Two Way Radio Rental - TR Hirecom

FAQ

 

Can I use UHFCB frequencies on the radios?
Yes you can. However, only certain model radios can be used and must be ACMA approved.

 

Will an analogue radio talk with a digital radio?
Yes. Digital radios can be programmed in analogue mode. This makes it easier for analogue users to migrate to digital.

 

Do I/we have to apply for our ACMA frequencies?
No. TR Hirecom can provide the service by applying on behalf of the customer.

 

What is the lifespan of my batteries?
Analogue and digital batteries lifespans will vary in accordance to the load of usage. Generally we recommend that batteries are changed approximately every 2 to 3 years to ensure greater performance.

 

How do I know if my radio is ACMA compliant?
The age and model of the radio will determine its compliance. Some radio models may no longer be available as a result of compliance issues. A TR Hirecom representative will be able to help you ascertain compliance.

 

What is the difference between a portable and a mobile two way radio?
Portable two way radios are handheld devices that are designed to be carried or worn in a holster on the hip. They are ideally suited for when the users need to move around on foot and communicate. Portable radios can be used with a variety of accessories such as earpieces, microphones or headsets to suit a number of environments.

Mobile two way radios are usually fixed to a specific location, whether it is on a desk as a base station, or mounted in a vehicle for truly mobile communications. Accessories can be added to the mobile radio such as a desk microphone for a base station device, or a hands-free kit on an in-vehicle radio. Mobile two way radios are ideal for service vehicles, and other fleet communications.

 

Why are commercial two way radios more expensive than the CBs I see at major
electronics stores?
Two way radios or CBs sold through the major electronics stores are not commercial grade, and as such, have a much shorter life, fewer features and are unlikely to withstand continued use in a commercial environment.

Our inventory is comprised of commercial two way radios from Motorola, which are made of the highest quality components, and stringently tested to meet military standards. Each radio is designed to stand up to rigorous use in commercial situations, and whilst this quality costs more than a cheaper radio, the user will be rewarded with longer radio life and more reliable communications.

 

How far does a two way radio transmit?
There are a number of factors that will affect how far a two way radio will transmit. Some of these include the power of the radio, and the environment in which it’s used (e.g. the number of buildings around, terrain, trees, or mountainous areas).

Many two way radio manufacturers will give an estimated maximum range under ideal conditions, but each site will have a unique coverage range. When recommending a two way radio product, we are sure to ask about the operating area, and if required a site test will be conducted. This ensures you get an accurate picture of the coverage you’re going to get.

 

What support do you offer?
TR Hirecom offer a range of support services for your two way radios, a range of which can be found on our support page. This includes repairs, radio health checks, technical support, and preventative maintenance inspections.

 

Should I use UHF and VHF radios?
Ultra High Frequencies (UHF) are designed to be able to better penetrate man-made obstacles such as steel and concrete. Very High Frequencies (VHF), are more suited to distance or open-area operations.

 

What is a Repeater?
A Repeater is a two way radio relay station, and it amplifies a two way radio signal. This enables users to get their desired distance coverage. The Repeater works by receiving a radio signal from one unit, amplifying it, and retransmitting the signal to another two way radio. They are used in an area where coverage is hampered by terrain, buildings or other environmental conditions.

 

What is CTCSS?
Continuous Tone Coded Squelching System (CTCSS), is an option that allows your two way radio(s) to only pick up signals preceded by a "code". This option helps to cut down on unwanted radio chatter. This is also known as PL, Private Line, Channel Guard, etc.

 

Can TR Hirecom assist me with ACA licensing?
Yes. TR Hirecom can assist customers with radio frequency licensing applications.

 

What is an Itinerant frequency?
There are two types of frequencies you can use – Fixed or Itinerant. An Itinerant frequency is a frequency primarily used for commercial activity at unspecified job locations, whereas a fixed licence allows use in a predetermined location. TR Hirecom can advise which type is best suited to your needs and the costs associated with both.

 

We’ve outgrown our existing two way radio system but don’t know what the best option is. Where can we find information?
Our experienced team can work with you to design a solution that best suits your needs and budget.

 

What is the advantage of two way radios over mobile phones?
Two way radios provide instantaneous communications. Two way radios also provide a host of other benefits including safety, security, efficiency and financial advantages.

 

What if I will be using the two way radio inside - will they still work?
Yes. In most indoor applications we rent UHF radios, which can penetrate concrete and steel walls and floors relatively well. In some cases we do need to install a repeater for greater penetration. A site test can be done to make sure you have the coverage you need.

 

I work in a hazardous environment that requires FM radios.
How do I know my two way radios are FM approved?
There a number of checks you can conduct to see if your two way radio is designed to be used in hazardous environments. Below are two videos that cover how to manually check both Motorola MOTOTRBO and Waris radios.


MOTOTRBO

 


WARIS

 

My two way radio batteries don’t last as long as they used too.
How can I make sure my batteries stay charged for longer?
Battery maintenance is important to ensuring your radios stay charged for the longest period of time available. There are a couple of simple techniques you can use to ensure your batteries last longer. Below are two videos covering battery maintenance tips for both Motorola Impres, and Non Impres batteries.


Impres

 


Non Impres

 

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