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Barrett Communications

Booth: 1973

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  • Rochester,  NY
  • United States

Company Description

For over 35 years Barrett Communications has designed, manufactured and marketed HF radio equipment for specialized, autonomous, long-haul radio applications. HF radio communication is "free to air"; having no recurring usage charges once installed, including voice, email, data, fax, and tracking solutions for base, mobile and manpack applications, covering hundreds of miles. Competitively priced, Barrett products are well known for their quality, reliability, and simple, intuitive operation.

Additional Information

Barrett Communications actively develops and manufacturers HF SSB radio communications equipment for long distance, autonomous, communications. Our products are high quality, reliable and competitively priced and are supported by a global distribution and customer service network.

 Press Releases

  • Barrett Communications have announced the release of their latest product, the advanced Barrett 4075 High Power High-Frequency transmitter.

    E-mail and messaging have become the common and preferred methods in modern communications. Barrett’s innovative liquid cooled amplifier, when married with the Barrett 4050 SDR Transceiver to produce the Barrett 4075 HF High power transmitter, will run continuously at high power for extended data transmission and at optimum temperatures resulting in greater reliability.

    The radio is intended as a static base station for use in areas where HF radio may be the only viable communications infrastructure. It provides a compact, high power HF transceiver which is easy to use for the inexperienced operator and ideal for use in austere environments.

    Managing Director of Barrett Communications, Mr Greg O’Neill explained “It is designed for users who require robust and reliable long-range data communications equipment with low logistical demands. This product is aimed at a broad cross-section of the market, including peacekeeping and humanitarian organisations, non-government organisations (NGO), security organisations and police; and commercial businesses such as oil exploration."

    The advanced liquid cooled solid state design of the 4075 amplifier is believed to be the first of its kind. The cooling system, which uses a water propylene glycol mixture, allows the transmitter to run continuously at optimum temperatures and reduces the requirement for forced air cooling. This is a more efficient design, consumes less power, offers greater reliability, extended service life and provides a much quieter working environment.

  • First responders from St Vincent and the Grenadines have recently travelled to the neighboring island of Dominica to re-establish communications in the community of Wesley and to provide medical support to the community.

    The team of six included three medical staff, an emergency communications specialist and two radio operators. Key team members were already known to the Wesley community so their offer of support was greatly appreciated.

    The Wesley Health Centre’s lone generator had malfunctioned and was significantly impacting patient health. The team were able to restore power to the center, donate medical supplies and support the existing medical staff to see, in some cases, over 100 patients per day. Typically the center sees around 20 patients per day. Dr Madada James of the responder team commented “Our arrival was timely because there were three recorded deaths in the Wesley area due to the “Maria” trauma, while there were other cases of untreated wounds which became infected due to the lack of medical care which had to be treated immediately to avoid amputation.”

    The team travelled with two Barrett 2090 HF manpack transceivers and a Barrett tactical broadband antenna which was connected to the existing HF amateur transceivers.  The HF network was established and used to coordinate the arrival of medical and food supplies and relay messages to other stations in Dominica where propagation was poor.  Mr. Donald de Riggs, the emergency communications specialist commented “We were able to quickly establish reliable communications both within Dominica and to other islands to support the recovery work. The tactical broadband antenna worked flawlessly, without a tuner, across the entire HF spectrum – a perfect match for any HF radio.”

    The team, together with local villagers, were able to clear the road from the airport into Wesley which assisted in the transport of relief supplies to the village. Local water pumps and generators were repaired by the SVG response team’s small engine specialists, which allowing locals to charge personal communications devices and they also assisted the FM radio station get “back on the air” to provide locals with information about the distribution of water and food, as well as general weather updates.

    Mr. de Riggs went on to say “This was Phase 1; Phase 2 will focus on rebuilding five homes already identified for assistance.” The Rainbow Radio League Inc. which is coordinating the rebuilding effort is requiring international assistance to purchase construction materials to assist five families, including the homes of nurses and doctors whose properties were not insured.  Our mission will be limited to the repair and strengthening of roofs and if funding is available, to install a renewable energy lighting system capable of charging small devices like tablet computers and cell phones.

    The RRL Inc. which is a non-profit, community service organisation has an account which can accept international donations which are tax deductible.  Their bank is: Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines – BOSVG and our account # is 0000000280047.  All donations will be acknowledged. The construction team from St. Vincent intends to rebuild the homes identified for assistance, early in 2018.

  • The island country of Tuvalu has recently upgraded their HF communications system as part of the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA). Tuvalu is no higher than 3 meters above sea level making the country susceptible to storm surges and natural disasters.

    The early warning and emergency communications project was designed and implemented to improve the response to climate related events by providing continuous communications to the outer islands. The communication systems were designed to be independent of existing public services and were required to be available at all times. A satellite based alarm system and High Frequency (HF) radio systems were proposed to accomplish this.

    HF radio communications had been used in Tuvalu for many years, however the existing infrastructure had deteriorated and became inoperable.

    Following a competitive tender process, Barrett Communications were selected to supply the equipment. The system includes Barrett 2050 HF transceivers and Barrett 2020 email, data and fax systems. A combination of antennas were selected, as some islands had limited land for installation of the antennas. The entire system is powered by solar with adequate reserve capacity to ensure reliable 24 hour operations to all sites.

    On the main island of Funafuti, HF installations were provided at the Meteorological Office, Police Station, Telecom Exchange, NAPA Project Office and Fisheries Headquarters as well as on the project vessel. Each outer island has a HF system installed either at the Meteorological Office or at the local Telecom Office when there is no Meteorological Office.

    Barrett Communications Managing Director, Mr Greg O’Neill commented “HF radio communications is seeing a resurgence due to its reliability and its independence of infrastructure, making it perfect for early warning and emergency communications following natural or manmade disasters. Systems simular to this are currently being used in other Pacific islands, islands of the Caribbean, in humanitarian aid activities in South America and in critical infrastructure projects in the United States of America.

    A video titled “Linking the Island” – Early Warning Systems in Tuvalu can be viewed for more information on this project via

  • On the 16th December a large mudslide hit the town of Villa Santa Lucia near Chaiten in coastal Patagonia, Chile. It has left a third of the town destroyed and under mud and the search continues for missing people.

    Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) have sent rescue teams into the area, and the town remains without electricity and telephone signal. Skytel Telecomunicaciones, the Barrett Authorised dealer in Chile have advised that two ONEMI vehicles equiped with Barrett High Frequency (HF) radio communications are part of the rescue team who have been deployed.

    Mr José San Martín from Skytel commented “we have a long relationship with the ONEMI and we know as these vehicles go into the disaster zone to provide medical support to those in Villa Santa Lucia they will have reliable communications via HF radio back to other unaffected towns”.

    HF radio is often used as emergency and humanitarian environments in many regions around the world. HF radio is designed to require no infrasturture, mains power or telephone lines to maintain communications and can send and receive data, images and connect into the international telephone network.

    Mr San Martín went on to say “we have also provided two additional Barrett HF mobile stations for the medical service to further support communications as part of the relief effort in the disaster area”.

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