The PMR446 or PMR radio is a licence-free walkie-talkie which gives you completely free and unlimited communication. Quite literally, the name refers to being able to “talk while walking”, and the device uses radio waves to carry voice messages. Unlike licensed devices, which require their users to pay an annual fee to OFCOM (The UK Office of Communications), the licence-free walkie-talkie only needs to be set to the PMR446 radio channel, providing you with completely free communications. Depending on the model of walkie-talkie, PMR radio offers users between 8 to 16 different channels on the 446Mhz frequency range.
Put simply, this type of device will allow you to communicate with all of your collaborators via walkie-talkies set to the same channel, with a range of up to 5 to 12 kilometres in open space. Its range will vary depending on various factors, such as weather conditions, the town or office building, depending on what you are using it for. With good weather conditions, if you are at height and there are no obstacles, you will be able to hear and be heard perfectly at considerable range, while your range will be reduced in the case of wind or fog, or if you are in a forest or a building with thick walls.
The licence-free walkie-talkie can be used as part of hobbies, such as hiking, hunting, climbing, as well as in working environments, such as construction sites, warehouses, stadiums, restaurants, or for events and security. PMR446 radios are a helpful tool for all different types of work! Even though communication is free, this type of walkie-talkie is nevertheless a professional device which will fulfil working professionals’ communication needs.
Why opt for a PMR radio?
Our devices offer many benefits which are particularly useful for professionals working in challenging or extreme conditions:
• They are robust as they have been designed to withstand harsh conditions which could otherwise diminish its product lifespan. They can survive different types of shocks and drops, and they can function in challenging climates, from extreme cold to extreme heat as well as humidity. PMR446 radio also have protection against water and dust. Depending on the device, they can withstand raindrops, splashes of water, strong sprays and even temporary or extended immersion in water. You can easily find out the level of waterproofing a device offers by checking its IP (Ingress Protection) rating, which is composed of two digits. The first digit refers to the level of protection against dust, and the second digit refers to waterproofing. The higher the number, the more protected the device will be against dust and water. For more information, please check out our guide to Ingress Protection ratings.
• They are more convenient than a phone: if you have a job which involves a degree of risk, such as working in the fire service, the military or in security, you know that every minute counts. With a walkie-talkie, you do not need to dial a number to call one of your colleagues, you can get in contact instantly, simply by pressing a button. Also, unlike a smartphone, you are also able to talk to several people at the same time, which is a considerable benefit if you work as part of a team. To start communicating, all you have to do is press the PTT (Push To Talk) button. Some devices are even equipped with the iVox function, which means you do not even need to press a button to communicate, the PMR radio will automatically start to transmit communications to your colleagues as soon as you start to talk in the direction of the device.
• They have long-lasting battery life: depending on your workplace and whether you work outside, it can be difficult to find the time to charge your device. Our PMR446 radio offer long-lasting battery life which will withstand intensive all-day use without you needing to recharge their battery.