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  • TWRS-128 - Crackdown on Import Radios

    Two Way Radio Show
    We discuss the latest FCC crackdown on Baofeng and other import radios and the possible ramifications for users of these radios and the US market.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:14

    Discussion Topic 1:34
    We discuss the recent FCC enforcement advisory against the import, sale and use of unauthorized VHF/UHF two way radios. We’ll talk about how it could affect users of these radios and how it could impact the US two way radio market.

    Listener Comments on FCC citation and enforcement advisory 48:56

    Questions and Answers 1:08:29
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 1:12:10
    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!

    © 2018 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • Using two way radios on your fall or winter vacation

    Vacation. Just that one word brings to mind a multitude of emotions and kick starts the good endorphins in your brain. Summer's just come to an end, schools started and the cool weather has already arrived. You're ready to start planning that fall/winter vacation; skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing or specialty hunting trip. No matter where you dream trip takes you this season Buy Two Way Radios is here to handle your communications needs.

    Whether you are snowmobiling, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, fishing or hiking and hunting in the back woods we've got you covered. We all know the higher you climb into the mountains or the further you trek into the wilderness the trickier your cell phone coverage becomes. We offer a range of radios to fit your price and your specific needs.

    Most consumer two way radios will allow you to keep up to date on current and changing weather conditions via the NOAA channels. Stay in contact with family and friends from the lodge or base camp. Two way radios are incredibly affordable and can provide you a sense of security and safety when your family and friends are out of sight.

    If you are looking for an exceptional and affordable consumer radio that works great for any of the above mentioned scenarios, offers FRS/GMRS UHF frequencies at five watts of power, is water resistant and has a 3 years manufacturer warranty, then the Midland GXT1000VP4 is the radio for you. Priced for any budget at 69.99 plus shipping, you will receive a set of radios, 2 rechargeable battery packs a dual drop-in charger that can be used desktop or on the move in your car with the included
    car plug adapter. Each set of radios also includes 2 Midland AVP-1 headsets.

    Have questions or need more information? Please visit our web site or call our toll free customer service line at 800-584-1445 and speak to one of our knowledgeable sales reps. Hope your fall/winter vacation is everything you dreamed it to be.

  • FCC issues advisory against the import, sale and use of unauthorized UHF/VHF two way radios

    FCC Enforcement Advisory Banner

    The FCC issued an enforcement advisory today against the import, sale and use of unauthorized VHF/UHF two way radios effective immediately. The advisory reiterated that non-compliant radios can not be imported, sold, advertised or operated by anyone in the United States.

    The advisory was issued September 24, 2018 and implies that a crackdown on cheap, imported radios is imminent. The FCC warned that violators will be subject to penalties, including monetary fines up to $19,639 per day during the violation and up to $147,290 for an ongoing violation.

    The "crack-down" began in early August when the FCC went after an Amazon seller of a variant of the immensely popular Baofeng UV-5R, or more specifically, the UV-5R V2+. The FCC issued a cease and desist order to this seller, making it clear that they considered the UV-5R V2+ to be non-compliant. We discussed this at length in episode 126 of The Two Way Radio Show podcast.

    The latest FCC enforcement advisory points out several examples that would violate the commission's rules, most of which refer to use of these radios on business or Land Mobile frequencies. Specifically:

    - The ability to transmit on public safety and/or other unauthorized channels. Some radios have the ability to transmit on a wide range of frequencies, for example 400-512 MHz. Within this range are frequencies that are reserved for government and public safety use and the radio should prohibit transmission on these. It was absent from this advisory, but the cease and desist mentioned above points out that the UV-5R should not allow the programming of frequencies directly from the keypad by an end user.

    - The ability to transmit using wideband. Several years ago the FCC mandated that radios operating on land mobile frequencies must support a maximum of 12.5 kHz bandwidth. Devices that support 25 kHz were prohibited.

    - Radio devices modified after they are FCC approved. After a radio is approved by the FCC, if changes are made to the radio it generally needs to go through the approval process again.

    - Radio products marketed for Ham/Amateur use that are capable of transmitting outside Amateur frequency bands. Radios intended for use by Amateur Radio operators do not require the typical FCC approval process that business radios require. However, these radios must be locked down to only amateur bands. For example, an amateur radio cannot also transmit on business, GMRS or MURS frequencies.

    The Enforcement Bureau of the FCC noted a substantial number UHF/VHF radios marketed, sold and used in the United States that are not FCC certified or compliant with the rules. These radios are capable of operation on multiple bands across multiple radio services for which they are not certified, increasing the risk of interference to authorized or licensed entities and operations, such as federal government operations and private licensed users. Devices that do not meet the requirements and are not FCC certified for use on these radio services are in direct violation of the rules and should not be used by anyone, unless the user is an amateur radio operator.

    An amateur radio operator, or ham, is the only exception to this requirement, provided the radio is only capable of operating on frequencies reserved for amateur radio operation. However, the operator must have a valid amateur radio license to operate the radio and must only operate it according to the FCC rules.

    Our Plan of Action

    As we mentioned in our podcast, once the cease and desist was issued to the Baofeng seller, we started taking steps to ensure that all of the radios that we sell are compliant. The advisory issued today is actually helpful to us, as it provides specifics on what would be considered non-compliant.

    We currently carry several import radios and market them to Amateur Radio operators. We are now working with the manufacturers of these radios to have all models that we carry locked down to the ham bands only (144-148, 222-225, 420-450 MHz). Some radios will be able to be updated soon with firmware changes, others will be closed out and updated models ordered as they are made available.

    What is the Impact?

    Because we market these products to amateur radio operators, we are more in touch with how this will impact those users. There are certainly users who love the fact that they can have a single radio programmed for their work frequencies and also their ham repeaters. We've also heard of users programming these radios for use on the GMRS. If the FCC is successful, this will soon no longer be an option, although it technically never should have been one.

    Perhaps we'll see many popular radio models re-issued with the same hardware in ham or GMRS only versions. The digital models will likely also have a business radio edition.

    We may also see many of these import radios disappear altogether. Some radios are sold on Amazon at very low prices and they are clearly marketed to businesses, but they only support analog operation. Becoming FCC certified isn't going to be an option for these radios, since the FCC is now requiring most radios to essentially support digital operations in order to be granted approval.

    Read the complete FCC Enforcement Advisary 2018-03 for details.

     

     

  • TWRS-127 - LTE Radio Interview With Icom

    Two Way Radio Show
    We interview Keith Chafin from Icom and discuss the new Icom IP501H Sim Card LTE Two Way Radio. We also share our experiences using weather radios during Hurricane Florence and read some of your comments on our discussion in episode 126 about the FCC citation of the Baofeng UV-5RV2+.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:29

    Intro to Interview 1:47
    In our last episode of The Two Way Radio Show, we announced a new IP based radio from Icom called the IP501H that offers instant, full duplex communication. Well, it’s here, and this could be a real game changer! We interviewed Keith Chafin from Icom to find out more about this new radio.

    Interview with Keith Chafin 3:12

    Weather Radios and Hurricane Florence 22:48

    Listener Comments on FCC citation of the Baofeng UV-5RV2+ Radio 39:51

    Question about the Baofeng BF-F8+ 50:20
    Question from a member of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 55:27
    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!

    © 2018 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • Prepare for Hurricane Florence - get a weather radio!

    Hurricane Florence Tracking Map
    Map courtesy National Hurricane Center.

    Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast of the US, and is expected to make landfall within the next 24 hours. For those on or near the coastline, personal preparation for this monster storm should already be at or near completion. For those who are further inland, there is still some time to prepare, but the storm is closing in. Are you ready?

    If you don't have an emergency preparedness kit, build one now. You can find the list of the 13 most essential items needed for an emergency kit on The Department of Homeland Security's web site at https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. You can also download a printable version of the FEMA emergency checklist in pdf format to print out and carry with you or post in a convenient location.

    Of course, one of three most important items on this list is a Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.

    All of our handheld FRS and GMRS radios are battery powered, and many also feature NOAA weather channels with emergency and weather alerts. One model, the Midland EX37VP, is a complete FRS radio emergency kit with a flashlight and emergency whistle - two other items on the DHS emergency preparedness list. Choosing this model checks off multiple items on your list.

    Some of our portable weather radios, such as the ER210 and ER310, are multi-function devices equipped with built-in SOS beacons/flashlights, digital clocks, USB charging adapters, and multiple power options. These weather radios include a dynamo hand crank as recommended in the DHS emergency list, and even solar power!

    Some of our NOAA approved desktop weather radios, such as the Midland WR400, are not only equipped with S.A.M.E. Digital Technology, but also include other features such an emergency battery backup.

    We also have a weather radio that does it all in one unit. The Midland XT511 Base Camp Two Way / Emergency Crank Radio has almost everything you need for emergency communications. It's a 22 channel GMRS two way radio with NOAA all hazards alert weather alert radio, AM/FM radio, alarm clock, built-in flashlight, emergency hand crank, both AC and DC adapters, USB charging port, and hand microphone. The alert override automatically switches to emergency weather alert broadcasts while you listen to the AM/FM radio.

    There are many models to choose from, and the features vary. Which emergency radio is best for you? Our Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide lists some of our models and puts them all on one simple chart so you can compare their key features fast. The guide is FREE to download and print for your personal use.

    To learn more about emergency weather radios, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.

  • The FCC has a podcast!

    Just when you thought you've heard it all, The FCC has a podcast!

    Yes, you heard it right. The FCC. The Federal Communications Commission just launched a brand new podcast series all its own. Called "More Than Seven Dirty Words", the new series seeks to bring the FCC closer to the public ear. According the commission's official press release, More Than Seven Dirty Words will include interviews, untold stories, and policy discussions with FCC officials, staff and others in the realm of communications.

    From the press release: "One of the wonderful things about the digital age is the many ways to share information, so we’re excited to launch this new FCC podcast,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “What really has struck me during my time at the agency is the dedication that our staff has for the mission of the FCC, and I’m glad we’re able to shine a light on their efforts to make America a better, stronger place."

    The new podcast series is hosted by Evan Swarztrauber, FCC policy adviser. The introduction and first episode are now available to download and stream at www.FCC.gov/podcast, iTunes and Google Play (Google Podcasts).

  • TWRS-126 - The Baofeng UV-5R V2+ Cited by the FCC

    Two Way Radio Show
    We discuss the recent citation by the FCC for the illegal marketing of the Baofeng UV-5RV2+. We also talk about a new Kenwood digital radio, an new Icom LTE radio and price increases on Chinese radios due to tariffs.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:23

    Discussion Topic 1:42
    We discuss the recent citation by the FCC for the Baofeng UV-5RV2+ and what it could potentially mean for all versions of the UV-5R.

    New Kenwood Business Radio 40:25
    We tell you about the new Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 Digital Business Two Way Radio and a new Kenwood rebate promotion.

    New Icom LTE Radio 45:45
    We tell you about the new IP based Icom IP501H Sim Card / LTE Two Way Radio.

    Update on Chinese Tariffs 49:08
    We are about to experience the first price increase due to the tariffs on Chinese transceivers.

    Questions and Answers 52:12
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 56:57
    What do you think of our discussion about the FCC citation and what it could mean for other Chinese radios? Send in your comments for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. If we read your comment in the next episode, we'll send you a FREE Two Way Radio Show t-shirt and a swag bag full of free stuff! Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

    © 2018 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • The Kenwood gift card plus free multi-charger offer ends tonight!

    Note: This promotion expired July 31, 2018 and is no longer available.

    Kenwood $100-$200 Gift Card Plus Free Multi Charger Offer!
    Purchase at least six Kenwood ProTalk business two way radios radios and you qualify for a $100-$100 Gift Card plus a free multi-unit charger. But hurry, because the Kenwood gift card plus free multi-charger offer ends tonight!

    The amount on the gift card depends on the model radio purchased, but overall, this is a great deal from Kenwood with a potential savings of up to $12,450! This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the gift card and multi-unit charger will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form. Offer valid on up to 90 radios purchased through July 31, 2018. Limit of one gift card and multi-unit charger per six radios. Charging cups are included with radio purchase. Click here for full details and register online with Program Offer Code PRO-83406 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

    Click here for a breakdown of the offer by radio model.

    NOTE: Model and claim information must be registered on-line on or before August 15, 2018 with promo offer number: PRO-83406. 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.

  • Get a FREE antenna when you buy a TYT MD-9600!

    Note: This promotion expired July 31, 2018 and is no longer available.

    Free Tram 1185 Antenna With Purchase of a TYT MD-9600 Radio!We're still celebrating our all new Buy Two Way Radios website with another freebie offer, and this one is a real DMR deal. From now until July 31, 2018, Get a FREE antenna when you buy a TYT-MD-9600 Dual Band DMR Digital Mobile Radio!

    The TYT MD-9600 is one of the hottest new DMR radios around, and the firstdual band digital mobile radio on the market. Now it's also a great buy, because For a limited time, you can get a FREE mobile magnet mount antenna with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600!

    The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is our best selling antennas and pairs well with most dual band amateur radios, including the MD-9600. It is tuned for 144-148 and 440-450MHz amateur radio frequencies with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It comes with a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12 ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

    Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna sells for $19.99, but for a limited time, this item is included FREE with the purchase of an TYT MD-9600!

    No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna with mag mount will automatically be added to your order at the time of purchase. Remember, this is a limited time offer, and it's only available until July 31, 2018 or until we run out of antennas and/or radios. No rain checks.

  • Baofeng and TYT BOGO Battery offers!

    Note: This promotion expired July 31, 2018 and is no longer available.

    Buy 1 Baofeng battery, get 1 FREE!
    Our Web Site Redesign Promotion Event is not yet over. Here are a couple of Baofeng and TYT BOGO battery offers (Buy One, Get One Free), and you'll only find them at Buy Two Way Radios!

    These BOGO offers are valid through July 31, 2018 or until we run out of batteries, whichever comes first. We only have a limited supply of each, so if you want to stock up on spare battery packs for your radio, the time to do it is now.

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