5 reasons to choose Hytera digital radios over Motorola DTR radios

Why Hytera radios are better than Motorola radios

Motorola’s DTR radios have been quite popular.  At a relatively low cost, users could get into a radio system that gave them features far beyond traditional analog radios.  As a byproduct of Nextel handsets, these “system free radios” provided individual call, group call and all call at a price point that was extremely competitive.  However, it came with some inherent limitations.  Hytera’s digital portables with Pseudotrunk do everything that DTR portables do and give flexibility without the potential of obsolesce.  Here are 5 key reasons to consider Hytera products over the Motorola DTR:

  1. Hytera radios are easier to navigate.  DTR radios have only one way to move through groups, users and all call. Through an up and down rocker switch.  This can be incredibly irritating when you have more that a dozen radios in the fleet.  In the event of an emergency, trying to find the appropriate group can be an issue.  With Hytera, you get the same feature but can use the channel knob to navigate groups and use the phone book to find different users for individual call.
  2. Hytera radio systems are scalable providing better coverage solutions, DTR radio systems are not. DTR radios operate in 900 mHz spread spectrum, not unlike a cordless home phone. Hytera uses traditional VHF and UHF frequencies designated for business operations.  If your coverage needs exceed the radio to radio limit of DTRs, you are out of luck.  No infrastructure is offered by Motorola to support these radios.  Hytera digital radios propagate as well, if not better, than DTR radios.  If your coverage needs exceed the limits of the portables, a repeater can be installed to provide the needed coverage.
  3. DTR radios are license free but that doesn’t mean they work better.  While it is true that the DTR product operates on license free frequencies, it doesn’t really benefit you.  Sure, you saved the $750.00 for a new license but in reality that license has a purpose.  Licensed users are more impervious to interference and it is good for 10 years.  If you have an interference problem, you actually have recourse.  With DTR radios, you are on your own.  Another point would be that Hytera radios are compatible with existing analog radios.  You can migrate from analog to digital operations.  With DTR radios, there is no compatibility.  To deploy you will need to rip and replace.  In the case of a migration, you already had a license to operate so the license costs have already been absorbed.
  4. Hytera has more product offerings than DTR for different applications.  While there are a few different DTR (and now DLR) radios, they don’t give nearly the broad offering that Hytera does.  Hytera offers 4 different series with 2-3 models each.  For every application there is a product that meets the need.
  5. DTR radios are destined for obsolescence. There is no other product on the market that works with Motorola DTR radios.  When, not if, Motorola decides to discontinue this line of products, it is the end of the road.  If you need additional units for your fleet, there is only the used market to rely on.  Hytera radios are compliant with DMR standards meaning any other manufacturer of DMR compliant radios products will work with their products.
Hytera digital radios with their Pseudotrunk technology bring features to the table at a reasonable price.  If you are considering Motorola DTR radios because of their ability to perform individual calls and manage multiple groups, it is worthwhile to look at Hytera. You will find that their products offer more features and flexibility in a package you can count on.