5th Oct 2017
Released On 3rd May 2019
Two Way Radios For Farming and The Agricultural Industry
RadioTrader supplies a vast range of two way radio equipment into the agricultural industry. We'll show you the most popular solutions available on the market today and the most frequently asked questions we get from farm workers and contractors.
"Do I require a licence?"
The most frequently asked question regarding two way radios is if they require a licence. The simple answer is yes, two way radios require a licence, unless you are using licence-free PMR446 units, which we would not recommend for business use. A basic licence will cost around £75.00 for five years use and we will apply for this on your behalf. More detail about radio licensing here.
"Do I need a repeater / base station?"
No, two way radios do not require a base or repeater, they can be used on a radio-to-radio basis. Repeater base stations are introduced when customers require coverage on a greater scale, typically around 15 miles.
"What range can I expect?"
Range is dependent on the terrain you are using the radios in. A basic "back-to-back" radio set up will provide between five to eight miles of coverage. This can then be increased by installing either a repeater system or looking at an alternative wide area system.
"Sometimes I need to speak to other contractors. Is this possible?"
RadioTrader has supplied a large number of two way radios to users needing to speak to different contractors. Our most popular solution is a simple 8-channel set-up that will allow you to have your own site communications from channels 1 to 4, and a further 4 channels to speak with contractors or other local farms. We simply require frequency information if they have existing radios.
Analogue Two Way Radios
An analogue two way radio system is seen as the ideal cost-effective starting point if you are new to radios or looking to upgrade from older CB type units.
Vehicle Solution - Tait TM8110
We find that the Tait TM8110 two way is a clear favourite in this category and decided to create the ultimate Agri Two Way Radio Kit. Our Tait TM8110 Agri Kit has been created to offer a one-kit solution, by using the TM8110 and partnering this with an impressive earth independent antenna and wing mirror mount.
For further information regarding the Tait TM8110 Agri Kit please click here.
Hand Portable Solution - HYT TC-620
An analogue hand portable two way radio we would recommend is the HYT TC-620. The TC-620 is a robust, lightweight, weatherproof two way radio that has fantastic audio quality and impressive range.
Digital Two Way Radios
Over 95% of radios manufactured these days are now digital. Digital radios offer clearer voice transmissions and increased coverage (around 20% better than standard analogue radios). Another benefit of digital radios is their ability to work in Analogue mode. This means that current analogue radio systems can slowly upgrade by purchasing digital radios in analogue mode, making the cost easier to manage.
Vehicle Solution- Hytera MD615
Our most popular digital vehicle solution is the Hytera MD615 digital mobile. This mobile combines a robust external design that is IP54 rated and has a compact housing providing a sleek and professional look. Feature-rich, the Hytera MD615 also has the ability to provide GPS positioning (optional upgrade) and Bluetooth capability (optional upgrade).
Hand Portable Solution - Hytera PD705LT
The Hytera PD705LT is a robust and reliable two way hand portable. This unit has an impressive IP67 rating allowing for total submersion in water for up to 30 minutes. We have even had users putting this rating to the test when accidentally dropping units in slurry. Other key features include:
- 32 Channels
- Li-Ion Battery
- Channel Scan Supporting Mixed Mode Scanning (Analogue & Digital Channel) - Allowing for easy digital migration for existing analogue users.
- IP67 and MIL-STD-810 F
- Digital Voice Call Function
- Digital Text Message Function
- Remote Monitor
- Stun and Revive feature
- Call Alert
- Lone Worker
For further information on the Hytera PD705LT please click here or browse the full range of digital hand portable radios.
Push To Talk Over Cellular (PoC)
PTT over cellular has been on the market a long time, however since the commercial 4G LTE rollout and faster data speeds, this is now a wide area solution that should be seriously considered. PoC radios use cellular data networks to offer wide area communication between devices and offer reliable performance in the UK and Europe. Unlike two way radios, you do not require a licence to use them.
Icom has recently released a PoC device called IP501H and out of all the devices we have tested, this is the market leader.
Icom IP501H Key Features
- IP67 Submersible
- Compact ( 59 x 95 x 32mm)
- Lightweight ( 240g)
- Full-Duplex Communication
- Multiple User Communication
- Priority Interrupt Calling
- High Quality Clear Audio Using G.726 Vocoder
- Individual, Group, Talkgroup, Multiplex Talkgroup and All Call
- Emergency Button, Lone Worker, Man Down
- Vibrate Alert Function
- Text Messaging
- 500 Memory Address Book
- Voice Message Recording
- Built-in Bluetooth and GPS
- App Monitoring - Monitor The GPS Positioning Of Your Fleet
For further information on Push to Talk Over Cellular please see our LTE / POC Network Radio Page.
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