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Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:23 pm

Two-way radios are going Digital in a big way, while Analog models are slowly being phased out. The advantages of Digital Radios are numerous but most strikingly is the difference in voice messges received compared to the older Analog system. The actual reception range is pretty much still the same, but the voice quality of a Digital radio system by far outperforms a conventional Analog two-way radio system.

We have installed several thousand Digital radios to the various Mines and also the Farming Communities in the North West and Northern Cape, as well as to 4x4 users on the national VHF frequencies and the feedback is very positive!

Attached is an actual live demonstration between Junior at Repcom offices and Marius, a farm worker some 25km distant. Marius was using a Kenwood TK-D240 Digital portable radio while Junior was using a Hytera radio. The radios were communicating via a Hytera Digital Repeater, capable of operating in both Digital and Analog modes. Although both Kenwood & Hytera radios embrace Digital technology, they are perfectly capable of operating in dual mode, i.e. either Digital or Analog modes by the flick of a switch.

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http://www.hilux4x4.co.za/Digital-vs-Analog.mp3


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Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:55 pm

Hi Uncle Eric,

Was that digital on VHF or UHF? We have been using the Motorola SL4010's on UHF for the last few years with automated job ticketing. The Digital radios do have a bit of a lag though in my experience but clarity much better. Can also do private "calls" and SMS type messaging between radios. Just expensive though.
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:12 pm

Stef, those are on conventional VHF channels. We do have a number of UHF Digital radios in use by a couple of Security companies... they love them because no-one can eavesdrop on them ;)

These specific radios in use by the Security companies incorporate a GPS and tracking, which means they can be tracked at all times on a central Office computer.


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Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:36 pm

Besides better voice quality there is no static on the digital communication. Sounds good. (I didn't hear the "beep" of the repeater .... is that something of the past?).
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:26 pm

No more 'beep', but the radios do give an audio indication when the operator can talk. The Digital radios have so many other features, for example the ability to hold two separate, independent, conversations simultaneously - in private- over the same repeater. This is a huge advantage for Institutions, Mines, etc. Then, Digital radios are more economical in their battery usage as well when operating in Digital mode. In Analogue mode, they are as power-greedy as other Analog radios.


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Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:27 pm

Thabogrobler wrote:
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Bl!ksem!

Dis 2 werelde uitmekaar!!!

I just love seeing people's faces at work when we do this demo! It really makes a HUGE difference to voice communications :mrgreen:


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Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:30 pm

I can vouch for the digital clarity, it is really good.
I bought two radios from a Eric for a recent trip and really enjoyed the clear voice communication we had.
I was under the impression, perhaps wrongly so, that the range would be better than my old analogue but it was similar.
Wishing my life away till the next trip!
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Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:51 pm

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the kind words ;)

Range is always 'line of sight' with VHF two-way radios, the real difference is the fringe area reception where Analog starts to get choppy and noisy, as heard in the audio clip above. But the digital audio retains clarity before dropping off, due to the line of sight interruption which could be a hill or building obstructing the RF path. The curvature of the Earth would also have this effect, hence we always recommend siting the antennas as high as possible, rooftop vs anywhere else results in a compromise.


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