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March 27, 2017

Guess and win a TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR radio!

MD-2017.jpgGuess the actual arrival date for a chance to win a new TYT MD-2017 radio or Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt! Send us your best guess of the date when you think the MD-2017 will arrive at our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios and if your guess is correct or the closest within seven (7) days of the arrival date, you could win a FREE TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR digital Two Way Radio. The winner with the second closest guess will get a FREE Two Way Radio Show T-shirt, valued at $10. If multiple correct entries are received, a drawing will be held among all correct entries to determine the winners.

Why are we doing this?
In 2016 TYT announced the MD-9600, their first digital mobile radio. This was big news, and anticipation was high. TYT kept delaying the release, and now, over a year later, we are still waiting for the MD-9600 to show up on the dock at our warehouse.

A few months ago we announced a new dual band digital handheld two way radio coming from TYT, the MD-2017. In episode #111 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast, we discussed some of the features of the MD-2017 and a speculated on a possible arrival date based on the limited specs available from the manufacturer. Bacause of our experience with the MD-9600, naturally we are a bit hesitant to mention a firm date for the arrival of the MD-2017.

So during the show (about 6:30 into the episode), we came up with an idea. Rather than set expectations with speculative dates that TYT may or may not ever meet, why not have some fun with it and make it into a contest? So we did!

Official Contest Rules
  • 1. One entry per person.
  • 2. Enter the date you think the MD-2017 will arrive at our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios. Note: this is not the date TYT says it will ship to the US, but the date we actually receive it.
  • 3. E-mail your entry to show@buytwowayradios.com or post it in the comments for Episode #111 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.
  • 4. Entry must include Full name, a valid e-mail address and call sign to verify single entry per person rule. Entries without all three items for verification will be considered invalid.
  • 5. The entry with the date closest to arrival within seven days wins an MD-2017 radio.
  • 6. The entry second closest to the arrival date wins a T-Shirt.
  • 7. If multiple entries are received with the same date, the winners will be determined by random drawing of all correct entries.
  • 8. Due to international restrictions, the contest is open to residents of the US only.
  • 9. Winners will be announced on The Two Way Radio Show Podcast and notified by e-mail after close of contest.
  • 10. Contest ends April 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT or when the radio arrives at Buy Two Way Radios from TYT, whichever comes first.
Note: Decisions of the judges are final.

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.