representatives advised the rowing club that RDR2500 radios would be perfect for them because of the radio’s durability, reliability, and affordability. The team ultimately purchased a fleet of radios that included:

  • Genuine RCA RDR2500 Digital Handheld Radios
  • Genuine RCA Handheld Radio Antennas
  • Genuine RCA Handheld Lithium Batteries
  • RCA Heavy-Duty Belt Clips
  • Genuine Six Bank Rapid Charger Package
  • Genuine RCA Speaker Mics 

In addition, because the Pacific Rowing Club has been a long-time customer of DTWR, they safely stored a complete record of the club’s radio frequencies and programming information, so factory trained technicians were able custom program the radios exactly the way they needed. With the largest two-way radio selection and inventory in the industry, DTWR was also able to ship the team’s order out the same day for next day delivery.

To find out more about ThunderPower megaphones, call one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives at 877-782-7073.

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Hollywood Continues to Love ThunderPower Megaphones and Bullhorns

One of Hollywood’s most vivid images is of a director sitting in a folding canvas chair holding a heavy-duty megaphone in front of his mouth and yelling, “Lights, Camera, Action!”  Believe it or not, while very few of those quintessential romantic images still occur on a Hollywood set, the ThunderPower megaphone continues to play a big part of movie sets, television talent competitions, reality TV shows, and even as stage props.

Hollywood Producer Robert Koster recalls vividly how his megaphone was critical while shooting a film on Hawaii’s North Shore.

“We were filming in a house on the North Shore, several acres of property. The AD’s (assistant directors) had to operate with bullhorns, hand signals, signal mirrors, anything that could help us communicate. I personally loved the megaphone because the crew could easily hear the command to ‘Roll it!,” said Koster in his memoir Adventures in Hollywood.

The fact is, ThunderPower megaphones are the loudest and most durable megaphones in the world, making them a popular addition to movie and television sets across the country. Not only are they perfect for a tight budget, they also are durable enough to survive even the most rugged location conditions or on-set abuse. 

“Celebrities like to be seen. But when they want to be heard, they use ThunderPower Megaphones,” said Ben Burns, CEO and Founder of Discount Two-Way Radio, the parent company of ThunderPower Megaphones.

Megaphone to the Stars

Because megaphones are incredibly popular for the entertainment industry, it’s not surprising to learn that ThunderPower is often seen on the sets and in the hands of celebrities.

Ryan Seacrest, the host of American Idol, recently used the ThunderPower 450 to generate energy among 10,000 American Idol contestants and even leveraged the bullhorn’s powerful 35 watts of power and decibel strength to garner a sing along among the crowd. This scenario also underscored how the ThunderPower megaphone works incredibly well when needing to engage in crowd control.

When Kirstie Alley was filming her reality TV show, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” the actress used a ThunderPower heavy-duty megaphone to direct her family members through an emergency preparedness drill. The scene punctuated how megaphones can be excellent tools to navigate family members toward safety in case of a fire, earthquake, tornado, and many more.  

Fiery celebrity cook Gordon Ramsey also used a ThunderPower megaphone to loudly direct his cooks on “Hell’s Kitchen” while 80’s rocker Cyndi Lauper used one on her show “Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.”

Our megaphones have helped other celebrities communicate on TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Master Chef,” “Monk,” “Last Comic Standing,” and “Sharknado.”

But don’t get the impression that these lightweight and powerful megaphones are only used by movie and television stars. The ThunderPower megaphone also gets red-carpet treatment from these important stars as well:

  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Marines
  • U.S. Navy
  • NASA
  • Churches
  • Schools

“ThunderPower is the premier megaphone supplier to Hollywood, the military and everyone from the Pop Warner coach to the school principal. ThunderPower has earned a reputation for quality and power,” said Burns.

To find out more about ThunderPower megaphones, call one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives at 866-927-7955.