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RF313 UHF Radio Transceiver


The RF313 is a rugged, narrowband UHF radio transceiver for customers with an FCC-assigned frequency in the range of 400 to 440 MHz. It is well-suited for Campbell Scientific RF networks. An FCC license is required.

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Benefits and Features

  • Rugged, low-cost narrow-band transceiver
  • Meets NTIA narrowband and FCC refarming requirements for transmission
  • Supports up to 16 channels
  • Transmits up to 25 miles line of sight
  • Compatible with most of our current and retired dataloggers
  • Supports up to 254 dataloggers on a single frequency
  • Each station can act as a repeater to extend the transmission distance attainable by the network

The RF310, RF312, and RF313 are narrowband UHF/VHF radio transceivers that provide a long-distance telemetry option for communicating with remote measurement stations. The three transceivers vary only by the frequency ranges they support:

  • RF310: 148 to 174 MHz
  • RF312: 440 to 480 MHz
  • RF313: 400 to 440 MHz



Detailed Description

The RF313 is programmed by Campbell Scientific to the frequency that was assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This frequency must be specified at time of order so that it can be programmed into the radios.

A user-supplied antenna that matches the FCC-assigned radio frequency is required for each radio. Typically, the COAXNM-L coaxial cable is used to connect the antenna with the radio. One end of the COAXNM-L includes a male BNC connector that mates with the radio's BNC connector. The other end of the COAXNM-L includes a Type N Male connector that mates with the antenna's connector; the majority of VHF/UHF antennas terminate in a Type N Female connector.

Besides the radio, each field station and repeater station must also have an RF500M Radio Modem or RF310M Radio Modem; base stations need an RF500M modem, RF500B Base Station, or RF310B Base Station. The RF System brochure provides a complete list of equipment used in our field stations, repeater stations, and base stations.


Frequency Error ±3.0 ppm
Frequency Deviation Peak ±5.0 (12.5 kHz channel spacing)
Adjacent Channel Power 60 dB @ nominal conditions (12.5 kHz channel spacing)
Operating Temperature -30° to +60°C
  • 11.7 x 6.2 x 3.0 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.) without mounts and connectors
  • 13.5 x 7.6 x 3.6 cm (5.3 x 3.0 x 1.4 in.) with mounts and connectors
Weight 218 g (7.7 oz)

RF Power Output (nominal)

High 5 W
Low 1 W

Current Drain

Standby < 65 mA (muted)
  • < 2000 mA (5 W RF power)
  • < 1000 mA (1 W RF power)
Receiver < 80 mA


Radio Modems

RF500M RF310M RF95A RF95 RF95T RF315M

Radio Base Stations

RF500B RF310B RF232A RF232 RF232T


The RF313 does not work with other radio models.

Datalogger Considerations

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

CR200(X) Series CR800/CR850 CR1000 CR3000 CR9000X

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10X 21X CR23X CR9000 CR5000 CR7X

Note: The CR200(X)-series dataloggers are only compatible if the RF500M radio modem is used.

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