Barrett Communications HF radios for WA mines

Barrett Communications has deployed multiple High Frequency (HF) radio communications solutions for the West Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).

The systems include base station and mobile vehicle stations to ensure that all personnel of the Geological Survey and Resources Division can communicate, no matter their location.

DMIRS operates across Western Australia, covering a land mass of 2.646 million km2.

With Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) installed in the transceivers, an operator with basic training can confidently make calls to pre-established office locations and communicate updates or – in the event of an emergency – seek assistance.

Barrett Communications BDM director Martin Johnson said: “This system will ensure the DMIRS staff are always in contact with their team in Perth, which is very important as it may be days of travel time, between towns or mining camps.”

The installation incorporated the Barrett 4050 Control Handset with inbuilt GPS, microphone and speaker.

The Control handset, with an additional external speaker, is mounted on the dashboard for easy access, whist the transceiver is concealed in the rear of the vehicle.

The control handset is a direct reflection of the front screen on the 4050 transceiver and can be operated independently but still retaining all functionality.

The Barrett 2060 Telephone interconnect was also installed at base stations, allowing the HF network to link into the national telephone grid, to make calls across Australia or around the world, if needed.

These base stations can be accessed remotely using the Barrett 4000 Series Remote Control app, from anywhere in the network.

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) focuses on regional field mapping, acquiring regional geophysical surveys, detailed basin and energy studies, and targeted mineral resources projects.

Picture: Barrett Communications

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