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Two Way Radio Use in Farming

Farmers have a lot to deal with when trying to run a diverse, profitable and safe organisation normally covering a very large area of land to care for livestock and/or maintain crops. Other issues they face that can adversely affect their business includes theft of machinery & livestock, vandalism and even fly tipping!

Improving health & safety and efficiency in the business is a good way to deal with these issues. An effective solution is to use a two way radio system. There are a number of radio systems available that include analogue and digital, but a system comprising of a standard 5 Watt licenced hand-held radio and 25 Watt mobile radio (either analogue or digital) is often adequate. You may need to consider other features such as dust protection, waterproof rating, extended battery life etc.

If the farm is particularly large and needs more coverage, you could attach masts/antennas and hide a repeater away in a farm building. It’s best to focus on optimum height for any coverage you may want to gain.

Some farmers are moving away from two way radio to use mobile phones. They often find that cellular coverage is patchy and come back. There is no ‘All Call’ facility on phones so should there be an emergency, you cannot call everyone at the same time.

The farming sector are choosing both analogue and digital radios. Farmers need something that works and normally choose the simplest option with priority being on simple two way communication.

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How can Two Way Radio benefit a Golf course or similar facility?

Golf courses tend to be extremely large. A typical 18 hole golf course could cover as much as 100 acres! Patrons and members of a Golf club typically spend a lot of money on access and membership. With this in mind it’s very important their safety is taken seriously and any issues are rectified immediately to their satisfaction. The Golf club’s staff need a communication solution that is effective, reliable, easy to use and capable of covering the distances typically found.

Luckily this is where the capabilities of two way radio come in to their own. The key benefit of two way radio is that once Ofcom grant your license to operate, all two way radio communications between staff are free (no phone bills) and instant at the touch of a button.

Motorola Two way radios keep your team connected, helping to keep your Golf course managed efficiently and kept secure. There is a lot of activity from various job roles on a golf course such as the club professional, the team running the bar and restraint, the team running the golf shop and green keepers who maintain and manicure the beautiful relaxing greens.

At an event, Marshals and officials need effective radio comms to remain in contact and to ensure everything is coordinated. At a tournament, a Motorola radio system can instantly connect the management with timekeepers, course officials, marshals, pro-shop/player registration desk, car parks, practice areas, caddies and other staff.

Using two way radio can also facilitate communicating weather conditions, coordinate the use of water sprinklers with the greenkeepers and required course repair to keep the Golf course in tip top condition.

Choosing the best radio system is very important. You need to consider the size of the Golf course and the club’s needs. Usually UHF radios are used on most Golf courses as having club houses and other structures, radio waves need to penetrate the walls. If they will be used exclusively outdoors, VHF radios would also be suitable and offer increased range.