800-MHz Radio System

Texas A&M operates a Motorola MotoTRBO 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 much of Brazos County, and range testing has shown that almost all campus buildings have excellent coverage. There are future plans to add an additional radio transmission site at the RELLIS campus that directly connects to the current Hensel Tower installation. 

With this system, you have an option of purchasing your radio from the Texas A&M Division of Information Technology or by direct purchase from an outside vendor. In either case, there is a monthly airtime charge per month per radio for using the 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, Texas A&M IT Telecommunications can assist you with ordering. This is a proprietary system, so it is important that you purchase compatible radios and submit a work order for airtime and to issue a radio ID. The Division of IT Telecommunications is no longer renting or leasing radios. 

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, the Division of IT can assist you with ordering. This is a proprietary system, so it is important that you purchase compatible radios and submit a work order for airtime and to issue a radio ID. If you need additional information, email radios@tamu.edu or call Help Desk Central at 979.845.8300. 

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