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Which Network Radio to choose?

«Network radios» is a new concept in hamradio. No matter where you go, you can still be in touch with your ham friends. All you need is to connect to the IRN – International Radio Network, that functions as a gateway to the live RF world. The IRN offers a plenitude of channels across the world and it is free to use. However, you are required to hold a valid hamradio license if you want to transmit on hamradio channels, as your transmission will be heard on live repeaters. To make things more exciting, like in the old days, manufactures started to build Android Transceivers, where you can install apps like TS3, or Zello, that offer connectivity to the IRN. Such net transceivers, or network radios, come with a nice PTT button, so you just operate them as any conventional radio. But… Is this hamradio? Read this article.

So, which network radio to choose? There are several types… Let’s see the options.

If you want a simple, but high-quality one, without any RF module, then you will find the Radio Tone RT4 a great choice: It is 4G, GPS tracking system, amazing audio and Android 6.0.

It has a lasting 4600 mAh battery giving you several days of continuous operation. The RT4 has the best specifications on its category.

Just arrived to the market, the Talkpod N58 is 3G compliant, it offers US and EU versions, brings an amazing design, very compact and has a superb audio quality. The Talkpod will become, for sure, a best seller in its segment.

A brand new mobile network radio is the Inrico TM-7. It’s the first 3G Android mobile radio. It became a best-seller since the first day.

If you want something more hybrid, I mean, a network radio with an RF module too, then you want to take a look into the Inrico T298s.

The T298s comes in two different versions: VHF and UHF. It offers an output power of 2 Watt and it’s a great gadget to carry when travelling. You will always be connected. If a nearby repeater is not available, you just have to switch into the IRN or Echolink via WiFi or 3G connection. It is a very robust device, that offers IP54 protective design with a military quality.

If you want the supreme, then you have to take a look into the RFinder M1 or the new RFinder K1. It is much more than a network radio. It does DMR, and FM analogue. It’s all a matter of what you need and can afford. One thing is for sure. Hamradio is changing. As always.

7 thoughts on “Which Network Radio to choose?

  1. Do you have to buy a separate SIM card for the radios?? Why won’t this work with Verizon network?

    1. Verizon is CDMA. It will not work. You need an extra SIM card unless you use wifi.

  2. Interested.
    But have a few questions.
    My home grid location is FN22. State of New York USA
    Are there internet repeaters close by me to use with an HT . ?

    I currently use a hot spot interface to get into dmr and d-star. Is your device something similar ?

  3. Interested.
    But have a few questions.
    My home grid location is FN22. State of New York USA
    Are there internet repeaters close by me to use with an HT . ?

    I currently use a hot spot interface to get into dmr and d-star. Is your device something similar ?

    1. As far as you have 3G, 4G or WiFi, you will be able to connect, using Zello, EchoLink, Team Speak, etc.

  4. I may try network radio. Cost will be a factor. How ever I will not get rid of vhf or uhf. This Network Radio will have to be reliable no matter the conditions..

    1. They are very reliable on a daily basis. It will not work only in the event that there is no internet connection.
      In a severe catastrophe where cell towers go down then it is good to still have your VHF or UHF radios. But on a “normal” daily use, the results are much better than traditional radios.

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