KEEPING IN touch with farm staff can be difficult, especially in areas where mobile phone reception is poor.

Oregon Scientific has launched a digital two-way radio which is claimed to give crystal clear coverage of up to 5km (3 miles).

The TP380 is voice activated and does not require a button to be held for transmission. A vibration alert is also fitted for work in noisy environments.

The TP380 is fully waterproof and comes with a charger unit and rechargeable batteries. Price for a quad set of radios is 89.99 (0845 601 3964 or www.oregonscientific.co.uk). [Pic in: Charlie”s Pics/new prods/TP380 Oregon scientific]