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Sledging radios

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Sledging radios

Going of sledging or skiing this year?

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.




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Solar powered event hire

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

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We have now built a system that allows us to charge up our radio hire fleet, using solar power, 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.





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Tips & Steps for effective event radio communications management

Listen carefully to customer requirements

The first step in planning to manage the radio communications of an event 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, 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 are 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.

Written and Copyright ©2014 Craig Miles, of Yesway Communications.

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Fairs needing reliable two way radio communications can benefit from walkie talkie hire for £10per radio / per week.

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For large fairs in ‘open country’, we would recommend using VHF.

VHF refers to the frequency band, and is short for Very High Frequency.

The best thing to do is to contact us to discuss your fair event requirements..

We can then survey your event location, either in person, or by google virtual reality.

Once we know the terrain and any obstacles that may affect the radio signals, we can then advise you on the best equipment for your fair.

Call us on: 01522 740818, or use the contact form, or live chat facility, on our website.

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Event Stewarding

How to Effectively control your Stewards During an Event

Stewards play a crucial role during any event.  Crowd control and safety being one of their critically important roles.

If an emergency situation was to occur, for example with a member of the public becoming ill of injured, time is of the essence.

Two way radio systems can be configured in number of ways to help stewards and event organisers effectively cope with emergency incidents.

For example, a button on the radio can be assigned so that when it is pressed an alarm alert is raised with the event controller, or other stewards.

Radios incorporating GPS technology can help other staff members track and locate a particular stewards location. This is an important feature, as it allows medical assistance to quickly be directed to the correct location, saving valuable time.

Another benefit of GPS technology for the stewards and management, is that the stewards may have been subcontracted from an external contractor, and therefore not be familiar with the layout of the event location. Therefore the GPS tracking technology eliminates the risk of potential confusion and uncertainty, as to exact location, when explaining where the incident has taken place.

For stewards that are working in remote locations within the site, a ‘Man Down’ solution may be appropriate. This solution prompts the radio user to press a button on the radio at a specific set time interval.

If the button is not pressed when prompted, then an alert alarm is sent back to the system controller. This system helps ensure that all stewards are ok, and if not, help can be sent out.

There area a range of options that can be configured into a radio system to help stewards with their duties, and we are more than happy to help you achieve the best possible system for your events particular circumstances.