PMR446 radios are an ideal and low cost introduction to two-way radio communications for on-site and field use, and are more than suitable for a wide number of applications.
PMR446 walkie talkies are designed to operate over a small area, (don't believe some claims of “8 km range”) as the range is determined by a number of factors including the topography of operation and what's in the way. As a rough guide all radios will work well in an open environment but range will be more limited when there are obstacles. Multi storey buildings or thick concrete/steel walls will cut down a radios signal so its always a good idea to test the coverage before committing to one particular type of equipment. PMR446 radios transmit at much lower power (500mW) than licensed radios (4-5W), so the range is generally greater with a licensed unit. You cannot have any form of PMR446 Repeater with PMR446 UK radios.
Be careful what you purchase online as a PMR446 radios - Some are low cost and illegal imports which do not comply to the regulations under EU and UK law. Red Radio do not supply such radios or support them in any form as these products seem to be imported by unregistered and unauthorised sources and do not meet the strict RTTE, CE and RED directives in place for two-way radios. Any user may be fined or even imprisoned for using an illegal radio, even PMR446 so please take care and purchase wisely. We will always advise if any product you have found online is legit.
Some PMR446 radios have better range due to better antennas on the radio. In general the ones which have “whips”, will give better range. Note: PMR446 is a shared service across EU, and there are many radios using this service so interference may be heard on occasion. This can be overcome using radios with “CTCSS” or even better, ones with “DCS”.
Digital PMR446 radios and Digital dPMR446 radios, although more expensive than their analogue counterparts, have better range and battery life. If in doubt please do not hesitate to contact us for free and no obligation advice.
Red Radio supply PMR446 radios from all the leading manufacturers.