Portable radios are a highly reliable method of instant communication where contact can be made at the touch of a button. Units are rugged, yet lightweight and easy to maintain.
They can be either licenced or unlicensed, providing power outputs ranging from 0.5 to 5 watts. Licenced radios provide a better range due to an increased power output, which is controlled by OFCOM via licencing (to ensure frequencies do not interfere). Frequencies are assigned upon licence registration ensuring quality coverage without interference from other users. These radios are highly scalable and modular, allowing the introduction of a base station or a repeater to increase coverage.
A wide variety of portable radios exist depending on requirements, including analogue, digital and units for hazardous locations such as ATEX approved for explosive environments are available.