Hytera continue to progress in their technology to make their customers life easier when using two way radios. In 2015 the Hytera PD365 and the PD365LF (licence free) were released and since then they have still been incredibly popular on the market. It is mostly popular for their size and accessibility and how easy they are to use with many different keys and options.
Both the PD365 and the PD365LF come as analogue and digital. The LF is the licence exempt version meaning when working in small environments like schools, nurseries or small warehouses the PD365LF would be more suitable. The LF transmits PMR446 and DMR446 frequencies which is for licence free radios only. The PD365 comes with UHF and VHF frequencies. UHF best suits areas with obstructions but still works the same in open spaces and VHF is better suited to open spaces with minimal obstructions. This radio is incredibly versatile and can be used in all work environments except when working around gas, oil or nuclear materials. An ATEX/ intrinsically safe radio will be needed when working on oil rigs, in power stations or in mines.
As you can see by the picture the Hytera PD365/LF is not the usual looking two way radio with a large body and long antenna. Designed to be compact and comfortable in the user’s hand it only stands at 107mm tall, 55mm wide, 23mm in depth and only weighing 160g. The small antenna on top is designed this way so it does not get in the way of the user and allows it to be kept safe in the user’s pocket. The antenna guarantees that transmissions will still be sent long distances reaching up to 1 mile for the PD365 and around 500 yards for the licence free version. Moving to the left side of the radio the PTT button and one of four programmable buttons are located. On the left side is where the accessory connector and the charging port is. And on the front there are many keys which can look complicated but it is quite the opposite. First lets look at the 3 remaining programmable buttons which are the P1, P2 and P3 keys. These can hold a single feature each which can be used in many different ways. Above these are the answer and end call keys and the end call key is also used to turn the radio on and off when held down for around 3 seconds. In the middle are the navigation keys which allow the user to go through the menu, different channels and different features on the radio which will be listed on the LED screen. Finally, the two keys at the top left and right are the enter and return keys. When the user is navigating through their menu the left key can be used to click through different options and the right key can be used to return back to the previous option on the menu. At the top there is also the speaker which will allow the user to hear any transmissions being received. And the microphone is located just underneath which will pick up the user’s voice once the PTT button is held down or if the user makes a call. These physical attributes are the same for both the PD365 and the licence free version.
There is only one major difference between the PD365 and the LF which is is the range of communication. As mentioned before the LF will reach around 500 yards making it much more suitable for small workplaces and the original is better for large spaced environments. The PD365 will have greater audio quality as it is licenced but the audio quality for the LF is one of the best in its class. Many features can be programmed into both the PD365 and the LF and these include private call, text messages 256 channels for the PD365 and 16 for the PD365LF. At Radiotronics we only programme the amount of channels suited to the licence purchased from Ofcom. Obviously the licence free PD365 will not need a licence which is why this only allows for 16 channels to be used. VOX is available for both radios which allows the user to activate their transmissions using their voice without pressing the PTT button. This means that the user can simply talk and the radio in use will automatically pick it up and transmit the information to the channel they’re on. Pre-programmed messages can be used and the PD365/LF have 10 available slots to send each containing messages with up to 64 characters each. This can be incredibly useful for communication in covert environments or for organisation in the workplace. An emergency alarm is also available to be programmed which allows the user to press the programmed button which will send an alarm to everyone in the fleet to notify them of an emergency. This can be used to evacuate the premisis or to avoid a certain area or incident. These are all available for the PD365 and the LF but there are a few more that are available on just the PD365 as it is licenced. These are remote monitor decode, enable and disable decode and transmit interrupt. Transmit interrupt allows the user to interrupt any on going transmissions on their channel to notify the whole fleet of an emergency.
The Hytera PD365 and PD365LF comes with a few possible ways to charge the radio and they are either directly into the radio with a micro USB cable or with the optional paid extra wireless charger. The micro USB cable will charge the battery and gives the radio power to last around 12 hours but it has nothing to stand in like a pod charger.
The wireless charger is what it says on the tin. It charges the user’s radio with no wires included and is a great way to keep the fleet organised while charging and all kept together safely. It is also another way Hytera have shown off their new technology and made themselves look much more advanced and creative then ever before.
The final way of charging the radios is suited best for larger fleets and this is a 6 way charger. This has 6 cables all routed and converted into one cable which plugs into one power supply. This allows the user to charge up to 6 radios at a time with them all being together and organised. The 6 way is also more efficient as it only plugs into one power source whereas 6 single cable would need 6 separate plugs which can create separation when charging and storing the fleet.
There are limited accessories for the PD365 and PD365LF there is only one earpiece available specifically for these radios and that is the EHS16 earpiece which is a receive and reply earpiece. It fits comfortably onto the ear and allows the user to hear any transmissions directly to their ear. The EHS16 also comes with an integrated mic and PTT which means transmissions can be sent without the use of the radio itself. This accessory can be used in most work environments and is great to use when working in loud or quiet places. In covert conditions, the earpiece will allow the user to hear transmissions while no one else in the room can hear them. In loud environments the EHS16 will allow the user to hear transmissions over the noises in the background as the user may not be able to hear them through the radio’s speaker. Clearly the EHS16 can be used in any condition.