How to Setup Two Way Radio Repeater
For communicating in outdoor activities like traveling, hunting and fishing nothing can beat the advantage of having the two-way radio. It is a must gear that we usually use to get connected with our group on the outdoor trip. We can use a two-way radio to warn or inform our other teammate about any current trouble that some of us faces in the trip.
We can also use a two-way radio in our business and office for security and emergency purposes.
There are lots of benefits of using a two-way radio. But two-way radios have some limitations. It can’t transmit its signal to a long distance like over 60 miles. So, to get the frequency after 60 miles we can use a repeater that’s the only job is to receive the signal and transmit it to a longer distance than the capacity. If we can install the two-way radio repeater in a proper way it can extend the frequency up to 100 kilometers. So, let’s see how to set up a two-way radio repeater.
Know About the Different Type of Radios:
All two radios are not made to use for all purposes. It varies from the different situation and places. Manufacturers create two-way radios that we can differentiate them on the basis of their signal mode. Generally, two-way radios are of three types these are handheld, land mobile system and base station radio.
Base station radios are used in the business or office, from where it can transmit the signal to the handheld and land mobile radios. Basically, it works like a controller. These all types of radios have not the same frequencies. Land mobile radio has the highest powerful signal that can transmit over 60 kilometers. This type of two-way radio generally uses in water and forest.
Handheld radios come in two to four watts that can transmit the signal to 6 to 7 miles away.
Besides these three types of radios, there are some other types of two-way radio too. But to enhance the radio frequency of all of these radios we have to use a radio repeater.
Use the Right Repeater:
Basically, there is two type of repeater these are Ultra High Frequency and Very High frequency. Ultra-high frequency or UHF are generally used for low range Indoor or business communication area. And Very High Frequency or VHF are used for long distance communication like residential area, rural area and for any trip like hiking trekking. So, choose the right repeater according to your needs.
To set up a repeater for radios the primary tools that we need is the radio antenna. Generally, for high frequency, we will need two antennae. One for reviving the signal and another for transmitting the signal.
But for low range communication such as for handheld two-way radios, we can use one antenna where there is a built-in duplexer that allows the antenna to bot receiving and transmitting the signals.
To set up the antenna we should choose the tallest place where it will not get any interference by other high-rise substances or buildings.
Equipment for Repeater:
A Radio repeater uses two additional equipment to receive and transmit the signal. When you are choosing a repeater to make sure you got the high-quality receiver and transmitter. Beside this two equipment, also choose a good feed line (Cable that is used to connect the antenna to receiver and transmitter).
Setup a Controller:
Without a controller, you can’t operate the radio signal. We have to use a controller to identify the repeater station ID, to make any pre-recorded announcement. To send instant messages.
So this is what you need to install a repeater for higher distance communication through a two-way radio. Repeater enhances the signal ranges that is so important for clear and emergency communication.
Especially for boating and outdoor activities Radio repeater is a great device to transmit the message at the time of emergencies.