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Licence Free Radios

Radios and transmitters, including digital or analogue two-way radios, as well as the UHF or VHF frequencies they broadcast on, are administered, licensed and co-ordinated by the watchdog Ofcom. Two-way radios may operate on either licenced or licence-free (PMR446) frequencies. Here is an explanation about licence-free radios.

What does it mean?

PMR stands for Personal Mobile Radio

446 denotes the UHF frequency range 446MHz on which licence-free radios are allowed to operate.

Licence-free radios sets are often lower powered, hand-held sets with a maximum power output of 0.5 watts, this results in a much shorter operating range.

Contingent on the terrain, range can fluctuate between a few hundred metres in a highly built-up area to a few miles in open ground.

In the UK and the European Union. You can use licence-free radios for business or personal use on any of eight set UHF frequencies

Licence-free two-way radios are factory-made with already programmed in frequencies. Power sources vary, with very basic models using AA batteries, to some more advanced models which utilise rechargeable Li-ion battery packs.

NRC stock an incredibly extensive range of licence-free radios at amazing prices. Browse our shop.

There are many benefits of licence-free radios:

  • Inexpensive compared with licenced radios
  • Ease of use
  • Radio frequencies already pre-programmed
  • No call fees
  • No contract
  • Good operating times
  • Digital technology with improved voice quality and performance
  • Usable throughout the UK and most EU states

Disadvantages of licence-free radios:

  • Lower power equals shorter range (around 1.8 miles maximum)
  • Popularity and cost mean channels are often congested
  • Unsuitable for emergency use as licence-free radio channels operate on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Interference from other users if they are too far apart when additional users are within range

Who could use them?

The possibilities for the use of licence-free radios is huge, for example:

  • Site workers
  • Events
  • Tourist attractions
  • Hotel operators
  • Neighbourhood watch schemes
  • Warehouse workers
  • Farmworkers
  • Leisure use: (hiking, orienteering, camping, etc.

The actual PMR 446 frequencies for licence-free radios are as follows:

446.00625 MHz 446.01875 MHz

446.03125 MHz 446.04375 MHz

446.05625 MHz 446.06875 MHz

446.08125 MHz 446.09375 MHz

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