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TERA TR-590 Dual-Band 199 Channel Commercial & Ham Two-Way Handheld Radio

TERA TR-590 Dual-Band 199 Channel Commercial & Ham Two-Way Handheld Radio

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The advanced TERA TR-590 is a 199 channel multi-use, dual-band, dual-receive analog FM Commercial & Ham handheld two-way radio which is ideal for public service, businesses, industry, S&R, CERT, ARES, RACES, SHTF preppers, survivalists or EmComm emergency communications.

With up to 5 Watts of power and a talk around range of 1 to 7+ miles (much more when programmed for repeaters), the TR-590 provides reliable emergency radio communications for peppers, survivalists, Neighborhood Watch & CERT groups, businesses and Hams to keep in touch when other methods of communication break down. IP54 rated and Part 90 compliant.

See below for all the details!

New Custom Programming Charts and Templates Coming Soon!

Available with the following Radio Programming Options:
Not sure what you need? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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The advanced TERA TR-590 is a 199 channel multi-use, dual-band, dual-receive analog FM Commercial & Ham handheld two-way radio which is ideal for public service, businesses, industry, S&R, CERT, ARES, RACES, SHTF preppers, survivalists or EmComm emergency communications.

The TR-590 provides reliable emergency radio communications for peppers, survivalists, Neighborhood Watch & CERT groups, businesses and Hams to keep in touch when other methods of communication break down.

Designed in the U.S., these are sturdy, full power, commercial two-way radios with high performance, great (loud) audio output and an IP54 Dust & Water (splash) Resistant rating. With our signature ReadySafeGo™ service, we charge the battery pack, custom program for you (see options above), and test each unit (including antenna), so your new radio is guaranteed to be usable the second you open the box, and to NOT be DOA!

The TR-590 operating range is as good or better than any other affordable Commercial/Ham radio, even with its stock flexible antenna, which is better than most radios in this price range. As well, with our hi-gain whip antenna upgrade or an external mobile-mount or roof/tree-mount antenna (for base station use), you will see a significantly improved talk range, even when communicating with another stock handheld. The TR-590 is also repeater-capable (even split-band), greatly extending the potential operating range.
Commercial/Business/Ham Radio
Pre-programmed with 14 PLMRS (Private Land Mobile Radio Service) UHF and 2 MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) Channels, allowing direct handheld to handheld communications. Ideal for security patrols, private investigators, business communications, schools, universities, construction crews and other organizations that have FCC licensed frequencies. Also great for Amateur Radio (Ham) communications, including ARES and RACES. Full 5 Watts of transmit power on VHF and 4 Watts on UHF for increased range. Note: We offer several custom programming configurations for this radio – see the Radio Programming Options above and Radio Programming Charts below!
True Dual Receive & Dual Volume Knobs
Allows reception of two communication channels simultaneously (V+V, U+U & V+U) in dual receive mode, each with their own volume knob. Great for scanning emergency channels while monitoring a “home” channel or even listening to FM Broadcast Radio. Single receive mode is also available. Note: For FCC compliance, the hi/low power side button has been disabled (user-programmable with optional USB cable, or with our additional custom programming service – see the Radio Programming Options above).
199 Channels, FM Radio & 3 Power Levels
Easily program up to 199 regular VHF/UHF channel memories with 6-character alpha-numeric tags, and 20 FM Broadcast Radio station channels (Rx only). 3 programmable power levels for operating flexibility (VHF: 5/2/0.5W, UHF: 4/2/0.5W)
Pro Features & 2 Year Warranty!
Easy to operate radio with its compact size, simple menu system and Front Panel Programming. Each radio includes a Li-ion rechargeable battery (provides 22+ hours of operation between charges with battery-saver mode), 2 hour desk charger, flexible antenna, belt clip, wrist strap & user manual. Backed with an industry leading 2 year limited warranty, and designed, supported and serviced in the USA (Southern California).
Note: For FCC compliance, Front Panel Programming and certain menu features have been disabled. You must purchase a custom programmed radio (see the Radio Programming Options above) or the optional USB programing cable to “unlock” these features.

Note: PLMRS (Private Land Mobile Radio Service) operation is a coordinated band and does require an FCC license. Amateur Radio (Ham) operation also requires a license. This radio is not “type-accepted” for use on some bands such as GMRS, FRS and MURS.

IMPORTANT: The custom programming options for this radio are meant for emergency communications during emergency or “SHTF” (S#it Hits The Fan) situations. You are solely responsible for operating this device in compliance with FCC licensing and regulations, regardless of how it comes programmed. We are not responsible for any harm caused by the use or misuse of this device. Let us know if you have any questions before purchasing.


Channels:219 Channels – 199 VHF/UHF & 20 FM Broadcast radio stations. Front Panel Programmable (with optional USB Programming Cable), Backlit LCD Display with 6-character alpha-numeric channel names, simple menu system and quick-access function buttons.  Note: We offer several custom programming configurations for this radio – see the Radio Programming Options above and Radio Programming Charts below!
Battery:Operate 22+ hours between charges with the supplied 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery in the power saver mode. Power-on battery voltage display (and while in single receive mode) to easily monitor battery life.
Applications:Ideal communications for businesses, security personnel, private investigators, schools, industry, preppers & (amateur radio) Hams to keep in touch. Recommended for commercial, industrial and public safety activities. Perfect for SHTF (S#hit Hits The Fan) Prepper & general emergency communications also!
Pre-programmed:Factory programmed with 14 UHF PLMRS (Land Mobile, license required) “business-band” and 2 VHF MURS (license-free) “personal or business” handheld to handheld channels. Software re-programmable with the optional USB Programming Cable (not included). Note: The pre-programmed radio from the factory is minimally usable with only 16 PLMRS/MURS channels… We can custom program the radio for you – see the Radio Programming Options above and Radio Programming Charts below!
Audio Output:800 mW of loud-speaker output for noisy environments. It’s surprisingly loud and clear for a radio of this size!
Quiet Tones/Codes:260 CTCSS/DCS “PL” tones or digital codes with split capability. Quiet/privacy tones/codes are re-programmable with the optional USB Programming Cable. Note: We can custom program the radio with standard/default PL tones – see the Radio Programming Options above and Radio Programming Charts below!
Special Features:Side-button features (with custom programming options) as follows: Mid button short press = Scan Mode, Mid button long press = Channel Lock, Low button short press = Battery Level, Low button long press = Monitor (momentarily opens squelch to hear weak signals). Power Save Mode set for longer battery life). Timeout Timer set to 90 seconds Tx (to protect transmitter). See the Radio Programming Charts below for all settings!
Package Includes:Commercial-Grade 199-Channel Dual-Band Dual-Receive radio (Rx&Tx: VHF 5/2/0.5W 136-174MHzUHF 4/1/0.5W 400-470MHz), lithium-ion batterydesk chargerdual-band flexible whip antennasturdy belt clip w/ screws, user manual & wrist strap.
Opt. Accessories:External Compact & Heavy Duty Speaker Mics, AAA Alkaline Battery Case, Spare 1600 mAh Li-ion Battery, 12v Cig. Lighter Battery Eliminator, Hi-Gain 18″ Whip Antenna, 2.75″ Stubby Flexible Antenna, Ext. Covert Earpiece, Radio Cloning Cable, USB Radio Programming Cable, Replacement Desk Charger, 6-Unit Multi Charger, Replacement Belt Clip, HD Nylon Carry Case (windowed & windowless) w/ Stainless Swivel Belt Clip.
Certifications:FCC Part 90 Certified (FCC ID: 2ACK8TR590) (Licensed Land Mobile Radio “business band” or Part 97 Ham use)
IP54 Dust & Water
(splash) Resistant

Radio Programming Charts

TR-590-S(S) Stock – Factory PLMR & MURS ChannelsView Stock Programming Chart
TR-590-C(C) Custom Radio Programming – Anything You Want!View TR-590 Custom Programming OptionsTR-590 Custom Programming Template
TR-590-E(E) EmComm – Emergency Communications VHF/UHFView “EmComm” Programming ChartTR-590-E Custom Programming Template
TR-590-SHTF(SHTF) S#it Hits The Fan – All Prepper VHF/UHFView “SHTF” Programming ChartTR-590-SHTF Custom Programming Template
TR-590-LBCA2(LBCA2) Long Beach, California – Neighborhood SafetyView “LBCA2” Programming ChartTR-590-LBCA2 Custom Programming Template

Custom Programming Software

TR-590Commercial/HamTR-590 Programmer
PL2303Prolific USB Driver
(for PRG-50 cable)
PL2303 USB Driver

Note: The programming software is provided by the manufacturer as a courtesy and is not guaranteed to be available or updated in the future.

IMPORTANT: By using this programming software, you are solely responsible for operating your radios in compliance with FCC licensing and regulations. We are not responsible for any harm caused by the use or misuse of this software or your radios. We do not offer free consulting or support for the free programming software, but we can program your radios for you or provide paid consulting instead! Let us know if you have any questions before purchasing.

Additional information

Weight1.9 lbs
Dimensions11.25 x 8.25 x 2.75 in

219 (199 regular, 20 FM broadcast radio), Programmable (with optional programming cable)


Custom programmable for other VHF/UHF bands

Receive Frequency Coverage

VHF 136-174MHz
UHF 400-470MHz

Transmit Frequency Coverage

VHF 136-174MHz
UHF 400-470MHz

Operating Modes

Single or Dual Receive VHF/VHF, VHF/UHF, UHF/UHF with Dual Volume Controls


260 CTCSS/DCS “PL/Privacy” tones or digital codes with split capability

Frequency Stability


Receive Sensitivity

0.20µV (25kHz)
0.22µV (12.5kHz)

Adjacent Channel Selectivity

70dB @ 25kHz
60dB @ 12.5kHz

Intermod Rejection


Spurious Response Rejection



45dB @ 25kHz
40dB @ 12.5kHz

Audio Power Output

800mW, Built-In Loudspeaker
≤5% Distortion

RF Power Output

VHF High Power: 5W / Mid Power: 2W / Low Power: 0.5W
UHF High Power: 4W / Mid Power: 1W / Low Power: 0.5W


FM (Frequency Modulation), ≤5% FM Distortion
FMN (FM Narrow Band), 16kΦF3E, 25kHz
WFM (Wide Band FM), 8kΦF3E, 12.5kHz

Max Deviation

WFM ≤5kHz
FMN ≤2.5kHz

Tx Spurious & Harmonics


Antenna Impedance


Battery Pack

1600mAh 7.4V Li-ion


DC 6.6V – 8.4V via Li-ion Battery Pack, AAA Battery Case or 12V Battery Eliminator

Radio Weight

Assembled Radio: 230g (8.11oz) with Stock Antenna & Li-ion Battery Pack

Radio Dimensions (HxWxD)

118x62x35mm with Stock Antenna

Operating Temperature


Dust & Water Protection

IP54 Dust & Water (splash) Resistant

FCC Certification

Part 90 Certified for PLMRS (Business Band)


2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty, Serviced in the USA by TERA

Radio Programming Options

(S) Stock – Factory PLMR & MURS Channels, (C) Custom Radio Programming (Anything You Want!), (BSR) Custom Radio Programming, (E) EmComm – Emergency Communications VHF/UHF, (SHTF) S#it Hits The Fan – All Prepper VHF/UHF, (LBCA2) Long Beach, California – Neighborhood Safety


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    KUDOS TO BSR!: I recently purchased and received SHTF Programmed Radios [TR-590-SHTF & TR-505-D], quickly and perfectly packed and programmed. I was greatly pleased with the Manuals and quality of the Radios. Superb and gives Motorola a “Run-for-its-money,” commercial grade (I’ve used them before). Also purchased the extended ‘whip’ antennas and they were of high quality. Mark at BSR spent a lot of time counseling me prior to the sale…a courteous personal touch. I always will do my business with BSR in the future……great service and good products.

    WQYZ571 (Dave)

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