The DP1400 from Motorola is currently one of the most popular two-way radios in the world. An ideal solution should you be looking for an advanced yet easy-to-use radio, the DP1400 can be used in a transitional period should you be looking to migrate from an existing analogue to a new digital system. Aesthetically the DP1400 has a user-friendly black box design. Should you be looking at the radio and thinking that it’s appearance doesn’t look very “advanced”, this is why you should never judge a book by its cover, or in the case a radio by its shell.
The DP1400 stands at 128mm in height, 62mm in width and 39mm in depth whilst weighing just 406g when the standard 1400mAh NiMH battery is attached. The low weight that the DP1400 has ensures that minimal strain is felt by the operator when it is being carried via the use of a belt clip or wrist strap, as standard we will supply a belt clip alongside your battery. Radiotronics would always recommend that a carrying solution is used with your radio, this to ensure that the risk of dropping your device is minimal as it is securely attached to your person rather than loosely in your pocket.
Despite its relatively small stature the DP1400 has been built to IP54 compliance. This Ingres protection rating ensures that not only does the radio have limited protection against dust intrusion but is also safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles meaning that it can be used outside even when raining. Another certification that the DP1400 holds is military specification MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G. After being put through various tests this allows for the radio to continuously operate even in the harshest of environmental conditions. No matter whether there is sand storms, heavy snow or mist and fog the DP1400 will continuously operate to a high standard from temperatures as low as -30°C through to 60°C.
As previously stated the DP1400 is a relatively advanced radio for its price. Starting with simple features that have a great impact, both a time out timer and busy channel lockout can be programmed into the radio. BCL ensures that should someone already be transmitting onto a channel then another radio will not be allowed to transmit until the first radio has finished, this ensuring that communications do not become crossed and are ultimately missed helping to improve efficiency of your communications. Alongside this a time out timer ensures that a radio operative can’t transmit onto a channel for extended periods of time. When programming your DP1400 a maximum length of transmission can be set at a time frame of your choice, if this is set at 30 seconds this will cut out the transmission at this point, helping to ensure that channels do not get locked due to over-use or because of accidental operation.
Alongside these operational features the DP1400 also has various safety ones. An emergency button can be programmed to one of the programmable buttons on the DP1400 so that an alert can be sent to other radios within the fleet in seconds should an operator have a safety or security issue. Lone Worker and Man Down are also options that can be programmed into the radio, although the latter is a licensable upgrade meaning that it doesn’t come as standard when purchasing the DP1400. Both operating in similar ways although monitoring different aspects, these features are a must have when working in dangerous working environments. Lone Worker monitors the activity levels of the radio and should the radio be inactive for a pre-set period of time then an alert will sound, if not responded to then an alarm will be sent of highest priority to other radios or a base station should there be one implemented within your system. Man Down works in a similar way although rather than monitoring the activity levels will monitor the orientation of your radio, whereby should it be laid on its side for a pre-set period of time then the same process as Lone Worker will be followed.
Now we have spoken about some of the features and attributes that make the DP1400 such great value, there are also accessories that we can pair your radio with to help with both safety and efficiency. There are a large array of items to choose from, therefore this decision may be difficult should you be purchasing a set of two-way radios for the first time.
Starting with batteries this decision relies heavily on the period of time of which your radios are required to be used for in a working day. When purchasing from Radiotronics as previously mentioned the DP1400 is supplied as standard with the PMNN4251 1400mAh NiMH battery, this will allow for up to 8 hours of usage by the operator whilst being capable of around 400 charge cycles on average. This battery is also built to be slim line, this making the radio sleeker allowing for your DP1400 to fit comfortably into the palm of the operator’s hand. The second battery that we will be talking about is one that can be used over extended periods of time. The PMNN4258AR is a high capacity 2900mAh Li-Ion battery, this will allow for between 12 to 14 hours of usage whilst being used at a 5-5-90 duty cycle. Although this battery is an optional paid upgrade it is highly recommended should you need your communications for longer periods of time, this ensuring that you are not caught short with your battery dying mid-way through a working shift.
Depending on your work place there may also be a need for an earpiece to be used to ensure that no transmissions are missed even in loud environments. When attaching these earpieces to the DP1400 a remote speaker microphone is required due to each earpiece only having a 3.5mm single-pin jack. The PMNN4013 is our recommended microphone with this being compatible with both earpieces we will be talking about in the PMLN7396 and PMLN7560.
The PML7396 is a D-shape earpiece that fits comfortably around the ear. Recommended for use in environments such as retail or hospitality where noise levels do not reach deafening heights, the D-Shape earpiece is one of our bestselling accessories when customers have previously purchase the DP1400 from us. The PMLN7560 is almost the exact opposite of the D-Shape, this earpiece is covert meaning that rather than being placed on the ear it is place into the ear canal. The reason that you place the PMLN7560 inside of the ear is because it is designed for environments where loud noise levels are expected, you will often find these earpieces being used by security staff or workers within the nightlife industry.
There are many variants of antenna that can be chosen when purchasing your DP1400 radios therefore it will differ depending on various factors. Your DP1400 radios will either be VHF or UHF a decision you make when purchasing, UHF is best used in built up areas where you will need to communicate through concrete or metal walls of a building whereby VHF is ideally used in wide open spaces. The next step is to choose between a stubby and whip antenna, this is entirely down to the customer on which suites them with the clues of their appearance being in their names. Radiotronics would always recommend that a stubby antenna is used, this due to a common complaint with our customers being that their whip antennas have broken, often due to staff members swinging their handset around whilst holding the end of the whip antenna and damaging the internal wiring.
We previously mentioned that when purchasing a DP1400 Radiotronics will always supply a belt clip as standard. Because of them being supplied alongside the radio a lot of people don’t tend to look for alternative carrying methods although there are plenty. In terms of carry cases you can purchase with the option of either nylon (HLN9701B) or leather (RLN5383A), these cases can be attached via the use of a belt loop to the operator allowing for quick access at the side when needed. There is also the option to purchase a RLN5384 or RLN5385B carry case, differentiated by having a 2.5” or 3” belt loop respectively these cases are quick release meaning that they can be pulled from the operator’s side quickly when needed. After mentioning the more conventional carrying solutions there is also the simplest, should you be looking for an easy and affordable carrying solution then there is the option of purchasing a NTN5243 shoulder strap. This is as simple as it sounds, the ends are connected to the radio which in turn is carried over the shoulder. This solution allows for quick access when required whilst also keeping out of the operators way to ensure that movement isn’t obstructed.
We will finally be discussing the charging options that are available starting out with the PMLN5191 single charger. An optional purchase, the single charger is an ideal choice should your radios be spread out across a large site allowing for each radio user to have their own charging station. Alternatively, should you be looking for a multi-charger then there are multiple options available from Radiotronics. Our very own MOTRACK allows for the creation of a rack charger via the use of your existing PMLN5191 pods, not all pods need to be connected straight away meaning that this is an ideal solution should you be purchasing 2 radios with the intention of expanding to 6+ in the future. The PMLN6600 is a genuine Motorola 6-way charger allowing for a centralised location for charging radios, unlike the MOTRACK this comes full stocked and ready to charge 6 DP1400 radios. Our final option is the MOT1 that allows for the charging of 12 radios at once, due to the cost of this device it is only recommended in environments where there are many radios in the workplace or charging of all radios is required to be in one place.
Now that we’ve ran through almost all of your options for purchasing a new set of DP1400 radios we thought we would break it down a little further for you. Below you can find a table outlining our recommended purchases for specific industries.
*Items Marked with an asterix are not a required purchase.