Two-way radios are a great tool for ensuring that staff members communicate with each other. Two-way communication is more crucial for large businesses that span many sites. Two-way radios are a great option as mobile phone signal coverage can vary and can cause problems. This can impact safety and the running of your business. Two-way radios are able to reach all areas of your business, regardless of whether they are underground, rural, or in densely populated cities with signal blocking buildings. Your two-way radio signal can be trusted with a leaky feeder to keep you in touch and your business running smoothly. What is a leaky feed? How does it work?

What’s a leaky feeder?

A leaky feeder cable, also known as a “radiating cable”, is an alternative to traditional RF antenna networks. A normal feeder cable, which is used to connect an antenna repeater, is designed to trap the signal in the cable and prevent any interference signals from reaching the cable. A leaky feeder cable, on the other hand, is designed to allow signals to escape from the cable in controlled ways. The leaky feeder cable allows a controlled amount signal to penetrate the length of the cable simultaneously. A leaky feeder cable acts as an antenna for radios and allows the signal to reach places it wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in radio communication in tunnels and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.

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