Due to the development of 8ID UHF-Linked Repeater System,
the capability of HH radios that has been the most effective
way of short distance communication has improved and can now
be used in communicating at greater distance. This innovation
has situated our HH radios to be the most commonly used communication
equipment between operating troops and higher Headquarters.
In this manner, the demand and utilization of HH Radios has
beefed up predominantly in the Battalion level down to its
However, there were difficulties encountered along the way.
Among the significant problems encountered was the working
condition of the batteries as it goes with time. It has been
observed with actual test and evaluation that the capability
of Nickel-Cadmium Battery of our Motorola Radio will deteriorate
in a specific period of time, more rapidly if proper charging
procedure is not observed. Another problem is the increased
abrasion rate. Since Motorola Radios were issued to users
(Infantry Divisions, Battalions, etc.) in considerably long
period of time, this Headquarters is receiving complaints
from the users of this command with regards to the malfunctioning
of their equipment (HH Radios), and it was later found out
that the problem was due to its worn out battery.
Though it is our desire to maximize the use of this equipment,
procurement of new battery packs of same specification/brand
to replace the old ones will cost a great amount to the Philippine
Army. It will become a burden since procurement of such will
become regular due to the short lifespan of the Nickel Cadmium
battery. Fortunately, the Army doesn't need to be tied down
to this short-term solution. There are batteries of better
quality, with relatively higher capacity (in terms of Amp-hour
rating) yet do not develop "battery memory effect" due to
improper charging. An example of which is the Nickel-Metal
Hydride battery with 2,300mAh. This type of battery is far
above the Nickel Cadmium battery with only 800 to 1200mAh
capacity. The 8th Signal Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division
has initiated a new test and experiment in order to examine
the performance and eventually produced a more effective battery
pack for handheld radios, a battery pack that can last at
least 48 hours of continuous normal operation and 3-5 days
if it is to be used only during time of regular contacts.
Production of this battery pack can be done through unpacking
the old and unserviceable battery packs and replacing it with
a nickel-metal hydride battery rather than its original type,
the nickel cadmium battery.
This test and evaluation has signaled the birth of a new
innovation- the Low -cost, High Capacity Battery Pack for
Motorola HH Radios.
COMPARATIVE COST ANALYSIS.
|Brand new battery packs (NiCd w/1200mAh)
|Repaired Battery Packs (Ni-metal hydride w/ 2,300mAh
Based on the high inflation rate that our country is experiencing,
cross-cutting has became a traditional solution, thus it is
indeed necessary that we find a way getting our systems up
in such a low expenditure. This innovation made by MAJ NOEL
"BIDA" LONTOC is the best way out to support the government
on its campaign on lessening its overheads. More so, this
proves that "innovation" has found its way home… the
8th Signal Battalion…