In the first part of this series of blog posts we spoke about various radios from Motorola Solutions including the GP340, DP1400, DP4401e, SL1600 and the XT420. You can read the full post by clicking here.
This week we take a look into Motorola’s closest competitor in Hytera. Founded in China in 1993, the company has quickly risen within the industry and has already released many iconic radios. A now global company Hytera have their fingers in many different pies, having released radios operating on UHF/VHF frequencies, Push to Talk over Cellular and PMR and DMR446 radios, this whilst also offering ATEX radios fit for use in dangerous working environments.
The first radio that we will be looking at is the Hytera PD365. One of the most popular devices from the Chinese manufacturers, the PD365 is compact yet packed full of features whilst remaining at a great price point. Ideal for use within environments where discretion is needed, the PD365 can be easily hidden out of the sight of customers especially when used with one of the many compatible accessories and microphones.
As mentioned the PD365 is small in stature which is helped in part by its antenna that is already attached to the body of the radio, something usually seen on licence free models. On the face of the PD365 there are many features that makes it stand out and help with usability. A 3-Line monochrome display shows the user their current transmitting channel, whilst also displaying information such as signal strength and battery life. Beneath the display on the PD365 is a partial keypad, this with many buttons that all offer different purposes. Directional keys allow for navigation through menus on screen, allowing for selection of quick text messages to send to other radio users, the most common messages programmed by Radiotronics include “Job Complete” and Arrived at Location”. There is also an accept and reject call button, whilst also having three programmable buttons that allow for quick access of selected features.
One feature that you won’t find on any other two way radio is the PD365 has wireless charging capabilities. When used with the POA113 and compatible battery, simply place the PD365 within the cradle and your radio will begin charging without needing to “Slot In” as how two way radios are usually charged. These chargers can also be mounted to a rack meaning that all of your radios can be charged from a central location, you can see how one of these rack chargers are built by clicking this link to view our video.
Due to the PD365 being both analogue and digital compatible this means that it is capable of mixed mode operation. You may be wondering how this is a benefit because if you have the option for digital then why would you need analogue too? Well this is ideal should you already have existing radios within your workplace that don’t yet need replacing. Programming your new PD365 radios to have 8 analogue and 8 digital channels will allow for your new radios to communicate with both themselves and the older analogue radios, then once you have replaced your old radios with new models your 8 analogue channels can be converted to digital.
The PD365 is also available as a licence free model, the PD365LF is ideal for use in smaller working environments or for leisure activities. You can check out our product page on the main Radiotronics website by clicking here. Jacob our YouTube Guru also created a video comparing the PD365 and PD365LF, you can view the video by clicking here or checking it out below.
Following on from the PD365 we have the Hytera PD405. A radio suited to more rugged environments, the PD405 draws direct comparisons from radios such as the Motorola DP1400 and the Kenwood TK-D340. Built to IP55 protection rating the PD405 has a limited protection against dust intrusion whilst also being safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles. Environmental protection also means that the radio can be used outdoors and in a variety of weather conditions, continuing to operate seamlessly from temperatures as low as -30°C through to 50°C.
Standing at 112mm in height, 54mm in width and 28mm in heights the PD405 is compact enough to fit comfortably in the palm of the operators hand. Weighing at 270g (When BL1504 Battery Attached) the PD405 is also relatively lightweight, this allowing for the radio to be easily carried whether that be through the use of a belt clip, carry case or hand strap. As previously mentioned the PD405 has the BL1504 1500mAh Li-Ion battery as standard, this will comfortably last a standard 8 hour working shift.
The PD405 has a standard black box design where minimal error can be made when operating the radio. On the top of the radio is the antenna next to both a power/volume knob and also a channel selector knob. On the right hand side of the PD405 is a textured push to talk button above two individual programmable buttons, these can be used to allow quick access to functions such as an emergency call out to let your colleagues know there may be a safety or security breach.
Similar features are present with the Hytera PD405 that have been mentioned previously with the PD365. Mixed mode operation and quick text messaging are both a possibility with the PD405. Other features that can be made use of is Radio Check, this allows for you to check whether another radio within your fleet is available to contact. Roaming can also be used if set up, this allows for the radio to switch between sites on that are using multi-site systems, meaning that no matter how large a company you work for the radios will work with other radios on site no matter where you are. The final feature I am going to talk about is Priority Interrupt, this will allow for a radio to make an urgent transmission cutting out any ongoing conversations, this used in situations where an urgent message needs to be relayed to everyone on site in the instance for example of an evacuation or security breach.
Radiotronics are currently working on a video review of this radio, you can be alerted when this comes live by subscribing to our YouTube channel or checking back here where a link will be placed.
The PD705 is one of the more popular two way radios from Hytera, it is also available as a light version, of which we will touch on at model at the end of this section of the blog. A GPS version of this radio is also available but as we will be covering a different GPS model from Hytera we won’t be touching on this radio now, but should you wish to learn more you can check out its product page on our main website here.
Billed as a versatile professional digital two way radio by Hytera, the PD705 offers a vast variety of functionality whilst also having incredible build quality making it ideal for use in a variety of working environments. Yet another simple black box design the PD705 is similar in styling to the PD405, with both volume and channel knob on top of the radio and textured push to talk button and programmable buttons on the right hand side of the body. Although looking similar to the PD405 the PD705 has a lot more internal features that sets it apart from its Hytera counterpart.
As mentioned there are additional features that the PD705 has over other models from Hytera, the most notable being the availability of Lone Worker for use. How this works is should a radio be inactive for a pre-set period of time then an alert will be sent to the radio, think of this as an “Are you okay”. If the alert is responded to then nothing will happen but should it be missed then an alarm will be sent to other radios within the network, this allowing for fast action from colleagues should the radio operator be potentially injured. Other features that can be used but have already been mentioned previously in this blog post include the option to add an emergency button, Roaming and priority interrupt.
There are many accessories that can be used with this radio but a feature that ties in with this is the radios VOX capabilities. VOX stands for voice activation and when using a compatible accessory allows for transmissions to be made by voice alone, this ideal for industries or jobs where it may not always be possible to reach down and activate your push to talk button.
The PD705 is built to IP67 protection standards which is one of the highest ratings available to two way radios. This rating ensures that not only does the radio have a full Ingres protection against dust intrusion, but also has the ability to be fully submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
The most advanced traditional two way radio that we will be mentioning from Hytera is the PD785. This radio wouldn’t look out of place next to an early 2000’s mobile phone with its styling, the PD785 has both a full colour 1.8” display and full numerical keypad. The radio itself stands at 125mm in height, 55mm in width and 37mm in depth meaning that it will also fit comfortably in the palm of the operator’s hand. Weighing in at 360g whilst the standard 2000mAh BL2008 Li-Ion battery is attached, this meaning that it wouldn’t be uncomfortable to carry this via the use of a belt clip or hand strap.
Starting off with something we’ve previously talked about in this blog the PD785 has an Ingres protection rating of IP67. This rating ensures that the radio has a full protection against dust intrusion whilst also being capable of submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The PD785 is also built to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G ensuring its reliability in a variety of weather and environmental conditions including blizzards, fog, sandstorms and varying levels of shock and vibration. There is an ATEX intrinsically safe version of this radio available in the PD795Ex that we won’t be talking about today buy you can find out more about it on its product page here.
The PD785 can be upgraded to the PD785G in order to use GPS tracking. When used in collaboration with a dispatch system this will allow for each radio to be individually tracked whether it be across a large area of land or in your companies own facilities. Helping to improve both workplace efficiency and safety, there are multiple features that can benefit by the use of GPS with one being the previously mentioned Lone Worker. Similarly, to LW there is also Man Down that operates in a similar manner, but rather than monitoring the radios activity levels it monitors the orientation of the radio. Should the radio be laid on its side for a pre-set period of time then an alert will be sent to the radio, if unresponsive then GPS will allow for the base station operator to know exactly where the radio and user is to minimise risk of serious injury to the worker.
Due to both the screen and keypad the PD785 is capable of sending out full text messages between devices just as a mobile phone would, short text messages are also possible for less urgent messaging. Vibrate alert is also possible allowing for the user to be notified of incoming calls or messages, this ideal for situations or environments where discretion is key. Without rambling on too much about the PD785’s similarities to a mobile phone, the radio is capable of both group and individual calling, this allowing for private conversations to be had over the radios should they be required.
There is an endless list of possibilities when using the PD785 that would leave me writing for days, but should you wish to learn more about what this radio can do then check out our product page on the Radiotronics website by clicking here.
The final radio that we are going to talk about in this blog post is the latest push to talk over cellular radio from Hytera the PNC370. A technology that has taken the communications market by storm in 2019, PoC allows for instant communications no matter the distance via the use of cellular signalling. By using 3G, 4G and even WiFi this means that there really are no limitations to how far your communications can go, this ideal for use in working sectors such as transportation and public services where workers aren’t confined to one area of land in order to perform their duties.
Standing at 121mm in height, 55.5mm in width and 24mm in depth the PNC370 is a relatively compact radio, this whilst also weighing in at 185g with the standard 3100mAh Li-Ion battery being attached. There are two carrying solutions available in both the BC08 belt clip and RO01 wrist strap meaning that due to its weight no matter how it is being carried it is comfortable and will cause no strain to the operator.
Due to operating using cellular networks GPS tracking comes as standard with the PNC370. When used in collaboration with a dispatch system back at base the location of each radio can be tracked, this allowing for both improved safety and efficiency when working. Another positive of using GPS tracking especially in the transportation industry is that it allows for accurate arrival times, allowing for the end consumer to be prepared for whatever shipment may be arriving.
The hardware inside the PNC370 allows for the radio to run smoothly even after extended periods of use. Some of the specifications that the radio has included a 1.1GHz Quad Core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of Internal memory all whilst running on an Android 5.1 operating system. On to the aesthetic look of the PNC370 the face of the radio is made up of multiple features. A 2” full colour display notifies the user of information such as time, battery life, cellular coverage and allows for the user to easily navigate through menus to access functions and make both individual and group calls. Beneath the monitor is both an options, back, home screen and navigational buttons. Whilst even further down are an accept and reject call and two programmable buttons, allowing for important functions to be accessed at the click of a button.
The PNC370 is the most simple of the Hytera PoC radios. If you would like to learn about the more advanced Hytera PNC550 or PDC760 then you can access them on our website by clicking either of the product names in this paragraph.
If you’d like to know more about any of the radios that have been mentioned in this Blog post then you can check them out on our website by clicking here. Alternatively, if you’d like to chat to one of our Sales Executives then call this number: 01425 533 533