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May 22, 2013
During the extended Memorial holiday weekend beginning Thursday, May 23, 2013 through Monday, May 27th, 2013 we will be operating with a reduced staff and expect to be busier than usual. As a result, during this period you may experience a delay in the shipment of your order. While we expect most orders to ship the same day, we cannot guarantee that all orders placed before 6 PM will ship the same day as is normally our policy.
If it is imperative that your order ship the same day during this period, please call us at 1-800-584-1445 or enter our live chat to let us know. We will resume our normal operations on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
We value your patronage and appreciate your patience during this busy extended holiday weekend.
December 28, 2012
Buy Two Way Radios would like to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and safe 2013! Our offices will be closed for the day on Monday, December 31, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our forums or give us a call after 8 AM EST Tuesday, January 2, 2013. Please stay safe while traveling during the new year.
November 28, 2012
In this article, we will be discussing some of the basic features and functions of two-way radios. Two way radios are tools for communicating, similar to telephones, and can come in handy for many situations. Whether it be for personal use, for your business or for emergency purposes, two-way radios are an excellent and reliable form of communication.
Two-way radios (also called walkie talkies), allowing for a few exceptions, all work essentially the same way. There is a battery that powers the unit which is typically rechargeable. Volume can often be controlled with the use of a knob or button on the unit itself. When using the radio to communicate, the transmission is activated with the use of a Push-To-Talk or "PTT" button. Simply press the PTT button and speak into the microphone and your voice is sent over the air! When the PTT button is released, the receiver becomes active, allowing other radios to communicate back.
A two-way radio, in its most basic description, is a "transceiver". This means that it is a device that can both transmit and receive content. Radios communicate with one another using certain frequencies. The radios can "speak" to each other only when they are set to the same frequency. The two most popular frequency ranges that two-way radios use are called "VHF - Very High Frequency" and "UHF - Ultra High Frequency". VHF frequencies are best for exclusive outdoor use, as these frequencies will hug the ground and travel further in open areas. UHF frequencies, the more popular of the two, tend to penetrate obstructions and will work well both indoors and out.
Most two-way radios have the capability to work on multiple "channels". A specific frequency can be assigned to each channel, giving the radio many different alleyways of communication. Businesses often take advantage of channels by assigning a channel to each department. This keeps employees from being distracted by irrelevant conversations while still allowing management to easily communicate with all groups. On consumer or family radios the channels are useful as a way to cut down on eavesdroppers or interference when in an area where there are many radios in use.
The maximum range of a two-way radio will vary, depending on any number of things. In the unit itself, the range will be directly linked to the wattage of the unit and the antenna. The higher the wattage and better the antenna, the more range your two-way radio will be able to achieve. Outside factors can also affect range. Certain terrain, solid obstructions, or even day-to-day weather can be factors that will affect the maximum range your radio will transmit. Despite high range claims by manufacturers, we usually tell our customers not to expect more than 1-2 miles in an environment such as a city or town.
Two-way radios can range from very basic to very complex pieces of equipment. This article is meant to introduce you to some of the basic features and how they operate, but we have barely begun to scratch the surface as to what two-way radios can actually achieve. Check our site or contact us for more in-depth information!
September 21, 2012
September 12, 2012
We talk about emergency preparedness a lot at Buy Two Way Radios, and with good reason. Weather emergencies and other disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. The better prepared you are, the greater your chances for survival.
This video is a prime, real life example of a emergency weather event in which two campers averted a disaster and came out of it alive and safe, thanks to the emergency weather feature on their Motorola Talkabout two way radios.
Are you prepared?
September 7, 2012
Kenwood has re-introduced their popular rebate and multi-charger offer at Buy Two Way Radios, just in time for autumn! Purchase at least six Kenwood business two way radios and get a $25-$30 rebate per radio plus a FREE multi-unit charger on select models! This is a classic deal from Kenwood with a potential savings of over $3,000!
Are you preparing year-end purchases of radios for your company or organization? You're in luck. Purchase the radios, get a free multi-charger for them and get cash back, saving even more on your budget!
Kenwood also has a separate, special rebate offer on the ProTalk XLS TK-3230 (without multi-charger). Purchase at least six TK-3230 radios and you qualify for a $25 rebate per radio with a potential savings of up to $1,200. The TK-3230 offer does not include a multi-charger, but it's still a great deal.
The following Kenwood business radios qualify for the rebate promotion:
|Kenwood TK-2300-V4P (VHF)||$25 rebate plus multi-charger|
|Kenwood TK-2300-V16P (VHF)||$25 rebate plus multi-charger|
|Kenwood TK-3300-U4P(UHF)||$25 rebate plus multi-charger|
|Kenwood TK-3300-U16P (UHF)||$25 rebate plus multi-charger|
|Kenwood TK-2302-V16P (VHF)||$30 rebate plus multi-charger|
|Kenwood TK-3302-U16P (UHF)||$30 rebate plus multi-charger|
|Kenwood TK-3230 (UHF)||$25 rebate|
This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the rebate and/or multi-unit charger will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your rebate form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios through December 31, 2012. Limit of one multi-unit charger per six radios. Click here for full details. To redeem your rebate, visit Kenwood's rebate website and access the rebate registration by entering Program offer code PRO-22130.
NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before January 7, 2013. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.
September 6, 2012
Rake in the rebates this autumn and save at Buy Two Way Radios with a special promotion on Motorola business two way radios! For a limited time, Motorola is offering a cash rebate or trade-in on CLP, CLS, RDM, RDX and DTR Series radios, giving you two ways to save big!
REBATE - Purchase at least six Motorola CLP or CLS Series radios and you qualify for a $120 rebate. Six RDM or RDX Series radios earns you a $150 rebate and six DTR Series radios gets you a $180 rebate. A maximum of 10 redemptions (60 radios) is allowed, offering a potential savings of up to $1,800!
TRADE-IN - Purchase at least 6 radios and receive a rebate when 6 qualifying business radios (Motorola or other brand) and/or qualifying push-to-talk cellular products are traded-in. For every six CLP or CLS Series radios receive a $180 rebate, for every six RDM or RDX Series radios receive a $210 rebate and for every six DTR Series radios receive a $240 rebate. Every six radios traded earns you an additional rebate - with a maximum of 10 total redemptions for trade-in (60 radio units)- a potential savings of up to $2400!
Motorola has offered similar rebate promotions in the past, but this one is even better, because in addition the savings on the usual models, this time the rebate is offered on the Motorola RDM MURS series two way radios as well! The FCC does not require a license to operate on MURS frequencies, so if MURS is your radio of choice, this is an even greater savings for you! Want to know more about MURS or if a MURS radio is right for you? Listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 11 - All About Murs or give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 and one of our representatives will be happy to help you.
The following radios qualify for the rebates or trade-ins (Rebate amounts are per every six radios purchased):
|Motorola CLP1060 with Bluetooth||$120||$180|
|Motorola RDM2020 MURS||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDM2080d MURS||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDU2020||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDU2080d||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDV2020||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDV2080d||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDU4100||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDU4160d||$150||$210|
|Motorola RDX RDV5100||$150||$210|
|Motorola DTR410 Digital||$180||$240|
|Motorola DTR550 Digital||$180||$240|
This offer is direct from Motorola, so you will need to send your rebate redemption form to Motorola Solutions after you purchase your radios and they will mail your rebate directly to you. Do not send trade-ins to Buy Two Way Radios. This offer is valid on up to 60 radios purchased through December 31, 2012. All radios purchased must be within the same product series. Click here for full details. To redeem your rebate, go to www.motorolasavings.com and follow the instructions.
NOTE: All redemption requests must be postmarked on or before 1/15/2013 and received by 1/31/2013 to qualify. Rebate submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible. Motorola's rebate terms and conditions apply. Offer void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.
August 27, 2012
|It is 2012 and hurricane season is here. Hurricane Isaac is now bearing down on the Louisiana coastline. A Tropical storm warning is in effect from East of Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.
According to the National Weather Service, Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday and will continue to strengthen until landfall occurs along
the northern Gulf Coast. If you are located in or around these areas, Are you ready?
Have you put together your Hurricane Preparedness Kit? If not, consider it now. Get the official FEMA checklist of Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit or purchase one of the ready-made Survival /Emergency Kits from Buy Two Way Radios.
A Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA emergency weather radio are also on the list and are considered very important. You may also need Extra batteries for both radios.
For more information on emergency weather radios, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.
Note:We carry a complete line of emergency preparedness and survival kits, including the Emergency Zone Severe Weather Emergency Kit. Add your choice of two way radio and be ready for severe weather now!
August 21, 2012
We talk about using two way radios for schools. We also review the Ritron Loudmouth PA wireless public address system.
Topic Discussion 1:34
Today we'll talk about using two way radios in schools. We'll discuss some of the advantages of using radios in a school facility, the types of radios used, and recommend some specific models for use in educational institutions. Radios discussed include the Icom IC-F4011, Kenwood ProTalk XLS TK-3230, and Vertex VX-231-AG7B two way radios. For more information about radios for educators, read Two Way Radios for Schools and Universities.
Commercial Break 14:32
Product Review 15:30
Today we review the Ritron Loudmouth PA wireless public address system.
Questions and Answers 22:07
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum. The Two Way Radio Show is on Stitcher! Listen to us on your iPhone, Android Phone, BlackBerry and WebOS phones. Find it in your app store or at stitcher.com.
Wrap up and Close 29:01
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 17, 2012
The GMR4040-2CKHS is the same radio as the GMR4099 sans camo. It's a lightweight, yet rugged unit that works well for outdoor sports and family activities. Uniden also suggests this radio for neighborhood watch groups. The GMR4040 supports all 22 FRS/GMRS channels and offers 121 privacy codes. It also has NOAA weather channels and weather alerts. This radio features a backlit display, glow-in-the-dark keys, keypad lock, channel scan, 10 Call Tones, vibrate call alert, Power Boost PTT and VOX capability. It can be charged with an optional USB cable through its built-in mini USB port. It is also JIS2 weather resistant.
The GMR5089-2CKHS is essentially the same model as the GMR5099, but without the camo and vibrate alert. This heavy duty GMRS radio is made for trail hiking in the wilderness hunting, skiing, mountain climbing and other extreme sports activities. Like its camo cousin, the Uniden GMR5089 supports all 22 FRS/GMRS channels and has 142 Privacy Tones plus 143 Group Codes for a total of 285 privacy settings. It also has NOAA weather channels and weather alerts, channel scan, 10 Call Tones, a backlit display, glow in the dark keypad, missed call indicator, Power Boost PTT, battery strength meter and VOX capability. The GMR5099 also includes Auto Channel Change and Group Mode with direct call and caller name display (provided all member of your group are using Uniden radios). This model also has a built-in emergency strobe light. Enclosed in a TruWaterproof™ casing, the GMR-05089 is JIS7 water resistant, submersible in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes and even floats!
One interesting facet to both these radios is that they are specifically designed to fit in with sports related activities. Each model has a weatherized, sporty feel to the shell and large loop at the top to attach a carabiner clip. Uniden even includes offers a pair of carabiner clips with the radios as part of the overall package!
Both models are now available at Buy Two Way Radios and ready to ship with your order.