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Ofcom Simple UK Gets 4 New UHF Channels

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Ofcom has recently announced 4 additional frequencies (channels) to the Ofcom Simple UK Licence meaning that the Simple UK Licence now allocates 7 UHF frequencies.

If you’d prefer, you can skip this article and go directly to purchase your Ofcom Simple UK Licence on our website – see the page on our website: Ofcom Simple UK Licence

You can read the exhaustive document here. This page summarises it and what this means for the Simple UK Licence.

Existing Simple UK UHF Frequencies

  • 449.3125 MHz
  • 449.400 MHz
  • 449.4750 MHz

As of late 2017, the following are also added to the Simple UK Licence

  • 458.7875 MHz
  • 458.8 MHz
  • 458.8125 MHz
  • 458.825 MHz

That means that there are now 7 frequencies in total which can be used on the Ofcom Simple UK Licence.

Radiotronics can arrange your Ofcom Simple UK Licence – and you can even buy it on our website. See the page on our website: Ofcom Simple UK Licence

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Ofcom Simple Site Licence Gets 6 Repeater Channels

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Ofcom has recently announced 6 additional channels to the Ofcom Simple Site Licence meaning that the licence now covers the use of a repeater.

If you’d prefer, you can skip this article and go directly to purchase your Ofcom Simple Site Licence on our website – see the page on our website: Ofcom Simple Site Licence

You can read the exhaustive document here. This page summarises it and what this means for the Simple Site Licence.

Ofcom’s Simple Site Business Radio Licence is the licence most businesses use when they only require business radios to be used within their own building or grounds. Ofcom Simple Site Licence enables businesses to get up and running with business radios without the complexity of going through the Technically Assigned business radio licence process. An application for a Ofcom Simple Site Licence is more of a purchase than an application because almost no-one will ever be refused.

Ofcom Simple Site Licence allocates a number of general business radio frequencies (channels) which, as mentioned above, can only be used at the site which the licence is granted to. How far away from that site is debatable – but we’ve always advised no more than 800 yards outside the site.

Current Frequencies

  • HF – 26.23275-26.865MHz, Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W
  • Low Band – 49.0-49.4875MHz, Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W
  • High Band VHF 159.6375-164.2MHz, Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W
  • UHF – 459.05-459.750MHz , Not exceeding 12.5kHz, Max ERP 2W

New Repeater Channels

The new repeater channels are as follows. All of these channels are 7MHz split, restricted to 2W ERP for both base and mobile, 12.5kHz and a base antenna height of 15M.

  • TX 451.5125 RX 458.5125 MHz
  • TX 451.525 RX 458.525 MHz
  • TX 451.5375 RX 458.5375 MHz
  • TX 451.5500 RX 458.5500 MHz
  • TX 451.5625 RX 458.5625 MHz
  • TX 451.775 RX 458.775 MHz

These new channels, in theory give you sufficient room for six repeater channels (12 voice channels in DMR digital mode).

The Bottom Line

The most basic site-based repeater systems can now be installed without waiting for Ofcom to do a survey for a technically assigned site licence. This means for rapid deployment of radio systems that would otherwise have potentially been subject to months of red tape.

Radiotronics can arrange your Ofcom Simple Site Licence – and you can even buy it on our website. See the page on our website: Ofcom Simple Site Licence

 

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Hytera PDC760: Digital Radio or Smart Phone?

The PDC760 is a multi-mode advanced radio from Hytera that has been called a revolutionary device in the private/public radio network industry.

The device has all the functionality of the top of the range two-way radios, whilst also having features that match up to some of the leading smart phones worldwide. Running on an Android operating system, this allows the user access to the App Store, receive LTE Data, group calling capabilities and a Cloud Backup system, preventing any data from being lost should the device become damaged or broken.

The likelihood of the device breaking though is extremely slim, Hytera have fitted it with a 4” Gorilla Glass III screen, this being scratch resistant, anti-impact, anti-fingerprint and oil resistant, boasting a service life for the LCD display of over 30,000 hours. Having tested its durability from a 1.2 meter drop, whilst also being IP67 Dust and Waterproof Resistant, this radio can take almost anything that you throw at it.

With all of the different features that the PDC760 boasts you would expect for the shortcoming of this device to be its battery life, but that isn’t the case. Using the 2900 mAh Li-Ion battery which is supplied with the radio you can get up to 14 hours, but this can be boosted by up to 20 hours with the optional 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery. In order to maximise battery performance there is a second black and white screen located on top of the device, this allows for clear information without having to use the main screen, being visable from multiple angles.

For more information on this product including pricing, click here.

Features

  • Dimensions (H x W x D) – 139.5 x 68 x 25.3mm
  • Weight (With Antenna & Battery) – 378.8g
  • DMR – ETSI DMR Tier II, III
  • Analog Frequency – 350-527 MHz
  • Channel Spacing – 25/20/12.5kHz
  • IP67 Dust & Water Proof Resistant
  • Shock & Vibration – MIL-STD-810G
  • Battery Life – Standard Battery 14H
    – Optional Battery 20H
  • Operating Voltage – 7.6V
  • Ports – USB 2.0, 20 PIN Accessory/Charging Port
  • Main Display – 4” Capacitive, Touch Screen, Gloves Compatible
  • Top Display – 1” Black & White Display
  • Camera – 13MP Front/Rear Camera
    – Video Recording Quality – Front Camera: 1080p HD up to 30 frames per second
    – Rear Camera: 4K HD
  • Memory – Broadband – 3GB RAM, ROM: 32GB eMMC (128GB with Micro SD Card)
    Narrowband – Expandable to 16GB with Micro SD Card
  • AP Processor – Qualcomm 8-core, 2.0GHz

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SL2600: Introducing Motorola’s Newest Portable Two Way Radio

Having just been released by Motorola, the SL2600 is a mid-tier digital two-way radio boasting the features of some current high-end models available.

Priced at £253 before VAT, this new edition is available in both VHF (136 – 174MHz) and UHF (403 – 480MHz). With a slender design, standing at 125.7mm high, 55mm wide and a depth of 22.7mm. The SL2600 stands up and surpasses its little brother, the SL1600. Offering such features as over the air updates – which allows businesses to send entire fleets updates without ever having downtime whilst an update is applied – something which has never been seen on a product at this price range.

> You can buy the Motorola SL2600 now on our main website where you will find up to date pricing and a full list of Motorola SL2600 accessories.

The SL1600 was launched in November 2014 and seen to have advanced technology for the time released, but now exactly 3 years later in November 2017 Motorola has released the much-anticipated big brother, the SL2600. This model has many features which set it apart from its competitors, with a virtual keyboard & display, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated WiFi and the device being systems capable, it is very much a radio fit for modern times in keeping with technological advancements.

With the option to support conventional operation on a single site, or the ability to use IP Site connect, in turn allowing your business to be linked over various locations. It doesn’t matter the scale of your operation, the SL2600 is perfect for any size business’ communications.

Members of the SL family currently include; SL1600 and the SL4000.

Features

  • IP54 Ingres Resistant
  • VHF (136 – 174 MHz) or UHF (403 – 480MHz)
  • 256 Channels
  • System Capability (IP Site Connect & Capacity Plus)
  • Digital or Analogue (DMR, PL/DPL, MDC, 5-Tone)
  • 3W (digital) / 2W (analogue) Output Power
  • 190g Weight (Inc Battery)
  • Dimensions: 125.7 x 55.0 x 22.7mm (HxWxD)
  • PMNN4468A 2300 Li-Ion Battery
  • 13.5 Hours Battery Life – In Digital Mode
  • 11 Hours Battery Life – In Analogue Mode

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Rackmount Two Way Radio Dispatch & Charger Station for 128 Two Way Radios

Two Way Radio (128-Radio) ChargerFor those who run a large fleet of radios, what could be more ideal than a fully rack-mounted two-way radio station that can house up to 128 radios – and keep track of them.

Well, you’re in luck. AdvanceTec Industries of Miami, Florida have created the Enterprise 3000 rack-mount two-way radio station.

The benefit of this station is that it allows you to fully keep track of your radios by booking them in and out. And when they’re in, they’re charging!

For more information about the AdvanceTec Enterprise 300, email us now.

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Two Way Radio Accessories Website Section Updated

The accessories section on our website has been updated to make it a little easier to use and more intuitive. Here’s what’s new.

Step 1 – Click on Accessories

> You can also go directly to our two-way radio accessories section.

The accessories section is now divided into brands. Simply click on to the brand of your radio.

Two Way Radio Accessories

Step 2 – Select Your Model Radio

Once you’ve selected the brand of your two-way radio, you can select the model by simply clicking on it. For this example, we have selected Motorola Accessories page.

Motorola Two Way Radio Accessories

Step 3 – Select The Accessory Type

You can then select the accessory type. For the purposes of this example, we’ve selected the Motorola CP040 Accessories page. On this page, there are batteries, chargers etc., and the user can quickly navigate to that section on the page by clicking the anchor at the top.

Motorola CP040 Accessories

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Kenwood TK-D240 & TK-D340 Series Released

Kenwood TK-D340 VHF & Kenwood TK-D240 VHFWe are pleased to announce the fantastic new entry-tier digital DMR radios from Kenwood are in stock now.

The new radios are Kenwood TK-D340 (UHF) and Kenwood TK-D240 (VHF) which feature true mixed mode – they can operate in either DMR digital or analogue on the same channel by automatically detecting the incoming signal. This feature alone makes the Kenwood TK-Dx40 series the ideal migration companion.

DMR is a relatively new path for Kenwood as the company has previously concentrated on dPMR as well as their own proprietary NEXEDGE platform. Presumably realising that to compete in a competitive marketplace, Kenwood needed a DMR lineup. The Kenwood TK-Dx40 series is Kenwood’s entry-tier contribution to the DMR market with a middle-to-high tier product range being announced in the coming weeks.

The Kenwood TK-D340 (UHF) and Kenwood TK-D240 (VHF) DMR radios have an exhaustive feature-set for an entry-tier product. They’re also priced under £200, at £171+VAT list price which includes a lithium battery and a single charger.

As always, Kenwood has released two models which are TK-D340 which is UHF (~440-470MHz) and TK-D240 which is VHF (~136-175MHz). Other than that the  TK-D340 & TK-D240 are identical.

Kenwood TK-Dx40 Features

  • 32 Channels / 2 Zones
  • Dual Mode (DMR & Analogue on Same Channel)
  • IP55 Ingres Resistant
  • TDMA Dual Slot – 2 Simultaneous Conversations On the Same Frequency
  • 3-colour Status LED (Red, Orange, Green)
  • 5-Tone Signalling
  • Battery Saver Mode
  • Busy Channel Lock-out
  • Compact Design
  • Ease of Operating Use
  • Flash Upgradeable Firmware
  • Lone Worker Function
  • Low Battery Warning
  • 3 Programmable Function Keys
  • QT (CTCSS) / DQT (digital)
  • Talk Around
  • Time-Out Timer
  • Voice Annunciation
  • Windows PC Programming and Tuning
  • AMBE+2 Vocoder (DMR Only)
  • Individual Call with Acknowledgement
  • Single-slot Data Timing
  • 25/20/12.5kHz Channel Spacing

What’s In The TK-Dx40 Box?

  • Kenwood TK-Dx40 Radio
  • KNB-47L Lithium Battery
  • Belt Clip
  • Band-Specific Antenna
  • KCS-35S Charger & UK Power Supply
  • Basic User Guide

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Motorola MOTOTRBO 10th Anniversary RRP Reduction Discount

Motorola Solutions LogoMotorola Solutions (Motorola Two Way Radio) have announced a reduction in the recommended retail price of their DP series two way radios in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the MOTOTRBO line of digital DMR radios.

What this means for customers is that Radiotronics is passing this discount on to you! See the full MOTOTRBO range on our website here.

The promotion is scheduled to run from the 5th of June, 2017 until the 30th of September, 2017

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How to Open a Motorola GP340

Motorola 6680702Z01 ToolThere are many reasons you may want to open up your Motorola GP340 which include changing the front cover or cleaning etc.

This article also applies to: GP340, GP330, GP340, GP360, GP380, GP640, GP680, GP344 & GP388.

The good news is that opening your Motorola GP340 is relatively simple. You’ll just need a simple Motorola GP430 Case Opening Tool.

The tool you need is the Motorola 6680702Z01 tool.

This guide is designed to facilitate with changing the front cover when you buy one our Motorola GP340 front cover housing kits.

If you need detailed information you’ll need to download the GP340 service manual.

Front Cover Removal Procedure

This short guide assumes you’ve already removed the battery, unscrewed the antenna and removed the accessory socket dust cover.

All of our GP340 front cover kits come with the internal ribbon flex cable already installed, so here we just concentrate on removing the radio from the cover.

> Note: Fitting the cover is the opposite of this guide.

1. Remove the Plastic Knobs

It’s very important that you remove the plastic knobs on top. If not, this can result in fracturing the knob shafts and cause expensive damage to your radio.

Motorola GP340 & GP344 Knob Removal

2. Remove Chassis From Cover

Be very careful here. This process should be relatively smooth. If you find it’s very tough to do, you’re probably doing something wrong.

Prise the chassis out of the front cover by pushing upwards from the bottom, using the tool mentioned above. Then slide the chassis downward to remove from the front cover. Be very careful that you don’t snag the ribbon flex cable.

Motorola GP340 & GP344 Case Removal

3. Detach the Ribbon Flex Cable(s)

Depending on if you have an option board fitted there will be either one or two ribbon flex cables. You can detach them by very carefully sliding a flat-blade screwdriver under their retaining latch. They should pop up instantly and release the ribbon flex cable. I they do not, do not force them, rethink and reassess.

Motorola GP340 & GP344 Ribbon Flex Cable Removal

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Vertex Standard VXR-7000 Repeater Discontinued

Vertex Standard VXR-7000

Vertex Standard (Motorola) have announced that the well known VXR-7000 repeater is to be cancelled on 30th June 2017.

Motorola have said that all orders for the Vertex Standard XVR-7000  should be placed before the 30th June 2017.

Models Discontinued

Model Code Description
A13670016-VSL VXR-7000V A EXP (CE) 136-150MHZ
A13670013 – VSL VXR – 7000V A EXP (NON CE) 136 – 150MHZ
A13670014 – VSL VXR – 7000V C EXP (CE) 150 – 174MHZ
A13670011 – VSL VXR – 7000V C EXP (NON CE) 150 – 174MHZ
A13680020 – VSL VXR – 7000U A EXP (CE) 403 – 430MHZ
A13680019 – VSL VXR – 7000U A EXP (NON CE) 403 – 430MHZ
A13680012 – VSL VXR – 7000U BS1 (CE) 420 – 450MHZ
A13680016 – VSL VXR – 7000U D EXP (CE) 450 – 480MHZ
A13680015 – VSL VXR – 7000U D EXP (NON CE) 450 – 480MHZ
AAA69X001 MR – 3 4U HIGH 19 INCH WIDE MOUNT KIT
AAC47X001 MR – 4 3U HIGH 19 INCH WIDE MOUNT KIT

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