800-MHz Radio System

Texas A&M operates an 800-MHz trunked radio system that is available to all university departments. A trunked system has many channels, which are transparently shared by all the users. The user only hears communications within their work group. Although others may be using the system, you do not hear any of their traffic, and other talk groups cannot monitor your conversations.

The coverage of the radio system includes most of Brazos County, including the Riverside Campus. Coverage tests have shown that almost all campus buildings have excellent coverage.

With this system, you have an option of purchasing your radio or leasing from Texas A&M IT. In either case, there is a monthly airtime charge per month per radio for using the system.

The system has an optional telephone interconnect that is half duplex (push to talk-release to listen) system. This service is not intended to replace a cellular radio, but is primarily intended for the user who mainly needs to communicate with other radios in their talk group and who occasionally needs to place a telephone call. There is an additional monthly charge for access to the telephone interconnect, but there is no per-minute charge. Only local calls are allowed on this system.

Three basic types of radios are available for use on the trunked radio system:

  • Handheld or portable radios: Each portable radio is typically delivered with a rapid charger and one battery. Additional batteries, radio accessories, such as carrying cases, are available for purchase.
  • Mobile radios: For permanent installation in vehicles, these radios include installation and antenna.
  • Base station: Radios are permanently installed in buildings. They include a desk microphone, power supply and antenna. In most cases the antenna can be installed in the ceiling of the building, eliminating the need for building penetrations.

When placing a work order for radios, use the 800-MHz Radio Work Order. Be sure to specify the quantity and type of radios desired. If you opt to purchase your own radios, Telecommunications can assist you with ordering. This is a proprietary system, so it is important that you purchase compatible radios.

If you need 800-MHz radios for a short time only or do not want to enter a long-term lease, radios can be rented by the day or month (see the Radio Rental Work Order).

Getting Started

Visit the Request tab to order this service. Visit the Cost tab to see monthly charges.

If you opt to purchase your own radios, Texas A&M IT can assist you with ordering. This is a proprietary system, so it is important that you purchase compatible radios. If you need 800-MHz radios for a short time only or do not want to enter a long-term lease, radios can be rented by the day or month.

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