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May 21, 2013
Need to take your Baofeng UV-5R Amateur Radio on the road? Danny at Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to connect it to a Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna using a Tram 5760 SMA Female to UHF Female (SO-239) Adapter so you can ham it up on the go.
April 12, 2013
This video produced by Vertex Standard is an introduction to their new eVerge Series of affordable digital two way radios. The first model currently available in their new line is the Vertex eVerge EVX-531 Digital Portable Two Way Radio.
Buy Two Way Radios is an Authorized Vertex Standard Dealer.
January 14, 2013
This is an unboxing and close-up first look at the new, long-awaited and eagerly anticipated Midland GXT2000VP4 two way radios. In this video, Danny Feemster of Buy Two Way Radios presents the GXT2000 for the first time ever in an out-of-box experience and compares this latest model in the Midland line with the ever-popular and best-selling Midland GXT1000VP4.
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?
July 30, 2012
July 27, 2012
This video from Motorola gives you a up-close and personal look at the Talkabout MT350 / MT352 two way radios in action. It includes a demonstration of key features such weatherproof capability, built-in flashlight, emergency alert button, NOAA weather alert and audio clarity,
Both models are available to ship from our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios.
July 20, 2012
The following resources provide more in-depth information on IP and JIS ratings:
The IP and JIS Specification for Water/Dust Resistance
The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-32 - JIS and IP Specifications
May 3, 2012
Motorola is in the process of updating the RDX two way radio series to be fully compliant with the FCC's 2013 narrowband changes, and today we received our first updated model: the Motorola RDU2080d. By June 1st, we expect the entire line to be fully updated to "narrowband ready".
What's New In The Narrowband Ready Version
The most noticeable change with this new version is the packaging. The box has gotten a little smaller, and is now green and white with a bold "NARROWBAND READY" stamp. As far as the radio itself, the only obvious change is that the model number on the front is now printed in green instead of white.
The actual radio hardware didn't change. Like practically all radios made in the last decade, the RDX series radios have been technically narrowband compliant since they were first released. What's new is that the certain frequencies built into the radio were previously being defaulted to 25 KHz channel spacing (wideband), and now all built-in frequencies will be defaulted to 12.5 KHz spacing (narrowband).
How This Update Will Affect Your Radios
If you are buying Motorola RDX series radios for the first time, all of your radios will be "Narrowband Ready" and will work great. If you have existing RDX series radios and will be mixing them with the new "Narrowband Ready" models, we recommend that you make a settings change on the older two way radios. The new models will talk to the old models right out of the box (unless you've changed the default settings), and most likely you won't notice any difference. To get the most optimal clarity when communicating between the new and older radios, however, the settings on the older radios need to be changed to default to narrowband.
Updating Your Existing Radios For Narrowband
The following channels were setup for wideband by default and will need to be changed for optimal audio quality with the new "Narrowband Ready" radios. This only applies if you are using your radios on default frequencies/channels.
RDU2020 - Both channels 1 and 2 are wideband by default.
RDU2080d - Channels 1, 2, 3, and 4 are wideband by default.
RDU4100 - All 10 channels are wideband by default.
RDU4160d - All 16 channels are wideband by default.
RDV2020 - Both channels 1 and 2 are wideband by default.
RDV2080d - Channels 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 are wideband by default (all channels except 5).
RDV5100 - All 10 channels are wideband by default.
The easiest way to update your existing radios is to download the RDX series programming software and purchase an RDX series programming cable. This cable will allow you to connect the radio to your PC and easily change the bandwidth options.
Another option is to clone the settings from the new radio to your older radios. If you already have a 6 radio multi-charger then you have everything you need to do this. If you do not have a multi-charger, you will need an RDX series cloning cable to connect the charger bases of the radios.
If your RDX series radio has a display (RDU2080d, RDV2080d, and RDU4160d) then you can adjust bandwidth directly through the radio using the following steps:
1. With the radio OFF, hold down the PTT and SB1 buttons while turning the radio on. (SB1 is the round button just below the PTT button on the side.) Continue to hold down the buttons until the radio beeps. A "PROG" icon on the display confirms you are in programming mode.
2. Use the + / - keys to select the channel you need to adjust.
3. Press MENU until the display shows "Rx BW HI" (HI will be flashing.)
4. Press the - (minus) key and the flashing HI will change to a flashing "LO"
5. Press and hold the PTT button until you hear a short beep. This returns you to the channel selection prompt of programming mode.
6. To make the same change for a different channel, return to step 2.
7. To save settings and exit programming mode, press and hold the PTT button again until you hear a short beep.
To see a demonstration of these steps, check out the following video:
For an in-depth discussion on the FCC's new narrowbanding requirement, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Ep. 12 - The Migration to Narrowband.
As always, if you have any questions about this update or need help updating your radios do not hesitate to contact us.
April 30, 2012
This video produced by Vertex Standard is an overview of their commitment to find a better way to offer high performance two way radios at a lower cost. Buy Two Way Radios is an Authorized Vertex Standard Dealer.