A good communications system on the farm can be invaluable, relying on mobile phones where coverage is often poor in rural areas can be frustrating and costly in wasted time and manpower.
Systems can be as simple as 2 hand held radio's up to a full system for all personel covering the far and beyond.
Simple short range Hand Portabe radio
Licence free hand portable radio can be a useful tool on a busy farm, providing instant communications between vehicles and personel over short distances up to aproximatly 1 Km.
It has proven invaluable at harvest time, in safely organising shoots and using in convoy applications when moving large machinery.
To gain greater range, licenced radio can be used, this offers 10 x the power output and an give reliable communicatins of 2 to 3 KM, even more in certain applications.
Licenced Radio is now quite low cost to run costing only £75 for a 5 year licence for any numbler of radio units.
Mixed Hand Portabe and Fixed Vehicle systems
Moving to licenced radio, opens up more options to add fixed radio units into key vehicles, these can be mixed with hand portale radio's, and fixed radio units in farm buildings or the farm office.
By adding fixed radio's and vehicle units and using external antennas teh range of these systems can be much improved on hand held systems alone.
These systems are still low cost to run and soon pay for themselves in improved efficiency.
Full Coverage Systems using Hand Held and Vehicle radios
By adding a main booster station called a Repeater, the range between radio units can be optimised. This is most prevalent when using hand held radio's.
A well placed Repeater located at the farm or other central farm buildings can give total coverage of your farm, and often give extended range of 15 to 25 Km or more, depending on the site of the repeater and the antenna height.
Digital radio units can extend range even further, and a number of other useful features can alos be added to these systems.