Month: December 2017

Hytera PD985: The Portable Repeater?

Hytera PD985
The Portable Repeater?

Hytera recently released the PDC760, a ground breaking two-way radio which doubled as a smart phone. Running on an android operating system, this device boasts a 4” Gorilla Glass 3 touch screen, whilst also withstanding a 1.2 meter drop test and being IP67 resistant. You can see our PD760 preview here.
But Hytera have another new radio to the market that is dissimilar to anything else currently available, but not in a bad way. The PD985 is an Analogue/Digital dual mode two-way radio, but what makes this device different is its ability to act as a repeater for other devices. The feature is known as “Single Frequency Repeater Mode”, the way this works is fairly simple. Based on an interference cancellation technique, the PD985 can use one frequency slot to receive a signal and another to transmit it in the same frequency using DMO (Direct Mode Operation) mode to extend the communication distance.

To add to the Single Frequency repeater mode, the device is packed with other features which make it perfect for the majority of working environments. IP68 resistance means that no matter the condition, the DP985 will continue to work seamlessly whether it’s in the middle of the ocean or in a dusty factory. This radio also has many other safety features, this including Man Down and Lone worker, the full catalogue is listed below.

Standard Safety Features                              Optional Safety Features

• Emergency Alarm                                         • Multiple Key Encryption
• Dedicated Emergency Button                       • GPS SMS
• Alert Call                                                       • GPS Location Check
• Man Down
• Lone Worker
• Basic Encryption
• Enhanced Encryption (40Bit)
• Priority Interrupt
• Remote Monitor
• Radio Enable/Disable
• Radio Check
• IP68 Dust/Water Resistant
• Vibrate Alert

The physical features of this two-way radio are impressive to say the least, with an alphanumeric keypad, and a full colour 1.8” high definition display the visual appearance of this device is one of the best available. A 360 Degree Stepless Channel Knob is a new control implemented by Hytera, the design of this was brought about to improve on previous devices, to allow the user to change channels and zones easily and comfortably. With all the features of this device you would expect the battery performance to be affected, but from adopting a new battery saving technology, this has guaranteed longer communication time for the user, an improvement of 33% on the PD785. A Final advantage of the hardware used for this device is the enhanced audio quality, with a maximum 3W output speaker and new noise cancelling technology ensures clear and loud voice communications.


For full pricing on this product, find it on our website here.

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Hytera's Free Charger Offer – Ending 14/12/2017

Hytera is a manufacturer of radio transceivers and radio systems from China, founded in 1993 they have quickly risen to being one of the leading manufacturers of radio equipment across the globe.
Something which you may have missed recently is an end of year promotion from Hytera. The Chinese company is offering free chargers with every radio purchased from them, and if you were to purchase 6 then you receive a free MCA08 six-way charger, worth a massive £150.

There are many notable products which are included in this offer, the PD985 is a device which has an industry first single frequency repeater mode, what this allows is for the radio to act as a repeater and increase the coverage provided. Some newer features included are recording capabilities due to having a Micro SD, Bluetooth 4.0 for audio or data and noise cancellation technology.

The PD795Ex and PD715Ex, with and without a display respectively, are ATEX digital radios which are built to MIL-STD-810G military standard. These can store up to 1024 channels, whilst also holding the ability to send text messages as a second form of communication. With GPS built in and being IP67 waterproof/dustproof these are some of the highest quality military grade two-way radios.

A mid-range radio which is eligible for a free charger upon purchase is the PD565, it is a compact and lightweight but doesn’t lack in any features which set Hytera apart from the crowd. It is IP54 Water Resistant, showcases a limited keypad whilst also having a Tri-Colour status LED.

This deal is only available for a brief amount of time and ends on the 14th December 2017 at 3PM, don’t miss out on this offer. Check out all Hytera radios included in this offer on our website.

Charger Available With
PD4 (PD485, PD405, PD415)
PD5 (PD505LF, PD505, PD565)
PD6 (PD605, PD665, PD685)
PD7 (PD705LT, PD705, PD755, PD785, PD715EX, PD795EX)
PD9 (PD985)

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Fairmont Hotel, Shanghai Chooses Hytera PD365

Fairmont Hotel, Shanghai
The Fairmont Peace Hotel, which overlooks the Huangpu River in central Shanghai, boasts a history that overshadows any other hotel in the Far East. Restored and reopened in 2010, the Peace Hotel features 270 rooms and suites, offering guests an extraordinary place with unique architecture, expressive decor, magnificent artistry, and top class service in one great location.

Fairmont Hotel, Shanghai

… and The Fairmont Hotel has chosen the Hytera PD365 as their means of staff communications.

The Fairmont Peace Hotel discovered that on a day-to-day basis, staff were often liable to miss call instructions during peak periods, and forgot to trace the call back afterwards. This meant that responses were delayed and customers were not satisfied.

For this reason, the Hotel needed to be equipped with radios that were capable of sending preprogrammed text messages, and could be interconnected with the existing office platform to ensure timely, accurate and convenient call instruction delivery. The message had to real-time, with the ability to view immediately and keep a history of messages.

Furthermore, instructions needed to be delivered quietly (to avoid disturbing hotel customers) in order to upgrade service quality & efficiency. Knowing that Hytera’s DMR series products were powerful and adapted to solve the problems above, Fairmont Peace Hotel invited Hytera to develop a system.

The requirements were as follows:

  • A professional digital communications system complying with the global trend of improving management efficiency.
  • High voice quality when communicating within hotel premises, anywhere, anytime.
  • Can choose different voice call types, including All Call, Group Call and Private Call, according to service requirements.
  • Develop a gateway for wireless interconnection between the SMS communication system and the mail system of the Hotel’s internal office platform.

Enter Hytera PD365 Compact Digital Radio

Hytera PD365

The Hytera PD365 was the perfect solution for The Fairmont Hotel as it meets each and every requirement set out. By dividing the system into several groups, the hotel staff are able to communicate in their own talk groups, but the management can speak to all staff in an ‘all call’ when needed. Furthermore, the Hytera PD365 is able to send preprogrammed text messages and receive full text messages from larger radios such as the Hytera PD785 or a dispatch control room computer.

Hytera PD365 is aesthetically pleasing and lightweight this means that not only is the radio inconspicuous to guests, but also it’s less than 200g and therefore results in far less fatigue when in use.

Finally, the PD365 has the option of a wire-free desktop charger which allows reception staff to keep the PD365 fully charged – day and night.

Hytera PD365 Wireless Charger

All in all the Hytera PD365 is the ideal solution for the The Fairmont Hotel meeting every technical, logistical and aesthetic requirement.

> For more information on the Hytera PD365 please contact us via our main website.

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Ofcom Simple UK Gets 4 New UHF Channels

Ofcom Logo

Ofcom has recently announced 4 additional frequencies (channels) to the Ofcom Simple UK Licence meaning that the Simple UK Licence now allocates 7 UHF frequencies.

If you’d prefer, you can skip this article and go directly to purchase your Ofcom Simple UK Licence on our website – see the page on our website: Ofcom Simple UK Licence

You can read the exhaustive document here. This page summarises it and what this means for the Simple UK Licence.

Existing Simple UK UHF Frequencies

  • 449.3125 MHz
  • 449.400 MHz
  • 449.4750 MHz

As of late 2017, the following are also added to the Simple UK Licence

  • 458.7875 MHz
  • 458.8 MHz
  • 458.8125 MHz
  • 458.825 MHz

That means that there are now 7 frequencies in total which can be used on the Ofcom Simple UK Licence.

Radiotronics can arrange your Ofcom Simple UK Licence – and you can even buy it on our website. See the page on our website: Ofcom Simple UK Licence

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Ofcom Simple Site Licence Gets 6 Repeater Channels

Ofcom Logo

Ofcom has recently announced 6 additional channels to the Ofcom Simple Site Licence meaning that the licence now covers the use of a repeater.

If you’d prefer, you can skip this article and go directly to purchase your Ofcom Simple Site Licence on our website – see the page on our website: Ofcom Simple Site Licence

You can read the exhaustive document here. This page summarises it and what this means for the Simple Site Licence.

Ofcom’s Simple Site Business Radio Licence is the licence most businesses use when they only require business radios to be used within their own building or grounds. Ofcom Simple Site Licence enables businesses to get up and running with business radios without the complexity of going through the Technically Assigned business radio licence process. An application for a Ofcom Simple Site Licence is more of a purchase than an application because almost no-one will ever be refused.

Ofcom Simple Site Licence allocates a number of general business radio frequencies (channels) which, as mentioned above, can only be used at the site which the licence is granted to. How far away from that site is debatable – but we’ve always advised no more than 800 yards outside the site.

Current Frequencies

  • HF – 26.23275-26.865MHz, Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W
  • Low Band – 49.0-49.4875MHz, Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W
  • High Band VHF 159.6375-164.2MHz, Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W
  • UHF – 459.05-459.750MHz , Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W

New Repeater Channels

The new repeater channels are as follows. All of these channels are 7MHz split, restricted to 2W ERP for both base and mobile, 12.5kHz and a base antenna height of 15M.

  • TX 451.5125 RX 458.5125 MHz
  • TX 451.525 RX 458.525 MHz
  • TX 451.5375 RX 458.5375 MHz
  • TX 451.5500 RX 458.5500 MHz
  • TX 451.5625 RX 458.5625 MHz
  • TX 451.775 RX 458.775 MHz

These new channels, in theory give you sufficient room for six repeater channels (12 voice channels in DMR digital mode).

The Bottom Line

The most basic site-based repeater systems can now be installed without waiting for Ofcom to do a survey for a technically assigned site licence. This means for rapid deployment of radio systems that would otherwise have potentially been subject to months of red tape.

Radiotronics can arrange your Ofcom Simple Site Licence – and you can even buy it on our website. See the page on our website: Ofcom Simple Site Licence


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