The PD355 (PD355 LF) and PD365 (PD365 LF) are incredibly compact and weigh just 160g, and each radio has an LCD screen for simple operation. The controls on each radio are very intuitive, and there are 4 programmable keys for easy access to common functions. On the side of the radios, you’ll notice a highly visible push to talk button.
All the radios offer convenient micro USB charging, three calling modes, with the digital licensed models offering backwards compatibility with analogue radios for easy migration. Each model is IP54 rated, so they’ll withstand light sprays of water, and resist dust. The PD365 has an incredibly compact aerial, while the PD355 aerial is integrated into the case, making them exceptionally easy to carry.
Choosing Digital Licensed vs Digital License Free
Each Hytera PD3 series radio is available in two different variants: a digital, licensed model, and a digital license free model (LF).
Digital licensed radios must be used with an Ofcom license, and need to be programmed before they can be used. In contrast, digital license free radios can be used out of the box, with no need for programming.
If you’re set on the Hytera PD3 series, but you’re not sure whether to go for the digital unlicensed or digital license free version, there are two key factors that should guide your decision.
Two Way Radio Range
A digital license free radio covers a much smaller range than a digital licensed radio.
For leisure use, like camping trips, or for use in some small business premises, a license free two way radio will offer perfectly adequate coverage.
The digital licensed radios have much more powerful transmitters – up to 3W. Compare this to the digital license free version: its transmitter power is just 0.5W.
Digital license free radios can be vulnerable to interference, because all radios in this category operate on the same frequency, 446 Mhz.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have problems, as these Hytera digital license free radios offer a choice of 32 channels. But they are less secure, so may be less suitable for business use.
The digital licensed version of the radio offers a much wider range of frequencies: 440-400 Mhz, 430-470 Mhz and 446 Mhz. If you need radios for event management or security personnel, you would be best to buy the digital licensed version of the radio.
Which is the right Hytera Two Way Radio for you?
Both versions of the Hytera PD355 and PD365 are compact, lightweight two way radios, packed with useful features and boasting excellent audio clarity. With private and group calling, text messaging and automatic scanning, they’re a worthy starter radio, or a flexible addition to an existing fleet.
Brentwood can help you choose most suitable radio in the Hytera PD3 series as well as offering full support throughout the life of your equipment. For more information and product specifics, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01245 403520.