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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Case Study: No Matter The Environment, It’s Possible!

Radiotronics have helped to fit and supply radio systems across all of the UK. We have one of the highest stock holdings in our industry, with a large catalog online we can supply most items next day that are available to find on our website. From simple small business requirements of a few radios through to multi-site trunking system, Radiotronics have the knowledge and know-how to implement any system that you require.

In order for you to better grasp some of the services we offer we have put together a collection of case studies, these showing a wide variety of the jobs that we have been asked to complete, ranging from single site systems in a theatre to an entire city wide transport communication system.

Crescent Theatre

Radiotronics were tasked with supplying two way radios for the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, a building originally constructed in 1932, the theatre houses one of the oldest theatre companies in the city; The Crescent Theatre Company.

When the Crescent Theatre contacted us they had a number of ageing Motorola GP300 radios, these radios had been discontinued for nearly 20 years! They wanted to know a suitable like for like replacement for their trusted Motorola radios and had contacted Radiotronics for our help, alongside the radios they also wanted us to supply accessories such as earpieces and microphones for with their new radios.

The radios that we suggested were the Motorola VX-261, a new and improved version of the Vertex Standard VX-261 that was released after Motorola bought the Vertex Standard brand. The reason for recommendation by us was because of the radios robustness, this alongside its ultra-clear audio and the vast range of accessories that would be available to the users should they choose to purchase this radio. The accessories that the Crescent chose to go alongside their radios were a 6 position charging unit and covert in-ear earpieces, the earpieces allowing for quiet conversations so no disruption is made should an instruction need to be made whilst a performance is taking place.

Sheffield Hallam

A larger institution that contacted Radiotronics for radios was Sheffield Hallam University for use in their hubs building. The Hubs facility is made from a mixture of steel and concrete, one of the more challenging structures the Radiotronics had taken on fitting a two-way radio system. The building in question already had a signal extender fitted otherwise known as a repeater, this was to ensure that no matter where in the building the operator was their was full coverage.

As mentioned previously there was already an existing repeater and radio system in place but the radios where ageing and some beginning to fail. The University suggested that they wanted robust yet lightweight water-resistant two way radios, of which Radiotronics suggested that the solution for them was to take a look at the Icom IC-F2000. The reason that this radio was selected was because it is an extremely robust radio that can withstand most bumps and drops, it is also IP67 Ingres rated meaning that it can be submersed in water for a short period of time without it being at risk of damage.

An extra requirement that SHU requested was the ability to track each radio and their user, Radiotronics was able to implement this with a clock in and out system and the University has stated that it has helped to decrease the number of radios that have gone missing or become broken.

Liverpool YMCA

Liverpool YMCA is a community focused non-profit that was established in 1844, the already had two way radios that they were using within their building but they weren’t working properly, reporting both signal and audio quality issues. The building that the YMCA currently occupy is a large structure that is dense with moth steel and concrete, both of which are known to have a profound effect on the range and usability of licensed two-way radios, not to mention the low power walkie talkies that the YMCA was using.

The solution that Radiotronics chose to put forward was to supply a brand new fleet of radios to replace their existing licence free models. We choose to suggest that they should be using the high powered and hugely popular Kenwood TK-D340, this enough to effectively cover the building that the users operate in whilst still managing to provide ultra-clear audio. The 4W output power was able to give the YMCA 10x better performance than their existing radios with no issues of signal black spots.

Manchester Metrolink

Manchester Metrolink got in touch with Radiotronics to provide a solution for their transport systems during the 2018 Parklife festival that sees 80,000 people rushing to see their favourite artists. Unlike most jobs that come our way the requirement for this system was to cover the entire city of Manchester, all 44.6 square miles due to workers being stationed all across the city.

The solution for Metrolink, although it may seem a tough one, was to use a relatively new method of instant communications called Push To Talk Over Cellular. This is as straight forward as it sounds, a two-way radio with a SIM card that allows the user to broadcast over cellular networks rather than UHF or VHF frequencies. Therefore, anywhere you would have phone signal you are able to get in contact instantly to other users, even if they’re on the other side of the world! The PoC radio that we chose to offer Metrolink was the Telo TE580, the most popular cellular radio that Radiotronics have to offer.

Another benefit that was a great success for Metrolink was the ability to monitor the whereabouts of each radio from a central location, this accomplished by the use of GPS tracking. The main use for this job was to ensure that everyone was where they needed to be at the right time, but should an issue have arisen where worker safety was breached then this would have allowed for fast action due to knowing the location instantly.

Radiotronics have a sales team available to talk to should you be unsure on what system you may require. One of the best trained teams in the Industry, they can talk through with you any issues that you may be having and be able to offer you a solution. Call us today on 01425 533 533 with any questions!

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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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Kirisun DP770, TM840 & TR850 Programming Software

It’s probably a fair bet you’ve found this page whilst searching for the programming software for either the DP770 portable radio, TM840 mobile radio or the TR850 repeater from Kirisun.

The programming software for these models is the Kirisun CPSp. And the latest version (at time of writing) is v1.91.

Kirisun CPSp Programming Software

You can download the Kirisun CPSp Programming Software FREE OF CHARGE from our website here.

You will also need some programming cables…

Kirisun cables are hard to find in the UK. This information is for reference as we cannot supply these cables. The Kirisun DP770 requires the Kirisun KSPL-15 programming cable (if you can find one). The TM840 / TM880 mobile radios require a Kirisun KSPL-U21 programing cable (again, if you can find one). The TR-850 repeater requires a Kirisun KSPL-17 programming cable. The only place we managed to find one was on AliExpress.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to find an alternative cables. It appears only genuine Kirisun cables work. If you’ve found otherwise, please let us know in the comments section.

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Kirisun PT568 Radio Programming Software

If you’re looking for programming software for the Kirisun PT568, stop right here. The correct programming software for the Kirisun PT568 is Kirisun KSP568 and the latest version is v1.04. And you can download it FREE.

Kirisun KSP568 v1.04

This software works with 4 versions of the Kirisun PT568 including 136-174MHz VHF (version 1), 420-470MHz (version 3).

You can download the Kirisun KSP568 FREE OF CHARGE from our website here.

You will also need a programming cable. We do not sell Kirisun compatible programming cables so we recommend that you purchase a cable on eBay. We have selected one here that we have tested.

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Kirisun PT558 Programming Software

The chances are that you’ve stumbled across this post as you’re looking for programming software for the Kirisun PT558 licence free two way radio. The software you need is Kirisun KSP20S. Read on…

Kirisun KSP20AS v2.44

You can download the Kirisun KSP20S FREE OF CHARGE from our website by clicking here.

You will also need a programming cable. We do not sell Kirisun compatible programming cables so we recommend that you purchase a cable on eBay. We have selected one here that we have tested.

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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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