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August 26, 2016

FREE Desert Cups with purchase of Vertex Standard radios

Note: This promotion expired September 9, 2016 and is no longer available.

Vertex-Standard-Desert-Cups-2016-2.jpgThere are many reasons to choose Vertex Standard radios. They are tough, all-purpose, professional two way radios that are powerful and easy to use. Now there is another reason go with Vertex Standard - free Desert Cups!

When you purchase six Vertex Standard radios, you will also receive a FREE 30 oz. Stainless Steel Desert Cup for each radio purchased!

The Vertex Standard Desert Cup is a vacuum insulated, double wall cup that can keep your hot drink hot for up to 12 hours or your cold drink cold for up to 24 hours! The Desert Cup is valued at $30, but you can get it free when you purchase a minimum of of six Vertex Standard radios. You get one cup per radio, with a maximum of 24 cups!

The offer is good for all Vertex Standard portable handheld and mobile two way radios purchased from Buy Two Way Radios. The promotion offer is valid on up to 24 radios purchased for a maximum 24 cups (one cup per radio) through September 9, 2016. All radios must be ordered on a single order and on the same invoice. Multiple orders cannot be combined. Please allow 7-10 days from date of invoice to receive your cups. This offer is good only in the U.S. and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law. Download the promotion flyer for details.

There are a limited number of cups available and the offer is available for a limited time, so if you want FREE Desert Cups with your radios get them before they're gone.

August 22, 2016

How to program the Wouxun KG-UV9D directly from the radio

KG-UV9D-programming-4.jpgThe Wouxun KG-UV9D is a multi-band portable handheld two way radio with Wouxun's iconic color LCD display, full DTMF keypad, and a lot of nice features, all at a great price. Such a powerful transceiver requires a bit of programming to utilize its options, and for the first time user, it can be intimidating. Looks can be deceiving, because it isn't as difficult as it seems. It's not that difficult at all, once you know how it's done.

The easiest way to Program the KG-UV9D is with a computer. When connected to an XLT Painless Programming Cable, the process is even easier, since the programming cable itself is so quick and easy to install. At present the only programming software for the UV9D is provided by Wouxun, however it is readily available from the manufacturer or from us if the radio was purchased from Buy Two Way Radios. The KG-UV9D is not yet supported by CHIRP, the popular open source programming software used to program a variety of other radios, such as the Wouxun KG-UV8D and Baofeng UV-5R.

Programming the KG-UV9D manually from the radio itself is much like programming other Wouxun radios, such as the KG-UV8D and its variants, the KG-UVD8 Plus and the tri-band KG-UV8E. In fact, the steps are almost exactly the same, with two exceptions. First, the A/B button was replaced with a TDR button, which is held down for two seconds to toggle between VFO and Channel modes. Second, the menu item numbers are different. For instance, on a KG-UV8D, 8D Plus or 8E, the menu option to assign a frequency to a channel (MEM-CH) is 28; on the KG-UV9D and 9D Plus, it is number 30.

Other than the TDR button and the numbering of the menu options, everything else is the same. If you know how to program the KG-UV8D, you have already mastered the KG-UV9D. If you haven't programmed a Wouxun radio before, follow the instructions below to program your Wouxun KG-UV9D or KG-UV9D Plus Limited Edition directly from the keypad of the radio and you will soon become the master of all these models.

How to manually program a simplex channel into the KG-UV9D
  • Step 1. Press [BAND] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
  • Step 2. Press and hold [TDR] for two seconds and enter Frequency Mode.
    The radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
  • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.
  • Step 5. Assign the frequency to a channel.
    [MENU] 30 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    If the Channel number is displayed in blue, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
    If the channel number is red, the channel is available.

How to manually program a repeater channel into the KG-UV9D
  • Step 1. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
  • Step 2. Press and hold [TDR] for two seconds and enter Frequency Mode.
    Like the simplex channels, the radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
  • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.
  • Step 5. Input the repeater frequency offset.
    Press [MENU] 28 [MENU] [enter the offset for 2 meter or 70 cm repeater] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 6. Enter the Transmit Frequency Shift.
    Press [MENU] 6 [MENU] [enter 1 for positive shift or 2 for negative shift] [MENU][EXIT]
    Note: There are three ways to enter the frequency shift.
    • Enter 1 for positive (+) and 2 for negative (-).
    • Press [Arrow Up/Down] to toggle + or -.
    • Turn the channel selector knob to choose + or -.
  • Step 7. Assign the frequency to a channel.
    Press [MENU] 30 [MENU] [enter the channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    If the Channel number is displayed in blue, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
    If the channel number is red, the channel is available.

To add more channels, repeat the steps above. If these instructions are followed correctly step-by-step, you should be able to program all 999 memory channels in your Wouxun KG-UV9D. Note: These instructions will also work for KG-UV9D Plus.

August 17, 2016

How to reset the Wouxun KG-UV8D to factory settings and English prompts

KG-UV8-Display-800.jpgThe Wouxun KG-UV8D two way radio has a quick and easy reset. The only downside to the reset operation is it also clears out all the language settings and sets them to the default. English is its second language. The default is Chinese. The reset process clears all the language settings, both voice prompts and menu items shown on the display. If you speak and read Chinese, that's not an issue. If English is your first or only language, fear not, we're here to help. if you can read this, follow the instructions below and post-reset navigation should not be a challenge.

There are two reset options.
Functional Parameter Reset (VFO)
the VFO option resets the function settings to factory defaults without wiping out the channel settings.
Total Parameter Reset (ALL)
The ALL option performs a full reset back to factory defaults and clears the channel settings.

Follow the steps below to reset a Wouxun KG-UV8D, KG-UV8D Plus, or KG-UV8E two way radio from Buy Two Way Radios to its original factory settings and English prompts.

To perform a VFO Reset
1. Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 51).
3. Press MENU to choose RESET.
4. Press the UP/DOWN arrow keys to choose VFO.
5. Press MENU. The radio will display RESET SURE?
6. Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display Waite please (yes, "wait" with an "e") for a few seconds, then shut down and restart.
7. The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. Reset is complete.

To perform a FULL Reset
1. Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 51).
3. Press MENU to choose RESET.
4. Press the DOWN arrow key to choose ALL.
5. Press MENU. The radio will display RESET SURE?
6. Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display Waite please for a few seconds, then shut down and restart.
7. The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. Reset is complete.

To set language from Chinese to English
1. Press MENU.
2. Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select LANGUAGE (Menu Item 12). Note: the menu will be in Chinese, so the next two steps are important if you cannot read Chinese characters.
3. Press MENU.
4. Press the DOWN arrow key once.
5. Press MENU.
6. Press EXIT.

A reset may resolve many issues or malfunctions, but may not work for every scenario. However, it is usually a recommended first step when troubleshooting a two way radio.


August 15, 2016

How to program the Wouxun KG-UV8D

The Wouxun KG-UV8D is a popular dual band handheld two way radio for a reason. It has great performance, it's loaded with features, and it has a nice, large, color LCD display. It's also reasonably priced.

Then there is programming.

Programming the KG-UV8D isn't very difficult if you do it with a computer. Although the programming software provided by Wouxun isn't perfect, it's really not too bad, and it's not too difficult to figure out over time. Of course, if you have the open source programming software called CHIRP, it's even better, because it now supports the original KG-UV8D. CHIRP is freely available online.

For the most part, programming the KG-UV8D from a PC is relatively painless, especially when connected to an XLT Painless Programming Cable from Buy Two Way Radios. Programming it manually from the radio itself is another topic. To someone who is not familiar with the process, it can certainly be confusing or downright frustrating. Yet, there may come a time when you need to program your 8D and there is no computer or programming cable handy. There may be a time and place when you may need to do it manually. What do you do? How do you do it?

Follow the instructions below to manually program your Wouxun KG-UV8D, KG-UV8D Plus or KG-UV8E directly from the keypad of the radio.

How to manually program a simplex channel
  • Step 1. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
  • Step 2. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
    The radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
  • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.
  • Step 5. Assign the frequency to a channel.
    [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    If the Channel number is displayed in black, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
    If the channel number is blue, the channel is available.

How to manually program a repeater channel
  • Step 1. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display) as MAIN.
  • Step 2. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
    Like the simplex channels, the radio should be in Frequency (VFO) Mode to program all settings to the channel.
  • Step 3. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 4. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 16 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 18 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • Use the [Arrow Up/Down] keys or the channel selector knob to choose the codes from the menu.
  • Step 5. Input the repeater frequency offset.
    Press [MENU] 23 [MENU] [enter the offset for 2 meter or 70 cm repeater] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 6. Enter the Transmit Frequency Shift.
    Press [MENU] 24 [MENU] [enter 1 for positive shift or 2 for negative shift] [MENU][EXIT]
    Note: There are three ways to enter the frequency shift.
    • Enter 1 for positive (+) and 2 for negative (-).
    • Press [Arrow Up/Down] to toggle + or -.
    • Turn the channel selector knob to choose + or -.
  • Step 7. Assign the frequency to a channel.
    Press [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter the channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    If the Channel number is displayed in black, it is already assigned. Choose another channel.
    If the channel number is blue, the channel is available.

To add more channels, repeat the steps above. If these instructions are followed correctly step-by-step, you should be able to program all 999 memory channels in your Wouxun KG-UV8D. Note: These instructions will also work for KG-UV8D Plus and KG-UV8E radios.

August 12, 2016

TWRS-106 - Is DMR Becoming the Digital Radio Standard?

Two Way Radio Show
We debate whether or not DMR is becoming the de facto digital standard. We also review the new Vertex Standard eVerge EVX-261 Digital Portable Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:18

Discussion Topic 1:36
we debate whether or not DMR is becoming the de facto digital standard. We'll discuss the different types of digital standards available, compare the pros and cons of each, and contemplate the possibility one of them could overtake the others to become the primary standard in the marketplace. Do you think DMR is becoming the digital standard? Send in your comments to show@buytwowayradios.com. If we read your comments on the next episode we'll send you a FREE Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt!

Commercial Break 24:59
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 25:55
We review the Vertex Standard eVerge EVX-261 Digital Portable Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 42:14
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 51:44
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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August 10, 2016

How to manually program the Baofeng UV-5R from the keypad

Baofeng UV-5R-2.jpgThe Baofeng UV-5R is one of the most popular dual band handheld two way radios on the market worldwide. It's compact, feature packed, and very inexpensive. For many users who are new to programming portables, it is also one of the most challenging to program, primarily due to a poorly written user manual and an all but complete lack of support from its manufacturer, Baofeng.

Fortunately, there are some helpful resources available from a global community of UV-5R enthusiasts, including an easier to read and understand owner's manual and an excellent software application designed to program the UV-5R from a computer. The programming software is called CHIRP, and it is freely available online.

Of course, CHIRP is a great solution, provided you have a computer, an easy to install programming cable and the time to input all the data for 128 channels. But, what if you are on the road or out in the field and don't have a computer handy? What if you need to add in a frequency or program a channel on the fly?

We often receive calls from customers who just purchased their first Baofeng UV-5R from Buy Two Way Radios and want to know how to to operate it. More specifically, they want to know how to program their radio manually, directly from the radio itself.

So, here's how to do it. Follow the instructions below to manually program your Baofeng UV-5R direct from the keypad of the radio.

How to manually program a simplex channel
  • Step 1. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
  • Step 2. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display).
    The A side must be used to program channels into the radio. Programming data entered on the B Side (lower display) will not be saved.
  • Step 3. Press [BAND] for the frequency band.
    Toggle [BAND] to choose 136 MHz (VHF) or 470 MHz (UHF).
    If the incorrect band is chosen for the frequency entered in Step 5, the radio will cancel the operation.
  • Step 4. Disable TDR (Dual Watch/Dual Standby).
    Press [MENU] 7 [MENU] [press up/down arrow keys] OFF [MENU] [EXIT]
    It is highly advised to turn TDR off when programming directly from the radio.
  • Step 5. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 6. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 13 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 12 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 7. Assign the frequency to a channel.
    [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]

How to manually program a repeater channel
  • Step 1. Press [VFO/MR] and enter Frequency Mode.
  • Step 2. Press [A/B] and choose the A Side (upper display).
    Like the simplex channels, the A side must be used to program the repeater channels into the radio. Programming data entered on the B Side (lower display) will not be saved.
  • Step 3. Press [BAND] for the frequency band
    Toggle [BAND] to choose 136 MHz (VHF) or 470 MHz (UHF).
    If the incorrect band is chosen for the frequency entered in Step 6, the radio will cancel the operation.
  • Step 4. optional - Clear any CTCSS/DCS codes previously assigned to the channel.
    If no previous codes exist or when setting up the channel for the first time and no codes are needed, set the menu items listed below to OFF.
    • RX DCS - [MENU] 10 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • RX CTCSS - [MENU] 11 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • TX DCS - [MENU] 12 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • TX CTCSS - [MENU] 13 [MENU] [enter 0 (OFF)] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 5. Disable TDR (DualWatch/Dual Standby).
    Press [MENU] 7 [MENU] [press up/down arrow keys] OFF [MENU] [EXIT]
    It is highly advised to turn TDR off when programming directly from the radio.
  • Step 6. optional - Delete any existing data on the channel to program.
    Skip this step when setting up the channel for the first time. Press [MENU] 28 [press up/down arrow keys to choose channel number] [MENU] [EXIT]
    It is highly advised to turn TDR off when programming directly from the radio.
  • Step 7. Enter the frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 8. Input the repeater frequency offset.
    Press [MENU] 26 [MENU] [enter the offset for 2 meter or 70 cm repeater] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 9. Enter the Transmit Frequency Shift.
    Press [MENU] 25 [MENU] [enter 1 for positive shift or 2 for negative shift] [MENU][EXIT]
  • Step 10. optional - Enter the transmit CTCSS/DCS code.
    • CTCSS - [MENU] 13 [MENU] [enter/choose code XXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
    • DCS - [MENU] 12 [MENU] [choose code XXXXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 11. Enter the repeater output frequency.
    Use the keypad to enter the frequency into the radio.
  • Step 12. Assign the receive frequency to the same channel in Step 6.
    [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter channel number XXX] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 13. Press the [*Scan] button to activate Reverse Mode and display the transmit frequency.
  • Step 14. Assign the transmit frequency to the channel.
    Press [MENU] 27 [MENU] [enter the same memory channel in step 12] [MENU] [EXIT]
  • Step 15. Press the [*Scan] button to exit .

To add more channels, simply repeat the steps above. If these step-by-step instructions are followed correctly, you should be able to program all 128 channels (000-127) in your Baofeng UV-5R as you need.

August 8, 2016

Two way radio programmability

The two way radio is a powerful tool for short range communications, and for a number of reasons. There are no recurring connection charges, no subscription or usage fees, and it is easy to operate. Perhaps the best reason is the almost instantaneous connection. There is no dialing involved. Simply push a button and talk.

That is how a two way radio is supposed to work, and that is what users expect it to do. Many expect the radio to do it as soon as it is turned on, right out of the box, and some radios do. However, some of them don't, and a user who is not familiar with how a radio works may assume their brand new, freshly unboxed transceiver may not work at all. To those who are new to radio, it can be a real source of confusion and frustration.

While it is possible to receive a product prone to malfunction, such damage or defect isn't usually the issue. In fact, in all likelihood, there is probably nothing inherently wrong with the device itself at all. More often than not, the radio simply needs to be programmed.

The two way radios of today usually fall under one of two general categories: those that need to be programmed by the user, and those that don't. Some radio services, such as FRS, GMRS, CB and MURS, require the devices to operate on specific frequencies and/or within certain parameters, which means the radios operating within those services are generally pre-packaged and "hard programmed" at the factory to meet those requirements.

Other radio services are more flexible, and the radios operating within them are more flexible as well. These transceivers are designed for partial or full programmability by the owners themselves. That's a lot of accessibility, power and control over a device, particularly one used for communication, and many radio operators want and prefer to take full advantage of it whenever possible.

As these programmable two way radios become more sophisticated, so does their programming. Many can be programmed from the units themselves, usually either through a set of buttons or a full keypad embedded in the radio. However, some of them don't have that option, and even some that do require additional input by the user that can be cumbersome, complicated and often confusing for anyone who hasn't studied the manual from cover to cover (and if it is a manual for some imported radios, even if they have). In such scenarios, programming the radio via computer is generally considered a more practical or desirable option.

Some radios, such as lower end models used by many small businesses, retailers or localized business operations, may need to have only limited user programmability or may need to be completely locked down to prevent users from tampering with their functions and settings. These radios may be pre-programmed with frequencies, CTCSS/DCS codes and other features at the factory or by a dealer, allowing the end user a preset choice of programmable options.

Most higher end radios used for commercial, industrial, business purposes or public service operations are fully programmable and may be programmed by the dealer or the end user. Transceivers used in amateur radio are almost always fully programmable, and are usually shipped without any pre-programming from the manufacturer or dealer. These units must be programmed by the end user before they are able to transmit or receive calls.

The chart below lists the programmability of different types of two way radios we carry at Buy Two Way Radios. It is not intended to detail the programming capabilities or limitations of every make and model, only to provide the basic differences between them.

Two Way Radio Programmability Chart

Radio Service Manufacturer Model Programmable Programmer
Airband Icom IC-A6
IC-A14
Yes Dealer/End User
Amateur (HAM) Baofeng
Icom
Leixen
Tytera
Wouxun
All Yes End User
Citizen's Band (CB) Cobra
Midland
Galaxy
Uniden
All No Manufacturer
Business Band BlackBox
Hytera
Icom
Kenwood
Motorola
Olympia
Vertex Standard
All Yes Dealer/End User
FRS/GMRS Cobra
Midland
Motorola
Olympia
Uniden
All No Manufacturer
VHF Marine Cobra
Icom
Uniden
All No Manufacturer

Additional resources:
Motorola RDX Two Way Radio Programming Software
How to program Motorola DLR1020 and DLR1060 Advanced Configuration options
How to Clone a Motorola RDX Two Way Radio
Don't Let Your Two Way Radio Dealer Hold You Hostage
How to Wirelessly Clone Kenwood Protalk Radios
How to program the Wouxun KG-UV920P mobile radio from a PC
How to program a frequency into the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A
Radio Compatibility: Which Models Will Work Together


August 5, 2016

The Wouxun KG-D901 has arrived!

Wouxun-KG-D901-2.jpgLast year we broke the news about a new portable DMR radio, the KG-D901. We announced it on our blog, covered it in Episode 99 of the Two Way Radio Show Podcast, and gave the world a first look at it in our Wouxun KG-D901 preview video.

Yes, it was certainly news, but it wasn't just about the radio itself. What made this newsworthy was the fact it was the first DMR from Wouxun, and it was an announcement of their plan to enter the digital radio market. Now their entrance is official. The Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Digital Two Way Radio has arrived!

Since we've told you about the radio already, we won't repeat it all here. The info and specs on the Wouxun KG-D901 are available at Buy Two Way Radios, and now, so is the radio!

There is just one thing to note. At the time of this publication, the Wouxun KG-D901 is currently available in a very limited quantity, so if you want to be one of the first to have it, you may want to get it now.

August 3, 2016

The Vertex Standard EVX-261 is now available

EVX-261-1.jpgIf your business or organization is waiting for the right moment to migrate from analog to digital, your moment may have arrived. Vertex Standard just launched the new EVX-261 DMR digital portable two way radio, and it is certainly one handheld to consider.

Touted by the manufacturer as the "perfect entry radio", the EVX-261 is the latest offering in Vertex Standard's eVerge Series, a line of digital radios designed to make the digital/analog mix more affordable without sacrificing basic features or quality.

The EVX-261 seems to meet those parameters. Of course, the audio quality is great, which is something of a given, since this is primarily a digital radio, and crystal clear voice reception is a natural part of the digital experience to begin with. Other functions such as All Call, Group Call and Individual Call have also become a standard on digital two way radios, as are basic privacy and security features.

Even its analog capabilities are somewhat expected. Most DMR radios on the market today are capable of both digital and analog operation, and many can operate in a mixed mode. The EVX-261 is no exception. It includes analog features supported by many other business radios in its class, including 2-tone and 5-tone encode/decode, DTMF, MDC1200® ANI encode, and CTCSS/DCS capability, so if you have a mixed fleet of digital and analog radios in your operation, the EVX-261 will fit right in.

In addition, the EVX-261 features a Transmit Interrupt, allowing the user to circumvent or interrupt a transmission in progress to receive a message of a higher priority. It also operates in Direct Mode, allowing you to double call capacity by using a single frequency for two paths of communication.

These are all good features, to be sure, and as digital radios go, the EVX-261 does meet general expectations. Yet there is something about this radio that makes it worth serious consideration, and it's not just the price.

What sets this radio apart from other entry level business digital DMR radios on the market is the battery system. That's right, the battery system.

The Vertex Standard Universal Battery System, also known as the UNI battery, is a standardized battery and charger system for Vertex Standard radios. Introduced in 2014, the UNI system allows the same battery and charger to be used with any series and model of Vertex Standard business radio, providing cross-compatibility with power options across the entire line.

In other words, if you have an existing fleet of analog Vertex Standard two way radios equipped with UNI batteries and chargers, and you add an EVX-261 to the mix, you won't need to add a different set of power accessories to accommodate it. The EVX-261 will fit right in. How many other two way radios, digital or analog, can do the same thing?

Considering this, the EVX-261 may be a good deal after all. Compatibility with DMR, MOTOTRBO, and other analog business radios aside, as well as the features and functionality of many other business radios in its tier, The EVX-261 holds its own as expected. When factoring in cross-compatibility with accessories, especially power options, the Vertex Standard EVX-261 may very well have the edge.

It's certainly something to consider.

For full specifications, download the Vertex Standard EVX-261 product sheet.


August 1, 2016

What to do if the programming cable does not detect the radio

The programming cable for your two way radio is installed and operational. It's plugged into your radio. The programming software finds your cable, but it doesn't detect a radio. What's wrong? Is it the computer, the cable, the radio, or something else?

Follow these steps to troubleshoot and resolve the issue if your radio programming cable does not detect your two way radio.

Step 1. Verify the programming cable is installed correctly.
  • If the cable is installed correctly, proceed to Step 2.
  • If it is not installed correctly, uninstall the cable and re-install it according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 2. Check to be sure the radio is on.
Believe it or not, this is not uncommon, especially when one is programming radios on the fly. One can connect the cable on both ends and simply forget to turn on the radio. Before cursing the cable or the computer, check the radio, to be sure.
Step 3. Check to be sure the cable is plugged all the way into the radio.
Sometimes the cable can appear to be connected without a real connection.
  • Unplug the cable from the radio and plug it back in to be sure.
  • For some radios, the cable may require an extra push to snap it in all the way.
  • If the cable detects the radio after reseating the connection, the issue is resolved.
  • If the cable still does not recognize the radio, go to Step 4.

Step 4. Try another radio.
Sometimes it's the cable, sometimes it's the radio. To find out which, first swap out the radio.

Step 5. Perform a reset on the first radio.
At this point, it is probably safe to figure the problem may be with the radio itself.