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TERA TR-500 Dual-Band 16 Channel Commercial & Ham Two-Way Handheld Radio

TERA TR-500 Dual-Band 16 Channel Commercial & Ham Two-Way Handheld Radio

$129.99 $119.00

The rugged TERA TR-500 is a reliable 16 channel multi-use dual-band analog FM Commercial & Ham handheld two-way radio which is ideal for public safety, businesses, industry, S&R, CERT, ARES, RACES, preppers, or EmComm emergency communications with a usable range of VHF 136-174MHz & UHF 400-470MHz (narrowband-compliant).

SOLD-OUT, but will be replacing this radio with an even better model & brand soon! – We’ve discontinued working with TERA/Powerwerx due to poor QC and a lack of dealer support. We do still have a handful of accessories available though, and still offer custom programming for the TR-500-Series radios. Purchase your TR-500 accessories here, while supplies last!

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-500 provides reliable emergency radio communications for public safety, law enforcement, business, industry, Neighborhood Watch & CERT groups, Hams and preppers to keep in touch when other methods of communication break down. IP54 rated and Part 90 compliant.

See below for all the details!

Available with Custom Programming & Consulting.
Not sure what you need? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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The rugged TERA TR-500 is a reliable 16 channel multi-use dual-band analog FM Commercial & Ham handheld two-way radio which is ideal for public safety, businesses, industry, S&R, CERT, ARES, RACES, preppers, or EmComm emergency communications with an operating range of VHF 136-174MHz & UHF 400-470MHz (narrowband-compliant with 2.5kHz tuning steps).

SOLD-OUT!!!  Purchase your TR-500 accessories here, while supplies last!

The TR-500 provides reliable land-mobile, ham and emergency radio communications for law enforcement, PIs, public safety, Neighborhood Watch & CERT groups, businesses, Hams, and preppers 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 and 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-500 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-500 is also repeater-capable (even split-band), greatly extending the potential operating range.
Shipping Note: Due to USPS restrictions, we are only able to ship 1 extra battery pack per radio and only 2 battery packs total per package via 2-3 Day Priority-Mail (air) service. Orders with 3 or more Li-ion battery packs must be sent by Priority-Mail (surface transport) service only, which may take longer than the normal 2-3 days. Packages with over 5 pounds of batteries will need to be split up into multiple shipments. Contact us if you have any questions.
Commercial/Business/Ham Radio
Factory 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 custom programming for this radio – see the Radio Programming Charts below!
Voice Announce & Feature Keys
Built-in voice announce feature for memory channel, battery level, channel lock/unlock and scan on/off status. 2 programmable side-keys provide access to other optional features, such as VOX mode, squelch monitor, power level, and alarm. Note: For FCC compliance, the hi/low power side button has been disabled (PC programmable with optional USB cable, or with our additional custom programming service – see the Custom Radio Programming item in the TR-500 Accessories category).
Simple Operation, VOX & Li-ion Battery
Easy to operate radio with its compact size and simple to use top mounted volume and channel knobs. Optional hands-free VOX (Voice-Operated) mode with use of a VOX-capable headset or earpiece. Each radio includes a Li-ion rechargeable battery (which provides up to 30 hours of operation between charges with battery-saver mode), 2 hour desk charger, flexible antenna, belt clip & user manual.
Rugged Design & 2 Year Warranty!
Rugged handheld radio designed in the U.S.A., with loud receive audio. Backed with an industry leading 2 year limited warranty, and designed, supported and serviced in the USA (Southern California).

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 other 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.

Features

Channels: 16 VHF or UHF channels, including handheld to handheld “simplex” channels or repeater “duplex” channels (even split-band offsets). Note: We can custom program the radio for business or emergency communications – see the Custom Radio Programming Chart below for all available settings!
Battery: Operate 30+ hours between charges with the supplied 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery in the power saver mode. Includes voice announce to indicate selected channel and to 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. Great for SHTF (S#hit Hits The Fan) Prepper & general emergency communications also!
Pre-programmed: Operational out of the box with 14 UHF 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 specific LMRS/MURS channels that you may not be licensed for… We can custom program the radio for business or emergency communications – see the Custom Radio Programming Chart below for all available settings!
Audio Output: 700 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 re-program the radio with standard/default PL tones – see the Custom Radio Programming Chart below for all available settings!
Special Features: Side-button features available (standard with custom programming) 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 1:3 receive time (for even longer battery life). Timeout Timer set to 90 seconds Tx (to protect transmitter). See the Custom Radio Programming Chart below for all settings!
Package Includes: Commercial-Grade 16-Channel Dual-Band radio (Operating Range: VHF 5/1W 136-174MHzUHF 4/1W 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: 2ACK8TR500) (Licensed Land Mobile Radio “business band” or Part 97 Ham use)
IP54 Dust & Water 
(splash) Resistant

Need Custom Programming or Consulting?

Utilize our BSR-PRG500 Custom Radio Programming or BSR-PCON Custom Radio Programming Consulting services with the (S) Stock version of this radio and we’ll handle the programming! You can also utilize our BSR-CLN Radio Programming Cloning service to clone your new or existing radio(s) along with any programming option.

Charts for Custom Radio Programming Options

TR-500-S Stock/Factory LMR & MURS Channels View TR-500 Stock/Factory Programming Chart
BSR-PRG500 Custom Radio Programming – Anything You Want! View TR-500 Custom Programming OptionsDownload TR-500 Custom Programming XLSX Template ZIP (Coming Soon!)

Custom Programming Software

TR-500 Commercial/Ham TR-500 Programmer
PL2303 Prolific 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 to or by 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

Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8 × 2.75 in
Channels

16, Programmable (with optional programming cable)

Bands

Tx: LMR/Ham
Rx: LMR/Ham/MURS/GMRS/FRS/CAP/WX/PO/F/PS
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 Receive VHF/UHF

CTCSS & DCS

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

Frequency Stability

±2.5PPM

Receive Sensitivity

0.20µV (25kHz)
0.22µV (12.5kHz)

Adjacent Channel Selectivity

70dB @ 25kHz
60dB @ 12.5kHz

Intermod Rejection

65dB

Spurious Response Rejection

70dB

S/N

45dB @ 25kHz
40dB @ 12.5kHz

Audio Power Output

700mW, Built-In Loudspeaker
≤5% Distortion

RF Power Output

VHF High Power: 5W / Low Power: 1W
UHF High Power: 4W / Low Power: 1W

Modulation/Bandwidth

FM (Frequency Modulation), ≤5% FM Distortion
WFM (Wide Band FM), 16kΦF3E, 25kHz
FMN (Narrow Band FM), 8kΦF3E, 12.5kHz
Narrowband-Compliant with 2.5kHz Tuning Steps

Max Deviation

WFM ≤5kHz
NFM ≤2.5kHz

Tx Spurious & Harmonics

≤-36dBm(1GHz)

Antenna Impedance

50Ω

Battery Pack

1600mAh 7.4V Li-ion

Voltage

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

Radio Weight

Assembled Radio: 225g (7.94oz) with Stock Antenna & Li-ion Battery Pack

Radio Dimensions (HxWxD)

118x62x35mm with Stock Antenna

Operating Temperature

-25°C~+55°C
-13°F~+131°F

Dust & Water Protection

IP54 Dust & Water (splash) Resistant

FCC Certification

Part 90 Certified for PLMRS (Business Band)
FCC ID: 2ACK8TR500
Narrowband-Compliant with 2.5kHz Tuning Steps

Warranty

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

Radio Programming Options

(S) Stock – Factory PLMR & MURS Channels

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  1. EZ to Operate and Very Dependable: I got TR-500 for my wife to use at the school she works at. She is far from a “radio girl” so I was looking for a radio that was going to be ez to operate and very dependable and this is fitting that need very well. Programming was ez with the programming cable and software.

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