Zartek Pro WT-206 (Pro5 and Pro8) - FAQs

Q.
Does the radio need a licence to operate?

A.
No licence is required as the radio operates in a public frequency band. All Zartek two-way radios are fully approved by ICASA.

Q.
What is the range of the radio?

A.
The Zartek pro can work in any environment or place. Range is terrain dependant and the figures below are not exact but just an indication of the performance. Generally the range of the Pro will be similar to that of the ZA-200 but 30% better than the Eco.

Typical distances in different terrains are:

  • 500m-1000m indoors (buildings, warehouses, shopping malls, city centre and dense bush)
  • 2-5km outdoors flat (residential areas, over water, farmland and open/light bush)
  • 5-30km elevated line-of-sight (top of buildings, hills or mountains range increases with height)
Q.
Is the Zartek Pro compatible with the Zartek Eco, ZA-200 and other radios?

A.
In short, radios with 5 channels/ frequencies talk only to other radios with 5 channels. 8 channel radios only talk to other 8 channel radios. But 5 channel radios can't talk to 8 channel radios as they use different frequency bands.

The Zartek Pro comes in 2 versions the Pro-5 and the Pro-8. There are two different frequency bands for handheld public UHF two-way radios in South Africa, a 5 (PRS Public Radio Service 464 MHz) and an 8 (PMR Public Mobile Radio 446 MHz) frequency band.

  • Pro-8 is pre-programmed with 8 frequencies and is therefore channel compatible to the original Zartek Eco (WT-202) and other radios also using this band.

  •  Pro-5 is programmed with 5 frequencies and is therefore channel compatible to the original Zartek model no. 21-1860-AF sometime also referred as the ZA-200.

  • The Pro-5 is thus not compatible to the Pro-8 as they operated in different frequency bands. Existing userís that want more radios will have to add-on with radios on the same band as they currently use either the 5 or the 8 frequency bands, as no channels overlap.

Q.
What is the battery life for the Pro?

A.
Li-ion battery technology is used in the Zartek Pro hence the small and compact design. Each battery is 720mAh and once fully charged will last for 30 hours  (about 2 days of 15 hour usage periods) when used on a 5:5:90 duty cycle (5% transmit, 5% receive and 90% on-standby). There is a battery level indicator on the LCD screen and a red light (below the antenna) turns on when fully charged. A full charge takes about 5 hours. Each battery can be recharged 500-750 cycles but exposure to high temperature could decrease the number of available cycle or even damage the battery. The battery should be stored with charge as this increases its shelf life. Li-ion maintains the charge for weeks unlike other rechargeable batteries. If the radio is being used extensively and the battery not lasting it is advisable to use a dual desktop charger GE-245 which keeps the radios fully charged. Li-ion batteries have no memory effect and can be recharged any time.


Q.
The radio does not turn on / the battery does not charge, what is the fault?

A.
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Open the battery compartment and remove the battery. There are two contacts on the top of the compartment. Sometimes these contacts have been pressed too far and do not make a proper connection to the battery. Using a small screwdriver or knife, bend the contacts out slightly so that the battery will sit tightly inside the compartment. The radio should turn on when the power button is pressed. Try charging the battery if the radio still does not turn on by plugging the charger into the socket at the top of the radio. If the radio still does not work, contact the store where the radio was purchased. A very flat battery will only indicate charging after 60 seconds or so.

Q.
What is the warranty on the radios?

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Each radio carries a 12 month factory warranty. This covers all faults that occurred during normal usage of the radio where no customer negligence is present. There is also a full service department to repair any damaged radios. In case of a faulty unit please contact the store where the radio was purchased so they can send it to us or contact Zartek directly.