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Icom Announces IC-SAT100 Satellite PTT Over Satellite Two Way Radio

Icom has announced the forthcoming launch of a Satellite two way radio in partnership with the worldwide pioneer of Satellite phones, Iridium.

Icom IC-SAT100 Satellite Radio

In a press release on their website, Icom announced that the new satellite two way radio would be launching in Q2, 2019.

Icom Says:

Icom Inc. has provided further details about the upcoming release of the IC-SAT100, Satellite PTT radio. This will begin with the introduction of this new model to the Japanese market in the second quarter of 2019.

The IC-SAT100 is Icom’s first Satellite PTT handheld radio that uses the Iridium satellite communication network. Unlike satellite phones, the IC-SAT100 will provide radio service to users with a push of the transmit (PTT) button. It can be used as a communication tool in remote, isolated areas where there are no mobile phones or landline network infrastructure, such as mountainous areas, remote islands and desert areas. Even if terrestrial network infrastructure is rendered unusable by human or natural disasters, satellite communication can provide a stable backup.

The IC-SAT100 uses the Iridium satellite network which covers the whole earth including both poles and can provide wide area global communication anywhere on the planet. Using 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, it provides low-latency communication and broader, more reliable network coverage compared to Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites. The IC-SAT100 will be a suitable communication tool for governments, military forces, humanitarian organisations, multinational companies, and users that need communication in remote, isolated areas or for emergency assistance.

The statement goes on to say that Icom Inc. and Iridium will be displaying the IC-SAT100 on stand #1949 at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas between March 4th and 8th, 2019.

There is also a downloadable document in PDF format which can be downloaded here.

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Hytera BD305LF – The Best Compact Digital Licence Free Two Way Radio?

Hytera has launched what’s possibly the most compact licence free digital DMR (yes, DMR, not dPMR) business-grade two way radio. Take a look the Hytera BD305LF in the image below.

Great Looking Compact Two Way Radio

Hytera BD305LF

Hytera BD305LF is supplied pre-programmed on 16 DMR446 channels  – that’s DMR446 tier-I, not dPMR like other digital two way radios. That basically means that the BD305LF is ready to be used right out of the box with no configuration needed.

Hytera BD305LF Features

Hytera BD305LF Features

Modelled on some of Hytera’s higher-tier two way radios, the Hytera BD305LF is well designed with all the features you would expect from a professional-grade two way radio. It even has a dealer-programmable button below the PTT on the left side. Front facing speaker and microphone, as you’d expect and a robust channel selector. Check out the feature image above.

Good Range of Accessories

There is a great selection of Hytera BD305LF accessories. From spare batteries to earpieces and an amazing optional extra drop-in charger* – is seems Hytera has thought of everything.

* You get a USB charger with the Hytera BD305LF – the drop-in charger is an optional extra.

Drop In Charger Option

Hytera BD305LF Drop In Charger

When buying the Hytera BD305LF you usually get a USB plug-in type charger included free in the box. However, that’s not always the best solution. A much better solution is the optional extra Hytera BD305LF drop-in charger. This works by plugging the included USB charger into the back. You can then simply slot the radio into the drop-in charger.

And that’s not all! The drop in charger also has an additional battery slot at the back – that means you can charge not only your Hytera BD305LF radio with the battery inside but also charge a Hytera BD305LF spare battery.

Innovative BD305LF Earpiece System

The Hytera BD305LF has an innovative earpiece system is made up from several parts. This is exceptionally handy as you can choose whatever earpiece you want. You start with the Hytera ACS-01 PTT module which plugs into the radio. Then you just choose any of the Hytera ES-02 covert tube earpiece, Hytera EH-01 C-Style Earpiece, Hytera ES-01 Earbud Earpiece or the Hytera EH-01 Swivel-Type Earpiece.

However, if you just want a no-frills basic earpieces, you can go for the cost-effective Hytera EHS-16 earpiece.

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