PMR 446 was initially conceived as a European radio communication service and was first introduced in Eire in 1998. In the UK, PMR446 was operational from 1999 where it successively replaced the licenced Short-Range Business Radio (SRBR) format.
Analogue PMR446 is a licence-free, voice only communication system which provides a simple, economical and effective short-range radio service for professional and leisure users. Unlike mobile phones, with PMR446, there is no waiting for a connection, no working around the uncertainties of GSM coverage and no contract fees or call charges to pay.
Since the introduction of the licence-free PMR446 format, Kenwood's ProTalk® PMR446 hand-portable radios have established an enviable reputation among professional users for offering a simple to use, rugged and dependable radio solution for instant voice communication.
Kenwood ProTalk PMR 446 hand-portable walkie talkies have today achieved sales of over 1 million units throughout Europe; proof that successive generations of ProTalk PMR446 radios have achieved the gold standard for professional license-free radios.
***** Following ECC Decision (15)05, new PMR446 frequencies are being introduced across Europe from 2016 to ensure the continued availability of license-free analogue and digital PMR446 frequency bands, increase capacity and reduce congestion:
- Analogue PMR446 frequency band will be extended to cover 446.0-446.2 MHz.
- Digital PMR446 frequencies (from 1st January 2018) will also be extended to cover 446.0-446.2 MHz.