For those organizations that are looking for a simple, waterproof, licence-free, digital two way radio system with a high degree of encryption then the IC-F29DR2 digital business two way radio is the solution. Not only is this radio incredibly easy to use, it is also waterproof and has long battery life, making it very suitable for a wide range of industry and business sectors.
Compact, Digital Licence Free Two Way Radio for Business Users
The IC-F29DR2 is available with 32 digital channels featuring 16 new PMR446 digital channels utilizing 6.25 kHz narrow channel spacing as well as 16 analogue channels. Even in urban areas where analogue PMR446 users often experience channel congestion, digital channels offer less interference. The IC-F29DR2 is ideal for organizations and businesses where the workplace is constantly changing such as construction sites and events.
Digital and Analogue Dual Mode
The IC-F29DR2 digital two way radio can be used in both digital (32 ch) and analogue (16 ch) mode at the same time and can scan both zones at once. This allows an organization to operate both digital and analogue two way radios in their fleets.
IP67 Waterproofing and Dust-tight Protection
The IC-F29DR2 can withstand 1m depth of water for 30 minutes. This rugged construction provides dust-tight protection making it suitable for outdoor use or places prone to getting wet.
Outstanding Audio Quality
800mW audio output is provided from the large 36mm speaker meaning the IC-F29DR2 can deliver loud and intelligible audio, even in extremely noisy environments.
Easy to Use
There are just three main controls…transmit, volume and channel selector. This simple to use radio is ideal for high turnover environments and shift work that require no fuss communications.
VOX: Hands-free Operation
With either optional headset*, HS-94LWP or HS-95LWP, built in VOX function provides convenient hands-free operation. The HS-94LWP/HS-95LWP has a waterproof connector*.
*HS-94 and HS-95 can also be used with OPC-2004LA.
CTCSS, DTCS and Common ID for Group Call
Similar to analogue CTCSS and DTCS codes, the digital Common ID also can be used for a group call. These codes and ID can be programmed to the 16 position rotary selector for instant call capability.
Voice Announcement Function
When you rotate the rotary selector, the radio announces selected the channel number and Common ID.
12 types of Ringtone
The Call-Ring function allows you to call your group members with 12 types of ring tone. When you prearrange any ring tone for an emergency, the ring tone can be used for an emergency alert.
• Up to 26 hours of long lasting battery life
• Channel Set Mode
• Power ON scan
• Tone scan (analogue)
• Nuisance delete
• Answer back call (analogue)
• LED light indicator
• Status Call (RX only)
• PC programmable
• AMBE+2™ dPMR standard vocoder
Radio licensing: A guide to licensed and licence-free radios
What is a radio licence and do I need one?
There are two types of two-way radios, licensed radios and licence-free radios (PMR446).
Licensed radios require a dedicated frequency which ensures that only those on that frequency can hear transmissions. In order to access a dedicated frequency, a radio licence granted by Comreg is required by law. Licences are based on the quantity of equipment to be licensed.
The cost is €22 per piece of equipment plus a fixed charge of €22 for the duration of the licence. (e.g. 4 walkie talkies + 2 radio mics = 6 units +1 Fixed Charge = 7 x €22 = €154).
Licence-free radios (also called PMR446 radios) operate on the PMR446 radio frequency, they can be used by anyone within the UK and EU and as the title suggests they need no radio licence.
Licensed radios are usually more expensive than licence-free models, but have a larger power output (of up to 5 watts for handheld radios) and so offer increased range and coverage.
For example a primary school would typically find coverage on licence-free equipment sufficient whereas licenced equipment would be better suited to a secondary school, college or university.
In addition, a licence will offer increased security of transmissions through better monitoring of frequencies, especially if the licence is specific to your site.
Licenced radios are generally more robust, with clearer audio quality and the conversation more secure. Licensed radios also offer much more functionality than license-free radios, you can make group calls, send text messages and dial up individual users.
More about your Comreg licence
In order to obtain your licence, an application to Comreg has to be made. We are more than happy to apply on your behalf and offer a managed service in order to maintain your Comreg licence throughout your radio project. Or if you wish to make an application yourself, please feel free to ask us any questions along the way as we have vast experience in completing these forms and can go through it with you over the telephone. The application process is usually complete within 10-15 working days.
You can find out more by going to: https://www.comreg.ie/industry/radio-spectrum/licensing/search-licence-type/business-radio/
Non licensed radios are a cheaper alternative to licensed radios and can only have a power output of 0.5 watts giving them a fairly small range.
Licence-free radios can be used in the work place and for personal use, ideally where minimal coverage is needed, within small buildings where users are communicating in a close range.
Examples where these radios can be used effectively include smaller schools and construction sites, warehouses, hospitality venues and independent retail businesses.
For leisure they can be ideal for communicating between friends and family while camping and skiing, or if you are at a leisure park or hiking.
All PMR446 radios use the same eight channels. If there are a high number of users in a given area (cities and other built up areas) frequencies become extremely congested leading to interference on the channels, although usually there are multiple channels to select in order to find a clearer channel.