OUR STORY

OUR STORY

1975

This was the year when two young Czech radio-amateurs met: Jiří Hruška, OK2MMW and Martin Lácha, OK2DFW. In the years that followed they pursued their shared hobby together. In socialist Czechoslovakia it was almost impossible to buy professionally made equipment, so as electrical engineering students they made their radios themselves. This taught them not only to understand RF technologies, but to cope with every problem, since at that time if you wanted anything you had to rely on the good-old ‘make-do and mend’ approach.

Thanks to their hard work and enthusiasm they were soon ably competing in the discipline at the highest levels, representing Czechoslovakia in radio-amateur competitions abroad and, together with other friends, placing among the winners in HF contests.

1975

This was the year when two young Czech radio-amateurs met: Jiří Hruška, OK2MMW and Martin Lácha, OK2DFW. In the years that followed they pursued their shared hobby together. In socialist Czechoslovakia it was almost impossible to buy professionally made equipment, so as electrical engineering students they made their radios themselves. This taught them not only to understand RF technologies, but to cope with every problem, since at that time if you wanted anything you had to rely on the good-old ‘make-do and mend’ approach.

Thanks to their hard work and enthusiasm they were soon ably competing in the discipline at the highest levels, representing Czechoslovakia in radio-amateur competitions abroad and, together with other friends, placing among the winners in HF contests.

The Rádio Cooperative

In 1989 Czechoslovakia opened up to allowing small businesses outside the state-owned enterprises, so it was now feasible to make devices for radio-amateurs on a ‘business’ basis. Jiří and Martin and their two colleagues founded a production cooperative Rádio in May 1989 and started making their bespoke R2CW 144 MHz transceiver, which they later started daringly selling to ‘capitalist’ countries abroad. Incidentally, the R2CW is still being used among radio-amateurs today and RACOM does provide maintenance for it if needed.

Just as some state-bureaucratic clouds began to gather over the Rádio Cooperative, threatening its future, the November Velvet Revolution uprising came, changing everything.

The Rádio Cooperative

In 1989 Czechoslovakia opened up to allowing small businesses outside the state-owned enterprises, so it was now feasible to make devices for radio-amateurs on a ‘business’ basis. Jiří and Martin and their two colleagues founded a production cooperative Rádio in May 1989 and started making their bespoke R2CW 144 MHz transceiver, which they later started daringly selling to ‘capitalist’ countries abroad. Incidentally, the R2CW is still being used among radio-amateurs today and RACOM does provide maintenance for it if needed.

Just as some state-bureaucratic clouds began to gather over the Rádio Cooperative, threatening its future, the November Velvet Revolution uprising came, changing everything.

RACOM

After the change of regime, establishing ‘standard’ types of companies became an option, so it was no longer necessary to keep going under the unsatisfactory socialist-style cooperative ownership model. Jiří and Martin and their key colleagues from the Rádio Cooperative founded RACOM a.s. in 1990, later transformed into RACOM s.r.o.

The radio-amateur market was soon too small for RACOM, and the company started producing radio devices for professional use. The crucial moment was the decision to specialize in wireless data transmission and launching the first radio modem on the market in 1991.

RACOM

After the change of regime, establishing ‘standard’ types of companies became an option, so it was no longer necessary to keep going under the unsatisfactory socialist-style cooperative ownership model. Jiří and Martin and their key colleagues from the Rádio Cooperative founded RACOM a.s. in 1990, later transformed into RACOM s.r.o.

The radio-amateur market was soon too small for RACOM, and the company started producing radio devices for professional use. The crucial moment was the decision to specialize in wireless data transmission and launching the first radio modem on the market in 1991.

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30 years on

Radio modems for SCADA networks have proven to be the right way forward. Jiří and Martin gathered together a team of equally enthusiastic colleagues, jointly developing and producing more and more progressive generations of radio modems, winning ever bigger orders; these became their stepping stones on a business quest out into the wide world.

Today, our team proudly features among market leaders and trend-setters and our radio modems are used in more than 120 countries worldwide.

In response to the advent of mobile networks for similar applications in 2005, we added mobile routers to our radio modems.

In 2009, we expanded into another radio data transmission domain – microwave links. Despite the tough competition, we are steadily becoming a major global player in this market.

30 years on

Radio modems for SCADA networks have proven to be the right way forward. Jiří and Martin gathered together a team of equally enthusiastic colleagues, jointly developing and producing more and more progressive generations of radio modems, winning ever bigger orders; these became their stepping stones on a business quest out into the wide world.

Today, our team proudly features among market leaders and trend-setters and our radio modems are used in more than 120 countries worldwide.

In response to the advent of mobile networks for similar applications in 2005, we added mobile routers to our radio modems.

In 2009, we expanded into another radio data transmission domain – microwave links. Despite the tough competition, we are steadily becoming a major global player in this market.

2021

RACOM is still a family business at heart, with in-house development and production. We strive for maximum self-sufficiency, with our own production lines for assembling printed circuit boards, and our own mechanical manufacturing. We comprise some 150 people, with annual turnover of around EUR 10 million.

RACOM has never been loss-making in its entire existence and profits are invested in further growth, especially in our own new-product development. The company’s stability is further underlined by the fact that its key private owners have stayed true and not changed since its founding.

Jiří and Martin are progressively handing-over their corporate management competences to the younger generation, confident their successors will lead RACOM to yet more well-earned triumphs.

2021

RACOM is still a family business at heart, with in-house development and production. We strive for maximum self-sufficiency, with our own production lines for assembling printed circuit boards, and our own mechanical manufacturing. We comprise some 150 people, with annual turnover of around EUR 10 million.

RACOM has never been loss-making in its entire existence and profits are invested in further growth, especially in our own new-product development. The company’s stability is further underlined by the fact that its key private owners have stayed true and not changed since its founding.

Jiří and Martin are progressively handing-over their corporate management competences to the younger generation, confident their successors will lead RACOM to yet more well-earned triumphs.

1989 R2CW – 145 MHz ham radio CW/SSB transceiver
1991 RD160, first radio modem – 1.2 kbps, 160 MHz
1994 RD300FS – 9.6 kbps, 300 MHz
More than 1000 modems manufactured and installed
1996 MORSE system
MR25 – 21.68 kbps
Entry to foreign markets, establishment of RACOM SLOVAKIA
1997 First mobile MORSE network
1999 MODANET – public nationwide packet data network
2000 MR25ET – MR25 with Ethernet interface
2001 RANEC – management software for MORSE system
2005 MR400 – new generation of narrowband radio modems
MRouter – Ethernet router
MG100 – GPRS modem based on MR400
2006 MX160 – wideband radiomodems, 132 kbps / 200 kHz
2007 RE400 – transparent Economy radio modem
2009 MG102 – GPRS/EDGE/UMTS modem
RAy – point-to-point microwave link, 10 GHz
2011 RipEX – Radio modem & Router
2012 M!DGE – Cellular router
RAy – 11 GHz
2013 RAy – 17 GHz, 24 GHz
2014 RAy2 – 2nd generation of RAy, 17 and 24 GHz
2016 RAy2 – 18 GHz
2018 RipEX2 – new generation of RipEX
M!DGE2 – new generation of M!DGE
RAy3 – new generation of RAy, 24 GHz
2019 RAy3 – 17 GHz
2020 RipEX2 – RipEX2 with mPCIe Cellular module
2021 RAy3 – 18 GHz