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Motorola Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System

One of the least known, but arguably one of the most important accessories for modern Motorola digital-series MOTOTRBO two way radios is the Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System.
Motorola Operations Critical Wireless Earpiece Kit

Err… Operation Critical? What does that mean?

Before we explain what the wireless bluetooth earpiece system is an how it works, let’s explore what Motorola means by Operation Critical.

Operation Critical, sometimes termed as Mission Critical, is Motorola’s clever marketing way of saying unlikely to fail. That doesn’t, by any means, mean that it can’t fail. Afterall the Titanic had watertight bulkheads and was unlikely to sink. Yet it did sink – because more than the critical number of bulkheads were breached. In the same way, Motorola’s Operation Critical equipment is built to such a high standard that it’s very unlikely to fail, but if dropped so many times, it will eventiually stop working.

If you take care and look after your Motorola operation-critical equipment there is no reason that it shouldn’t work indefinitely.

Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System

This wireless earpiece system is probably one of the best innovations from Motorola Solutions in recent times. There are several parts to this system. The Bluetooth Module and earpiece options. Then there are charging options. We’ll cover all these options step-by-step below.

Only For Bluetooth-Enabled Motorola Two Way Radios

At this stage it’s important to note that, in order to use the Bluetooth system, you will need a Bluetooth-enabled two way radio. Note the word enabled here. This is beause some Motoorla two-way radios are provided as capable and require licence keys (enablemnet ID codes, or EID codes) to enable the Bluetooth feature within the radio.

We have a guide on this website as to which radios are Bluetooth-capable and which are Bluetooth-enabled.

Bluetooth Logo

Bluetooth Module

At the heart of the system is the Bluetooth Module. This is the part that wirelessly connects to the radio. and contains an internal lithium battery. On the top is the on/off and Bluetooth connect switch. In the middle is the connectivity LED indicator. On the other side is the earpiece jack socket. There are only a selected numer of earpieces compatible with this module which are shown below.

Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Module

Earpiece Options

At present, there are two earpiece options for this system. The first is the PMLN6397 swivel earpiece eith a combined microphone and push-to-talk module. The second HKLN4514 is also a swivel earpiece but this one has a boom type microphone.

Note: Unfortunately, these earpieces are not available individually, ony available in packages. See the ordering guide below.

Motorola Operation Critical Wireless Module Earpieces

Ordering Guide

U.S. Model EMEA Model Description
Individual Parts
HKLN4512 PMLN6396 Bluetooth Module
HKLN4513 PMLN6397 Swivel Earpiece (Inline Mic. & PTT) aka PMLN6397, HKLN4513
HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece (Boom Mic. & Inine PTT)
Packages
PMLN7369 3x Bluetooth Module
RLN6500 Bluetooth Module, PMLN6397 Swivel Earpiece, HKLN4509 Charging Cradle, PS000132A01 US Power Supply
PMLN6463 Bluetooth Module, PMLN6397 Swivel Earpiece, Charging Dock, No PS000042A13 UK Power Supply
PMLN7181 Bluetooth Module, HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece, Charging Dock
RLN6556 Bluetooth Module, HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece, HKLN4509 Charging Cradle, PS000132A01 US Power Supply
RLN6550 RLN6550 3x PMLN6397/HKLN4513 Swivel Earpiece
PMLN7203 PMLN7203 3x HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece
Chargers
HKLN4509 Bluetooth Module single unit charger, excludes PSU.
HKLN4508 HKLN4508 Bluetooth Module charger slot for HKPN4007 (USA) and IXPN4029 (UK)

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Motorola CLP Knowledgebase: Everything You Need To Know!

The Motorola CLP is, by a long way, the most compact two-way radio on the market. Designed exclusively for retail and hospitality, the Motorola CLP is lightweight and descreet. But buying the Motorola CLP can be a complicated matter as there are multiple charger options, loads of earpiece configurations and the option of bluetooth. Read on for the ultimate guide to the Motorola CLP two-way radio.

UK: On our UK website, we have a page dedicated to the Motorola CLP446

Motorola CLP

Motorola CLP Two Way Radio
Motorola CLP Two Way Radio

Regional Differences

The first thing to note when buying a Motorola CLP, and especially when researching online, that the Motorola CLP has different model numbers in different countries. In the UK and mainland-European countries CLP is called CLP446 (8-channel). In the USA, CLP is called CLP1010 (1-channnel), CLP1040 (4-channnel) and CLP1060 (6-channnel). In Canada, CLP is called CLP1043. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll know which model suits your region.

Bluetooth Option

The next thing to note is that all CLP models are available with and without Bluetooth. In all regions, you have the option of buying the Bluetooth-enabled CLP, or non-Bluetooth CLP. If you’ll ever need Bluetooth functionality, even in the furture, you must buy the Bluetooth-enabled model now as you cannot add it later.

Model Table

Model Region Channels Bluetooth
CLP1010 USA 1 No
CLP1040 4 No
CLP1060 6 Yes
CLP1013 Canada 1 No
CLP1043 4 No
CLP1063 6 Yes
CLP446 UK & Europe 8 No
CLP446-BL 8 Yes
CLP107 Australia 4 No
CLP117 6 Yes

Earpiece Options

The 3rd thing to note is the Motorola CLP radios must an audio accessory connected. On non-Bluetooth models, this must be a wired earpiece. On Bluetooth-enabled models, this can be a wired earpiece or a Bluetooth earpiece, using the Bluetoth pod (more details below).

Just to be clear: Motorola CLP is not supplied with an earpiece.

Wired Earpiece Options

Motorola CLP446 Wired Earpieces

There are three wired earpiece options. The earpiece shown above is model number HKLN4602 and is the most popular and most cost effective earpiece available. The HKLN4602 is suitable for most environments such as retail and hospitality. Moreover, HKLN4602 earpiece can be shared amongst employees; as long as careful hygiene precautions are observed.

If your requirement is for someting more discreet, then we recommend the HKLN4603 covert acoustic tube (FBI-style) earpiece. This can be used in very noisy environments as it slots right into the ear canal. It’s important to note that this earpiece, like all tube-type earpieces, is a very prsonal item and should not be shared, for obvious hygiene reasons.

Bluetooth Earpiece Option

NOTE: Bluetooth earpiece options only work with Bluetooth-enabled CLP radios (see model table above).

Download: Motorola CLP Bluetooth Manual

The Bluetooth earpiece for the Motorola CLP is actually a package consisting of multiple parts. And this also varies by region. In the USA and Canada the bluetooth parts are purchased as completely separate items. In the UK and Europe, the Bluetooth earpiece parts are sold as kits.

USA & Canada Bluetooth Solutions

Typically, in North America all Bluetooth items are purchased as individual parts. You will need a Bluetooth pod (HKLN4512), and an earpiece (HKLN4513).

Part Code Description
HKLN4512 Bluetooth Module
HKLN4509 Bluetooth Module Single Charger, PSU Not Included
HKLN4513 Swivel Earpiece

UK & Europe Bluetooth Solutions

Part Code Description
PMLN6463 Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Swivel Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)
PMLN7181 Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Boom Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)
PMLN7369 Package: 3x Bluetooth Pod
RLN6550 Package: 3x Swivel Earpiece
PMLN7203 Package: 3x Boom Earpiece

Battery Options

When you buy a Motorola CLP radio, it’s supplied with a standard lithium battery and back panel (battery door). Why do we mention the battery door, I hear you ask… This is because the battery and the battery door are a set.

Motorola CLP has two battery options and each battery requires a specific back panel (battery door).

Battery Battery Door Notes
HKNN4014 HKLN4441 Also known as BT60. 1100mAh Capacity.
HKNN4013 HKLN4440 Also known as BT90. 1800mAh Capacity.

Charger Options

One thing that sets the Motorola CLP range apart from all other compact two way radios is it’s versatile charging options. Motorola CLP has the option of a single charger or a 6-way multi-unit charger. If you have the budget, it’s our recommendation that you opt for the 6-way charger, especially if you’re buying the Bluetooth model Motorola CLP.

Single Charger

The single charger is able to charge either the radio with battery installed, or recharge the battery on it’s own. This is ideal for keeping a spare battery charged all the time. The single charger is usually supplied with a region specific power supply.

Cloning Capable: Two single chargers can be used to clone programmed settings from one radio to another. In order to do this, the HKKN4026 (replaced by HKKN4028) cable is required (sold separately).

UK & Europe Order Code: IXPN4028A (UK Website)
USA & Canada Order Code: HKPN4008A (USA WebsiteCanada Website)

Motorola HKPN4008A

6-Way Charger

The CLP-series 6-way charger is the best charging solution, by far. Multi-unit chargers promote good charging behaviour in that, usually, team mates are required to collect a radio at the start of their shift and return it at the end. If a radio is missing, it’s more obvious and can be dealt with immediately. Radios rarely get lost in this scenario.

But more than that, this innovative charger can also charge

Motorola HKPN4007

The Bluetooth Module Charging Insert, Wait, What?

OK, so here’s where this charge comes into it’s own… In the back of the charger is a gap where you can store an earpiece… OR, you can fit a Motorola HKLN4508 charging insert which then allows you to charge your Bluetooth module as well as your radios! Of course, this only works with the 6-way charger.

Motorola HKLN4508A Example

Programming Capable

Both the single charger and the 6-way charger can be used to repropgram the CLP radio by using HKKN4025 cable (HKKN4025 has been replaced by HKKN4027).

Motorola HKPN4007 Programming Example

Cloning

Both chargers can be used to “clone” the settings from one CLP radio to another. The single charger requires a HKKN4026 (or HKKN4028) cloning cable. The 6-way charger can clone driectly and does not need a cable.

Case Study

Where to Buy?

Radiotronics sells the CLP radios in the UK, Europe and North America. Click on the model of interest in the table below to be taken to the page on our website.

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Motorola Solutions Bluetooth Capable & Bluetooth Enabled Two Way Radios

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One of the most confusing things in the world of modern Motorola two -way radios is not whether the raido is capable of doing saomething but whether it’s actually enabled.

Err… What?

Let me explain. Motorola Solutions two-way radios have an almost impossibly large list of features available. Motorola Solutions terms this as capable. Some radios come with certain features enabled by default. Default available features are considered enabled features. Capable features can also be switched on using an enablement ID (or EID), also known as a activation licence.

When buying a Motorola Solutions radio, the word you’re looking for next to the featue you need is enabled. If it says capable, then you’re going to be charged extra for that feature.

Which Radios Have Bluetooth Capable And Enabled?

This was an exhausting task to say the least! Motorola has so many two-way radios in so many different

North America (USA & Canada) Models

Model Bluetooth Activation Key Notes
Commercial Series
CP200d Not Available
XPR 3000 (Legacy) Series
XPR 3300 Not Available The legacy XPR 3000 series does not have the circuitry for a Bluetooth connection. These models cannot be activated via EID.
XPR 3500
XPR 3000 (Enhanced) Series
XPR 3300e Capable HVKN4249 There have never been any XPR 3000e radios supplied as enabled. If Bluetooth audio is enabled, the dealer has pre-installed HVKN4249 EID.
XPR 3500e
XPR 6000 Series
XPR 6100 Capable None Capable via PMLN5712 wireless adapter.
XPR 6300
XPR 6350 None Capable via PMLN5712 wireless adapter.
XPR 6550
XPR 6350
XPR 6550
XPR 7000 (Legacy) Series
XPR 7350 Enabled HVKN4249 Almost all XPR 7000 series radios are enabled by default. However, some radios were supplied as capable. In this instance, HVKN4249 EID is required.
XPR 7380
XPR 7550
XPR 7580
XPR 7000 (Enhanced) Series
XPR 7350e Capable HVKN4249 Some XPR 7000e radios are enabled by default. However, most, almost all are supplied as capable. In this instance, HVKN4249 EID is required.
XPR 7380e
XPR 7550e
XPR 7580e
SL 7000 (Legacy & Enhanced) Series
SL 7550 Enabled HVKN4249 For models with restricted features, use HVKN4249 EID to activate. Check in CPS.
SL 7550e
XPR 5000 (Legacy) Series
XPR 5300 Enabled Not Required These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
XPR 5500
XPR 5380 Capable HVKN4249
XPR 5580
XPR 5000 (Enhanced) Series
XPR 5300e Capable HVKN4249 These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
XPR 5500e
XPR 5380e
XPR 5580e

EMEA Models

Model Bluetooth Activation Key Notes
Commercial Series
DP1400 Not Available
DP2400 (Legacy) Series
DP2400 Not Available
DP2600
DP2400 (Enhanced) Series
DP2400e Not Available
DP2600e
DP3400 / DP3600 Series
DP3400 Capable None Capable via PMLN5712 wireless adapter.
DP3401
DP3600
DP3601
DP3441 / DP3661e Series
DP3441 (Legacy) Enabled None
DP3441e Enabled None
DP3661e
DP4400 (Legacy) Series
DP4400 Not Available None
DP4600
DP4800
DP4401 Enabled None
DP4601
DP4801
DP4400 (Enhanced) Series
DP4400e Not Available None
DP4600e
DP4800e
DP4401e Enabled None
DP4601e
DP4801e
DM 4000 (Legacy) Series
DM4400 Not Available Can use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4600
DM4401 Enabled These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4601
DM 4000 (Enhanced) Series
DM4400e Not Available Can use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4600e
DM4401e Enabled These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4601e

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Vertex Standard VX-241 (PMR446 Version) Replacement Batteries & Chargers

Vertex Standard VX-231

Vertex Standard VX-241 (446)  was Vertex Standard’s most entry-level license-exempt two way radio. And due to it’s price point, it sold in the millions. However, every two way radio has it’s shelf life and the VX-241 (446) has now come to an end.

But all is not lost… Read on for more information about the Vertex Standard VX-241 (446)

Need A New Radio?

Whilst both these radios have licensed siblings, VX-241(446) are low-power licence-exempt radios. So you will need to buy another license exempt radio to work with them.

Top tip: Take this golden oppurtunity to retire these radios and move to licensed radios. A licence is only £75 per 5 years for unlimited radios! In this instance, we’d recommend the Vertex / Motorola VX-261 with a Simple UK Licence.

But if you do need a radio to replace these, then the logical alternative is the Motorola XT420. However, whilst XT420 is a logical alternative and will work with the VX-241-446, it will need configuring to do so. But you can find out how to do that in the XT420 user guide (a little technical ability required).

Need A New Battery?

All of the batteries that were originally available with your radios have now also been cancelled; as have the original chargers.

Motorola has released a new charging system consisting of a single charger, a 6-position multi-charger, and a selection of batteries. This system is actually designed for the new series radios. But Motorola has also released some batteries for their historic range of radios, including the radio you have.

Therefore, you can still buy a new battery for the radio you have, but you will also need to buy a new charger. This new charger will charge the new batteries, but not the old battery.

Need A New Charger?

As explained above, all of the batteries and chargers that were originally available with your radios have been cancelled. If you need a new charger, you will also have to buy new batteries.

Battery & Charger Matrix

This table is best viewed on a laptop or desktop PC.

There are two new chargers available:

The battery we recommend, along with the new charger, is: FNB-V131LI-UNI

* The items with a star are not currently on our website and are special order only.

 Radio Old Battery Old Charger New Battery  New Charger
Code Pod PSU  Code  Pod PSU
VX-241 FNB-V106 CD-47 PA-43C (EU)
PA-43U (UK)
 No Replacement
(Use Models Below)
FNB-V103LIA CD-34 PA-42C (EU)
PA-42U (UK)
FNB-V131LI-UNI CD-58 PA-55C (EU)
PA-55U (UK)
FNB-V104LIA FNB-V132LI-UNI

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Motorola 6-Way Charger Guide

Motorola has recently replaced all of it’s 6-way chargers. This page is meant as a guide to the existing charger models you might have and their replacements.

Motorola CP040 & DP1400 6-Way Chargers

For the commercial series (CP040 and DP1400) radios, Motorola has moved away from the IMPRES type chargers. The new chargers for these radios are non-IMPRES style.

Radio Model Old Charger Replacement Notes
CP040
DP1400
CP200
CP200d
CP150, CP160, CP180
Charger Base Only
NNTN8351 PMLN6600 UK Power Cord
NNTN8352 PMLN6598 EU Power Cord
NNTN8353 PMLN6588 US Power Cord
Wall Bracket NNTN6844 (UK) / NNTN6844 (USA)

Motorola GP340 GP-Professional Series 6-Way Chargers

Note: Both the display and non-display models have been replaced by the same charger.

Radio Model Old Charger Replacement Notes
GP320
GP330
GP340, GP360, GP380
GP640GP680
GP340-Ex
GP380-Ex
HT750
Charger Base Only
WPLN4188 PMPN4298 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4193 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4189 PMPN4297 Display, EU Power Cord
WPLN4194 Display, EU Power Cord
Wall Bracket BR000271A01 Non-Accessory
BR000272A01 With Accessory
IMPRES PC Cable CB000458A07

Motorola DP2/3/4 MOTOTRBO Series 6-Way Chargers

Note: Both the display and non-display models have been replaced by the same charger.

Radio Model Old Charger Replacement Notes
DP2400, DP2600
DP2400e, DP2600e
DP3400, DP3600, DP3401, DP3601
DP4400/e, DP4600/e, DP4800/e
DP4401/e, DP4601/e, DP4801/e
DP4401-Ex, DP4801-Ex
Charger Base Only
WPLN4214 PMPN4290 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4221 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4213 PMPN4289 Display, EU Power Cord
WPLN4220 Display, EU Power Cord
Wall Bracket BR000271A01 Non-Accessory
BR000272A01 With Accessory
IMPRES PC Cable CB000458A07

Notes on DP34401, DP3441e and DP3661e

The DP3441/e and DP3661/e are technically part of the MOTOTRBO family, but have a different battery profile. There are two options. The DP series charger can be used, or the DP-series charger with the PMLN6669 adapter and actually use the GP-Professional 6-way charger above.

 

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Vertex Standard VX-231 & VX-234 Replacement Batteries & Charger or Alternative Replacement Radio

Vertex Standard VX-231

Vertex Standard VX-231 was Vertex Standard’s most entry-level two way radio. And due to it’s price point, it sold in the millions. However, every two way radio has it’s shelf life and the VX-231 has now come to an end.

But all is not lost… Read on for more information about the Vertex Standard VX-231

Need A New Radio?

If it’s a new radio you need then the logical replacement is the Motorola VX-261. It’s practically the same radio with the same accessory connector, but the batteries and charger are different so you won’t be able to share your batteries.

Need A New Battery?

All of the batteries that were originally available with your radios have now also been cancelled; as have the original chargers.

Motorola has released a new charging system consisting of a single charger, a 6-position multi-charger, and a selection of batteries. This system is actually designed for the new series radios. But Motorola has also released some batteries for their historic range of radios, including the radio you have.

Therefore, you can still buy a new battery for the radio you have, but you will also need to buy a new charger. This new charger will charge the new batteries, but not the old battery.

Need A New Charger?

As explained above, all of the batteries and chargers that were originally available with your radios have been cancelled. If you need a new charger, you will also have to buy new batteries.

Battery & Charger Matrix

This table is best viewed on a laptop or desktop PC.

There are two new chargers available:

* The items with a star are not currently on our website and are special order only.

 Radio Old Battery Old Charger New Battery  New Charger
Code Pod PSU  Code  Pod PSU
VX-230
VX-231
VX-234
FNB-V106 CD-47 PA-43C (EU)
PA-43U (UK)
 No Replacement
(Use Models Below)
FNB-V103LIA CD-34 PA-42C (EU)
PA-42U (UK)
FNB-V131LI-UNI CD-58 PA-55C (EU)
PA-55U (UK)
FNB-V104LIA FNB-V132LI-UNI

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Case Study: No Matter The Environment, It’s Possible!

Radiotronics have helped to fit and supply radio systems across all of the UK. We have one of the highest stock holdings in our industry, with a large catalog online we can supply most items next day that are available to find on our website. From simple small business requirements of a few radios through to multi-site trunking system, Radiotronics have the knowledge and know-how to implement any system that you require.

In order for you to better grasp some of the services we offer we have put together a collection of case studies, these showing a wide variety of the jobs that we have been asked to complete, ranging from single site systems in a theatre to an entire city wide transport communication system.

Crescent Theatre

Radiotronics were tasked with supplying two way radios for the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, a building originally constructed in 1932, the theatre houses one of the oldest theatre companies in the city; The Crescent Theatre Company.

When the Crescent Theatre contacted us they had a number of ageing Motorola GP300 radios, these radios had been discontinued for nearly 20 years! They wanted to know a suitable like for like replacement for their trusted Motorola radios and had contacted Radiotronics for our help, alongside the radios they also wanted us to supply accessories such as earpieces and microphones for with their new radios.

The radios that we suggested were the Motorola VX-261, a new and improved version of the Vertex Standard VX-261 that was released after Motorola bought the Vertex Standard brand. The reason for recommendation by us was because of the radios robustness, this alongside its ultra-clear audio and the vast range of accessories that would be available to the users should they choose to purchase this radio. The accessories that the Crescent chose to go alongside their radios were a 6 position charging unit and covert in-ear earpieces, the earpieces allowing for quiet conversations so no disruption is made should an instruction need to be made whilst a performance is taking place.

Sheffield Hallam

A larger institution that contacted Radiotronics for radios was Sheffield Hallam University for use in their hubs building. The Hubs facility is made from a mixture of steel and concrete, one of the more challenging structures the Radiotronics had taken on fitting a two-way radio system. The building in question already had a signal extender fitted otherwise known as a repeater, this was to ensure that no matter where in the building the operator was their was full coverage.

As mentioned previously there was already an existing repeater and radio system in place but the radios where ageing and some beginning to fail. The University suggested that they wanted robust yet lightweight water-resistant two way radios, of which Radiotronics suggested that the solution for them was to take a look at the Icom IC-F2000. The reason that this radio was selected was because it is an extremely robust radio that can withstand most bumps and drops, it is also IP67 Ingres rated meaning that it can be submersed in water for a short period of time without it being at risk of damage.

An extra requirement that SHU requested was the ability to track each radio and their user, Radiotronics was able to implement this with a clock in and out system and the University has stated that it has helped to decrease the number of radios that have gone missing or become broken.

Liverpool YMCA

Liverpool YMCA is a community focused non-profit that was established in 1844, the already had two way radios that they were using within their building but they weren’t working properly, reporting both signal and audio quality issues. The building that the YMCA currently occupy is a large structure that is dense with moth steel and concrete, both of which are known to have a profound effect on the range and usability of licensed two-way radios, not to mention the low power walkie talkies that the YMCA was using.

The solution that Radiotronics chose to put forward was to supply a brand new fleet of radios to replace their existing licence free models. We choose to suggest that they should be using the high powered and hugely popular Kenwood TK-D340, this enough to effectively cover the building that the users operate in whilst still managing to provide ultra-clear audio. The 4W output power was able to give the YMCA 10x better performance than their existing radios with no issues of signal black spots.

Manchester Metrolink

Manchester Metrolink got in touch with Radiotronics to provide a solution for their transport systems during the 2018 Parklife festival that sees 80,000 people rushing to see their favourite artists. Unlike most jobs that come our way the requirement for this system was to cover the entire city of Manchester, all 44.6 square miles due to workers being stationed all across the city.

The solution for Metrolink, although it may seem a tough one, was to use a relatively new method of instant communications called Push To Talk Over Cellular. This is as straight forward as it sounds, a two-way radio with a SIM card that allows the user to broadcast over cellular networks rather than UHF or VHF frequencies. Therefore, anywhere you would have phone signal you are able to get in contact instantly to other users, even if they’re on the other side of the world! The PoC radio that we chose to offer Metrolink was the Telo TE580, the most popular cellular radio that Radiotronics have to offer.

Another benefit that was a great success for Metrolink was the ability to monitor the whereabouts of each radio from a central location, this accomplished by the use of GPS tracking. The main use for this job was to ensure that everyone was where they needed to be at the right time, but should an issue have arisen where worker safety was breached then this would have allowed for fast action due to knowing the location instantly.

Radiotronics have a sales team available to talk to should you be unsure on what system you may require. One of the best trained teams in the Industry, they can talk through with you any issues that you may be having and be able to offer you a solution. Call us today on 01425 533 533 with any questions!

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The Hytera HYT TC610 And TC620

Hytera TC-610 & TC-620 Overview

Physical Attributes

The Hytera HYT TC610 and the TC620 are two of the most affordable radios on the market yet they still come with the features most users need. During the manufacturing stage many tests where performed for the both the TC610 and TC620, including a temperature test. It was put into conditions like -30oC and 60oC to find out how they cope in them extreme conditions. Both the TC610 and the TC620 are analogue radios which have 16 programmable channels which is great to say how low the price is for both of these radios. They both come with a standard Lithium battery with up to 8 hours charge in one go which is enough for the average 8 hour working day or you can purchase a larger battery which lasts up to 14 hours. As you can see here the TC610 and TC620 have an elegant design standing at 117mm tall, 54mm wide and 31mm in depth so they have a reasonably compact design. The design itself makes it perfect for any working environment. On the left side of both radios are where the programmable buttons and the PTT buttons are located. Switching over to the right side of the TC610 and the TC620 you can see the accessory connector which is also the connector to programme the radio itself but you will need a programming cable. The TC610 and TC620 also comes with a well designed belt clip… on most radios the clips just slot on to the radio and if they break by the roller you will not be able to connect a new one and you would have to buy a brand new battery. Whereas with the TC610 and TC620 the belt clip actually screws on making it stronger and better held on with the screws. This means that it is very easy to replace a belt clip even if it does break.

Hytera TC-610 TC-620 Comparison

Features

Now onto the features, there are many features that can be programmed into the HYT TC610 and TC620. These include the time out feature, Channel scanning and VOX. The VOX feature enables you to activate the audio using your voice which creates a hands free mode and is great when you are needing to use your hands in the workplace. This can be used a lot in the security industry along with earpieces and integrated microphones, this creates a more discrete way to use your radio. The channel scanning feature allows you to receive or block more than one channel and the time out feature which comes with most radios is very important, the time out feature basically means that if you hold your PTT button for too long it will electrically time out and prevent you from communicating with your fleet for a period of time. Both the TC610 and the TC620 also comes with CTCSS and DCS which stops transmissions and digital transmissions to reach your radio. This can be useful on construction sites especially, as you wont be wanting interrupting signals blocking your channels when you’re talking about important information when on a hazardous site.

Accessories

There are many accessories available with the TC610 and the TC620 and they all have their uses, furthermore all of the accessories that will be featured in this blog are compatible with both radios. Remote speakers can be very useful in a workplace environment, they prevent you from having to constantly reach down to your radio to talk which may be clipped on to your waist. The SM26M1 is a great remote speaker that is very reliable, its twisted cord is designed to prevent any wire damages that could occur with a normal straight cord. It connects straight into your accessory connector on the right side of the radio and it would then be screwed in which means it wont be easy to detach. The SM26M1 has an audio out 3.5mm jack which means you can connect a separate, compatible earpiece to it resulting in the audio transmissions you receive wont be projected through the speaker but straight into you ear. This is the only extra feature that the SM26M1 has along with the PTT button.

SM26M1

The second remote speaker that is pictured below, the SM13M1 (IP55) has a few more added features compared to most remote speakers. Along with the PTT button this remote speaker holds an extra button which can be programmed to hold an additional feature as well as the two that are already on the radio itself. The SM13M1 also has an audio volume control switch which can be used to either turn the volume up or turned down depending on your needs but this again means you wont have to reach down to your radio on your waist just to turn the audio volume up or down. As well as these few features it does come with a 3.5mm jack socket just like the previously spoke about SM26M1 which can connect a compatible earpiece to it. One compatible earpiece is the ES-02 (pictured below) which is a high quality and comfortable earpiece. It is a very discrete piece of equipment and it is very useful for any form of security, nightclub door supervisors and private security. This specific earpiece has a 3.5mm jack and although it can connect to the 3.5mm socket on the radio itself, it is mainly used to connect to a remote speaker.

 

Hytera SM13M1 IP55

Earpieces can also come with a connector which can be plugged straight into the radio with a 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack plug. The D-shape earpiece connects straight to the radio as it has an integrated microphone already part of the design. The earpiece itself is designed to attach all the way around the back of your ear meaning the chances of it falling off is slim to none. Further down the cord you will see on the photo that there is the PTT button but as well as that is a switch what controls the way your audio transmissions are sent out. It can switch from either VOX or the PTT button, this can be easily accessible just below your chin where the cord will clip onto your collar.

Hytera D-Shape Earpiece

With the TC610 and the TC620 comes many different ways to actually charge your radio, the Six Unit Hytera charger, Hytera Spider charger and the Radiotronics rack charger. The Rack harger allows you to attach and detach your own singular chargers which means you know that all of your pod chargers go in the same place with only one plug. This is essential if you struggle to find places to charge your radios or if you have them scattered around the office at different electrical plug sockets. It can also be cost effective… if you bought 4 radios and 4 singular chargers and two years later you wish to buy two more radios and chargers you don’t want to buy the 6 Unit Charger as you would be wasting the money you originally spent on buying your 4 singular chargers, but if you buy a Radiotronics rack charger you can attach all of them pods into one place without spending the money on a new Hytera 6 Unit Charger. If you are buying a new fleet of up to 6 TC610 or TC620’s and you know you’re not going to be purchasing any more in the future then the Hytera 6 Unit Charger is great to keep all of your radios in one place without having to buy any singular pod chargers. The 6 Unit Charger can be mounted on a wall which results in your desk, shelf or wherever you would keep your radios to become more spacious.

Radiotronics Rack Charger

Hytera 6 Unit Charger

If you wish to keep all of your singular chargers in one place in a more affordable way then the Spider charger is a great alternative although it isn’t as robust and reliable as the Rack charger. The spider charger does the same job as a rack charger although the pods are attached to wires rather than a metal rack.

Hytera Spider Charger

Repeaters

Repeaters that can come with the Hytera HYT TC610 or TC620 can come in many shapes and sizes and they all hold different qualities which you will need to know to pick the right one for you. Repeaters can be used in many workplaces like construction sites, oil rigs, on boats and in farming, its really any workplace that has a huge span and if you need to get in touch with someone who may be further than your own radios range. A repeater transmits signals further or over an obstruction that may affect your signal although the repeater would have to be on top of that obstruction for e.g. a mountain. Analogue repeaters can only amplify a signal whereas a digital repeater can reconstruct your signal to sound as clear as its original quality. Repeaters like the Hytera RD625 are available for UHF and VHF and digital and analogue radios which makes it available for everyone and it has an added mixed mode and this allows the repeater to automatically scan for analogue and digital signals. The RD625 has the ability to be mounted to a wall which can be used to protect it from damages when laid down on a desk or a shelf or if you wish to make to make your desk or table a little more spacious. It can also programme 16 channels which is perfect if you are using the HYT TC610 or TC620 as they too have 16 programmable channels.

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The Best Motorola Radios For Different Work Environments

In this blog I will be comparing different radios which provide the best benefits in different working environments. Teaching, construction sites and hospitality will be some of the environments that are mentioned in this blog. If you are wanting to know which radio to use that would fit best in your work place, then this should help you in your decision making.

Schools And Colleges

In schools and colleges, the teachers are responsible to keep all the students safe as well as teaching them, meaning a reliable radio is essential to keep in touch with your colleagues for all health and safety reasons. There are many variations when it comes to two way radios so buying or renting the right one for your needs is important. Different situations can require a radio when in a school atmosphere. School trips, fire drills and lunch are all very important times to have a two-way radio to keep constant communication with your colleagues.

The first two-way radio that is useful in all these situations is the Motorola XT420. This two-way radio is licence free which means it would be more useful for small schools or colleges because they have smaller distance requirements. The XT420 is a very simple and easy to use radio with only the essential features that employees require. Channel spacing and VOX (voice activation) comes programmed with the radio which means you can include or exclude channels from the scan and you can activate the audio just by using your voice making the radio itself very easy to operate. The XT420 is affordable and licence free, so it is very cost effective if you require a large amount of the radios. Licence free radios can only reach around 800 yards which could be most useful when the students are having their lunch or break. The limited range on the licence free XT420 is one of the reasons why the price is so low compared to a licence radio where the frequency can range around a mile long.

For larger schools and colleges, a two-way radio with a longer range may be needed therefore requiring a licence. So we recommend the Motorola SL1600 compact digital radio which is more expensive but for good reason, this because it comes with Lone Worker potential whilst also having the same channel scanning and VOX that comes with the XT420. The SL1600 can reach much further in range which is around a mile long, this could be very useful when on school trips. On a school trip, teachers and the students may split up into different groups when walking around meaning constant communication is essential to keep everyone safe, the SL1600 allows that but on a much larger scale. And because the SL1600 is a compact and small radio means that practically, it is a great radio because a teacher is not going to want a huge ‘construction site’ type radio on their waist when that sort of size is not needed.

Security

Moving on to security, more requirements and features need to be met when it comes to the radio you wish to use and many of these features are available on the Motorola DP1400 which is an analogue/digital two-way radio. 16 channels are available on the DP1400 which is a reasonable amount for a security team. Being in security, a lot of situations can arise which can be dealt with quick when using some of the features on the DP1400, like the emergency button. The way in which an emergency button works is that once pressed, a signal will go to all of your colleague’s radios, this indicating that you are in need of assistance. This is not found on other radios like the ones previously spoken about on the schools and colleges section. The DP1400 has features that improve the audio quality and the connectivity like channel scanning, VOX and an accessory connector. This allows you to connect an ear piece with an integrated microphone meaning you can hear the audio directly to your ear and speak through the attached microphone minimising movement. The accessory allows your surveillance to be as discrete as possible which ultimately protects you as the security. There is not much more that goes into the DP1400 as it is a very simple two-way radio.

Although the Motorola DP2400e is more expensive it has many more features compared to the DP1400 which are available to be programmed into the radio. In analogue mode the DP2400e has 5 tone signalling which allows you to talk to the whole fleet or to one personal members, this can be essential if confidential information needs to be passed to another colleague. The DP2400e has an accessory connector that can be used the same way as the DP1400 which is great for discretion, but the DP2400e has a compact design which means it is smaller and even more discrete compared to the DP1400. Depending on the environment you may be working in, means you need to choose the type of band your radio operates on. If working in an open environment a VHF (very high frequency) radio is suffice, whereas if you may be working in a city or a built up area then a UHF (ultra high frequency) radio is what you need to breach the structures for a good audio connection. Both the DP1400 and the DP2400e is available with both of these frequency types.

Building And Construction

On a construction site a robust and reliable two-way radio is needed in case of any accidents when working at heights or dangerous environments and the Motorola DP4400e is the radio we recommend. The DP4400e comes with 32 channels which is accessible through two zones but along with that, comes many features that are useful when working on construction sites. This includes, Bluetooth, VHF or UHF, lone worker, 5 tone signalling, emergency button, transmit interrupt and much more that are listed on our Motorola DP4400e page. Some of these features are very helpful for your personal safety when working alone or at heights or if you have an accident like the previously mentioned emergency button which becomes useful to notify your fleet quickly. The radio itself is very strong and durable and has a great grip which prevents yourself dropping the radio.

If you are wanting a smaller compact two-way radio then we recommend the Motorola VX-261. Because of its size the VX-261 can be easier to hold and practically easier to use but it comes with a lot less features compared to the DP4400e. The connection and audio quality is very similar as both radios have channel scanning and VOX but if you’re not needing all the features available on the DP4400e then choose the more affordable and simple VX-261. Probably one of the most important features available on two way radios is the lone worker and this is available on the VX-261. The lone worker feature is able to send a pre-determined signal, for example a distress call or alarm, to other radios in range, and it requires some type of interaction from the radio user after a period of radio inactivity. This is useful when working and you need to know your colleagues are with their radio. Finally, both the DP4400e and the VX-261 are only acceptable to use with a licence.

Hospitality

When it comes to working in a hotel, restaurant or private events you may need less features like the emergency button and more features that require quick and simple connectivity. The Motorola SL4000e brings a great amount to the table when we talk about easy communication. As you can see on the picture that it has a keyboard and a large screen which allows you to send text messages from radio to radio. This can be very useful when you are part taking in any covert, sensitive environments because it means you won’t have to talk during a convention or a workshop when a guest is appearing and presenting to a large crowd. This ultimately allows your customers or guests to have the best service without any interruptions. As well as this the SL4000e has a lot of other features that come in handy when working. Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 LE for wireless and data, up to 1000 channels, UHF, covert mode, man down and enhanced privacy are just a few of the features that are available for the sleek and slim designed SL4000e.

Although the Motorola SL1600 has already been spoken about in the ‘Teaching and Colleges’ section, it does need to be mentioned now as it is a great cost effective alternative to the SL4000e. As it is so compact and small it can come in very handy when working in a hotel or restaurant because it wont get in the way when you are working. It has a few similar qualities to the SL4000e but it doesn’t have a screen. It has channel scanning and VOX which is available on most two way radios and it does have very clear audio. As we already know it is available with the Lone worker feature that could be useful when checking everyone in your fleet is with their radio and available to talk which is good for organisation. The SL1600 is much more affordable compared to the SL4000e but again, you will be loosing the screen and keypad feature.

 

If you are wanting any more information about the two way radios that have been mentioned, then see the links below to each of the radios specific page. To see pages specifically on each of these environments then go to our information page and click sectors.

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Hytera PD3 & PD4 Programming Software Versions 1 & 2 – What?

If you’ve reached this article the chances are that you’re wondering what is going on with Hytera’s lastest, non backwards compatible programming software release. Hytera, in their wisdom has decided to create a whole new version of their programming software for the PD3 and PD4 series. They’ve done the same for their PD5/6/7/9 series too, but this article concentrates only on the PD3 & PD4 programming software.

Watch this youtube video for an explanation about what they heck is going on!

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