HYT introduces portable radios
HYT North America unveiled two new portable radios at the annual APCO conference in Baltimore that were developed to meet the needs of emerging markets, said Francisco Noyola, the company’s president.
The TC-610 VHF and UHF portable radio was developed to serve industries where radios are exposed to water, dust and drops, such as construction, mining and port security. The radios meet the IP66 standard for dust and water protection and boast a double-injection molding case that protects internal components from drops, Noyola said.
“We built the radio for environments where it is going to be mistreated,” he said. “It can get very wet and covered with mud and dust. It’s also washable, so users can just rinse off the mud and dirt with a hose if they like.”
The radio also offers a programmable 12.5 kHz/25 kHz channel spacing, which Noyola said supports easy migration without the need to purchase new radios. The entire radio, including the antenna and the 1200mAh li-ion battery pack, weighs a total of 270 grams. It costs $345.
HYT also launched its TC-620 VHF and UHF 16-channel portable radio that had been customized for users in property-management, hospitality and service industries, Noyola said. The radio supports programmable 12.5 kHz/25 kHz channel spacing and weighs a total of 275 grams.
Noyola noted that the radio was designed with PC/ABS casing, which is a compounded blend of polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic. The PC contributes impact and heat-distortion resistance, while the ABS offers chemical-stress resistance. “This means it’s going to survive a lot of falls,” he said.
A 40 mm built-in speaker is covered by an advanced speaker protection material made of steel mesh, which protects it from intrusions or sharp objects that may damage it if dropped, Noyola said. It costs $325.
Both models will be offered in September 2007 and include a two-year warranty.