What links line-of-sight to over-the-horizon tactical communications?

What links line-of-sight to over-the-horizon tactical communications?

Whether trying to connect with other squads in the field or make contact with headquarters thousands of kilometres away, tactical operations require both long and short range communications. HF and VHF radio match these applications as each system uses different transmission signals that suit its required communications span.

But tactical operators also need to be able to switch between ranges when required. What technology can achieve this? A Cross Gate radio system connecting HF equipment to VHF transceivers is what links line-of-sight to over-the-horizon tactical communications.

Why do tactical operators need long and short range communications?

Field squads need to be in constant contact to report on ground conditions and potential threats. Even over distances of as low as a dozen metres, reliable and accurate data transmission can be the difference between a successful operation and failure. VHF radios suit this requirement as transceivers use line-of-sight or ground waves to transmit signals from one point to another. This makes it ideal for accurately communicating over short distances with no terranean obstructions such as hills or heavily built up areas.

VHF radios work by ground or line-of-sight transmission.

HF equipment, meanwhile, suits long-range communications thanks to ionospheric transmission. Here, radio signals are bounced off the atmosphere and returned to Earth over distances scaling thousands or tens of thousands of kilometres. This makes HF radio the ideal technology for linking field operators with a base station, enabling groups on the ground to receive accurate orders and updates from a reliable outside source.

What links line-of-sight to over-the-horizon tactical communications?

Switching between communication ranges is vital as it means in-the-field operators can receive orders from headquarters as and when needed, and relay them to other teams nearby. The equipment key to linking these communication devices? Barrett Communications’ 2063 Cross Gate.

Interoperability is crucial to building a more comprehensive communications network.

This innovative technology provides interoperability between HF and VHF transceivers, reducing the delays on receiving and acting on time-critical information. The equipment achieves this by opening a transmission link between the two radio devices allowing for data to be sent and received instantly across the open communications channel.

The 2063 Cross Gate is light and compact for field use, packaging all of the software and interoperable elements required to extend communications ability in a robust exterior shell. This housing unit is shock absorbent and operable in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius up to +55 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for all field conditions.

For more information on expanding the limits of your tactical communications, contact the Barrett team today.


Understanding the difference between SDR and HDR

There’s been a lot of excitement around the recent proliferation of software-defined radios. More Related News/Articles:What’s the difference between how HF and VHF/UHF…Making a difference in PeruHF digital vs analogue voice – what is the difference?What separates commercial HF radios from…

How HF digital voice mode improves workplace safety

One of the best new features of software-defined radios has been the introduction of digital voice mode. More Related News/Articles:Why linking HF radio with smart devices improves…How do VHF radio waves travel?What’s the difference between how HF and VHF/UHF…What 3 factors does HF radio offer critical communications?

Introducing the PRC-4090

With the books closed on the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition in London, a new range of tactical radio made its formal introduction to the world: the PRC-4090 tactical high-frequency software-defined radio. More Related News/Articles:Barrett previews PRC-4090 Tactical HF SDR at DSEIBarrett PRC-2080 VHF Tactical radio system End of…What’s under the lid of […]

Why do we need secure communication?

It’s no secret that data is one of the most lucrative currencies in the modern world. More Related News/Articles:Why Barrett’s FCC approval is key to our American HF…Why a sailing legend swears by HF radio for reliable…Encrypted critical communication – why HF radio excelsWhy medical teams need HF radio for disaster relief

How robust is the Barrett 4050 HF SDR transceiver?

For those working in field operations, interrupted communication can threaten the success of squad movements and compromise safety. More Related News/Articles:The robustness of infrastructure-free HF radio…Why Barrett’s FCC approval is key to our American HF…How HF radio ease of use is helping humanitarian…Increasing communication with smart devices and HF radio

Are radio communications affected by climate change?

With extreme weather increasing in occurrence and sea temperatures rising, More Related News/Articles:Early warning and emergency HF Communications for…Barrett awarded three year contract with Canadian DNDDoes space weather impact tactical HF communications?Tactical HF vs VHF radio – when should I use them

Post by onchada_admin