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April 20, 2018

TWRS-121 - Tariffs on Chinese Two Way Radios?

Two Way Radio Show
We discuss the proposed tariffs on Chinese two way radios. We also review the new TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band Digital DMR Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:16

Discussion Topic 1:35
We discuss proposed tariffs on Chinese two way radios. We'll tell you what they are, why they were proposed and speculate on the possible effects of the tariffs on the US market and your wallet, if these tariffs go into effect. You can read the entire notice in the Federal Register.

Product Review 31:56
We review the new TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band Digital DMR Two Way Radio coming soon.

Questions and Answers 41:18
Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 44:23
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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March 16, 2018

Announcing the TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band DMR Radio

TYT MD-UV380
We received an announcement from TYT last night that a new DMR radio will be coming soon. We haven't received a lot of details, but it looks to be a refreshed MD-380 that is dual band (UHF/VHF). Click here to view a brochure with specifications.

Nothing is set in stone at this time, but TYT is targeting April, 2018 to begin production with a retail price of around $149.

We were told that a sample would be shipped to us next week, so stay tuned for updates and more details! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below! We'll pass your questions along to TYT and answer them in our next update.

December 22, 2017

TWRS-120 - Radios for Winter Weather Preparedness

Two Way Radio Show
We tell you how to choose the correct radios for your winter emergency preparedness kit. We also review the Midland WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio with Alarm Clock.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:19

Discussion Topic 1:37
We discuss how to choose the right radios for your needs when building an emergency preparedness kit for winter. We'll explain why a radio is an important item to have in any kit, consider the different types of emergency radios available, and compare the key features and functions between some name brand emergency and weather radios.

Commercial Break 32:15
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 33:11
We review the Midland WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio with Alarm Clock.

Questions and Answers 38:58
Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 44:39
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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December 21, 2017

List of two way radio resources

info-circle.jpgAs a trusted dealer, Buy Two Way Radios doesn't just sell radios. We strive to provide guidance, information, tutorials and other resources so you can choose the radios that best fit your needs.

While we are unable to support products purchased from competitors and other retailers, we do fully support the products purchased from us. In addition, we make most these resources available to the general public at no charge. Here is a complete list of our two way radio resources and where to find them on our site.

Two Way Radio Forum
Our community driven forum is online 24/7, 365 days a year and monitored daily. The forum is a great place to meet other radio users to share information and exchange experiences and ideas. It is also an excellent resource for anyone who needs advice or assistance with a specific technical question or issue.

Two Way Radio Blog
The Buy Two Way Radios Blog contains over 700 articles in 36 categories about radio products, topics, news and reviews. These articles can also be easily bookmarked in your browser for personal reference. Readers can comment on each article with questions and feedback on each article posted. The comments are monitored weekdays during normal business hours. The comment section of the blog is considered by some users as another community driven source of support, updates and information on radio related issues.

Buy Two Way Radios Help Center
What's the best way to use our web site? Which radio is best for my application? The Help Center provides links to tools, guides and basic information to keep things simple when choosing and ordering products.

The Two Way Radio Show Podcast
The Two Way Radio Show is a podcast about all things related to walkie talkies and radio technology. Launched in February 2011, this long running show is hosted by Danny Feemster, Anthony Roque and Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios. The podcast is formatted into three basic segments: the discussion topic, the product review and the Q&A, during which the hosts answer specific questions from actual customers, listeners and shoppers to our site. Each episode covers a specified topic in great detail, which is particularly useful for those who would like a reference to in-depth explanations of a specific concept or product. Episodes are syndicated across the web through major podcast directories and platforms, including iTunes, Blubrry, Stitcher Radio and Google Play Music. Listeners can subscribe through any of these platforms, as well as from our web site. You can also subscribe by e-mail! All episodes are listed on the main podcast episodes page so you can search the topics at a glance.

Two Way Radio Smart Search
This is a useful tool when you want to know what's available to choose from on our site. You can narrow your choices by any combination of price range, manufacturer, and features.

Two Way Radio Buyer's Guide
This guide will help you find the best choice for your needs. Simply click the answer that best fits your situation.

Two Way Radio Comparison Tool
Used online to compare the features of two different (or not so different) radios, the Product Comparison Tool is a great resource for those who are on the fence as to which radio best meets their wants and needs.

Two Way Radio Feature Guide
This guide is an index of terms and features for each radio product. Click on the link for each term for a brief definition or explanation as to what each feature of a radio is or does.

Two Way Radio Owner Manuals and User Guides
Located on the product page, the Owner Manual or User Guide will contain the basic instructions for operation of the products we carry, including directions on the use of specific features. This is often a good source for learning what a certain feature is or how it works, as well as providing information on the specifications, strength and limitations of these products. The manuals are generally available as a downloadable .pdf file. Hint: use the search feature in Acrobat Reader to quickly locate a specific term or feature. When in doubt, read the entire manual.

Two Way Radio Product Sheets and Brochures
Located on the product page, the Product sheet will have an overview of the product, its features and technical specifications. This product sheet is usually downloadable as a .pdf file. Some models may not have one, but most do. Note: most radio accessories do not have a manual or spec sheet.

Two Way Radio Product Videos
Videos are a great resource for a number of reasons. They are both audible and visual representations of the product so you can see them up close and in operation. Some are detailed product unboxings and reviews, others are quick introductory overviews. Some are previews of products due for future release. They can also be somewhat entertaining. Hosted from our YouTube channel, these videos can be linked to or shared with others easily.

Radio 101 Videos
A subset of our video library, Radio 101 is a series of informational and tutorial videos an easy lesson format. They are quick and to the point, making the information easy to absorb and comprehend, usually one to three minutes in length. Radio 101 videos are useful for those who want a quick and simple demonstration of a product or explanation of a concept that may otherwise confuse them.

December 20, 2017

Radio 101 - How to set the power level on the Midland GXT1000


The Midland GXT1000 allows you to set the power levels on select channels to maximize battery life and boost the transmit range as needed. However, there are limitations.

In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast shows you how to set the power level on the Midland GXT1000VP4 and GXT1050VP4 GMRS two way radios. He also explains which channels override this setting and why.

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December 19, 2017

Kenwood Business Radios now have lower prices

Kenwood radios.jpgKenwood ProTalk business radios are known for their solid performance and compact, ergonomic design. Now now they have something more, new lower prices! Kenwood has dropped the prices on some of their 16 channel radios, including their tough, intrinsically safe models!

The chart compares old prices with the new, current pricing on these Kenwood ProTalk business radios.

Kenwood Business Radios Price Chart

Model Old Price New Price MSRP
TK-2402V16P 279.00 264.00 300.00
TK-3402U16P 289.00 274.00 320.00
NX-240V16P 379.00 349.00 399.00
NX-340U16P 389.00 379.00 409.00
NX-240V16P2 299.00 289.00 339.00
NX-340U16P2 299.00 299.00 349.00
TK-2360ISV16P 519.00 379.00 582.50
TK-3360ISU16P 529.00 399.00 599.20

December 18, 2017

Midland, Motorola and Kenwood business radio channel compatibility

Midland-Motorola-Kenwood-508.jpgThe Midland BizTalk BR200 is a very capable, yet underrated business radio. It's also unbelievably affordable. At only $90, the BR200 is priced well below other onsite business radios such as the Motorola CLS1110, CLS1410, the Kenwood PKT-23 and the 6-channel Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX. If that weren't enough, the BR200 can communicate with all four of those models and, at 2 watts, it has twice the wattage of the Motorolas!

If you have a fleet of Motorola or Kenwood radios and want to add a BizTalk BR200 into the mix, chances are you probably can.

However, you need to do a little research first to be sure your radios are compatible before you buy. How? It's easier than you think.

First, check the list of assigned and supported frequencies for the radios you currently use. If you are using channels with the default assigned frequencies, check the default frequency table in your radio's manual. If you are using another frequency supported by the radio, cross reference the frequency code number assigned to the channel(s) in your radio with the list of those codes and frequencies printed in the owner's manual for each make and model.

Once you know the frequency and privacy code (if any) assigned to each channel in your radio, search for the same frequency or frequency and privacy code combination listed on the Midland BizTalk BR200 Default Frequencies Chart. If you find a match, your radio should be compatible for use with the Midland BizTalk BR200.

If you are using the default frequencies pre-assigned to the first one or two channels on your Motorola or Kenwood radio out of the box, it's even easier, since the BR200 may already have same frequency and privacy code configuration on the same channel. The chart below matches the default frequency and channel assignments of the Midland BizTalk BR200 with the channels of the Motorola and Kenwood radios.

Business Radio Default Frequencies Channel Compatibility
Default Frequency Channel
BR200 CLS1110 CLS1410 PKT-23 TK-3230DX Frequency Code
1 1 1 1 1 464.5500 67.0
2 - 2 2 2 467.9250 67.0
3 - 3 - - 467.8500 67.0
4 - 4 - - 467.8750 67.0


December 15, 2017

TWRS-119 - The Truth About Two Way Radio Warranties

Two Way Radio Show
We reveal the truth about two way radio warranties. We also review the Baofeng BF-9700 UHF Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:19

Discussion Topic 1:38
We tell you the truth about two way radio warranties. We'll explain why a warranty is an important feature to consider when choosing a radio, talk about some common misconceptions about product warranties in general, and compare warranties between some name brand two way radios and Chinese imports.

Commercial Break 32:38
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 33:33
We review the Baofeng BF-9700 UHF Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 40:36
We read comments and questions from our Two Way Radio Blog and Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 45:14
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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December 14, 2017

Two new Wouxun mobile radios have lower prices

kg-uvr5.jpgWouxun mobile radios are known for delivering good performance at a fair price. Two models in particular stand out in this category, the popular UHF/VHF dual band KG-UV920P-A and its powerful quad band cousin, the KG-UV950P. A little while back, TYT responded with its own mobiles, the TH-7800 and TH-9800, and at very competitive prices. Now, Wouxun is firing back with the introduction of two new models with aggressively lower price points, the KG-UVR5 and KG-UV980H.

If these new models look and seem familiar, it's because they are. In fact, they are the same radios, but rebranded with the frequencies limited to only the amateur radio bands. Wouxun The KG-UVR5 is the lower priced dual band KG-UV920P and the KG-UV980H is the lower priced quad band KG-UV950P.

What Wouxun did was very simple. They took the dual band KG-UV920P, re-labeled it the KG-UVR5, limited the frequencies to the 2 meter (144-148MHz) VHF and 70cm (420-450MHz) UHF ham bands right out of the box, and dropped the price by thirty bucks.

kg-uv980h.jpgThen they did the very same thing with the quad band model. They re-labeled it the KG-UV980H and limited it to the ham bands. It's the same radio as the KG-UV950P, but out of the box it's limited to the 2 meter, 6 meter, 10 meter and 70cm ham frequencies. They reduced the price accordingly.

Yeah, it seems odd, but considering the features, that's a huge deal for a thirty dollar price reduction. Thirty dollars? That's a twenty percent discount. It's a significant drop in price for merely locking down the transceivers to stay only within those frequencies the hams should be using anyway.

The KG-UV920P-A and KG-UV950P are popular models used by both amateurs and businesses worldwide. If you're a company in a country that uses either of these models for business use, it's business as usual with these radios. However, if you're a ham who needs one of these models but needs to save a few dollars more, the KG-UVR5 and KG-UV980H are made just for you.

Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Wouxun dealer.

December 13, 2017

Radio 101 - How To Reset the Baofeng UV-5R to the English Language


So you've reset your Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio and now it's speaking in Chinese. How do you change the voice prompts back to English?

In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast shows you how to quickly and easily navigate the menu to reset the UV-5R back to the English language.

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