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Monthly Archives: February 2009

  • Kenwood $30 Rebate Offer

    Note: This promotion expired April 30, 2009 and is no longer available.

    Kenwood Rebate
    Kenwood Rebate

    Kenwood has just launched a great new promotion! Through April 30th, 2009, you qualify for a $30 rebate per radio when you purchase six or more Kenwood ProTalk TK-3200L-U2P or Kenwood ProTalk TK-2200L-V2P radios! Click here for full details and redemption form.

  • Motorola's 2009 Talkabout Lineup (Updated!)

    Motorola MR355R
    MR355R

    Here at Buy Two Ways Radios we are excited to have some news on the new 2009 Motorola Talkabouts. There are some interesting new models and features this year, starting with the MR350 and MR355R.

    Top of the Line
    The Motorola MR350 and MR355R have some interesting features that have been added. The most obvious changes made to previous top of the line models include larger buttons to make operation easier while wearing gloves and a built in LED flashlight. There is also a new emergency alert feature. Pressing the alert button sends out an alert signal and a spoken message to other radios. The "claimed" range for both radios is 35 miles. The MR350 is black with sliver highlights and an MSRP of $79.99 (per pair) The MR355R has a Realtree® AP HD® Camo pattern faceplate, 8 repeater channels (When used with a repeater, this will greatly extend the range of the MR355R. Great for hunters, or anyone needing a large transmission area.), and an MSRP of $89.99 (per pair). Now in stock for $79.99!

    Some Great Features
    The Motorola MJ270R, while not having all of the options of the top of the line models, still has some great features. With a "claimed" range of 27 miles, 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, NOAA weather channels, LED flashlight, and the emergency alert, the MJ270 is a great radio for the outdoor enthusiast. The rugged case is back with a silver faceplate and an MSRP of $69.99 (per pair). Now in stock for $59.99!

    Still Yellow!
    Slightly less costly, but still loaded with features and looks, the MH230R is a good option. With a "claimed" range of 23 miles, 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, and NOAA weather channels. The MJ230R is a very good multi-use radio for everything from a camping trip to a trip to the mall. And yes, it has a disctintive yellow faceplate. The MJ230R has an MSRP of $59.99 (per pair). Now in stock for $49.99!

    Easy to Charge
    One of the things we like about these radios is the ability to charge off of a mini-USB cable and not just a desktop charger. Being able to charge from a desktop charger, in a car using a mini-USB cable, or even off of a notebook computer with a mini-USB computer cable is a great convenience.

    Here is a complete list of all of Motorola's 2009 models:

    MR350R - NOW IN STOCK! ($69.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA) with Alert Feature , LED Flashlight, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter/Save Feature, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    T9680R - (MSRP $79.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA) with Alert Feature and SAME, LED Flashlight, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    MJ270R - NOW IN STOCK! ($59.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA), Emergency Alert Button, LED Flashlight, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    EM100R - (MSRP $69.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA), Emergency Alert Button, LED Flashlight, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    MH230R -NOW IN STOCK! ($49.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) Interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter. YELLOW!
    SX600R - (MSRP $39.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) Interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    FV300R - (MSRP $29.99) 22 Channels, Priority Scan, Keypad Lock, Battery Meter, 10 Call Tones, Plug In Charger
    FV300 - (MSRP $19.99) 22 Channels, Priority Scan, Keypad Lock, Battery Meter, 10 Call Tones.

    The following feature the Realtree® AP HD® Camo pattern:

    MR355R -- NOW IN STOCK! ($79.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 8 Repeater Channels, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, Emergency Alert Button, LED Flashlight, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Replaceable Faceplate, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Mini USB Charging Prot, Drop-in Charger, Digital Signal Processing , Charging Adapter, 2 PPT Earbuds.
    T9650XLR - (MSRP $119.9) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Replaceable Faceplate, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones (5 Animal), Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Drop-in Charger, Digital Signal Processing , Charging Adapter, 2 Earpiece with Boom Microphone, 1 Car Charger.
    T9550XLR - (MSRP $79.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Replaceable Faceplate, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Drop-in Charger, Digital Signal Processing , Charging Adapter, 2 PPT Earbuds.
    8550XLR - (MSRP $69.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Digital Signal Processing, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter, 2 PPT Earbuds.

  • Midland's 2009 FRS/GMRS Radio Lineup

    GXT1000.jpg
    GXT1000

    Buy Two Way Radios is excited to announce the 2009 lineup of Midland two way radios. Midland has added a number of new features and a few notable improvements to their 2009 radios. With so many changes in 2008, we were very interested in what other changes Midland would introduce in 2009 to the rest of their GMRS products.

    Even More Channels and Privacy Codes
    In 2008 Midland added extra channels. While we were skeptical originally about what these channels were, the added privacy, or more accurately filtering, feature was an interesting addition. In 2009 some models now have up to 8 more privacy channels (for a total of 28 privacy channels). There is a much more useful change though. They have upped the number of privacy codes on some models (all of the way up to 387 privacy codes on the GXT1000). This is more than twice the number previously available on consumer grade radios!

    A Surprise
    Regular readers of this site know that for years now there has been a steady increase in the claimed effective communication range of radios being made by many of the manufacturers. While the stated maximum range is technically accurate, we are very impressed by Midland's decision of keeping the advertised range unchanged. While the claimed ranges are still only possible under very specific conditions, the fact that the claimed distances have not again increased is a great move by Midland.

    More Safety Features
    The NOAA weather alert feature was already a great addition last year. A new feature is the new ability to automatically lock onto the local weather channel. Combined with this, some models will also now have an SOS Siren. If you are in an emergency situation, you will now be able to easily send out a distress signal.

    More than just Camouflage
    The backlit LCD screen for the radios has also been changed to a new hunter orange color. This should especially look good on radios with the new Mossy Oak Breakup camouflage faceplates. All of the models have a new updated look with more rugged looking cases, and less silver colored plastic on some of the faceplates.

    New Model Specifics
    Here is a look at the highlights of each new GMRS model. The new models will be available in May/June (subject to change). Pricing information is not yet finalized.

    GXT1050 - Camouflage, "50" Channels, 387 Privacy codes, SOS Siren, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Group Mode, Direct Call, Vibrate alert, VOX, IP4 Waterproof, DC Adapter, Headsets, 5 Animal Calls.
    GXT1000 - "50" Channels, 387 Privacy codes, SOS Siren, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Group Mode, Direct Call, Vibrate alert, VOX, IP4 Waterproof, DC Adapter, Headsets.
    GXT 785 - Camouflage, "42" Channels, 142 Privacy Codes, 10 Call Alerts, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Vibrate Alert, VOX, 5 Animal Calls.
    GXT740 - "42" Channels, 142 Privacy Codes, 10 Call Alerts, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Vibrate Alert, VOX
    LXT480 - "42" Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 5 Call Alerts, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Vibrate Alert, VOX
    LXT365 - Small Camouflage Faceplate Section, "22" Channels Hi/Lo Power Settings
    LXT360 - "22" Channels, Hi/Lo Power Settings
    LXT112 - "22" Channels

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