A repeater and its antenna receive signals from either a portable, base station, or callbox on one frequency and simultaneously retransmits (repeats) the signal on a second frequency. Radio communications systems that utilize a repeater enable radios to achieve better coverage, better penetration, and longer range than is possible without a repeater.
When you’re at the far reaches of your radio range, you’ll notice a weaker and weaker signal, or a transmission may drop completely at the receiving end. If this is the case, you may need a repeater to extend the range of your communication.
Take a look at your physical plant, and the entire area you want to cover with your radio transmissions. The repeater should be located high, away from obstructions, in a central area where it’ll do its best job of retransmitting the signals it receives. The external antenna may also be strategically placed for best coverage. The process to determine the best radio coverage with all the elements of your network in play is called a radio coverage site survey. The downloadable user manual contains details on how to conduct a site survey.
You may use your radio network for a variety of communications - from portable to portable, or from a base station radio to your employees on the factory floor. Here’s an idea - If you are increasing the footprint of your radio coverage, don’t forget to include the loudspeaker system (Ritron sells a Loudmouth portable PA system) in your plans. Adding a repeater specifically assigned to the radio based loudspeaker system would extend your ability for mass communication indoors or out.
Using radio frequency technology along with a repeater eliminates the need for hard wiring a communication system, making this a cost-effective choice when adding buildings, or installing or upgrading an existing radio communications system. Ask us about our line of Liberty™ UHF Analog and NXDN Digital Repeaters. We also carry the rack mountable UHF Analog RRX Series Repeater.
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