In countries all around the world, humanitarian and peacekeeping organisations work to bring aid and relief to communities in need. Often, these agencies operate in environments where the traditional communication methods are severely limited or are completely unavailable. In these locations, HF radio communications offer reliable, secure and free to air voice, email, fax and data transmission over short, medium and long distances.

For nearly four decades, Barrett Communications has supported humanitarian and peacekeeping forces by providing reliable and easy-to-use HF communications systems. In fact, since 2000, Barrett has provided over 40,000 HF radio systems and supporting equipment to organisations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Barrett Communications has supported a number of humanitarian organisations and missions, including:

Red Crescent
Red Cross
United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIC)
United Nations Military Observer Group In India & Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
World Food Programme (WFP)
What is HF radio?

HF radio is a system of communication that operates on the portion of the radio spectrum between 1.6 and 30 megahertz (MHz). This form of propagation uses single side band (SSB) transmissions - an efficient form of voice modulation - to carry signals over both short and long distances.

There are two main forms of radio wave transmission in HF radio: ground and sky waves. Ground waves travel along the Earth's surface, enabling communication across short distances. Sky waves are bounced off the Earth's ionosphere in order to reach transmission ranges of several thousands of kilometres.

With these types of transmission, HF radio facilitates communication to and within isolated areas. A typical setup consists of three components:

  • A transceiver with a microphone, speaker and frequency controls.
  • An antenna for broadcasting and receiving transmissions.
  • An independent power source.
Humanitarian HF solutions
Barrett 4050 HF SDR
4050 HF software-defined radio (SDR) transceiver

This versatile 125 Watt transceiver features advanced digital selective calling systems and can be customised to meet customer specifications. Addressing the need for more intuitive operation, the 4050 SDR has fully automatic HF link set up protocols enabling the user to make calls direct from an address book and has full iOS, Android and MS smart device interfacing so the user can operate the HF radio from their PC, tablet or smart device.

4017 automatic tuning mobile antenna

Features rapid tune time of less than 1.5 seconds and are designed specifically for use with the Barrett 2000 and 4000 transceiver series. It features solid-state design for added durability.

2019 automatic tuning mobile antenna

Featuring a rapid tuning time of less than 1.5 seconds in typical usage, the 2019 automatic tuning mobile HF antenna works well with the Barrett Communications 2000 series of transceivers. It features solid-state design for added durability.

2060 automatic telephone interconnect

HF radio operators can use the 2060 automatic telephone interconnect to directly dial into and receive calls from the international phone network.

2020 HF email system

Bringing advanced broadcast capabilities to HF radio, the 2020 email systems enables email, fax and data transmission over HF radio waves.

2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate

For improved interoperability, the 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate enables the automatic rebroadcasting of communications between HF and VHF/UHF systems.

Why choose Barrett Communications?

Since its founding in 1976, Barrett Communications has emerged as one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of HF and VHF radio systems. With specialisations in tactical, humanitarian and critical communications, it has developed expertise in delivering sophisticated solutions that are intuitive and user-friendly.

Barrett Communications technology is backed by ISO9001:1008 quality assurance certification, providing HF and VHF military communications solutions that are known for reliability and cost-effectiveness. With a distribution and support network that spans the globe, Barrett Communications is able to provide high levels of service for customers, no matter where they are located.


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