Greetings! This article is to help you understand the difference between our models, their function, and why they exist. Skip down past the 2 bullet sections if you're already familiar with the basics. For anyone new to purchasing radios, you have several things to consider outside of the radio itself:
- What problem are you looking to solve by purchasing a radio communications system?
- What important factors should you consider before purchasing?
- What country/countries will you be using your radio?
With so many needs and equally as many radios, it can be very difficult to decide on what system is right for you. You want to make sure that you account for everything; range, user count, functions and frequency. You can alwayssend me an emailif you're not entirely sure what solution is best for you.
Yapalong excels when you've got these concerns on the top of your list:
- Mission Critical. Yapalong radios are designed to perform well in situations requiring decisive action, anything from making calls during a sports game to emergency situations.
- Mobility: If you are consistently or constantly in motion, Yapalong serves as a great solution.
- Hands-Free: While we offer Push-To-Talk (PTT) options for our headsets, most users prefer Open Microphone communication. This allows for phone-like conversation so you can engage in your work.
- Close Work Groups: Yapalong radios are designed for officiators, teams, work crews, security personnel and others who work with each other at a distance within approximately 1 kilometer.
If all or any of these are on your list, you're the client we design our products for. We offer an extensive amount of options to help meet your professional needs. While these are all important factors, they have a degree of flexibility (you can technically use longer-range radios in close range, though the equipment load and price may not be ideal). However, it is important to recognize two things that are not flexible:
- Licensed vs. Unlicensed bandwidths
- Your country's legislation regarding unlicensed bandwidths
Yapalong operates on unlicensed bandwidths. All this really means is that anyone is free to use these for personal uses, while other parts of the spectrum are allocated to specific industries (such as military, emergency services, research, etc.). A good indicator for whether you need licensing or not comes down to the specific bandwidth you are going to operate on. A general (though not fail-proof) rule of thumb is that if you're not sure, and your needs match what Yapalong has to offer, you likely do not need a license. Checking with your local government or the government in which you plan to use your radio will provide you with up-to-date information, which brings us to the subject of countries. Generally speaking, most countries operate on one of these two bandwidths: 900MHz (902-928 MHz, also known as the 33-centimeter band) and 800 MHz (790–862 MHz). Most countries allow unlicensed radios to operate on only one of these, as the other will be designated for another use as aforementioned. The two bandwidths require their own specific hardware, which makes choosing your model, AM & EU, very important. Note that our model names reflect but are not limited to the regions in which they are used; Americas and Europe respectively. Most countries have legislation concerning which bandwidths are open to your use. In some countries, this is incredibly easy, while in others, it is a little more difficult. For example, North America exclusively uses the 900MHz bandwidth, and the European Union uses 800MHz. Outside of these countries, there can be some variance; United Kingdom permits small parts of the 900MHz (918-921MHz) for use, South Africa has many divided bandwidths on both frequencies, and Israel only permits 915-917MHz. Be sure to investigate the specific country you will be operating the radios in to avoid issues, andcontact usif you are unsure. To close, I would like you to be aware to not rely on this post alone for information. I have been in the industry as a Business Development Representative for some time, but information constantly changes, and you must ensure that you do your own research to avoid any trouble. If you have any questions, see any errors, or need any advice, feel free tosend me an emailand I will do my best to get the information you need when making your purchase decision. Thank you for reading!