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March 24, 2017

TWRS-111 - The New TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio

Two Way Radio Show
We tell you about a new dual band handheld digital two way radio from TYT and how you can win a free one! Listen to the show for details. We also review the Leixen LX-928 UHF Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:14

Discussion Topic 1:32
We tell you about the new TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR digital handheld two way radio. We'll give you an overview of its features and specifications and tell you when we can expect it to arrive on the market. Win a new MD-2017 radio or Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt! Listen for details.

Commercial Break 15:07
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 16:03
We review the Leixen LX-928 UHF Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 21:09
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum. Read Rick's GMRS Radio Range Chart!

Wrap up and Close 26:03
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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March 8, 2017

Come visit us at the 2017 Charlotte Hamfest!

Charlotte Hamfest.jpgCome visit Buy Two Way Radios this weekend at the 2017 Charlotte Hamfest!

The Charlotte Hamfest is an annual event hosted by The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (MARS). This year's event will be held March 10 and 11, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. Activities include hourly prizes, forums, VEC amateur radio license testing and industry vendors, including Buy Two Way Radios!

If you are in the Charlotte, NC area this weekend, we encourage you to check out the hamfest. We'll be in booth #32. Come by and meet our staff and hosts of The Two Way Radio Show to talk about ham radio and two way radios in general.

The 2017 Charlotte Hamfest will be held Friday, March 10 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET and Saturday, March 11 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM ET. The hamfest will be located at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4571 Hwy 49 North, Concord, North Carolina 28025. The arena is just minutes away from Interstate 85 and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Admission is only $7 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult and there is plenty of free parking.

For more information about the 2017 Charlotte Hamfest, visit their web site at www.charlottehamfest.org.

February 24, 2017

$20 trade-in discount on select Vertex Standard eVerge radios

Vertex-Standard-Trade-In-Discount-2017.jpgGet $20 off on a new Vertex Standard eVerge when you trade in your old business two way radio!

For a limited time, Buy Two Way Radios will give you a $20 credit for every used business radio you send us and apply it to the purchase of a brand new Vertex Standard eVerge VX-531 or EVX-534 series digital two way radio!

This offer for customers of Buy Two Way Radios and is valid on trade-ins of any make and model business two way radio except Motorola and Vertex Standard.

Official Promotion Rules:
  • Each radio traded earns one $20 discount for one new Vertex Standard eVerge EVX-531 or EVX-534 series digital two way radio.
  • No limit on the number of trade-ins.
  • Offer valid on orders placed February 24 through March 10, 2017.
  • Limit one trade-in credit per EVX-534 series radio purchased.
  • $20 trade-in discount is valid on business two way radios only. Other types of radios (FRS, GMRS, MURS, Marine, etc.) are not eligible for the discount.
  • Motorola and Vertex Standard radios are not eligible for trade-in discount.
  • Radios submitted for trade-in discount may be in working or non-working condition.
  • Radio parts will not be accepted. Radios must be complete units and intact.
  • Customer is responsible for shipping charges on trade-ins.
  • Rebate will be provided once trade-in radios are received as a refund to original order payment method.
  • Trade-ins must be received by 4/15/2017 to qualify for the new radio discount. radios received after that date will not be eligible. Cricket Ventures, LLC is not responsible or liable for late, lost, stolen or misdirected trade-ins.
  • Offer valid in US only and void where taxed or prohibited.
Send trade-in radios to:
Vertex Standard Trade-In Promotion
528 S. Cherry Rd.
Rock Hill, SC 29732

February 17, 2017

TWRS-110 - Talking With Icom

Two Way Radio Show
We talk with two officials from Icom. We also review the Icom CY-5000 and CY-6000 All-In-One Digital and Analog Repeaters.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:14

Discussion Topic 1:33
we talk with Ray Novak and Keith Chafin from Icom. They will tell us how the company started, talk about some of their current products and we'll ask about their plans for the future.

Icom Interview 1:53
Ray Novak, Icom Senior Sales Manager
Keith Chafin, Icom Technical Channel Manager for the Southeast Region

Commercial Break 31:43
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 32:39
We review the Icom CY-5000 and Icom CY-6000 All-In-One Digital and Analog Repeaters.

Questions and Answers 42:21
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Update on the TYT MD-9600 44:34
We also provide an exclusive update on the status of the long awaited Tytera TYT MD-9600 DMR Digital Mobile Radio!

Wrap up and Close 53:04
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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February 1, 2017

Midland MXT MicroMobile GMRS radio comparison

The Midland MXT Series adds an exciting new element to the world of GMRS radios. These micro mobiles offer more power, range and features than any of the consumer FRS/GMRS portable handheld radios currently on the market, expanding the flexibility and capabilities of the General Mobile Radio Service. Midland MXT MicroMobile GMRS radios are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

The chart below lists all the models in the MXT Series for a full feature comparison. These models include the MXT105, MXT115 and MXT400. Although now discontinued, the original MXT100 is included as a reference to the upgrades and improvements added to the current models in the MXT line.

Midland MXT Series Comparison Chart

Midland MXT Series Comparison
Item MXT100 MXT105 MXT115 MXT400
Radio Service GMRS GMRS GMRS GMRS
Transmit Power 5W 5W 15W 40W
GMRS Channels 15 15 15 15
Repeater Channels
Weather Channels
Weather Scan
Weather Alert
Privacy Codes 38 CTCSS/
104 DCS
38 CTCSS/
104 DCS
38 CTCSS/
104 DCS
38 CTCSS/
104 DCS
Backlit LCD Display
Manual Squelch
Channel Scan
Monitor Mode
Keystroke Tone
Voice Compander
Keypad Lock
5 Call Tones
Digital Volume
Silent Operation
Timeout Timer (TOT)
Auto Power Off
Call Alert
Signal Strength Meter
Talk Around
Selectable Power Levels Hi/Lo Hi/Lo Hi/Lo Hi/Med/Lo
Backlit LCD Display
Display Colors 1 1 8 1
Adjustable Backlight
Keystroke Tone Signal
Flip Display
Flip-Frame Detachable Mount
Hand Microphone
3.5mm Audio Connector
USB Charger Port
Reset Function
12V Adapter Cord
12V Hardwire Cord
Includes Antenna
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Weight (ounces/grams) 6.08/172.36 6.08/172.36 - -
Price (MSRP) $149.99 $99.99 $149.99 $249.99


Additional resources:
TWRS-108 - New Midland Mobile GMRS Radios
TWRS-86 - The New Midland MXT100 Mobile GMRS Radio
Midland MXT MicroMobile® radios unboxing video
Midland MXT100 Micro Mobile GMRS Radio Preview video


January 31, 2017

TWRS-109 - Comparing Small and Lightweight Business Radios

Two Way Radio Show
We compare some popular small and lightweight radios commonly used by service industries. We also review the Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX Business Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:19

Discussion Topic 1:38
We compare some popular makes and models of small and lightweight radios commonly used in hospitality, restaurant, retail and other service industries. We'll tell you where and how these radios are used, list the typical feature requirements of this product type, and compare some key features and specifications of each make and model.

Commercial Break 26:47
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 27:43
We review the Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX Business Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 36:35
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 41:18
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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January 27, 2017

Spare parts for TYT MD-380 radios

TYT-MD-380-front-cover-2.jpgThe TYT MD-380 is one of the most popular DMR radios on the market and one of our best selling digital handheld models at Buy Two Way Radios. Considering this, we are not at all surprised to receive inquiries about replacement parts for it. As an authorized TYT dealer for the US, Buy Two Way Radios now carries a selection of spare parts for the TYT MD-380 two way radios.

If you need a specific part for your MD-380, such as a channel knob or accessory port cover, the specific item may be purchased individually. If multiple parts are needed, an entire kit of replacement parts is also available. This kit consists of all MD-380 parts currently sold on our web site at a substantial savings.

Of course, if you need another spare or replacement part for your radio, give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 or enter our live chat and ask.

We also carry spare parts for select Wouxun, Kenwood and Ritron two way radios. If we don't have it, we'll try to get it. Just let us know what you need.

January 26, 2017

Can I use the Kenwood TK-2320 rapid charger with the TK-3230DX?

KSC-37.jpgThe new Kenwood TK-3230DX is almost the same as the old TK-3230 and uses the same KNB-46L 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery pack. So naturally one would assume both radios use the same charger as well. However, the two chargers are slightly different. The original TK-3230 uses the KSC-37, and the DX uses the KSC-37S. The question is, are they interchangeable with the radios?

There were only two differences we could find between the two chargers. The old KSC37 charger draws 1.0A and the new KSC37S draws 0.8A. This slight difference does not seem to affect charging of either radio. Both output the same 1.05 amps to the radio/battery.

We also noticed the two plastic tabs between the contacts in the pocket of the KSC37 were eliminated in the KSC37S, and this change allows both radios to sit more firmly in the new charger. Other than those two minor changes, there seemed to be no indication the changes prevent the use of old and new chargers with old and new radios in a mixed fleet.

Can both chargers be used to charge the DX? If not, is there another reason, other than the slight differences mentioned above, that would prevent this, even though both radios fit in both chargers and use the same battery?

We asked officials at Kenwood these very questions. The official answer? The changes are purely cosmetic. Both the KSC-37 and KSC-37S chargers are indeed cross-compatible with the TK-3230 and TK-3230DX radios and may be used with either one.


January 25, 2017

Midland MXT MicroMobile radios unboxing video


In 2015 Midland Introduced the MXT100 Micro Mobile GMRS Radio. Now the company is launching three new models, the 5 watt MXT105, the 15 watt MXT115 and the full 40 watt MXT400!

In this video, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios unboxes all three models and gives you a preview of what these exciting new radios offer to the GMRS.

January 20, 2017

New Midland MXT MicroMobile GMRS two way radios

When Midland first announced the introduction of the MXT100 in early 2015, it was met with much anticipation. After all, This wasn't just another GMRS two way radio, it was a GMRS mobile radio, the first to enter the market in years, and a micro mobile at that. When the MXT100 finally arrived in the late autumn, it quickly became a popular item at Buy Two Way Radios and was generally well received.

Yet, some reviews were mixed. Many users liked the overall design and performance of this tiny mobile, but also wanted the addition of weather channels for use in off-road or recreational vehicles. Some GMRS operators needed repeater capability to truly maximize its use as a mobile. Many thought it lacked the higher wattage generally expected from a typical mobile radio.

Midland heard the feedback, listened, and took notes.

Now, Midland is introducing not one, not two, but three new mobiles in the MXT series, and all for the GMRS.

MXT105.jpgMXT105 - This model is the next generation of the now retired MXT100, and effectively replaces it. The 105 is essentially the same as the original, with 5 watts of power, 15 GMRS channels, 142 CTCSS/DCS codes, channel scan, adjustable squelch, signal strength meter, monitor function, keypad lock and 3.5mm external speaker jack. It also keeps the built-in internal speaker and the front panel backlit LCD display with 5 levels of adjustable brightness.

One of the best features of the old 100 was Display Flip, which allowed the unit to be installed upside down with an option to flip the readout on the screen around to keep it readable. The MXT105 kept this feature, as well as the flip frame detachable mount to accommodate either horizontal or vertical mounting on or under the dash.

In addition to the GMRS functionality of its predecessor, the MXT105 adds 10 NOAA weather channels and weather scan to the mix. It does all this at a lower price point than the original, taking the MXT series to a new level. The entire package includes a detachable hand microphone with a coiled cord, 12V power cable with vehicle adapter, flip frame detachable mount, microphone hanger, mounting hardware and a mobile magnetic mount antenna with 19 feet of cable. Price: $99.99.

MXT115.jpgMXT115 - The 115 has most of the same basic features found on the MXT105 and adds more power to take it to a full 15 watts. It has 15 GMRS channels, 10 NOAA weather channels and weather alert. Additional features include 5 selectable call tones, roger beep, tone alert and a USB charger port for charging other devices such as a handheld radio or cell phone. It does not include the Display Flip feature of the MXT105 but the display can be backlit in one of 8 selectable colors. The best part, it's repeater capable, with 8 GMRS repeater channels pre-programmed and ready to go. The package includes a hand microphone, 12V power cable with vehicle adapter, flip frame detachable mount, mounting hardware, microphone hanger and mobile mag mount antenna with a 19 foot cable. Price: $149.99.

MXT400.jpgMXT400 - This powerful micromobile transmits at a full 40 watts on the GMRS and is the top of the MXT line. It doesn't have the weather channels included in the other models, but it does have the 8 repeater channels. It also has some features found on many business and amateur mobile two way radios, such as a voice compander, power and transmit LEDs, talk around function, and a timeout timer. The MXT400 comes with a hand microphone, 12V hard wire cord, flip frame detachable mount, microphone hanger and mounting hardware. Antenna not included. Price: $249.99.

For more details and an in-depth discussion on the new Midland mobile GMRS radios, listen to Episode 108 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast!