CB's or 2-way radio's?

Rob Holmes

Moderator
BASIS
For combining lsst year we used handheld 2-way radios, qnd whilst they were good, they had their limitations such as limited range.
Am i better kitting combine and carting tractors with CB's?
Max range would need to be around 5 miles over underlating terrain.
If so, which would be best product to use and whete to buy from?
 

Rob Holmes

Moderator
BASIS
When i say 2 way radio, i mean one of these, am i getting them mixed up with walkie talkie's?
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Classichay

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
The moon
am fm radios are better but you have to pay a lisence to use them. its what they use on boats. Knew one large farm estate in Shropshire near shrewsbury that bought them just to stop staff talking to other farms.... strangely enough the same farm manager got sacked along with the rest of the farm staff by someone with fresh eyes on the setup.
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
In cab VHF radios are excellent,on a license, plenty of range, incredibly useful

Licensed VHF for distance, licensed UHF better for inside buildings, and if possible get them coded with 'DTCMS' or similar so that you don't have to listen to anyone elses random chatter.

The 'bells and whistles' version is to get your own Home Office allocated frequencies (plural, separate transmit and receive frequencies are needed to run 'repeaters'), but thats only really needed by the 'big boys' farming 2 halves of neighbouring counties...
 

JWL

Member
Location
Hereford
I use internet radio in another part of my life. The one I use has all the bells and whistles but it has a small cost however there is a free to use version, Zello free. As long as you have a data connection on your phone you can use it as a push to talk set up wherever you are in the world. You set up your own private channel with those you need to keep in touch with and away you go. It does have the advantage in that if you don't hear the message you can replay it, great for clear instructions and no reason for miscommunication. When we used that one we had a group chat with one member on his holiday in a villa in Portugal and another one on a flight going across the Atlantic to America whilst the rest of us were freezing in the UK.

 

DieselRob

Member
Location
North Yorkshire
Are 2 way radios less prone to interference from all the electronic stuff in cab roofs/ guidance systems? Drove a fendt a number of years back with a cb that struggled to get out when the aerial was on the opposite side of the cab to the man you were trying to talk to
 
On the estate I worked at, we have a private two way radio setup with an antenna on the farm. Would reach miles in all conditions and very reliable. Had to pay for a license to use the frequency/channel involved though. Even small handsets can be very effective. Phones are ok but far from infallible.
 

ML200

Member
Location
Perthshire
We have a private 2 way setup. All tractors have them plus 2 pickups and a base handheld. We have a base station on top of a hill so get really good signal. On a clear day we can get 25- 30 miles range. Ideal for us as contractors as everyone can hear what’s happening with the other operators. We can struggle for phone reception in certain areas but there’s not many places that we don’t get radio signal. Annual license to pay but well worth it in my opinion.
 

penntor

Member
Location
sw devon
There are two strengths of PMR, the shorter range one does not need a licence but the longer range ones do but IIRC from when I set it up in work the licence is either free or not much cost.
 

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