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  GateGuard™ Long Range Wireless Intercom/Callbox and Remote Control System
Ritron - Go Beyond Normal Limits!      Frequently Asked Questions
General Overview

Does the GateGuard System require a FCC license?

No, the FCC has legalized five 2-watt or less VHF radio frequencies that do not require a FCC license. The radio industry refers to them as MURS, or "Multiple Use Radio Service" frequencies. Ritron has developed this simple package of three 2-way radios that make up the license free VHF GateGuard System.

Will this system work with any gate operator?

No, the GateGuard System wires into the control board of 12 VDC gate operators only. If your 12 VDC operator accepts accessories, you can use this system. It's a simple 2-wire hookup that takes minutes to install. See your operator manual for further information on installing accessories.

Is everything I need included with the GateGuard System?

Yes, everything is included in the packaged kit. Optional accessories are available including extra callboxes, portable radios, and aluminum mounting plate for the OutPost unit if mounting to a goose neck stand.

Does the system require end-user programming?

No, in most cases no programming is required by you. When purchasing the system, we get all the information on your specific installation so the system can be shipped to you with all the programming done. If you should require extra radios in the future, you just order the radio and it's ready to go.

What is the manufacturer's warranty for the Ritron products?

Ritron warrants it's callbox, base station, and portable radios/batteries for 1 year. Accessories are warranted for 90 days. Please refer to the product manuals for more information.

Does exposure to radio frequency energy present a threat?

This system has been evaluated for compliance with the supplied antennas. Refer to your manual for more information.

RQX-156-XT OutPost Callbox/Wireless Intercom

Do I need to install 110 volt electric to the OutPost Callbox/Intercom?

No. The OutPost can be powered by batteries or by using the supplied 12 VAC transformer. The unit uses 6 rechargeable D-cell Alkaline or Ni-Cd batteries when powering with batteries only. When used with battery power, the system is programmed to go into "sleep-mode" to preserve battery life, wakes up when button is pushed at OutPost station - batteries good for one year or up to 1,000 transmissions. When using the transformer for power, 110 VAC power must be available at the gate. The intercom feature of the OutPost Callbox is usually programmed as "always on" when using transformer power. The transformer plugs into a weather-protected outlet near the callbox. It's connected to the callbox through a hole in the unit that you must drill. The wire is recommended to be protected by conduit. It's a simple 2-wire hookup.

What is the range for the Callbox ?

Depending on the unit location and installation, the OutPost set for 1 watt can cover up to 1 mile line-of-sight.

Are all functions field programmable on the Callbox?

No. Most functions are programmed into the unit before it is shipped. You must let us know what your specific application will be so we can have it programmed correctly. Some functions are also field programmable.

JBS-146D Base Station/Wireless Intercom

How many devices can be controlled by the Base Station?

The Base Station can control virtually any amount of devices.

Can the Base Station be placed on my desktop?

Yes and No. Be aware that this radio may create interference with, or be interfered with by nearby electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, keyboards, electronic telephones and other sensitive devices. The unit can be mounted easily to a wall with supplied bracket to position it in the most desirable location.

What is the range of the Base Station?

The PBS-146D has a line-of-site range of two miles. Reception can often be improved if you relocate by a short distance. This effect is more noticeable inside buildings. Check alternate locations inside your building for the best reception.

Does the Base Station require programming?

Yes, but not by you. The unit is pre-programmed before shipping. Very little programming is required by the end user. Refer to your manual for more information.

How do I access the NOAA weather feature and weather alert feature?

The PBS-146D base station can monitor the NOAA Weather channels by selecting with the channel selector button. It can also be programmed to work with the "Z" button. Please refer to the manual for programming instructions.

JMX-144D Handheld Portable Radio

How many devices can be controlled by the Portable Radios?

The Portable Radio can control virtually any amount of devices. You can communicate with the callbox and open the gate with the Portable Radio.

What is the range of the Portable Radios?

The Portable Radios have a line-of-site range of two and one-half miles.

What is the life expectancy for the Ritron Portable Radio Batteries?

The battery packs are rechargeable are warranted for 1 year by the manufacturer. Proper care for the battery pack insures it will last this long. Charging in done by inserting the radio in the supplied Cube Charger. You can also charge the battery pack itself by removing it from the radio and using a spacer provided with the charger to charge the battery outside of the radio. This is convenient when using the radio with a fresh battery pack while charging a second battery. Keep in mind the "memory" involved for these batteries. To get the maximum charge capacity, the battery must be fully discharged. A typical battery pack may require up to 8 hours to completely discharge. See the owners manual for instructions on charging to it's maximum capacity.

Are all functions field programmable on the Portable Radio?

Programming is done by the dealer. You shouldn't have to do any field programming. Refer to your manual if field programming is necessary.