Did you believe that higher output power in your PMR radio gets you better radio coverage? If so, think again.
During challenging times, secure and reliable communications in healthcare can improve operational efficiency and response times significantly. However, all the procedures must be planned beforehand in order to be ready to apply them immediately when needed.
A patchy radio connection and black spots are definitely to be avoided when professionals need a radio for their jobs. To avoid such issues, you might think it reasonable to specify a radio with more output power. It’s a logical, gut reaction - but not really helpful! Why? Here are 7 reasons why a higher-power radio is not the best answer when you want more coverage and better communication.
It seems obvious, doesn’t it? The more output power a PMR radio has, the further it will reach in Direct Mode? But not so, think again. In fact, more radio power will not give you a much better range in Direct Mode (DMO). Read on to learn why – and to discover the best way to achieve the best Direct Mode range.
So it’s finally time. You’ve decided your organization needs new PMR radios. Maybe your next step is to write a RFP (request for proposal), send it out to radio vendors and choose the best offer.But, how do you identify the best fit? How can you know the radios will meet your needs? How do you pick a vendor that “gets you” and understands the challenges you face? Clearly, you need to identify...
Think back five to ten years. As a professional mobile radio user, what capabilities did your radio lack and that you wished it could have? Today, have your wishes come true? Well we asked several users and here are the top five things from their wish list – see how many you agree with.
Do you find your radios difficult to use? Ever have the signal drop out, cutting you off from dispatchers? Read on to discover how PMR radios can meet these challenges as well as others that users and the network may face.
We often see tables comparing radio technologies or solutions, with 'group call' marked with a single yes/no check box. Yet, is that really fair? A group call is much more than 'yes, it can be done', or 'no, only one-to-one calls are possible'. How much more? A lot more. Here are ten capabilities that first spring to mind when I think about group calls.
An increasing number of professional organizations seem to have started adopting broadband simply by taking out cellular subscriptions, in much the same way as the consumer world works. This can of course solve many short-term issues and even improve the efficiency of a single person. Yet, there is a risk if the organization doesn’t ask one important question before launching into action:
When looking for new radios, it’s easy to get distracted by all the ‘gee whiz’ features they offer – bright colour screens, voice feedback, sophisticated menus and a host of other technical specifications and abilities. But do the radios you are considering really offer what you need? The baseline is the people using them in the field – your people. Will a particular radio offer the features...