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Unpacking Your Radio Hire

So, it’s the day of your hire and the kits in. Time to unpack. What can you expect to find?

On receipt of your Hire Radios, you will find them either boxed, in a Peli Case, in a Green Crate or a combination of these depending on the hire quantity and duration.

All radios will be fully charged before despatch and ready to use out of the box. It’s best checking each radio before issuing to your team. On occasions radios can get turned on in transit so these individuals may require a recharge. Check each radio is turned off (volume control is turned fully counter-clockwise). By turning the control clockwise the radio will indicate it powers up by either beeping and/or lighting the top LED green for a moment.

If you find any radios where the volume control clicks as you turn it counter-clockwise, it’s likely the radio has been knocked on during transit. You can either place this radio on charge or if it’s needed for immediate use then swap the battery for a spare provided with the hire.

Also in the hire you will find, if ordered or required:

  • Quantity of spare batteries
  • Spare Radio Body
  • Six Way Chargers and/or Single Rapid Chargers with Power leads and/or Power Supplies
  • D-Shape and/or Acoustic Tube Ear-Pieces
  • Holsters and Straps
  • Repeater System, Antenna, Tripod and Power Lead
  • Base Station, Power Supply, Antenna, Microphone and Power Supply
  • Noise Cancelling Headsets

Spare batteries and chargers are provided free of charge to keep your communications up and running. Depending on the hire a spare radio body or two will be provided so that it can be exchanged should a radio suffer damage or failure.

If you require ear-pieces then these will be included at an additional charge. These are individually bagged and each has instruction on a card so that the user can easily install and use it. Also available are Noise Cancelling Headsets for nosier environments.

Holsters and Straps are provided on request at an additional cost. Some clients find it easier to carry and use the radio this way.

Base Stations provide a fixed station with extended coverage to serve for operations where as a Repeater provides a boost to the overall area coverage. These are provided on request at an additional charge for larger events or events with poor coverage.

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Installing A Two-Way Radio Repeater System

When hiring radios, you may be advised you require a Two-Way Radio Repeater system. This may be needed should a large area need coverage  or there is a struggle with signal penetration due to buildings or interference.

We do offer a repeater installation and decommission service but in some cases you may decide to install yourself due to health and safety or other site access concerns.

Should you decide to install the repeater yourself, instructions will be provided and support available over the phone.

The below steps offer a guide to the process involved.

  • Setup in a suitable dry, sheltered location with access to power if running on A/C.
  • Place the repeater on a flat surface and allow clearance of the ventilation ports and fans.
  • Mount and position the antenna in a vertical position. This should be mounted away from sources of interference (such as power cables, filing cabinets, TVs etc.) if possible. If a tripod has been supplied this will need to be erected.
  • Connect the external Antenna to the Tx/Rx socket on the Repeater.
  • If you are running on A/C, simply connect the 240v Mains Lead to the repeater and power source to power up. If there is no A/C supply, and a D/C source is to be used such as a supplied battery pack then this will be connected to the D/C terminals or port depending on the repeater.
  • When the power is connected, LEDs will light up on the front panel if featured on the system in use. The repeater will remain silent until a transmission is received. When this happens the cooling fan will spin up as it repeats the broadcast.
  • When communicating via a Repeater you need to leave a brief moment after pushing your radio Push-To-Talk button to allow the repeater to start broadcasting. Not doing so may mean part of your transmission will fail to be broadcast.

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