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August 2009 Archives

August 27, 2009

We Love Customer Reviews

Here at Buy Two Way Radios we get to learn about all kinds of great walkie talkies and other communication items. Sadly we often do not have the time to play with every item as much as we would like. Ahem, I mean to properly test each product in a laboratory setting adhering to strict engineering standards. That is why we love it when all of you let us know what you think. It has a direct impact on what we carry and what we recommend to people.

Since we are not some large chain store, or part of a mega-industrial conglomerate, we have a lot of freedom in the products we provide to our friends and customers. The feedback we get from all of you helps us carry the two way radios and accessories all of you like. This in turn keeps our inventory current, full of exciting items, and also helps to keep our prices down since we do not buy things people do not want.

Over on our two way radio forums, we have a great bunch of folks. They let us know real quick about what they think about the radios we carry. Today I am just going to link to you some reviews done by forum member jwilkers:

Midland GXT1000 Review
Motorola MR355R Review
Cobra CXR900 Review

We love unbiased reviews like these. If you have feedback on an item, leave a comment here on our two way radio blog, over on our walkie talkie forums, or just give us a call. Everyone here at Buy Two Way Radios looks forward to hearing from you! You may even be mentioned here on the blog.

$50 Rebate on Select Garmin Radios

Garmin Rebate
Garmin Rebate
Garmin has just launched a great new promotion! Through September 30th, 2009, you qualify for a $50 rebate on Garmin Rino 530 HCx Two-way Radios with GPS and Garmin Rino 520 HCx Two-way Radios with GPS! This is a great rebate offer on some of the best radios made. You may even want to do a bit of early holiday shopping. Click here for full details and redemption form.

August 19, 2009

I Blog about the FCC, They Blog Back!

Ok, regular readers of our two way radio blog know that now and then I pick on the FCC. Well it would seem they got tired of this behavior, and are now according to this news story going to blog back. So next time I mention that they may be bloated and obsolete, they are going to counter with the fact that I need a haircut and should get more exercise. That should keep me in line.

This would be interesting news, the FCC having a blog and all, if it were say, uhm 1999. I like that the FCC wants to be relevant and open, but this is a bit late. They should be involved in social networking in about 10 years at this rate. I am also not sure what they plan to accomplish with any of this. All news stories will be heavily edited and all comments carefully screened.

If they want to be truly open, then they should have forums with very mild moderation. I do not think an FCC blog will help solve the number of problems the agency faces, and may make them look even more backwards and confused.

Not Two Motorola Two Way Radios but Three!

We now have in stock the Motorola TALKABOUT T5000TPR two way radio three pack. If you have been looking for a set of radios, but two is not enough and four is just way too many, then we have the item for you.

The T5000TPR three pack includes three Motorola T5000 two way radios, one desktop dual charger, and NiCD rechargeable batteries for each radio. The T5000R two way has all 22 FRS and GMRS channels with 38 interference eliminator codes. This is a great deal on an affordable set of weather resistant, rugged walkie talkies. We have them here and ready to ship out today for $45.99

August 13, 2009

The FCC is Still Wanting an Open Relationship

This post covered some of this already, but there is a bit more information in this news story. Over at the FCC they are still pushing to overhaul their processes and also make everything more open to the public. They are also probably going to do some restructuring along with making what they do more accessible. According to the WSJ news story:

Genachowski repeatedly says he wants the FCC under his watch to be more "data-driven," "fact-based," and "transparent" than ever before.

I think anyone that has been involved in getting a business radio license would love to see the process improved. Also, for the hobbyist, having more direct dialogue with the FCC about common concerns (GMRS pricing) may lead to a more common sense approach in fees. This may even help the radio manufacturers avoid certain, er, events.

Many have stated that the FCC is backwards, bloated, and perhaps absolutely meaningless now. I am not sure if Genachowski is trying to justify the agencies existence, or is genuinely interested in making it into a lean, effective regulatory agency. At the minimum I hope we at least get a more communicative organization that is easier to work with.

August 7, 2009

More Midland Camo Radios Now Infiltrating Our Warehouse!

The new Midland GXT-785-VP3 Two Way Radios are now in stock. These walkie talkies are made with the outdoors enthusiast in mind with vibrating alert, NOAA alerts, and even animal call sounds. They are water resistant and have a Mossy Oak camo pattern. The GXT785 radios also have 42 "channels", 142 privacy codes, and a 3 year warranty. We have then ready to ship out for $64.99!

August 4, 2009

How To Get in Trouble With a Kenwood Radio in Chicago

A news story just popped up about a person in Chicago using a radio to impersonate transit workers and causing bit of trouble for people using Chicago trains. No one was hurt by his pranks, but this could have been a much more serious story very easily.

Now some may try to use this as a reason to have radio licensing more heavily enforced, but that would not have stopped any of this. However, if you wonder why two way radios are often limited in broadcasting power, this is one of them.

There are always going to be people like the one in the story. If you misuse radios in this manner you probably will be caught eventually. When someone does something like this it does have ramifications on everyone in the radio community. So people, use some sense when you operate a radio.