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Sledging radios

Sledging radios for skiing this year, despite Covid?

Depending on where you are going will make a difference.

For example, if you are planning a commercial event in Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands for example, then a licenced VHF handheld might be the best option.

These licenced hand-held radios typically produce 5 Watts of RF power output, and allow reliable communication over a wide countryside area.

These radios can be hired or bought from Yesway.

The licenced radio solution however does have some drawbacks for sledging or skiing events.

The main disadvantage is that licenced radios are only licenced for your particular country, in most readers circumstances, the United Kingdom.

Therefore if you are an event company that organises events in more than one country, you might want to consider PMR446.

PMR446 is a licence free handheld radio standard, that allows usage in the European Union & EEA countries.

Therefore a sledger or skier could move between european countries without the licencing headaches of having to apply in each country for a licence.

The downside is range. PMR446 handheld radios operate at UHF (Ultra High Frequency) frequencies. These generally perform less well than VHF (Very High Frequency), in terms of maximum communication range.

Another important downside of PMR446, is that the RF (Radio Frequency) transmit power output is only 1/2 Watt (0.5 Watt). This compares with typically 5 Watts (0.5 Watts) for a licenced handheld radio.

Whilst having 10 times the power, does not mean the signal traveling 10 times further, it does give it more ‘punch’. This ‘punch’  helps get the signal through obstacles, such as trees, which ‘attenuate’ the signal.

For help with sledging radios, contact us.

Solar powered two way radio hire

Solar Two Way Radio

walkie talkie

Solar powered two way radio event hire is a first from Yesway Communications.

Hire two-way walkie talkies from the only* company that uses the power of the sun to charge our handheld hire radios.

We have now built a system that allows us to charge up our radio hire fleet, using solar powered two way radio hire , rather than the mains electricity supply.

This benefits the environment by not using electricity from the plug, which is often generated by nuclear power and fossil fuels, such as coal and gas.

We are also introducing solar chargers that can be hired for your event, to recharge our hired two-way radios at your event.

(Call: (01522) 740818 or (01482) 520818

*as far as we are aware we are the first and original company to offer 100% solar charging of our radio hire fleet in the uk.

Event radio communications management

Listen carefully to customer event radio communications requirements

The first step in planning to manage event radio communications is to listen carefully to the client’s specific needs.
For example, does the client need every radio user to hear the transmission when someone calls, or do specific users need to be ‘grouped’ by function. An example of a ‘group’ could be car park attendants, who may only need to talk between themselves and the central event control.

Site Survey
Whenever possible, we like to survey the event site in person, prior to the event. This benefits the client by identifying any potential reasons that the radio signals may be attenuated (reduced). The results of the radio survey can then be taken into account when specifying the design of the system.
For example, if hills or large steel structures are on the event site, this may present performance challenges that need to be overcome.
By carefully selecting equipment operating at the most suitable frequency band, and possibly using strategically positioned ‘radio repeaters, can overcome these challenges.
The site survey aims to also identify RF (Radio Frequency) interference in the event locality, which could affect radio performance for your event radio communications, if not properly managed.
Event Radio Communications System Design
Once the client’s communications requirements have been established, and a site testing survey carried out, the system can be custom designed to provide reliable communications throughout the event site.
We can also provide on-site engineers, and support, during the event, if the system design incorporates the need, or desire. An example might be a central ‘base station’ and operator.

Frequency Management
Yesway, are licenced by OFCOM (the UK regulator) to provide two-way radio hire on specific hire frequencies.
When the client hires radio communications equipment it comes pre-programmed on a suitable OFCOM licenced frequency.
There is a range of frequency options available, and these will be used as appropriate to meet the client’s communication requirements.

Additional Event Communication Services

Yesway can provide additional services for the client’s event if needed. These include onsite management of the equipment, during the event. Please mention any additional requirements, when helping us design your event communication system.

Useful Links:

Planning your own event – City of Lincoln Council

Top tips for holding a public event in your community (local.gov.uk)

Top tips for planning your event (lincolnshireshowground.co.uk)

Lincolnshire Two Way Radio Hire

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