The Motorola DP1400 has been one of Radiotronics best selling radios since its introduction to the market. An entry level device, the DP1400 does all the basics well and this is what has made it such a popular choice across multiple industries. With a simple black box design the DP1400 is a radio that can be picked up and used by anyone with little to no training, but this doesn’t mean that it has to be used this way. The DP1400 can be programmed with features to help increase both safety and efficiency within the workplace, with these aspects being touched upon later on in the blog.

The DP1400 has been designed for use in a variety of work environments. Whether you’re working in a customer facing position or on a building site, the DP1400’s ruggedness matched with its sleek design essentially makes it a jack of all trades. Radiotronics have previously supplied this radio on both purchase order and hire contracts to many different institutions across the United Kingdom. The reason that the DP1400 is so popular is due to its price in comparison to the quality of radio you are receiving, as of the 18/11/2020 Radiotronics has the DP1400 listed at £104.50* for the standard analogue version making it the best pound for pound value for money two-way radio available on our website.

*Price accurate as of date stated.

Basic Features

The Motorola DP1400 comes analogue as standard although an upgrade to digital signaling is possible. Having 32 channels provides the perfect communications solution for small to medium sized enterprises and these channels can be programmed with analogue, digital or a split between the two signaling types if required. The DP1400 is available to purchase as either a UHF or VHF variant, with UHF being predominantly used in built up areas and VHF being used in workplaces that are outdoor based such as farming.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph the DP1400 comes analogue as standard with the digital upgrade carrying a fee. Analogue signaling is more than sufficient for day to day communications, although by upgrading to digital you are guaranteeing crystal clear communications over extended distances in comparison to analogue. If you have existing analogue radios and are looking to add to your fleet, should you purchase the digital upgrade you can program your new radios to have both analogue and digital channels, with the analogue channels being replaced by digital after the original analogue radios have been taken out of circulation.

In terms of dimensions the DP1400 is a fairly compact radio standing at 128mm in height, 62mm in width and 42mm in depth whilst weighing just 350 grams. The size of the DP1400 means that it fits comfortably in the palm of the user’s hand, or can be carried via one of the available carrying solutions with minimal to no strain felt by the operator. Although it’s a relatively small device in comparison to other Motorola radios available, the DP1400 is an extremely rugged device having been tested to military specifications. The MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G rating ensures the radio’s reliability in varying environmental conditions, alongside its ability to seamlessly operate in varying temperatures from as low as -30°C through to 50°C. Alongside its military specifications, an IP54 rating ensures that the DP1400 has a limited Ingres against dust intrusion whilst also being safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles.

There are also many operational features that the DP1400 has in order to ensure efficiency whilst using the radio. A channel scanner can be programmed into one of the available channel slots which will continuously cycle through the channels only stopping when a transmission is found. This feature is ideal for use in situations where a worker may not necessarily need to respond to a message but needs to hear any transmissions that are being made by other workers. In terms of ensuring channels don’t become blocked there is the option to add a time out timer to your radios, this is a pre-set amount of time that a transmission can go on for before it will automatically be stopped, this also ensures that a channel doesn’t become locked if a radio user begins accidently transmitting without realizing it. The final operational feature to talk about is busy channel lockout which is as simple as it sounds, should someone already be transmitting onto a channel then someone else can’t use that channel until the other person has finished.

Safety Functions

The DP1400 has multiple features that aid with the safety of the operator whilst performing their role within your organization. No matter the industry that you work in, the safety of workers is always high on a businesses list of priorities, therefore any additional features to help with that are something that Radiotronics would always recommend.

As standard almost all two-way radios have the ability to be programmed with an emergency button and the DP1400 is no exception. When adding an emergency button to your radio this gives the operator an extra level of comfort, knowing that should they have a safety or security issue that arises at the press of a button other members of staff will be notified in an instance. A second safety feature, Transmit Interrupt, allows for a user when needed to cut off all ongoing transmissions with their own priority message. This feature is usually only programmed to higher-up members of staff’s radios to avoid it being abused, although if required it can be added to all radios to ensure if required all members of staff have these capabilities.

Lone Worker is an advanced safety feature that is an optional extra when purchasing your DP1400. In the previous paragraphs we mentioned the use of an emergency button that would send an alert to other radios when the button is pressed which is the opposite of how lone worker works. Should the radio be inactive for a pre-programmed period of time a beep will sound to the users radio, if this beep isn’t responded to then an alert will be sent to other radios within the network to let them know that a radio user may be in danger.

 

Accessories

Motorola is a company that tends to produce a lot of accessories for their radios, ensuring that no matter your requirement there will be an accessory to suit your needs. Due to the DP1400 being available in both UHF and VHF variants there are many different antennas to choose from but the main thing to ensure is that the band of your antenna matches that of your radio. The two types that Radiotronics currently have available include both whip and stubby antennas, we would always recommend using stubby antennas as with whip antennas people sometimes have the urge to hold their radio via the antenna which in turn breaks the wires inside.

The DP1400 comes as standard with the 1400mAh NiMH PMNN4251 battery. This battery will allow for the radio to be used for around 8 hours therefore making it more than suitable for shift work. Another battery that will allow 8 hours of operation is the PMNN4253 1600mAh Lithium slim line battery, as it states in the name this battery is slim line making it smaller in hand which allows for easier grip when holding. The PMNN4253 is an optional upgrade when purchasing a DP1400 from Radiotronics.

If you require your DP1400 to work for longer periods of time then we would advise purchasing a higher capacity battery, although this comes at a price the benefits of this far outweigh the small additional cost. The two batteries that Radiotronics would recommend can be seen in the table below.

Battery Capacity Chemistry
PMNN4254 2300mAh Lithium
PMNN4258 2900mAh Lithium

There are numerous charging options available to you depending on the number of DP1400’s that you purchase. A single PMLN5191 charger pod allows for a single device to be charged, these chargers are commonly purchased by businesses for locations such as a reception desk whereby the post will be manned constantly. These pods can also be used in collaboration with the Radiotronics MOTRACK for an expanding radio fleet, should you only be purchasing a couple of radios but have the intention of buying more further down the line then this charging solution is ideal. The PMLN5191 pods are simply screwed into the MOTRACK base meaning that at any time your charger can be expanded from a single radio all the way up to a 6-way charger.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one multi charger then there are two options available for your Motorola DP1400 radios. The PMLN6600 is a genuine Motorola 6-way charger that is available with both a UK and EU plug socket, whilst there is also the aftermarket Nexis MOT1 12-way charger that will charge your radios fully in 2 hours.

The final accessory group to talk about is the earpieces that are available for the Motorola DP1400. The deciding factor for earpieces usually comes down to the noise levels within your workplace. For environments where there are high levels of noise a covert earpiece would be the best fit, this is because the earpiece feeds directly into your ear canal. For quieter environments a on/over the ear piece such as a D-Shape or headset will suffice, the table below shows the different options available to you.

Earpiece Style Extra
PMLN6530 Covert 2 Wire Inline Mic PTT
PMLN6535 D-Shape Inline Mic PTT
PMLN4445 Lightweight Headset Boom Mic Inline PTT

Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far in the blog then you’ll be well aware of how well thought of the Motorola DP1400 is at Radiotronics. As mentioned at the very start of this blog this radio is the ideal choice if you’re looking for an entry level two-way radio, but that doesn’t mean that this is its only purpose. Due to it being capable of being upgraded to digital the DP1400 can be used as a transitional radio between an old analogue set of radios to new and shiny digital DP1400’s.

Although not jam packed full of advanced features the ones that have been chosen by Motorola for this radio help aid with both the safety and efficiency of workers. The black box design of the DP1400 means it is extremely user intuitive and can be used with little to no training, something that many companies look for when purchasing a new set of two-way radios for their business.

If you’re wanting to find out more about the Motorola DP1400 then you can check out the product page on our website by clicking here. If you’d prefer to speak to one of our sales representatives then the number to call is 01425 533 533.