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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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What Is The Alternative To The Motorola GP340?

In this blog post I will be talking about one of the two way radios that has been leading the market for nearly a decade… the Motorola GP340. If you would prefer, scroll to the bottom of the Blog post for a video summary made by Radiotronics!

What Is The Alternative To The Motorola GP340?

When looking at the dimensions and physical attributes to the GP340 we know that it stands at 137mm tall with a width of 57.5mm. The GP340 has been designed for a comfortable feel in your hand to minimize stretching or discomfort when reaching for the side buttons. Next, on the top of the radio is the antenna, the GP340 can have many different types of antennas but on the video, it showcases the whip and the stubby antenna. A cool fact about the GP340 and the DP1400 is that they have interchangeable antennas, something that isn’t seen on any other Motorola radio pairings. People are likely to use a certain type of antenna for practical reasons, or in a vain way to improve the aesthetics of the radio. The only benefit that can be seen is the whip antenna can offer a slight increase in range, other than this, there is no major difference between the whip and stubby antenna choice.

 

The GP340 has the possibility of 16 programmable channels, the Switch itself is marked very clearly with bright white numbers and marks which can be useful and easily seen in the dark. Next to this is the power switch which again has the white line across the switch to show clearly the volume level for your radio, when the switch is turned all the way left it is off, but when moved clockwise, you’ll hear a little click which means the radio is on. In order to select volume level, you just rotate the switch up and then back down to your preferred sound output. Another thing that featured on the top of the radio is the emergency button which can be programmed with other features, but this is most likely used for emergency situations as its easily accessible, also because it is red. The way in which an emergency button works is that once pressed, a signal will go to all of your colleague’s radios, this indicating that you are in need of assistance. Further, if one of the radio’s in the fleet has a display, like the Motorola GP680, it can be programmed to display the name of the radio in distress.

Moving on to the right side of the GP340 there is an accessory connector, This can be used with compatible headsets or earpieces. Having an earpiece with an integrated microphone connected means you won’t have to keep touching the radio itself to say something, or if you have to listen closely when there is a lot of background noise being made. If at any time there is not an accessory connected the radio, then a cover is attached protecting it from dirt, dust and water.

On the left side there are 4 buttons. To start off you will be able to see from the photo that there is a large button, this is known as the Push to Talk paddle or PTT for short, this is likely to be the most used button on the radio. The three other smaller buttons are programmable buttons which allow you to add features that best suit your needs. The GP340 was available with a choice of batteries ranging from a basic Li-Ion battery which would last around 8 hours, to larger batteries that can last up to 24 hours.

The next part of this blog post will be comparing analogue to digital two way radios, with our next choice being the Motorola DP4400e. This is the digital replacement for the GP340, similar in style but the only difference being the DP4400e possessing far more modern features to its older counterpart.

 

There are similar qualities between both radios like the emergency button. Again, this can be programmed with different features. On the DP4400e the switches are a little taller and thinner and they have deeper grooves around the edge which creates easier grip when holding them. The GP340 can be programmed with 16 channels whereas the DP4400e can programme 32 channels which will be accessed through two separate zones. So already, an improvement has been made with the DP4400e when compared to the GP340. Both radios feature 5 tone signalling. This allows you to either talk to the whole fleet or to personally talk one on one with a colleague. This feature is found on most two way radios but if you were going to switch to digital then you have reassurance that you’re not losing important features from the GP340. The GP340 and the DP4400e both have channel scanning, the same channel spacing and VOX (Voice Activation Capability). Both radios have a voice compressor which makes huge differences in the audio quality. The compression creates the whisper feature for the GP340 and the DP4400e, this means you are able to whisper through your microphone quietly but the audio is projected loud on the other side. This is an incredibly useful tool when working in covert and sensitive environments.

Lone Worker is a feature available on both radios. The lone worker feature requires you interact with the radio at intervals; and if you don’t – a call will be sent out to all radios within your fleet to notify colleagues that you may be in danger or even away from your radio at a dangerous or important time. This can be handy when on construction sites or when working as security. Moving on to the left side of both radio’s there are three small programmable buttons which means that they both have the same amount of potential when it comes to the features. The DP4400e has a remote monitor, a transmit interrupt feature and an optional extra, the Man Down feature – however most of these additional features are only available in digital mode – so once you’ve upgraded all of your GP340s to DP4400e’s – these additional features can be activated by simply reprogramming the radio. This shows how much more potential a digital radio has.

If you are using most or even all the features available for the GP340 and you wish to upgrade to digital then we would definitely recommend the DP4400e. Although, if you’re reading this and you’re realising that you don’t use half of the features or even any but still wish to switch to digital then we would recommend the cheaper and much more simple Motorola DP1400. This is from the same DP family as the 4400e, but it is much more simple. The DP1400 is pretty much a talk and receive radio, not a lot more goes into it, which is why it’s cheaper. There are less features that come with the DP1400 and this is why people see it as a cost effective version of the DP4400e.

 

To conclude, if you are wanting to switch from the analogue GP340 to digital then the DP4400e is the radio for you. But if you’re looking for a more simple digital radio because you don’t need the features then definitely go for the DP1400. It all just depends on your needs and your budget.

Below you can find my comprehensive video on the Motorola GP340, DP4400e and DP1400.

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