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  • Last chance for Motorola Buy and Multiply Free Rewards!

    Motorola Buy and Multiply Rewards Offer!The Motorola Buy and Multiply Free Rewards offer expires at Midnight Sunday, June 30, 2019. If you want to save big bucks on Motorola Onsite Business Radios, now's your last chance!

    Purchase at least six Motorola on-site business radios and choose one of three rewards: a free radio, a $95-$150 Prepaid Visa® card, or a free Multi-Unit Charger! Buy 48 radios or more and double the rewards! This rewards offer is valid on Motorola CLP, CLS, DLR, RD and RM series radios through the end of June. Remember: This offer expires June 30, 2019. Read our official announcement for details.

  • TWRS-138 - The Truth About Radio Accessory Connectors

    Two Way Radio Show
    We tell you about the different types of audio accessory connectors that are commonly used with two way radios. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:17

    Discussion Topic 1:35
    We talk about the different types of audio accessory connectors that are commonly used with two way radios. We’ll introduce some of the most common types of connectors used, explain the confusion that can result from the different labels used to identify them between different manufacturers, and discuss why adapters used to convert one type of connector to another are not easy to find.

    Questions and Answers 20:36
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 30:03
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • The Two Way Radio Forum gets a makeover

    Since its launch in 2007, the Two Way Radio Forum has served as an online, community based social and support resource for all types of radios and radio users. Now after 12 years, the forum is getting a complete upgrade and makeover!

    We've been planning to update the Two Way Radio Forum for awhile now and our first thought was to simply upgrade to the latest forum software, which in this case was vbulletin. However, to keep up with social media and the advances in web based community platforms, we began to consider other options. One of these is an open source discussion platform called Discourse. Danny did some research on it and we were very impressed with it. It offers many advantages and functionality over the previous forum software and a broader, more powerful arena for discussion between members of our forum community.

    Why switch platforms?

    We were running on a very old version of vBulletin (3.8) that no longer receives regular updates. vBulletin uses the PHP programming language and was built for a PHP version that is now out of date and no longer receives security patches. It is clear that sticking with our current forum version is just asking for trouble, and we need to either upgrade to the latest vBulletin (5.5) or switch to a new platform.

    Why not use vBulletin 5?

    Upgrading to the latest vBulletin was our first instinct. In fact, we initially purchased a license for it. However, as Danny was looking into the upgrade process he found out that going from 3.8 to version 5 is more of a migration than an upgrade. It would take some effort to get the data migrated correctly, and we would basically have to reconfigure the site and build a new theme. If we’re going to have to go through all of that work anyway it makes sense to see what other options are available.

    Sticking with vBulletin would have the advantage of a reduced learning curve for members, but there are definitely reasons to switch. vBulletin used to be a leader in forum software, but they seem to have really gone downhill. VB 5 itself is now 7 years old and doesn’t look like a modern platform. Also, it’s still not built to be mobile friendly. We considered that a big drawback.

    Why Discourse?

    While researching other options, Danny was repeatedly drawn to Discourse. He has a programming background and finds himself using Stack Overflow pretty often, so he likes the similar look and feel. It also helped that the co-founder of Discourse was also co-founder of Stack Overflow. That was good enough for him to consider it further.

    Here are a few things that we like about the new forum:

    • By default, the home page is a list of the latest updated threads. You don’t have to look at a list of forums that may not get new posts very frequently. There’s also a way for users to switch to category view if they prefer the old way.
    • Threads aren’t broken up into pages. Just keep scrolling and posts are dynamically loaded.
    • It is easy to use on phones and tablets
    • Users can earn badges as they use the site and the system is easy to setup.
    • The notification system is very in depth. You can receive notifications for a variety of things and it’s all configurable. You can also @ another user in a post
    • There’s an escalating trust system that helps prevent spam, but users automatically gain trust as they use the site.
    • We have the ability to turn on logging in with other services, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. This might simplify the registration process and encourage more users to sign up.
    • Automatically create a post by replying to an email notification.
    • Built-in support for a wiki could be a powerful tool for community driven content.
    • There’s a lot more, but why not experience it for yourself?

    Of course the Two Way Radio Forum community isn't here for us, it was created for you. We’re hopeful that you are as excited about Discourse as we are and it makes you want to spend more time there. We also hope it is more inviting for new users and helps grow the community. That said, we know change can be tough and there could be features that you want that aren’t here. That’s why we tested the platform first with a beta site and solicited feedback from our community members before we decided to jump in and make the move.

    We're excited about the new forum and we hope you like it too. We’d like to know if you see any formatting problems or other issues that look like bugs, but most importantly we want to know what you think of the platform. Is there anything about the forum we need to change or improve on? Is there anything missing that we need to include?

    If you currently have a Two Way Radio Forum account, your existing login credentials should work. You should also have the ability to login with your Facebook, Google or Twitter account. If you do have trouble logging in, please let us know, so we can fix it ASAP. If you don't have a forum account, we invite you to create one. The forum is free to use, and we encourage everyone with an interest or passion for radios to join the community.

    Feel free to check it out, "kick the tires" so to speak, and let us know what you think. Visit the all new Two Way Radio Forum now!

  • The Best deal on a Kenwood NX-340U16P digital radio

    Kenwood ProTalk NX-304U16P NXDN Digital Two Way RadioWe have a special buy on a certain Kenwood digital business radio that hasn't received much attention, but is most likely the best deal currently available from Buy Two Way Radios on a premium product from a major, name brand manufacturer. The radio in question is the manufacturer authorized, factory reconditioned edition of the Kenwood ProTalk® NX-340U16P digital two way radio. The offer? The NX-340U16P is normally $329.00, but for a limited time, you can purchase a factory refurbished NX340U16P for only $229.99 with all the standard included components, free shipping, a full two year manufacturer warranty, and you get a $200 rebate from Kenwood when you buy six!

    This isn't a promotion for a few bucks off a high priced business radio. This is an opportunity to purchase a professional grade, high end Kenwood digital business two way radio without the high end cost.

    However, there is some good news and some bad news about this special buy.

    First, here's the good news. This radio qualifies for the currently active Kenwood rebate. Buy 6 radios, get a $200 rebate. Doing the math, it all comes out in your favor. When you buy the refurbished model, you automatically save money. Add in the $200 rebate and you save a total of $794.06 on six radios. That's more than a 40% discount on a fleet of radios from a major manufacturer - with a full manufacturer warranty.

    Now for the bad news. We have a very limited number of these refurbished radios left in stock, and we are not likely to receive any more. This is a one time deal. When these sell out, that's it, they are gone. This is not a high pressure sales pitch. It's simply a fact. We have no plans to get any more, and at this time, it is not likely we ever will. So, if you want Kenwood radios capable of both analog and digital NXDN® operation, and you don't want to pay full price, this is your chance to pick up a factory reconditioned model with all of the benefits of a brand new radio at a very discounted price, free shipping, and the maximum cash rebate offered by Kenwood.

    If you want or need to stay with analog radios and moving to digital is not an option, this is still a great deal. The NX-340U16P is a fully functional analog radio, and can communicate well with any other Kenwood ProTalk series radio operating on business band frequencies. In fact, it matches up to the Kenwood TK-3402, with the same wattage, number of channels and feature set to boot. Plus, the NX-340 can talk to other ProTalk digital NXDN radios as well. The TK-2402 can't do that. If that isn't enough, these factory reconditioned NX-340U16P radios are $44 less than the TK-3402. More radio, lower price point and a rebate? You can't do much better than that.

    Oh, one more thing. As far as migrating from analog to digital radios, for most industries, it's not a matter of if, but when. And when you do decide to go digital, you're already there. All you need to do is switch your NX-340 radios from analog to digital mode, and your business is set. There's no need to invest in all new digital radios to replace your existing analog models. The NX-340U16P already has your digital communications covered.

    All things considered, the factory reconditioned NX-340U16P is a great buy on its own, and if you take advantage of the Kenwood rebate, it's nothing short of phenomenal. But, it's also available for a limited time, and only while we have them in stock. So, why buy a TK-3402 when you can get one of these? It isn't just a smart buy, it's actually common sense.

  • The Wouxun KG-UVN1 is a DMR Dual Bander for the serious ham

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way RadioA few years ago, Wouxun entered the digital radio market with the KG-D901 DMR radio. Now the company is adding a new, improved DMR model to its product line. It's the Wouxun KG-UNV1, and it could just be the next disrupter in the DMR radio world.

    This isn't a dinky little digital transceiver on a chip. It's a real, professional grade radio designed for business use, with the power and features to match.

    At first glance, the KG-UVN1 looks like a cross between the KG-D901 and a KG-UV9D, with a little of the KG-UV899 keypad thrown in. On closer inspection, it's definitely different from all three. It lacks the bulging curvature of the D901, has a wider horizontal display than the 9D, and is considerably larger than the 899. That's not to say it isn't aesthetically pleasing. On the contrary, it is quite a handsome radio. It just has its own style, and considering its intended functionality, it fits in well.

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 Left SideThe KG-UVN1 is a powerful dual band handheld, with a powerful set of features to match. What we have is a 4 watt UHF, 5 watt VHF radio capable of operating in both digital and analog modes. It supports 3,072 channels, 250 zones, 255 receive groups, and 1,024 contacts. it has a full DTMF keypad, programmable buttons, and Wouxun's signature full color LCD display. It features Private Call, Group Call and All Call, Direct Mode and Repeater Mode, Text Messaging in Digital Mode, an ARTS function, and digital voice encryption. It has CTCSS and DCS in analog mode, remote monitor, remote check and remote enable/disable functions.

    And, like many import radios, it also has a built-in FM radio and a flashlight. Apparently Wouxun considers these last two as standard features for a commercial grade business radio, because they make it a point to build them into many of their models.

    The biggest feature, however, is the number of contacts. It's a huge number. The TYT MD-2017, the TYT UV380, and Anytone AT-D878UV are popular dual band DMR digital radios, each capable of storing over 100,000 contacts. The KG-UVN1 supports one hundred and sixty thousand contacts. This is the most of any radio on the market to date, including the Anytone and TYT models. This is the single greatest advantage of the KG-UVN1 for hams and is why we think this radio could cause some disruption in the amateur arena.

    Now, Wouxun did not particularly build the KG-UVN1 for the amateur. This radio was intended for business users. It was designed as a commercial radio, and if you look at Wouxun's web site, you're going to find it advertised with 1,024 contacts and an eight hour recording function.

    But not our KG-UVN1. At our request, Wouxun modified the firmware to create an amateur version of this radio with 160,000 contacts, just for hams. To do so, they had to make some room in the radio by eliminating the recording feature. So you don't get the eight hour record time, but that space is dedicated now to contacts.

    Why is that important? If you're using the radio for amateur operation, you're going to want to load in all of the contacts for the area or region in which you are using the radios. If you're hitting a wide network of DMR repeaters, you will see the call sign of anyone who is transmitting, right on the radio. There is a global database of contacts online at radioid.net, there are over 130,000 contacts worldwide listed in their database. The kicker? You can load every contact from that database into the KG-UVN1.

    But it gets even better. As a bonus, Wouxun has preloaded the radio with these contacts. Yep, that's right. The KG-UVN1 comes pre-loaded with every contact listed in the RadioID.net database. At last count, that was nearly 130,00 contacts, or 128,948 contacts, to be exact.

    So, right out of the box, if you buy the amateur edition of the Wouxun KG-UVN1 from Buy Two Way Radios, you're going to have all the contacts in the system, and quite possibly, all the contacts in the world preloaded into the radio, at the time the radio was loaded!

    Now, as mentioned, this is a dedicated amateur version of the KG-UVN1. At the time this article was written, this radio is not Part 90 type accepted or approved by the FCC for business use. So if you buy this radio now, what you're going to get is a radio that's locked to the amateur frequencies.

    The amateur version of the KG-UVN1 operates on 420 MHz to 450 MHZ UHF and 144 MHz to 148 MHz VHF. Once the radio receives its commercial approval and its FCC ID number, it can be updated for a wider frequency range within the approved specs. So, if you buy it now, you won't be getting a radio that's going to be obsolete in awhile, you're getting a radio that can be updated in the future to open it up to commercial frequencies. At the moment, it will work just fine on the amateur frequencies only.

    But then, if you're a licensed amateur radio operator, and you're buying this for amateur use, you really shouldn't need it to operate outside the ham bands anyway. Just sayin'.

    Some of the less prominent features are also somewhat interesting. These are all security related. Wouxun considers security and privacy important for business communications, so it added a few extra features to ensure the radio itself is secure for use in the field. These include the ability to set a security password for programming the radio and the ability to hide the menu or selected menu items from the end user. Wouxun also lists a feature called Menu Encryption, although at the time this article was written, it did not seem to actually exist in the list of menu options. It's no deal breaker, and probably not anything most hams would use anyway, but since Wouxun printed it in their manual and on the box, it's worth noting.

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 with battery packThe Wouxun KG-UVN1 is powered by a high capacity 2600mAh (19.24Wh) Lithium-ion battery pack. It is similar to the optional high capacity battery pack available for the KG-UV8D, although taller and heavier in weight. It weighs in at 4.41 ounces, compared to the 4.23 ounce battery for the 8D. It does make the radio seem heftier, but it also provides the N1 with substantial uptime on a full charge.

    Although the batteries and chargers are different, the KG-UVN1 is still easy to accessorize. it uses an SMA Male antenna connector, so, there are a plethora of OEM and third party antennas available that will work for it. Unlike the MD-2017, which uses a multi-pin connector, The KG-UVN1 uses the Kenwood two pin (K1) style connector commonly found on most import handheld radios such as the Baofeng UV-5R, Wouxun KG-UV8D, and TYT-MD-380. If you already have audio accessories for one or more of these radios, chances are they have this connector and they'll work with this Wouxun. That's definitely a plus for the KG-UVN1.

    Durability has never been an issue with Wouxun. This manufacturer produces high quality, business grade radios, and the KG-UVN1 is no exception. This isn't your twenty dollar disposable dual bander. The UVN1 is a professional grade two way radio with the solid, stout look and feel expected of such a device.

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 in chargerWouxun does understate the weight of this radio. According to the specs in their manual, it's 300 grams, or 10.58 ounces. It's actually over 11 ounces, or 11.71 ounces, to be exact, and that's including the high capacity battery. It may be a stout dual band DMR radio, but it's certainly not a full pounder.

    Then there is the price, and that's the best part. For all that's packed into this radio, the Wouxun KG-UVN1 is priced at only $159.99. That's a heck of a deal. It's the same price point as the MD-2017, and significantly less than the Anytone AT-D878UV. All things considered, it's a great price for this radio.

    In fact, this radio matches up very well to the MD-2017, but the UVN1 has some advantages that put it on top of the TYT and all the other amateur DMR radios on currently the market. The number of contacts, solid construction, high capacity battery, powerful feature set, compatibility with existing audio accessories and budget friendly price all combine to make the Wouxun KG-UVN1 a DMR Dual Bander for the serious ham.

    Want to learn more about the Wouxun KG-UVN1? Listen to an in-depth discussion about this new dual band DMR radio in Episode 137 of The Two Way Radio Show podcast!

  • TWRS-137 - The New Wouxun KG-UVN1 and Blackbox Digital Base Station

    Two Way Radio Show
    We tell you about a new digital two way radio from Wouxun and a new DMR base station from Blackbox. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog, our YouTube channel and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:08

    Discussion Topic 1:26
    We introduce the new Wouxun KG-UVN1 dual band DMR digital two way radio and the new Blackbox Digital DMR Dual Band Base Station. We'll give you an overview of their features and specifications, and compare them to their analog counterparts.


    Questions and Answers 40:19
    Comments and questions from readers of our
    Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 48:19
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • The differences between the Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410

    Motorola CLS Series radios are popular with many onsite businesses, and it's no secret why. They are compact, comfortable to carry, easy to use and a great value.

    The Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410 seem very similar, but there are some differences. In this video, Danny explains what those differences are and tells you how to figure out which one is best for your application. The CLS1110 and CLS1410 are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

    Want more videos? Browse our video blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

  • TWRS-136 - A Doctor and a Ham

    Two Way Radio Show
    We talk with a physician who is the Chief Medical Officer of a large healthcare system and who is also a licensed amateur radio operator. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog, our YouTube channel and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:20

    Intro to Interview 1:38
    We interviewed Dr. Norman Chapin, the Chief Medical Officer of a large healthcare system and who is also a licensed ham. He will tell us how started in amateur radio, how he got several other members of his family into the hobby, how he became involved with emergency response and how his involvement in ham radio helped his career as an emergency physician.

    Interview with Dr. Norman Chapin 2:27

    Questions and Answers 17:32
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog, viewers of our YouTube Channel and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 32:13
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Kenwood Digital NX-P500 on sale for $179 plus a rebate!

    Kenwood NX-P500 $20-$40 Rebate Offer!Kenwood is offering a special sale price and a very nice rebate offer on the ProTalk NX-P500 NXDN digital business radio for spring! The NX-P500 is regularly priced at $219, but for a limited time you can buy it at Buy Two Way Radios for only $179!

    And the deal gets even better. Purchase a Kenwood NX-P500 radio at this low price and you qualify for a $20 Rebate. Better yet, trade in your old radio and get a $20 bonus, for a $40 rebate! This is an amazing offer from Kenwood and is available for a limited time only!

    To sweeten the deal, your trade can be any model or brand of working portable two way radio. As long as it works, and includes all the original parts (battery, charger, antenna, belt clip, etc.), you can trade it in. According to Kenwood, the maximum potential savings is $3,600, which, by our calculations, allows you to purchase and trade-in up to 90 radios with this offer.

    We've seen sales, rebates and trade-in offers before, but this one is something completely different, and kind of amazing, as it puts the final price point below anything we've offered in the past for a name brand, business class two way radio. If you've been thinking about buying digital radios for your business, and you want a premium brand name like Kenwood, this is the offer you've been waiting for.

    This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form. Submissions must be postmarked or uploaded by 08/30/2019. Go to Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate. If trading in an existing radio for the $40 rebate, you cannot use the paperless option. You must mail all documentation plus the radio(s) to the address printed on the online registration form. Click here to register for this offer.

    NOTE: This offer is valid from April 22 through July 31, 2019. Minimum purchase is one radio. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

  • TWRS-135 - New Higher Power Handheld Radios for 2019

    Two Way Radio Show
    We tell you about some new high power portable handheld radios from Wouxun and Midland for 2019. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog and forums.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:15

    Discussion Topic 1:33
    We talk about the new Wouxun KG-UV7D and KG-UV9P 7 watt radios as well as the new Midland T290VP4 and T295VP4 GMRS radios. We’ll discuss the comparisons between radio wattage and performance, how much more power these new handhelds have, and debate whether this is the beginning of a new trend towards higher powered radios, or not.

    Questions and Answers 43:47
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 50:25
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

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