Category: General

What is the FCC narrowband mandate?

On January 1, 2013 the FCC began enforcing its mandate that all business, industrial, educational, health care and construction users of business radio frequencies must migrate to 12.5 kHz spread spectrum equipment from legacy radios operating at 25 kHz spread… more

Do the radios require an FCC license?

Yes. The RDX, RM, CLP, and CLS Series require an FCC license. The DTR and DLR do not. The cost is approximately $110 for a 10 year license plus and additional $220 for the application fee and frequency coordinator. It is a very easy process. License is per company, not location. All licensing information comes with the purchase of the radios to the end user.

What does Mil Spec 810 mean?

810 is a series of tests in the Military Specifications manual. C, D, E, and F are particular test conditions under section 810. The RM, RDX, CLP, CLS, DTR and DLR radios have met or exceeded Mil Spec 810 C through F. These tests consist of Shock, Rain, Temperature Shock, Sand and Dust Intrusion, Extreme Temperatures, Humidity and Salt Fog.

Is it easy to program the radios?

Yes. The CLS, CLP, RM, RDX, DTR and DLR radios are all field programmable. We are able to supply a simple initial set up guide along with troubleshooting information which includes the simple steps to program the radios.

Which radio is best for my application?

The environment where you use the radios will determine what band (VHF or UHF) will serve you best. How much coverage you desire will determine the power you need. The number of talk groups you have will determine how many channels are best suited for your use. Example: If mostly indoors in a 3 story, 200,000 s.f. building with plans to use 4 talk groups – two good options for this application would be the RMU2040 or the CLS1410.

Which is better – VHF or UHF?

Depends on the terrain. The UHF signal is attenuated or absorbed by foliage, rough terrain and trees. VHF does better outdoors. VHF has difficulties penetrating steel and concrete. UHF does better in and around buildings. If you use the radios in both environments, we prefer using UHF.