Licence Free PMR446
THE FACTS ABOUT "PMR 446" LICENSE FREE TWO WAY WALKIE TALKIES MADE SIMPLE!
Its official title is PMR446, which in brief means License Free Walkie Talkies. In spring of 1999 the Government with the European Union agreed to free up the frequency 446 MHz for non-licensed hand portable radio use. So you can use these radios in most of Europe but not beyond it. It is a short range voice only communication system which provides a basic but very effective radio service for both the business and non business user. The radios need no license and there are no call charges to pay. It can be used by anyone of any age.
The frequencies are shared which means you may get interference in heavily used areas. To reduce this there are up to 8 channels available, each with 38 different codes, this gives a maximum of 304 channel options. Changing channels and/or CTCSS tone should reduce interference from other users.
To conform to PMR446 legislation - radios must be hand portable, with a non- removable antenna and a maximum output power of 500mw
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM PMR 446 Two-Way Radios?
It can be used by any age group, but is also frequently used in the business community. License free radio is being used in all walks of life. Existing users communicate in offices, leisure centres, factories, on building sites, airfields as well numerous others. Consumers use them on the ski slopes, out cycling, walking or at the shopping center. Others take advantage of the voice activated option available on many models and use them as long range baby monitors.
THE ALL IMPORTANT QUESTION - WHAT IS THE RANGE?
In an open area License free radios can achieve a talk range of up to 3 Km, perhaps even more if the conditions are right. In built up areas the range can be restricted to perhaps 0.5 Km, but this is really dependent on how clear the path is between you and the other person to whom you are communicating.
WHERE CAN I USE THE RADIO?
These radios can be used throughout the UK for business or pleasure. It is also legal to use these radios on holiday abroad in most European countries.
ARE THEY DIFFICULT TO USE?
These radios are not difficult to use. Most have been manufactured for use in the home consumer market and come with user-friendly instruction manuals to assist. They are great fun to use and often brightly coloured!