17th Jan 2020
Released On 5th Oct 2021
The Best Two-Way Radios For Agriculture and Farming
RadioTrader supplies a vast range of two-way radio equipment into the Irish agricultural industry, and overseas, too. We'll show you the most popular solutions available on the market today and the most frequently asked questions we're asked by farm-workers and contractors.
Do I require a licence?
The most frequently asked question that farmers ask us about 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) walkie talkie units, which we would not recommend for effective use on a site as large as a farm. A basic radio licence will cost around é90.00 for five years' use, but RadioTrader can apply for this on your behalf to save you any worry.
Do I need a repeater / base station?
No, most agricultural sites won't need a base station or repeater to get the coverage they need, 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, but a quick chat with us can point you to a radio solution that is best suited to the terrain of your particular farm. A basic "back-to-back" radio set-up will provide between five to eight miles of coverage. For most farms this ought to be perfectly adequate, but if needed, the range can be increased by installing a repeater system, or looking at an alternative wide-area system.
Sometimes I need to speak to other contractors. Is this possible?
Yes, of course. RadioTrader has supplied a large number of two-way radios to users needing to speak to different contractors around the farm and beyond. Our most popular radio solution for agricultural sites is a simple 8-channel set-up: this allows you to have your own site communications from channels 1 to 4, and a further 4 channels to speak with contractors or even to keep in touch with 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 units. Don't stick with your old CB radio, there are many benefits of switching over, including less congested channels, private communications and clear transmissions in any terrain, over wide areas.
Tractor Solution - Tait TM8110
For use in tractors and other agricultural vehicles, 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.
Find out more about the Tait TM8110 Agri Kit.
Handheld Two-Way Radio Solution - HYT TC-620
An analogue handheld two-way radio 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).
Handheld Two-Way Radio Solution - Hytera PD705LT
The Hytera PD705LT is a robust and reliable handheld two-way two-way radio. 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
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 they 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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