For 40 years, Barrett Communications has been at the forefront of innovation in high-frequency (HF) radio – coming a long way from its humble beginnings in the Australian aviation sector. The history of Barrett Communications is interwoven with the history of HF radio itself.
Four decades after first manufacturing radio antennas, Barrett is creating equipment that revolutionizes HF communications – the 4050 SDR transceiver gives the tasks handled by transistors and semiconductors to software. They can also interface with tablets and other digital devices via Wi-Fi for even greater flexibility.
While today's HF radios might be unrecognizable to operators in the early 20th century, they are still fundamentally the same. New technology has just brought them forward into a more powerful and usable space. Their use has also changed dramatically, evolving from Australian aviators to military personnel around the world. In fact, 70 per cent of Barrett's business today is in the tactical market. The company's reach has also expanded significantly, with products sold into over 150 countries and on every continent on Earth.