License Free Radios

License Free Radios

Hytera

Hytera

A range of analogue and digital license free radios from this upcomming and increasinly popular manufacturer established in China.

Icom

Icom

A range of analogue and digital license free radios from this well known manufacturer established in Japan.

Kenwood

Kenwood

A range of analogue and digital license free models from this longstanding manufacturer established in Japan.

Mitex

Mitex

A range of analogue license free models from this notorious and beloved brand, manufactured in China.

Motorola

Motorola

A range of analogue, license free models from this infamous manufacturer established in USA.


License Free Radios

License free radios (otherwise known as PMR446 or Walkie Talkie) work on 0.5watt power which restricts the range significantly compared to licensed radios.  The main advantage of these radios is that they're simple to use straight from the box.  You can use them in most of Europe without the hassle of requiring a license.  If you want simple, low range communications, completely hassle free then this is for you.

 

The downside is that they don't reach very far.  Whereas some manufacturers stipulate a range of up to 10km for some models, the dissapointing reality is that they will more likely reach a tenth of that, if you're lucky.  The problem with any two way radio is that it's transmission is based on "line of sight".  Therefore if there is an obstacle between the two radios the signal will have to push through it, and with only 0.5watt power to do this, it's range quickly becomes very feable indeed.  If you're out in the open air with nothing between you and the other radio, you will get the most range possible; up to 1.5km at the very most.  Once you put a few trees, buildings or hills in the way, your range will reduce significantly.  In a residential area for example, inside a house, you will likely reach inside another house two roads down.  In vehicles, you will likely keep in contact at a distance of around half a mile (just over 0.6km).  In a farmyard you'll likely reach from one end of the field to the other, and maybe to the farmhouse, around 1 mile (1.5km).  Keeping radios at a higher level can assist, e.g. near a windscreen in a vehicle, on a chest or arm rather than hip level, or by a window in a building.

 

These radios really are for very basic communications, ideally for use in clear outdoor spaces such as parks, estate gardens, allotments, lakes, rivers, moorlands, or basic buildings such as small pubs or restaurants, small shops, open warehouses, etc.  You need to seriously consider the environment you wish to use the radios before making a purchase.

 

RANGE

To give you an honest idea for the range of a license free radio, please see below details of what our customer's have found from the license free radios they have purchased:

 

  • Vehicles or buildings - 1/4 - 1/2 mile (up to 0.8km)
  • Built up areas - 1/2 - 3/4 miles (up to 1.2km)
  • Wide open spaces - 1/2 - 1 miles (up to 1.6km)

 

​Digital radios have a far superior audio quality to analogue radios, giving you clear communications even at the limit of range.  These radios have a few more options available than analogue radios, such as text messaging and other functions, and they use less power than analogue radios, giving you more usage between charges.  Although digital though,  it does not give you any further range than an analogue radio as they are still only 0.5watt power.