Types of Underground Communication Systems

Mining communications remain crucial for any operation. With the right form of communications, you can make sure that everyone on your mining site is  safe and up-to-date on what’s happening. There are four different types of underground communication systems: UHF transceivers, VHF transceivers, LF transceivers and Leaky Feeder Radio Systems Each type has its own unique benefits and drawbacks.

UHF transceivers are the most common type of communications system used in mining. They offer a reliable and secure connection and can be used for voice and data transmission. However, they can be susceptible to interference from other electronic devices.

VHF transceivers are also very common in mining operations. They provide a good range and clarity of transmission, making them ideal for use in large mines. However, they are not as secure as UHF transceivers and can be more susceptible to interference.

LF transceivers are used mainly for tracking purposes. They offer a long-range and good clarity, making them perfect for use in large mines. However, they are not as common as other types of transceivers and can be more expensive.

Leaky Feeder Radio Systems are used to provide communication between surface and underground personnel. They are very reliable and have a long-range, making them perfect for large mines. However, they can be expensive to install and maintain.

Each type of communications system has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. It is important to choose the right system for your mining site and equipment. If you are interested in learning the best system for your needs and addressing which system is going to help you in your mining operations, we can make sure that you can be ready with the best communication tools for your business. Contact us today if you are in need of support for your mining communication.

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 Mine Radio Systems 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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