Kenwood Vs Hytera

Kenwood TK3401D 


Hytera PD365LF  




Pros Cons Pros Cons
  • Cost Effective
  • No licence required
  • High quality audio- Powerful output
  • High Capacity battery
  • Switching between analogue and digital is straightforward.
  • More industrial looking
  • Difficult to set/edit channels manually
  • Heavier than the Hytera (280g)



  • Cost Effective
  • Supports analogue and digital
  • Small and lightweight (160g)
  • Integrated Aerials- No fuss with large aerials and less likely to get damaged.
  • 32 Channels
  • Aesthetically pleasing (More retail looking)


  • Belt clip is flimsy and easily breakable
  • Battery difficult to access
  • Can’t replace aerial
  • If plug is not assembled properly, radio will not charge

We’re good, but not that good!


Here at Radio-Active we have dealt with a wide range of repairs that put our technical skills to the test. But sometimes the radios are just a complete and utter mess that even with our expertise we can’t bring the radio back.

Motorola have released a floater!

Motorola’s new T92 H20 is a licence free twin pack radio that features a waterproof design and rugged construction that will keep you connected with others, even on the wildest adventures. You should definitely get this twin pack if you need to stay connected while on the water, jet skiing, snowboarding, fishing, rock climbing, mountaineering and everywhere else. It also floats!

Check out our website for more information.

Bomb on the Beach

A member of the public discovered a remnant of ordnance found on site at Dyfi Ynyslas on the 31st of March, 2018. It was brought to the Visitors centre and the centre was evacuated whilst investigation was undertaken. So this is where the radios came into action as they were used to co-ordinate the evacuation of the visitor centre and the cordoning off of the surrounding area. The HM Coast Guard Borth was alerted and the ordnance was fortunately deemed to be safe.

Situation like this regularly occur at the beach, so the radios are a vital part of the process.



Fancy a quiet day at the beach? Think again!


Ynyslas National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth stretches over 3 miles and is full of activity, especially in the summer months. The need for radios is a must which is why we were called.

National Nature Reserves are places with some of the very finest examples of wildlife habitats and geological features. As well as maintaining the unique nature reserve, from the boardwalks to the sand dunes, the staff at Ynyslas beach need to keep in contact so they are ready for any situation.

Channel 0 was programmed into the radios which directly links to the coastguards. The weather can change very quickly, strong winds and tides can be dangerous and can cause a need for quick communication to recover stranded vehicles stuck in the incoming tide.

Radios are also used to cordon off areas as unexploded ordnance from WW2 are normally found uncovered on the beach.

The Fixed Penalty Notice introduced by Ofcom

Under new regulations, Ofcom now has the power to issue a fixed penalty notice to unlicensed radio users. This has been put in place to reduce the congestion and levels of interference to legitimate licence holders.

The fixed penalties Ofcom use are sent to alleged offenders by post. They will then have one month to respond. If you receive one, you can choose one of the following options.

  • Pay the fixed penalty of £100.
  • You could make representations to Ofcom to explain why you shouldn’t receive a fine. You are still advised to pay the penalty while Ofcom review your case.
  • You may ask to be tried for the offence by a court.

If you fail to respond to the letter, Ofcom can then decide whether to prosecute you. If found guilty you may have to pay a fine much greater than the amount of the fixed penalty.

Moral of the story, get a licence, its cheaper!

British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Team


The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Team have been using us as their radio supplier for a number of years. We have recently supplied them with Kenwood TKD340’s and unique programming for the Pyeongchang Games. The radios are a vital part of the team’s training as it allows the coaches to stay in contact with the athletes and other team members for communications up and down the track. It allows for smooth operation and is a vital tool for the success of the team.

We would like to wish them the best of luck!

Radio Shipped in Toilet Roll!

Today we have had a breakthrough at Radio-Active. After many years using the correct packaging to despatch our radios and accessories to our customers, we may have just been introduced to a better option. One of our customers had an ingenious way of packaging their radio.

They must have run out of bubble wrap as they used a TOILET ROLL! Yes, you heard right, the radio was shipped to us wrapped in a toilet roll. Who needs bubble wrap? Could this be the way forward?!

Other forms of wrapping are available!

Antenna ID Bands- Stop with the stickers!

Have you ever been confused about whose radios who’s? Many people put stickers on the radios to identify them, but a common mistake people make is that they end up covering the microphone, so people can’t hear them when they transmit.

A clever way of avoiding this is to use antenna ID bands. These simply just push onto the end of the radio antenna and come in 5 different colours, making it easy for you to be able to identify radios.

New Motorola DP4000e Series Vibrating Belt Clip!

Just when you thought a belt clip couldn’t get any better, Motorola go and bring out a vibrating one. This basically vibrates when you are receiving an incoming call. This is a brilliant accessory to have if you are working in loud environments where you are likely to miss calls. It is also beneficial in quiet environments, because it allows you to quickly respond while not disturbing others as you can have the volume on the device turned down.