Improving Two Way Radio Range

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The most obvious (and most frequent) question: “How far will I be able to reach with this radio?”. Honestly, there is no simple, straight-forward answer. The factors affecting the range of a two-way radio are: the radio’s antenna and power, and the terrain. Some insight on how each of these factors impacts your ability to transmit and receive over distance is below.

ANTENNAS

You know the higher you go, the greater the range. Having a tall antenna means having maximum range. Motorola two-way radios have removable antennas, so upgrading your antenna is a low-cost (around $20) easy way to improve range performance.

Mobile radio antennas are mounted on the outside of a vehicle, preferably on the roof, so the antenna as high as possible, providing maximum range.

POWER

Operating at maximum power will also help to improve range. Using fully charged batteries allows transmitting and receiving at the highest power level possible

The average li-ion battery contains 1.2V of power, and the average alkaline battery pack produces 1.5V. That makes battery packs worth looking into. Motorola IMPRES II batteries too. Having the right battery may mean the difference in getting the message out or not.

TERRAIN

Terrain has more affect than any other factor. Using a high perch, over flat terrain a two-way radio can transmit and receive up to 30 miles. On the ground with no obstacles to interfering, the curvature of the earth limits communications to about 6.5 miles. Adding obstructions such as trees, hills, valleys, and buildings may decrease a radio’s range to under a half mile.

Know your terrain before you buy. If you are needing radios for use in a fairly open area, then VHF model radios are best. The longer radio waves of a VHF radio give a greater range over open spaces. UHF is the best choice for use around structures and in dense areas.

IF THERE IS A NEED TO IMPROVE SYSTEM-WIDE RANGE: consider Motorola Two-Way Radio Repeaters or Bi-Directional Amplification (BDA).

A radio repeater is a combination of a radio receiver and a radio transmitter that receives a weak or low-level signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power. The result: two-way radio signals can cover longer distances without degradation. Repeaters are usually located on a mountain top, tall building, or radio tower. This allows communication between two or more bases, mobile or portable stations that are unable to communicate directly with each other due to distance or obstructions between them.

The repeater is synonymous with the base station, which performs both functions in most emergency dispatching systems.

The repeater receives on one radio frequency (the “input” frequency), demodulates the signal, and simultaneously re-transmits the information on its “output” frequency. All stations using the repeater transmit on the repeater’s input frequency and receive on its output frequency. The Motorola repeater product line-up provides a variety of choices, allowing you to tailor your solution to fit your needs and budget.

BDA’s are ideal for increasing range within buildings and down into basements. Concrete and metal strongly affect radio signals and limit range. Adding a BDA can amplify a radio’s transmit and receive strength and help get through those barriers.

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School District Case Study

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois, School District 41 relies on MOTOTRBO digital radios to keep communications available during emergencies and increase efficiency for day-to-day operations.
Learn what caused this school system to turn to Motorola for a district-wide communications upgrade, the solution installed, and the results with this case study from Motorola.

 

MOTOTRBO IP Site Connect

 

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Motorola’s IP Site Connect digital solution uses the Internet to extend the coverage of your MOTOTRBO communication system.  No matter where you’re located, you can communicate easily among locations across the city, state or country.

You can create wide area coverage and automatically roam from one coverage area to another without having to change channels on your subscriber. Or you can enhance coverage at a single site like a high-rise building that contains physical barriers. IP Site Connect enables you to extend the voice and data communication capability of your workforce beyond the levels two-way radio has achieved before. This means dramatically improved customer service and increased productivity.

Features of IP Site Connect:

Wide Area Coverage – Up to 15 sites can be connected using a standard IP network. Sites can be widely separated – in different states or even different countries. Your entire workforce stays connected.

Cost-Effective Deployment -There is no requirement to purchase additional infrastructure such as a system controller, as communications are coordinated by the site repeaters. And you only need access to a single radio channel at each site.

Full Voice and Data Support – Every site supports voice and data, and can be equipped with applications from our extensive developer community.

Easy to Maintain, Upgrade and Expand – With the included RDAC tool (Repeater Diagnostics And Control), you can access all sites remotely for maintenance, upgrade and configuration. Adding a new site is easy: just equip the new repeater on the IP network.

Migration is a Breeze – IP Site Connect is an easy upgrade from a conventional single-site radio system, and as your business grows, it’s easy to further upgrade from IP Site Connect to a MOTOTRBO trunked solution such as Linked Capacity Plus or Connect Plus. Your investment is safe.

Related Products

XPR 4000 Series Mobile Two-Way Radio

XPR 5000 Series Mobile Two-Way Radio

XPR 8400 Repeater

MTR3000 Base Station/Repeater

SL 7000 Series Portable Two-Way Radio

XPR Two-Way Radio

XPR 8380 Repeater

SLR 5000 Series Repeater

The MotoTRBO IP Site Connect Brochure is available on our website.

If you’re interested in learning more about Motorola’s IP Site Connect system, the Sales Team at 2-Way Communications will be happy to provide additional and discuss with you how IP Site Connect might meet your needs. Give them a call at (603) 421-6288 or send an email to sales@2-way.biz.

 

The XPR 7000e Portable Radio

 

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The XPR 7000e Series is designed to keep the skilled professional better connected, more safe and more productive. With high-performance integrated voice and data and advanced features for efficient operation, these next-generation radios deliver superior two-way portable radio performance to your organization. The radio is tested to tough military standards and is waterproof to IP68. It won’t let you down.

Here’s a partial features list for these next-generation radios:

  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Indoor location tracking
  • Integrated accelerometer for optional Man Down
  • Enhanced audio quality
  • Improved expand-ability
  • Better battery life (up to 29 hours)
  • Better range (up to 8%)
  • Better waterproofing (IP68)

Bluetooth® audio lets you talk without wires, integrated Wi-Fi enables remote software upgrades. Total visibility of your resources is provided by indoor and outdoor location- tracking capabilities. Your organization stays connected as it grows via xpr_7000e_fkp_front_0317support for trunking and legacy analog technology. Text messaging and Work Order Ticketing simplify complex communications, and data capabilities support advanced applications. 29 hours of battery life is available via the latest energy technology, and range is boosted because of the improved receiver. The audio amplifier and industrial noise cancellation delivers loud, clear speech. The orange emergency button on XPR 7000e Series radios summons help with one touch, and the integrated accelerometer automatically calls for assistance should you fall.

The XPR 7000e Series radios include:

  • XPR 7550e: Color display, Full keypad, VHF and UHF
  • XPR 7580e: Color display, Full keypad, 800/900
  • XPR 7350e: No display, No keypad, VHF and UHF
  • XPR 7380e: No display, No keypad, 800/900

Connect with your account manager to learn more, or to set up a demo.

Motorola Q3 Promotion

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Q3 PROMOTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS: July 1 – September 30, 2017

UNIFY YOUR WORKGROUP COMMUNICATINOS

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Enjoy savings on Motorola’s Team Communications solutions with these special offers,available July 1 through September 30, 2017. Team Communications solutions are designed for the demands of industrial and commercial workers. Migrate your technology and take advantage of sizeable trade-in discounts on Next-Generation MOTOTRBO™ XPR 7000e, XPR 7550 IS, and SL7000e radios, the SLR 8000 repeater, and special financing.

XPR 7000e / XPR 7550 IS / SL 7000e RADIO TRADE-IN OFFER

There’s never been a better time to turn to Motorola’s Next-Generation MOTOTRBO radios to enhance workforce efficiency, productivity and safety. You can save $1,200 USD when you purchase 10 MOTOTRBO XPR 7000e, XPR 7550 IS, or SL 7000e series radios and trade in 10 eligible units.

SLR 8000 REPEATER TRADE-IN OFFER

A huge leap forward in technology, the SLR 8000 represents the next evolution in repeaters. Save $500 USD when purchasing the MOTOTRBO SL 8000 repeater with a trade in of a Motorola Solutions MTR 2000 base station or other industry repeater.

POWERFUL FINANCING OPTIONS

Thanks to Motorola, you have options. As a Motorola customer you can take advantage of special financing offers such as 0% financing with no payments until 2018.

The XPR 7000e Portable Radio

 

RLN6491 Operations Critical Wireless Heavy Duty Headset

The XPR 7000e Series is designed to keep the skilled professional better connected, more safe and more productive. With high-performance integrated voice and data and advanced features for efficient operation, these next-generation radios deliver superior two-way portable radio performance to your organization. The radio is tested to tough military standards and is waterproof to IP68. It won’t let you down.

Here’s a partial features list for these next-generation radios:

  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Indoor location tracking
  • Integrated accelerometer for optional Man Down
  • Enhanced audio quality
  • Improved expand-ability
  • Better battery life (up to 29 hours)
  • Better range (up to 8%)
  • Better waterproofing (IP68)

Bluetooth® audio lets you talk without wires, integrated Wi-Fi enables remote software upgrades. Total visibility of your resources is provided by indoor and outdoor location- tracking capabilities. Your organization stays connected as it grows via xpr_7000e_fkp_front_0317support for trunking and legacy analog technology. Text messaging and Work Order Ticketing simplify complex communications, and data capabilities support advanced applications. 29 hours of battery life is available via the latest energy technology, and range is boosted because of the improved receiver. The audio amplifier and industrial noise cancellation delivers loud, clear speech. The orange emergency button on XPR 7000e Series radios summons help with one touch, and the integrated accelerometer automatically calls for assistance should you fall.

The XPR 7000e Series radios include:

  • XPR 7550e: Color display, Full keypad, VHF and UHF
  • XPR 7580e: Color display, Full keypad, 800/900
  • XPR 7350e: No display, No keypad, VHF and UHF
  • XPR 7380e: No display, No keypad, 800/900

Connect with your account manager to learn more, or to set up a demo.