Tools for the job – a buying guide
Some businesses are tempted to save money on their two -way radio equipment.
Whilst this is understandable, it can be a false economy in the longer term.
In mission critical environments, such as the marine or offshore industry for instance, cheap radio equipment can fail quicker.
The reason I say this, based on experience, is that cheaper equipment generally has a lower IP (Ingress Protection) rating.
Ingress protection basically refers to the radios ability to keep dust particles and water out.
In a damp marine environment for instance, you have high levels of moisture, and a salty atmosphere (on coast & sea).
A cheap radio will soon start to suffer from the corrosive and damp atmosphere, ‘attacking’ the internal circuit board.
This results in premature radio failure.
How to buy a good marine radio
You should look out for a high IP rating, such as IP67 or IP68.
Such IP ratings mean that the radio can be dropped in shallow water, with no i’ll effects on performance, or operation of the radio.
A good marine radio, such as the UK designed Entel HT series, has an IP rating up to IP68.
For ‘shore-side’ industries, Hytera or Motorola are rock solid recommendations.