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Pick Of The Bunch: Motorola Solutions

Not quite sure what you’re looking for in a two way radio system? In this series of blog posts we’ve decided to break down your best choices from a variety of brands, even including a few case studies too to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting with each radio.

The two way radio industry has been dominated by Motorola for quite a few decades, this the reason why they are the focus of today’s blog, but as time progresses more and more competitors are entering the market. Hytera have been hot on the heels of the American corporation but companies such as Kenwood, Entel and Icom are commonly known names in many industries across the United Kingdom. A technology that has snowballed into consideration over the past few years is Push to Talk Over Cellular, although big companies are now throwing their hat into the ring, a company that Radiotronics highly recommend for PoC is Telo who we will be talking about at a later date.

Motorola was initially founded in 1928 as Galvin Manufacturing Company, at this time the company was producing battery eliminators, but in 1930 the company sold its first car radio under the product name of Motorola. Moving on to more recent times, Motorola has been hugely dominant in the two way radio industry taking up a large portion of the marketplace sales for multiple decades.

Motorola GP340

The GP340 is the first two way radio that we will be talking about, although many radios were released before this model, the GP340 is an Icon within the industry as it is still the best selling two way radio ever. Ideal for a variety of different environments, the GP340 was affordable yet feature rich meaning that you got more than your money’s worth when purchasing.

Although now a discontinued radio, Radiotronics has existing stock of this product so should you be looking to purchase the old faithful then we are the only company in the country that still supplies them. Available for both UHF and VHF frequencies, the GP340 is analogue meaning that it can only be used in an analogue system, but it is capable of operating with digital models should they have analogue channels programmed into them. For it’s time the GP340 has exceptional sound quality, X-Pand™ Voice Compression ensured that any communications are crisp and clear even in the noisiest of working environments, low level expansion also allows further improvements by reducing noises that can often be heard in pauses of conversation.

Emergency features were aplenty on the GP340 with emergency signalling a possibility, this allows for a pre-defined alert to be sent to a specific person or group of people should the user be in trouble, this done by simply pressing the programmable emergency button on the radios body. Lone Worker is a feature that is present on almost all new radios but was something that really made the GP340 stand out, this feature monitors the radios activity levels, should the radio not be used for a pre-programmed amount of time then an alert will sound on the users radio, if the operator is unresponsive an alarm will be sent to other radios within the network making them aware that a member of staff is potentially unsafe.

Some of the basic need-to-know facts about the Motorola GP340 is that it is an average sized “black box” two way radio. The GP340 stands at 137mm in height, 57.5mm in width and 37.5mm in depth with the standard battery attached, the battery that comes as standard with the radio is 1400mAh Li-Ion and when connected brings the radios total weight to 420g. The supplied battery allows for up to 11 hours usage based on a 05 05 90 duty cycle.

The Motorola GP340 has 16 channels ensuring that it is more than sufficient for small to medium sized businesses, the radio is available on both UHF and VHF frequencies meaning that it is ideal for use in both built up areas and wide open spaces. Channel scanning allows for the user to quickly skip through channels in search of an ongoing broadcast, whilst standard encryption ensures that any communications sent and received are safe from eavesdropping.

Motorola DP1400

Although not the direct replacement for the Motorola GP340, the DP1400 almost certainly took the prize of most popular current two way radio that is available on the market. Yet another “black box” design from the market leaders, but what it lacks in aesthetics the two-way radio makes up for in features. The DP1400 is simple and affordable, a common theme with Motorola radios, but its ability to perform on both analogue and digital frequencies makes it perfect should you be looking at a system migration.

Starting with the basics of the radio, the DP1400 stands at 127.7 in height and 61.5 in width, depending on the battery that is attached to the radio the depth and weight will change. Should the 1400NiMH battery be attached then the radio has a depth of 42mm and a weight of 406g, the 1600mAh Li-Ion slim battery is slightly smaller in depth being 39mm and much lighter weighing in at 341g, finally the high capacity 2200mAh Li-Ion battery is 44mm in depth but only 346g in weight.

As previously mentioned the DP1400 can operate using both analogue and digital, although digital is a paid upgrade, having a radio with both analogue and digital frequencies will allow for the DP1400 to be used as a transitional radio should you be moving from an analogue only system to a digital one. The Motorola DP1400 can be programmed with 8 analogue channels to match the old radios and 8 digital channels, this meaning should you not have the funds to buy a full set of radios for your business you can continue to use the old ones alongside your new radios until you have a full set, at this point you will be able to program your transition radios to be all digital channels. Alongside being both analogue and digital capable the DP1400 can operate using both UHF and VHF frequencies, this meaning that it would be ideal for use in both built-up and open areas of land.

There are many features that the Motorola DP1400 holds. One of the most basic and seen on almost all two way radios is the emergency button, when pressed this will send out a distress signal to all other radios within the network alerting them that you may be in trouble, this can be pre-programmed when purchasing a new set of radios. Channel scanning allows for the radio to quickly run through channels to check for any ongoing transmissions, whilst a channel monitor function allows for a single channel to be listened to even when sending messages on a second channel, this is often used as a channel to alert workers of any issues or safety concerns quickly. The last safety feature that I will mention is Lone Worker, this exactly the same as the one found on the Motorola GP340, whereby should a radio be inactive for a pre-set period of time an alert will be sent to other radios within the system.

The Motorola DP1400 also has accessibility features that help improve the user experience with the radio. An Integrated voice allows for channel number announcements when the channel is changed by using the knob on top of the radio, this ideal should you be working in lowly lit environments where you may not be able to see the markings around the knob. Busy channel lockout ensures that only one person can transmit at a time, this helps as it allows for you to broadcast without being interrupted, the radios would be effectively useless should every time you go to transmit your message is merged in with another operator’s transmission.

A final note on the DP1400 is its ruggedness. Built to IP54 rating this ensures that the radio has Ingres protection from dust intrusion whilst also being safeguarded against splashes of water, this ideal should you be wanting to use it in an outdoor environment where there is a risk of rain or a construction environment where dust presence is common.

Motorola DP4401e

The Motorola DP4401e is one of the DP1400’s big brothers. Although not identical to the latter, take away the Motorola logo and you would still be able to tell that the DP4401e is a Motorola radio. A durable look and feel, the DP4401e was designed for use in harsher work environments where the radio equipment used may be subject to accidental drops or coming into contact with excess dust or splashes of water.

Built to IP57 Ingres Protection this means that the DP4401e has the same dust intrusion protection as the DP1400, but the main difference being that the DP4401e is capable of being submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Military specification (MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G) ensures that the radio can be used in a variety of environmental conditions whether this be storms or high humidity, the DP4401e can continue to operate in temperatures as low as -30°C through to 50°C.

Due to the DP4401e being designed towards environments where worker safety is crucial, the radio has a variety of different features that can both assist in safety and efficiency of the workplace. Alongside the previously mentioned “Lone Worker” there is also a man down function, acting in a similar manner, should the radio be laid on its side for a pre-set period of time then an alert will be sent to the said radio, if unresponsive then an alarm will be sent to a base station or other radios within the network to alert them of a potential issue. Man down and lone worker can both be used in collaboration with GPS location tracking, this would allow for the user in need of help to be found quickly to minimise the risk of serious injury or damage. GPS is an optional extra purchase and would also require the use of a dispatch solution for tracking of radio and user location.

Motorola claim that the DP4401e has best-in-class audio and having used one I can confirm that the sound quality is crystal clear. A loud front-facing speaker and intelligent audio automatically adjusts the volume of the radio to ensure that no transmissions are missed, should you be working in a loud environment then the DP4401e would be perfect. Should you also not be in a situation where you are able to talk to a co-worker, pre-programmed text messages can be sent to notify others of your status, some examples that have previously been used by customers of Radiotronics include “Arrived at Location” or “Job Complete”.

Unlike the 2 previously mentioned radios in the blog the DP4401e also has Bluetooth capabilities. When activated this will allow for the user to make use of the many Bluetooth accessories that Motorola make for this radio, although not something that everyone will want or require, this feature is handy as it allows for the user’s movement to not be limited by wires that may get in the way.

A final mention on the DP4401e is its ability to perform over multiple sites and with thousands of devices without the need to add extra frequencies. Using IP Site Connect and Capacity Plus the internet is used to extend voice and data capabilities via MOTOTRBO. Linking up to 15 different working sites this can spread across multiple geographical locations it is almost definitely too complicated for me to explain in a simple paragraph, if you would like to learn more about this then you can check out our dedicated page on our main website by clicking here.

Motorola SL1600

The SL1600 is a relatively new device from Motorola having only been released in the past couple of years*. This radio has a sleek design, quite different from the previously mentioned models in this blog and is ideal for use within hospitality environments. Small in stature the SL1600 is easily concealed weighing 169g and standing at just 126mm in height, 55mm in width and 22mm in depth, this meaning it easily fits in the palm of the average hand.

Available for both UHF and VHF frequencies means that whether being used inside a building or covering estate grounds the SL1600 can be modified to suit your surroundings. With the radio being digital this provides exceptional voice and audio quality, ensuring that transmissions sent and received are heard clearly first time round so that no miscommunications are made.

The SL1600 has an active view display using hidden LED lighting to show current channel, radio and volume information. This screen is easily visible in both light and dark conditions, ensuring that user knows exactly what channel they are transmitting over. Should looking at the screen whilst working not be an option, a voice announcement can be programmed into the radio to notify the user by ear when channel has been changed.

Unlike most two way radios the SL1600 doesn’t require a pod in order to charge, MicroUSB connectivity allows for the radio to be both charged and programmed simply by plugging a cable directly into the radio. Finally the Motorola SL1600 is famous for its simple operation with a standalone power button, channel toggle switch on top of the radio, volume control buttons and push to talk button on the left hand side, these adding together to make the operation fairly easy and allowing for one handed radio operation.

*Accurate as of 2019

Motorola XT420

The final radio that we will be talking about in this blog is the licence free XT420. Ideal should you be looking for an affordable radio to operate over short distances, the XT420 uses PMR446 frequencies and 219 selectable privacy codes to help ensure a clear signal. A powerful 1500mE speaker also helps to ensure high quality audio, this minimalizing distracting feedback when operating in noisier environments.

With two programmable buttons this allows for commonly used features to be easily accessed. The XT420 is also VOX capable, this is a feature that is required to be programmed into the radio, once activated VOX voice activation allows you to communicate without having to press the push to talk button located on the side of the radio. The Motorola XT420 also has a Tri-Coloured LED which updates the user on radio features and current status, allowing the user to check at a glance for any incoming messages or alerts.

The Motorola XT420 isn’t recommended should you be working over large distances or with heavy building coverage. The radio has an Ingres Protection rating of IP54 meaning that although it has a limited Ingres against dust and protection against splashes of water, using the XT420 in environments where it may be subject to adverse weather conditions isn’t recommended.

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

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One Of The Most Popular Radios On The Market

Motorola GP340

One of the most popular radios of all time was the Motorola GP340 but after such a successful radio what could Motorola do next? Well they released a new radio, which has changed the market since, and that is the Motorola DP1400.

Physical Attributes

Motorola CP040

The Motorola DP1400 was made to replace the CP040 but also replaced the famous GP340 in popularity. It is an analogue/digital hybrid two-way radio, although as standard comes simply as analogue with digital being a paid upgrade, the DP1400 available for both VHF or UHF frequencies. Standing at 127mm tall, 61mm wide and 42mm in depth and weighing 240g the DP1400 is robust and reliable and is built to be long lasting in any type of environment. One of the main reasons people love this radio so much is because of its affordability while still having all the features needed in a standard radio. Motorola are great at doing this with a lot of their radios being at a great price point and the DP1400 is an example of this.

Motorola DP1400

Features

Moving on to features the DP1400 has quite a few important features that can be used in any work environment. 16 channels are available to be programmed into the user’s radio and channel scanning will allow them to scan through all the channels in use to hear any incoming transmissions. VOX is also available which allows the user to send transmissions without the need to press the PTT button, and instead just simply talk, this is a pre-programmable feature and accessories can be bought to support this function. Compatible accessories, earpieces and headsets, allows the user to use VOX while using these accessories. It can create a hands free mode which means any work can be done without having to hold the radio in their hand. Lone worker can also be programmed into the DP1400 which works perfectly to keep anyone working alone safe. If the radio is inactive for a pre-set amount of time, then an alarm will be sent to the worker’s radio. If the alarm is answered then the supervisor and/or fleet will know that the lone worker is safe and not injured, if the alarm isn’t answered then a separate alarm will be sent to the fleet which will notify them that the worker could be injured or unconscious and action can be made to help that person. Transmit interrupt is available for the DP1400 which allows a supervisor to interrupt any ongoing transmissions to deliver important and critical information when needed. This means that if any incident occurs that could put others in risk, they can be notified straight away rather than the supervisor waiting for a conversation to end to notify the fleet. Another way to notify the fleet of an emergency or incident is by using the programmable emergency button, once pressed this will instantly notify the fleet with an alarm that signals of an emergency taking place. This can be used to evacuate the workplace or to take caution of an area and situation.

Chargers

When you purchase a Motorola DP1400 a charger is not included but the user can choose from a few different chargers. The charger will depend solely on the size of the user’s fleet. A single pod charger is available for those who only wish to purchase maybe only two DP1400’s which will charge just one radio at a time. Buying two pod chargers will allow the user to charge both of their radios.

Motorola Pod Charger

For larger fleets a larger charger will be needed. If a user wishes to buy 6 radios, then a 6-unit charger will be the better alternative to power their radios. This keeps the fleet together while charging the radios from one power supply. This is much better for organisation when storing the radios in a safe place.

Motorola 6 Unit Charger

There are many ways to charge and power a DP1400 but the final option I’m going to talk about is our very own Universal Rack Charger. This combines 6 existing pod chargers to one power supply and rack which is great to keep all of them together. Each pod charger has its own wire and charging plug but the rack charger converts them all to one. It can be easily installed in the workplace and it is robust and designed to last an incredibly long time.

Radiotronics Rack Charger

Accessories

Many accessories are available for the Motorola DP1400 and they can all be used in different work environments. First I’m going to talk about the PMMN4013A remote speaker microphone which plugs directly into a DP1400. It allows the user to send transmissions to their fleet using the microphone rather than the one on their radio. This means the radio in use can stay clipped to the user’s belt and the microphone can be clipped to their shirt or jacket creating easy access for communication. The PMMN4013A also has an additional 3.5mm jack connector which can connect compatible earpieces like the PMLN7560 to it.

Motorola Remote Speaker Microphone

Earpieces like this one is great for discretion when working in covert environments. It allows the user to hear any transmissions directly to their ear which prevents anyone around hearing the information being received. As mentioned this is great for covert, sensitive environments but it also works amazingly well for loud and noisy environments. A door supervisor at a nightclub or bar will be in the middle of all the noise but with the covert earpiece that person will be able to hear any transmissions for instructions or direction. Using the RSM and the earpiece together with VOX ultimately creates a hands free way of communication.

Motorola Covert Earpiece

Although I have already mentioned a work environment I want to quickly list and talk about the variety of work places the DP1400 can be used. This may give perspective of how popular this radio actually is. It can be used in all sectors of work except when working around gas and oil. When working in them environments an ATEX radio is needed for health and safety reasons and we would recommend the DP4401 Ex. But back to the DP1400 it can be used on farms, in schools, in warehouses, on construction sites, nightclubs/bars, in catering of all types and security. From hotels to wind farms the DP1400 can be used anywhere. If you need an affordable, easy and organised way of communication in your workplace then the DP1400 is for you. It is incredibly robust and will ensure the user great organisation, safety and work efficiency if the features and the radio is used correctly.

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Deep Dive: Push To Talk Over Cellular

Here at Radiotronics we have previously written blog posts about Push to Talk Over Cellular radios that are entering the market place, the blogs act as product announcement explaining some of the radios key features, dimensions and capabilities without going into a great amount of detail. In this blog we will go into further detail to ensure you finish reading with a greater knowledge of how these radios can benefit your workplace.

Push to talk over cellular, commonly shortened to PoC, is a relatively new technological advancement that combines traditional two way radio functionality with innovative 21st century mobile technologies such as GPS and tracking functionalities. One question you may be asking yourself is, how is this any different to my digital two-way radio? The glaringly obvious point would be that no matter the distance between radios as long as there is cellular signal you are able to communicate instantly with your work colleagues, this being a considerable improvement on traditional radios whereby they usually only have around 1 mile in range. This can be improved upon though by the use of a trunking system, allowing for sites to be connected through the use of repeaters but this comes at a very high price point that the majority of small to medium sized businesses may not be able to afford.

No matter the PoC radio you choose there is an extended list of features that can provide great benefit to help improve both safety and efficiency within the workplace. There are different styles of the PoC radio that you can choose from, the Hytera PNC550 is a high end model that wouldn’t be out of place being used as an everyday mobile phone, the Telo TE580 is a smaller model with touchscreen that is compact allowing for safe carrying without getting in the way whilst working and the Telo TE390 takes on the design of a traditional black box two-way radio. Should you be looking to use your radio in a vehicle then obviously a remote speaker microphone can be attached to a portable, but a mobile version named the TM-7 from Inrico can be installed into the cabin of a car or a larger vehicle such as a truck or van.

When paired with dispatch software this allows for a base station to track and monitor any workers currently operating with a radio. Especially useful for such industries as private car hire, a base station will allow for time frames to be placed on arrival times to provide better customer service to clients. The dispatcher software when purchased with these radios has many other benefits, some of these tie into the GPS functionality that has previously been mentioned. Google Maps portable radio location tracking allows the radios to be tracked with up to date location even in new developments, this due to Googles outstanding commitment to providing the most up to date mapping available. Similarly, with a mobile device this allows for vehicle tracking allowing the user to playback a route that a driver has taken, this helping to improve efficiency as the base station operative will be able to provide the driver with road updates should there be closures or delays. Due to PoC radios working over cellular networks text messages are a possibility with devices that have a screen, this will allow for non-urgent messages to be sent without having to communicate with people through voice chat. All text messages and calls are stored within a cloud, this allows for the base station operative to look back on previous conversations or text should an issue occur or to check whether a job has been completed, these logs can also help should an security or safety issue arise whereby a Taxi driver has had a threatening customer for example.

Private and group conversations can also be made with these radios, allowing you to keep a conversation between 2 people should it be needed or broadcast a message to entire group should it be less sensitive information. Priority interrupt is present on every PoC model that we currently sell, this features allows for any going transmissions to be cut off in an emergency to broadcast a message to every radio within a fleet.

There are a wide range of accessories available for use with PoC radios including microphones, earpieces, chargers and carry cases, this obviously depending on the model that you choose to purchase. Bluetooth is a luxury feature when it comes to the traditional style of two-way radios, but with a PoC radio it comes as standard with pretty much every model available. Bluetooth accessories allow for ease of use for the operator, this because no wires will be potentially obstructing the users path when working allowing for a greater range of motion without the issue of damaging an accessory due to it coming loose.

Radiotronics have supplied PoC radios to many companies that differ massively in their specifications. A place that these radios are commonly used is in vehicles where long distances are travelled from a company’s head office or base. Whether it’s the transport of people or products, there are many options available for vehicles but the most commonly supplied is the base station. As previously mentioned the fact that these radios operate via cellular means that the location of lorrys/trucks can be tracked to give the receiver an accurate time of arrival. Taxi companies that we have previously supplied will often go for a handheld radio as their choice, this due to the radios being able to be attached to a phone holder within the cabin of a car and then a remote speaker microphone attached, this saves space due to the front of a car not really having much room for a larger mobile radio.

Often when providing companies with a PoC radio the buyer will usually choose a radio with a touch screen, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t standard black box designs available.

Should you be looking for a PoC radio with a simplistic design then the Telo TE390 is the radio for you. No different to your traditional two-way radio the TE390 is simply a black box with the usual buttons such as a PTT, volume control switch and channel selector to ensure that operators have the easiest usage experience possible. A small screen is located atop of the radio displaying channel number/name and signal strength, although limited, the TE390 still performs in the exact same way as the other models from Telo although text messaging isn’t a possibility. The TE390 has GPS present allowing for the radio to be monitored from a central location, this radio would be ideal for workers with less responsibility and their only real use for the radio would be to relay and communicate with their team. Bluetooth can also be used with the TE390 allowing for the connection of wireless accessories. Other areas that Radiotronics have supplied for before include both shop and pub watch schemes for town centres, outdoor activity centres, schools, building contractors and many more.#

Telo TE390

Moving on to more advanced PoC radios there are a variety of options from multiple different suppliers. To current date, the most popular cellular radio that we stock is the TE580 from Telo, a compact design this PoC radio runs on an android operating system meaning that its functions aren’t too dissimilar to a modern smartphone. Although small in stature, the face of the TE580 has multiple features including an LED indicator, 2.4” display and a partial keypad allowing for navigation through the menus. Although it wouldn’t look out of place being used as a daily mobile, the TE580 is built to IP67 protection rating meaning that it has a full Ingres protection against dust whilst also being submergible in water. The TE580 unlike almost all traditional two way radios has both a forward facing a rear facing camera. The rear camera is 8MP and has both auto focus and flash allowing the user to take high quality images, this is joined by the 2MP front facing camera for the occasional selfie taker in your work force. With the ability to take photographs you may be wondering how the TE580 is able to store images and contacts alike, this radio has a SD card slot allowing for additional memory of any size.

Telo TE580

In both the black box and mid ranged PoC categories we’ve mentioned radios from Telo, up until recently they haven’t been challenged by a market leader of traditional two way radios until Hytera threw their hat into the ring. Famous for radios such as the PD365 or the PD705LT, Hytera released a mid-tiered PoC radio called the PNC370. Although slightly larger in size than the TE580, the PNC370 only has a 2” screen alongside a partial keypad on the face of the radio, this screen allows for the user to scroll through menus and select calls by use of the directional buttons below or the answer and decline buttons. Running on the same operating system, Android 5.1, this means that many of the functions and applications will also be similar to some you may use on your everyday mobile phone. The PNC370 from Hytera would definitely be a radio to look at should you be wanting an entry level PoC radio to see what all the fuss is about, the look and feel isn’t to dissimilar to a traditional two way radio so might be exactly what you’re looking for if radio range is the only issue you’re looking to rectify.

Hytera PNC370

Icom have also made waves in the PoC scene, the IP501H is compact but don’t let yourself think that this means its anything other than robust and reliable. Standing at just 95mm in height, 59mm in width and 26mm in depth, this means that the radio is small enough to fit into the palm of even the smallest of hands. IP67 protection rating further reiterates the reliability of the IP501H, this ensures that the radio has a full Ingres protection against dust intrusion whilst also being submergible in water for extended periods of time. The IP501H has Bluetooth ready to use with one stand out accessory, using both the optional BC-218 charger cradle and HM-215 Bluetooth remote speaker microphone this allows for the radio to be still operational whilst being on charge, providing you are still within the Bluetooth range then you can continue to communicate with workers without interruption.

ICOM IP501H

Any radios that have previously been mention are very good value for money and all are popular choices should a business be looking to change over to a PoC system. But what if you wanted to go all out and invest in some of the most advanced two way radios on the market? Yet again it’s Telo and Hytera that have produced the goods with the TE590 and PNC550 respectively. The TE590 looks just like an everyday smartphone, this obviously if you discount the small antenna, channel selector switch and push to talk button but none the less it is an exceptional piece of design. The front of the radio has a 3.5” touch screen allowing for easy navigation whilst also offering high visibility in both sunlight and dimly light workplaces. A 4200mAh Li-Ion battery ensures that the radio has a lifespan that will last much longer than a working day so there is no worry that a worker will be left without communications. An Android 6.0 operating system paired with 2GB RAM and 1.3GHz processor ensures that the radio will operate seamlessly, 16GB of internal memory allows for the storage of images taken with the 13MP camera or contacts, this can be extended via the use of SD card.

Telo TE590

The second mobile phone, no sorry two way radio is the Hytera PNC550. Although it looks just like a phone you would buy from the store the PNC550s 5” touch screen is made from gorilla glass, this ensuring that it is extremely rugged and will not smash or crack easily. Built to IP68 protection standards the PNC550 has a full Ingres against dust intrusion, whilst also being fully submergible in water for extended periods of time. The Hytera PNC550 is built to MIL-STD-810 G meaning that it can continually operate even in some of the toughest environmental conditions, operating from temperatures as low as -20°C all the way through to temperatures of 60°C. The PNC550 stands at 156.6mm in height, 76mm in width and 14mm in depth meaning that it is around the same size as your usual cell phone. Other similar aspects to a mobile is that the operating system that the Hytera PNC550 runs on which is Android 8, this means that any features and applications that you would usually find on a Samsung or Huawei phone you can find whilst using this radio. A Qualcomm 1.8GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory means that this PoC radio will be extremely quick, this alongside having a lot of room for storage that can be expanded with the use of a Micro SD card up to 64GB. There are 3 card slots located on the PNC550 with one being for use with the Micro SD as previously mentioned, and the other 2 for Nano-Sim cards, these the SIM cards that are used with all modern smart phones.

Hytera PNC550

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

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The Licence Free Hytera BD305LF And It’s Licenced Equivalent.

Many of our customers wish to have a licence free radio for the simple reason that they do not require a radio with much range. Radios that do not require a licence are brilliant for smaller environments. Environments that could benefit from using a licence free radio include
nurseries, small warehouses or farming and many of our customers wish to purchase a licence free radio for personal use. There are limitations to these radios when comparing them to licenced radios but they are much more affordable and due to them being DMR446 there is no Ofcom license required when purchasing. The majority of brands have licence free radios available include Hytera, Motorola and Kenwood.

BD305LF

Hytera BD305LF

We’re going to start off by taking a look at the Hytera BD305LF radio from Hytera and then comparing it to similar radio from Hytera’s licensed range. The BD305LF is Hytera’s latest addition to their licenced free range and is one of the best in it’s class. It is incredibly small and light yet robust and reliable standing at only 101mm tall, 49mm wide and 26mm in depth. It fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and does not cause any strain when carrying it as it only weighs 140g. The BD305LF has one programmable button which can hold features like VOX. This allows the user to activate their transmissions using only their voice instead of pressing the PTT button. Compatible earpieces allow the user to make use of VOX with an integrated mic and PTT, this meaning the radio can stay clipped and secure to the user’s belt without having to be touched.

BD305LF Accessories

Hytera have implemented new technology into the BD305LF, this extending the range capabilities compared to many other licence free radios. The BD305LF has around 500 yards of clear range, although no way near as good as a licensed radios, this allows the user to communicate with the fleet in close proximities.

There are two ways to charge the BD305LF while using the same cable that comes in the box when purchased. This cable can either be plugged directly into the radio or can be used if the user has bought the optional extra pod charger. The pod charger allows the user to stand their radio up while charging it and their fleet be both charging and stored more safely. Once charged they can last up to 16 hours, this making it more than capable enough to complete a full working day.

The Equivalent

Hytera PD505

The licenced equivalent to the BD305LF is the Hytera PD505 which is a digital two way radio available with both VHF and UHF frequencies. Standing at 115mm tall, 54mm wide and 27mm in depth, this makes the PD505 slightly bigger than the BD305LF, but it has a similar feel in the user’s hands. 16 channels are available to be programmed into the radio and channel scanning will scan through them all to allow the user to hear any ongoing transmissions. There are many more features available to be programmed into the PD505 compared to the BD305LF as it is licenced and this includes lone worker, VOX and digital basic privacy. There are many more features and perks to buying a licenced radio but the more options you require the higher the cost of the radio, this they would typically be used in work environments within a larger area. Environments that would benefit from these radios would be construction sites, large schools, colleges and universities or even for use by farms and their workers. Depending on the type of environment will determine what type of frequencies the user will need. If they work in open spaces, which could be farming, then VHF would be perfect or if the user works in a place with many obstructions, which could be construction sites, UHF would work much better than VHF. With the PD505 the customer will get this choice when purchasing the radio online whereas with the BD305LF, there is only one setting which is licence free frequencies. This means that anyone with a radio, that doesn’t require a licence, will be able to communicate with the user’s radio when on the same channel and in range.

There is more opportunity with the PD505 when it comes to accessories and chargers. There are many remote speaker microphones, earpieces and headsets that can be used to make communicating much easier when using the PD505. They all come in different shapes and sizes with their own features which can be used in the workplace. These include VOX, wind protectors, designs for comfort and extra programmable buttons. So yes there are many more possibilities with the PD505 but as a licenced radio it is designed for larger work environments and it is not used as much for personal use.

PD505 Accessories

Personal Uses

When a customer is wanting a radio for personal use we tend to show them our selection of licence free radios as they are more affordable, will be used in close quarters and they still allow them to communicate with clear audio. The Hytera BD305LF can be used for hiking, camping, day trips out, close range communication around their homes and much more. Personal licence free radios are also great for children who want to communicate with their friends while playing and having fun. The BD305LF is easy to operate, robust, affordable and a great way to communicate with family and friends.

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Hytera Makes Its Mark On The Cellular Market

Many companies have previously decided to complete research and development into radios operating over cellular networks. Hytera are the latest company to try their hand at the up and coming technology and in doing so have released the PNC370 and PNC550 PoC radios. Aiming to rival radios from companies such as Motorola, Telo and Icom, Hytera’s PoC devices look set to be an ideal solution for any cellular radio needs.

If you’re looking for a cellular two way radio that isn’t to dissimilar in looks to your more traditional radio then look no further than the Hytera PNC370. Built to IP55 Ingres protection standards the PNC370 has a limited protection against dust intrusion, this whilst also being safeguarded against jets of water from all angles. MIL-STD-810 G ensures the radios continuous operation in a variety of environmental conditions, allowing the PNC370 to withstand temperatures from as low as -20°C through to 60°C. Hytera also understand that radios can be dropped, this is why the PNC370 has a drop resistance of 1.2 meters.

The PNC370 stands at 121mm tall, 55.5mm in width and 24mm whilst weighing just 185g whilst the battery is connected. Coming with the Hytera PNC370 is a 3100mAh Li-Ion battery, this will allow for up to 18 hours of life using a 5-5-90 working cycle. In order to program the radio there is a Micro USB 2.0 connector this alongside a 2.5mm audio jack to connect any accessories to the radio, these are both covered by flaps to ensure that there is no intrusion of dust. On the front of the PNC370 is a 2” Non-Touch display that allows users to view information such as current channel, battery life remaining, network coverage and also information such as the current date and time. Beneath the screen is a partial keypad that allows for the user to accept and reject calls, alongside programmable buttons and a navigation key that allows the user to move through the options on screen with ease.

This radio runs using the Android 5.1 operating system, the same that can be found with older versions of Android Cell phones. A quad-core 1.1GHz processor allowing the PNC370 to smoothly run even after extended periods of use, this also helped out by the 512MB of built in RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Due to the Hytera PNC370 using cellular networks to talk communicate with other radios the device requires a SIM card, the card that is used with the PNC370 is a Micro SIM (12x15mm), this is the card used with cell phones released around 2010 although they can still be purchased today.

The main benefit of using a cellular radio is that the range covered is unlimited, as long as there is service coverage in your area then you are free to send out transmissions even if you’re contacting someone on the other side of the world! Along with the unmatchable range, due to operating on a cellular network a GPS positioning system, when used with dispatcher software, is available to help track both safety and efficiency of workers. Bluetooth 4.1 is also present on both the Hytera PNC370 and the PNC550, this allowing for the connection of selected Bluetooth accessories to the radio meaning no more wires getting in the way of the user whilst working.

The second radio we will be talking about is the PNC550. This is in my opinion one of the most impressive looking two way radios on the market, why? Because it looks just like a mobile phone that you’d use for everyday life.

Although it looks just like a phone you would buy from the store the PNC550s 5” touch screen is made from gorilla glass, this ensuring that it is extremely rugged and will not smash or crack easily. Built to IP68 protection standards the PNC550 has a full Ingres against dust intrusion, whilst also being fully submergible in water for extended periods of time. The Hytera PNC550 is built to MIL-STD-810 G meaning that it can continually operate even in some of the toughest environmental conditions, operating from temperatures as low as -20°C all the way through to temperatures of 60°C.

The PNC550 stands at 156.6mm in height, 76mm in width and 14mm in depth meaning that it is around the same size as your usual cell phone. Other similar aspects to a mobile is that the operating system that the Hytera PNC550 runs on which is Android 8, this means that any features and applications that you would usually find on a Samsung or Huawei phone you can find whilst using this radio. A Qualcomm 1.8GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory means that this PoC radio will be extremely quick, this alongside having a lot of room for storage that can be expanded with the use of a Micro SD card up to 64GB. There are 3 card slots located on the PNC550 with one being for use with the Micro SD as previously mentioned, and the other 2 for Nano-Sim cards, these the SIM cards that are used with all modern smart phones.

Similarly to the PNC370 the PNC550 has a USB 2.0 charging interface, but unlike the former the PNC550 has a 3.5mm common audio interface meaning that normal headphones can be plugged into the device, although they would not work with the two-way radio capabilities. The radio has a 3 colour indicator light flashing either red, yellow or green, this allows for the user to view at a glance should they have a notification on their radio without having to switch the screen on.

As previously mentioned the PNC550 has GPS, this can be used in connection with one of the features that is found on the radio which is a Compass. There are 2 other features that can be found on the PNC550 that use a sensor to operate, these are both a gravity sensor and a proximity light sensor. Two cameras can be found on the radio in similar positions to that of an everyday smart phone, a 13MP on the back side and an 8MP front facing camera, these are the same quality that you would expect to find on any smart phone that is released over the next few years. These cameras will allow the user to take photos of any issues they be having whilst on site, this meaning that a problem may be diagnosed without another member of staff having to come to the rescue to add their input in person.

All things taken into consideration Hytera have certainly made a lasting impact upon their first entry to the cellular two way radio market. If you’d like to know more about either of the radios that have been mentioned in this blog then be sure the check out their dedicated pages on our website, for the PNC370 click here and for the PNC550 click here.

If you’d prefer to speak to someone one to one about the possibilities of these radios, why not call one of our highly trained sales team members on 01425 533 533.

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PD 7 Series- Hytera PD705LT

Hytera have a huge selection of two way radios that are ever advancing. The PD7 series is having a huge affect on the two way radio industry and the PD705LT (Light) is one of the more affordable radios out of the PD7 series, this whilst still being excellent in quality and having a vast amount of features.

Physical Attributes

The Hytera PD705LT is a compact, robust digital two way radio which stands at 119mm tall (with antenna) 54mm wide and 27mm in depth. It is rated IP67 meaning it is incredibly strong and resistant against water and dust. Two robust switches are located at the top of the radio which are the channel selector switch, volume and on/off switch, along with these is the emergency button which can be used to notify your fleet of an emergency with an alarm.

The left side of the PD705LT is where the push to talk (PTT) button and the two programmable buttons are located, many features are available to be programmed into these for ease accessibility in the workplace.

On the right side is where the accessory connector is located which is where earpieces, remote speaker microphones, headsets and other accessories like programming cables can be connected. These accessories can help make the users life much easier when working.

The back of the radio is where the belt clip is attached to the battery. From the picture below you will notice the two screws that allow the belt clip to be screwed onto the radio, this making it more robust and reliable compared to the average belt clip on other similar types of two way radios.

 

Features

48 channels are available with the PD705LT, this being split through 3 zones with 16 channels on each, however at Radiotronics we programme the amount available with the users license. Channel scanning is present which will scan through all the channels to allow the user to find an ongoing transmission. Mixed mode scanning is also present for the users who wish to use analogue and digital two way radios in the same fleet, this could be when a company is transitioning from analogue to digital and they wish to have their new digital radios to connect and transmit to their old analogue radios. Selectable channel spacing can be programmed into a users radio which is great to determine how many channels they wish to have in there block of the radio spectrum. The smaller the spacing between channels the more channels can fit into their zone, but the larger the spacing is between channels the better the reception and audio quality is. With the PD705LT a user can choose between 12.5MHz/20MHz/25MHz as their channel spacing.

Transmit interrupt is available to be programmed into the PD705LT and this allows the user to interrupt any transmissions that may be currently ongoing to notify the whole fleet, usually of an emergency. This is great when the user is wanting to notify the fleet urgently. Another feature that can also be programmed into the PD705LT is lone worker that is incredibly useful for users who work alone. A signal will be sent out after the radio has been in active for a pre-set amount of time and if the signal is answered then the supervisor will know that person is safe, if it isn’t answered to then another signal will be sent out to the rest of the fleet, notifying them that the worker, working alone hasn’t answered and may be unsafe or injured. 5-tone signalling is present, but this is only available in analogue mode. A digital equivalent would be colour code which allows the fleet to make personal calls once programmed. VOX (Voice Activation) allows the user to transmit to their fleet without using the PTT button, this may be useful with compatible earpieces and remote speaker microphones (RSM) that also have this feature. This prevents a user from having to reach down to their radio which may be attached to their hip, freeing the hands to do their job.

Accessories

There are many accessories which are compatible with the PD705LT which can be used for many different reasons. Remote speaker microphones like the SM18N2 can be used with the PD705LT which means the user can transmit information without having to bring the radio to their mouth, the RSM will clip onto the users shoulder or collar creating easy access to their radio.

SM18N-RSM

Earpieces like the Hytera EAN23 can also be connected to the RSM with a 3.5mm jack which means that as-well as having easy access to making transmissions, the user will also be able to hear other people’s transmissions straight to their ear rather than having them broadcast out for everyone to hear. This can be useful for when a user may be in covert, sensitive environments and not wanting the information transmitted to be shared around strangers or people that can’t be listening to the possibly sensitive information.

EAN23-Earpiece

Another earpiece that works amazing in covert, sensitive environments is the D-shape earpiece which is designed to wrap around the ear preventing it from falling off the users ear when moving around. It is comfortable around the ear with the small speaker covering the eardrum giving clear audio. The D shape earpiece connects directly into the radio in use rather than into a remote speaker microphone just like the EAN23 covert earpiece.

D-Shape Earpiece

Headsets like the ECN18 are brilliant for when working on roads or in loud environments such as a construction site. They are noise cancelling headphones which will protect your ears from the loud noises as well as allowing the user to hear other people’s transmissions. Along with this is a microphone that will pick up any voice while blocking out the loud background noises, this could be cars passing you on a motorway when working on roads or a loud drill on a construction site. The ECN18 connects directly to the PD705LT and because of this it would be very unlikely to disconnect.

ECN18-Headset

Chargers

The user will be needing a charger for their PD705LT and depending on how big their fleet is may change what type of charger they need. If a user is buying a larger fleet for the first time they will want to buy a charger like the Hytera MCA08, this is a six unit charger and can hold six radios in one place and charge them all at the same time, in the same place. This is actually more affordable and better for organization rather than buying six single pod chargers. If the user is planning on buying only a couple of radios for the first time without the idea of buying more in the future then the single pod charger or the twin charger is available. The two pods that have been merged together allow the radios to stand back to back while charging only needing one power supply to charge them at the same time.

Twin Charger, Single Pod, 6 Unit Charger

Because of the PD705LT‘s affordability it is available and useful in most work environments, this could be for security, in schools, maintenance, event management or even on construction sites. It’s features enable you to use it in emergency situations and with earpieces, for discretion, it can be used pretty much anywhere except places with gas or oil nearby that may cause damages. ATEX is better off for environments like this.

If you wish to know more in a visual way then watch our comprehensive video where we talk about all of it’s features, the chargers and the compatible accessories that are available with the Hytera PD705LT.

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Why Should Taxis Use Radios, Not phones?

There are many pros to using two way radios as a taxi driver, although quite a few have transitioned to mobile phones, they could still be missing out on the advanced features available with radios. In this blog is all the main reasons and features as to why two way radios may be the best suit for a taxi driver.

Most people seem to believe that it is illegal to use a radio while driving just like it is to use a phone, but that is untrue. A taxi man/woman can use a two way radio while driving legally but if a police officer believes it is affecting their driving then they can be pulled over, all the police simply recommend is to not play with the settings or buttons while driving and only use the radio when necessary to reply to incoming transmissions. There are many larger companies that use a software named “Autocab” which manages booking information, dispatch and pick up times. Yes this software can be very useful in dispatch and delivery services but for taxi’s we definitely recommend a two way radio as it can be used to do all of the above things but with added communication with your colleagues.

There are many two way radios still on the market which are affordable with many features. All the radios I’ll be showcasing are designed specifically for taxis, delivery drivers or any vehicle transportation service.

ICOM IC-F110S

If you are reading this and are looking for a starter, entry level two way radio then the ICOM IC-F110S is the one for you. The production of this radio is beginning to be wound down by ICOM but can still be purchased online for a very affordable price. Many taxi drivers will say that they do not want to have a radio as they are “too big” or “they take up too much room”, well the IC-F110S is the smallest radio out of their range of vehicular radios and takes minimal room to install. It transmits VHF (Very High Frequencies) which is great for wide open areas with minimal obstructions. This would be a great addition to a taxi company that works mainly in country side areas or small towns and villages. It only weighs 400g and stands at 150mm wide, 40mm height and 117.5mm in depth meaning it has a small, compact design. There are 8 available channels that can be used to communicate with the fleet with channel scanning to allow the user to hear any incoming transmissions through the 4 Watt front mounted speaker. The volume can be adjusted with the volume switch so suit the users ear. A full LED display is at the front of the radio which indicates the channel in use which can be easily seen in the dark without a distracting glare while driving. Once installed the user can communicate with no calling or waiting and have easy access to talk to other drivers or their company base. The IC-F110S has a polycarbonate front panel and is made with a die cast chassis making it much more robust and reliable compared to a personal mobile phone. When making transmissions, security can be very important for sensitive information and the IC-F110S provides the necessary security for this with a password feature. The transceiver must accept a password before any transmissions can be heard to prevent anyone unauthorised talking with other drivers or the base. For anyone looking for a starter radio the ICOM IC-F110S is a perfect tool to boost communication, organisation and professionalism. If a user is wanting a UHF version then the ICOM IC-F210S is available on our website.

ICOM IC-F110S two way radio

Motorola DM4401e

The next recommended radio is the Motorola DM4401e, this radio is at a higher price point but for good reason, as it has a whole lot more features than the average radio in this class. It comes with 32 channels and channel scanning, it is digital and can transmit either UHF or VHF. It can be used in all environments if that be wide open spaces or built up areas like cities or large towns. The DM4401e only weighs 300g which is very light meaning it installs very easily without any struggle. One of the most dangerous parts of a taxi drivers job is the driving and if a collision does happen then the base will need to know where the accident happened. GPS is built in to the DM4401e which will allow the base to see exactly where each driver is at any given time as long as they have TRBOnet software. TRBOnet allows the user to track radios using GPS, record transmissions and perform complex call routing, this increases safety dramatically for the drivers as they have the reassurance that they are always watched and are always safe. The GPS is also incredibly good use for if/when a taxi is stolen as the base will be able to know exactly where it is and can give that information to the police to retrieve the vehicle back. Yes a mobile phone does have GPS but can not be used in the same way with all the other features available with the radio. In addition the GPS on a phone can be turned off whereas on the radio itself it would need to be programmed to disable it. 4 programmable buttons come with the Motorola DM4401e making features easily accessible when they are needed. Each button can hold a different feature and the user can pick the features they wish to have programmed into their radio. One feature that can be useful while working is the Emergency Button feature which would send a signal to the users base and fleet once pressed notifying them that the user is in danger or has had an accident. The voice announcement feature is available to be programmed to the users radio which allows them to hear pre recorded voice announcements whenever an operation like changing channels has occurred, meaning the driver has no need to take their eyes off the road and can listen to any changes made. Integrated already into the DM4401e is an X-Pand compressor which allows the user to talk quietly while the transceiver can still hear the transmission loud and clear. The compressor basically boosts your voice louder when it appears quiet resulting in the user not having to shout or talk loud for their colleague to hear them talk. When using a mobile phone while working you will have to have it connected to hands free Bluetooth as it is illegal to use a phone while driving. When a phone is on Bluetooth the phone will pick up a lot of background noise like the car or people talking and the audio is not very clear. The DM4401e gives clear, precise and easy to hear audio with no background noise and clear voice transmissions.

Motorola DM4401 two way radio

Accessories

For both of the radios I have spoken about, there are plenty of different accessories available. Different antennas can be attached to your vehicle allowing further transmissions or shorter (depending on the users needs). Some antennas are designed specifically for urban areas such as towns and cities and some are designed for wide open areas. Programming cables are available meaning the user can programme their radios themselves as long as they have the software.

Motorola DM401 programming cable

Other spare parts like remote speaker microphones are available to be purchased online and they all have different features available. Some have a volume control switch, some have a programmable button but they can all be used to make your job easier resulting in the user having to use the radio itself less and the RSM more which could be attached to your shoulder for easier access.

Motorola DM4401 remote speaker microphone

A DIN mount can be added to your vehicle allowing the radio to be installed to where the radio would usually be, meaning it can be kept out the way while still being easily used while driving. The alternative could be a dash mount which allows the user to install their radio to the dashboard which could be a little closer than where the radio would be.

Diagram of DIN mount

 

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Motorola DR3000 UHF2 – Forthcoming Discontinuation

Motorola Solutions have announced that the Motorola DR3000 repeater will soon be discontinued, with the final order date for this product being the 17th June 2019 (Whilst stocks last).

“The Motorola DR3000 repeater is a continuous-duty unit that supports two simultaneous voice or data paths in digital TDMA mode. DR3000 easily mounts in wall or rack systems. This Motorola DR3000 repeater is part of the MOTOTRBO series, delivering increased capacity and spectrum efficiency, integrated data communications and enhanced voice communications through a complete solution.”

The replacement for this repeater is an already existing product that is available to purchase from the Radiotronics web store. The SLR5500 is a digital repeater from Motorola. Operating with both UHF and VHF frequencies, the SLR5500 is capable of mixed mode operation between both analogue and digital. A channel capacity of 64 allows for sufficient communications for a larger business, expanding the range of radios across substantially sized facilities.

If you’d like to find out more about the remaining available stock of the Motorola DR3000, please call and speak to a member of our sales team on 01425 533 533. For more information regarding the replacement SLR5500 then please click here.

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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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Hytera MD785 to MD785i Transition Announcement

Hytera has announced the replacement of the hugely successful MD785 with the MD785 (i for improved) model.

Hytera MD785i

A favourite for business users and HAM radio operators alike, the Hytera MD785 has proven a workhorse DMR two way radio. And with the release of the MD785i, the traction is definitely not set to slow down.

So what’s the difference? … I hear you ask…

One thing we can tell you is that the new MD785i comes preloaded with version 9 firmware which does have many feature updates and bug fixes. Hytera claims the new MD785i is even more powerful and versatile – presumably meaning in features – not actual RF power. But the most exciting new features are the Wireless Link and Full-Duplex Single Frequency Repeater (SFR) which was only previously possible on the PD985 portable. Of course both of these features do require a licence key installation in the radio – but nevertheless the MD785i is capable and it’s MD785 predecessor could not.

So to speculate, does this mean the rumoured Hytera PD785i will also have these features? Only time will tell.

> You can download a PDF brochure for the Hytera MD785i here.

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