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Trunked Radio System Basics

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Coordinating communication efforts for large organization can require a lot of effort and resources. Two_Way_RadioFortunately, trunked radio systems can provide radio signals to multiple groups with a sense of immediacy and privacy.

How Does It Work?  

Trunked radio systems provide radio users with another option for wirelessly communicating with other members using the same radio system. Repeaters make the trunked system functional by re-transmitting radio signals to expand the coverage of devices using the frequencies. With signals going further, devices can transmit information across greater distances.

In addition to repeaters, trunked systems use computers and intricate programming to administer different groups across various frequencies. The computer filters and assigns frequencies to talk-groups, or the individual groups using the systems channels. The computer constantly sends signals to groups looking for an open channel, directing the group members to the frequency that the talk-group is currently being hosted on.

This system automatically sends assignments, making it easy for devices receiving the signals to smoothly transition to the appropriate frequency to be in communication with the rest of the members of the group.  

Advantages of Trunked Radio Systems

Trunked systems are ideal for larger organization that are demanding of expansive coverage that also provides flexibility, convenience and privacy throughout different talk-groups.

Coverage: Since the system incorporates repeater technology, groups using the frequencies can contact each other over greater distances. The re-transmitting of signals helps reception just as much as it helps with reach. With reinforced frequencies, radios using a trunked system will also experienced stronger reception, even in areas where cell phones would not work.

Flexibility: The system can easily be changed to accommodate the needs of multiple departments without having to merge the separate groups.

Convenience: The computer’s planning and assigning of frequencies makes channels available whenever groups are ready. At any given time, a group will be automatically be directed to whatever frequency is currently open, allowing talk-groups to use the signals when they need them.

Privacy: Assigning groups to specific frequencies allows for more private conversation without the fear of another talk-group overhearing or interfering with an existing conversation.

When providing communication solutions for a large organization one should consider the dynamic needs of each individual department or team. Two-way radios commonly provide users with a reliable means of communication and with a trunked system to compliment them, your radio system will experience increased productivity, helping your company experience a return on its investment.

Contact Chicago Communications today to receive more information about two-way radios, trunked systems and repeaters!