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Mobile radio has a whale of time in WA

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Tait Electronics’ latest conventional TM8250 mobile radio is readily integrated into and rugged enough for emergency services and mine site vehicles.

It features high-speed data transmission, a large alphanumeric display and comprehensive, easy-to-use menu structure.

The robust 1500-channel radio is part of the TM8000 series of analogue mobile radios that have a large number of channels and a high quality user interface.

One of the radio’s first users is ADG Technology in Western Australia, which has found the radios are well suited to the requirements of mining operations in that state.

The civil works contractor for the Whaleback open cut iron ore mine in the Pilbara is using 52 of the radios in mine site vehicles.

ADG Technology director Steve Amphlett says he is very impressed with the performance of the TM8250 radios.

Tait Electronics mobiles product planning manager John Graham says ease-of-use and visibility of a high level of information on a radio are important features to many customers with teams constantly on the move.

“The TM8250 offers this in conjunction with greater channel capacity, sturdy design, high-speed data capability and excellent RF performance even in the harshest conditions,” Graham says.

The TM8250’s “user-friendly” menu structure allows easy navigation to all of the radio’s functions, including channels, zones and display settings.

Also, the large LCD display allows users to clearly and concisely view channel information, including text and icons, and displays up to four lines of message text.

Key optional features include remote mounting, where the radio control head can be mounted up to six metres away from the radio’s body for greater flexibility, and a keypad microphone that lets users easily select channels and make call to telephones using DTMF.

Graham says the TM8250 was developed on the same technology platform as the TM8100 mobile radio, allowing most of the TM8100’s functionality to be carried across to the TM8250, while leaving room for extra functionality to be added.

“What we now have with the TM8250 is a launch pad to create bigger, better and more sophisticated solutions and applications,” Graham says.

“We’ve taken a big step from the T2000 series radios with the TM8000 series, and during this development we’ve gained significant skills and expertise, and a much greater understanding of mobile radio,” he says.

Tait will launch the TM8000 series dual mode conventional/MPT 1327 trunked TM8255 mobile radio in October.

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