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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Motorola Releases Two New MURS Radios

    rdm2.jpgIf you've been looking for a true dedicated MURS radio, your search is over. Motorola has just released two models, creating their new RDM series of MURS Two-Way Radios!

    MURS (Multi Use Radio Service) is a set of five VHF frequencies allotted for both personal and business communications without the need of a license. Motorola is the first manufacturer we know of to produce a true MURS radio, complete with Part 95 approval and support for all five MURS frequencies.

    The Motorola RDM Series MURS Two-Way Radios are high quality, business grade products that also meet military specs for durability. The RDM Series radios are also compatible with default frequencies on other popular but now discontinued 2 watt VHF radios such as the Kenwood TK-2200 and Motorola XTN XV1100, XTN XV2100, and XTN VX2600 series radios.

    The Motorola RDM series launched with two models and we have them both! The Motorola RDM2020 MURS Two Way Radio has 2 channels and is simple to use. It features a tri-color LED to indicate transmit, receive and battery status. It also has two user programmable buttons so you can customize the functionality of the radio according to your needs.

    The Motorola RDM2080d MURS Two Way Radio has 8 channels with aliasing and five user programmable buttons. In addition to the tri-color LED and other features of the RDM2020, the RDM2080d sports a display to accommodate additional features such as a battery gauge and signal strength indicator.

    Both models offer 39 analog and 84 digital interference eliminator codes, channel scan, three voice-inversion scramble settings, three audible call tones, a 2 pin accessory plug that is compatible with the RDX/XTN/CLS series radios, and hands-free VOX mode with three sensitivity levels when used with compatible accessories (the RDM2080d also offers iVOX, which doesn't require accessories). Both radios have excellent audio quality and are built to industrial standards.

    The RDM Series MURS radios are identical to models in the RDX Series. In fact, RDM2020 and RDM2080d MURS radios are actually the same radios as the RDV2020 and RDV2080d, respectively. The only fundamental difference is the frequencies on which they operate. The RDM2020 and RDM2080d support MURS VHF frequencies, while the RDV2020 and RDV2080d support 27 VHF business frequencies.

    If you would like more information on the new Motorola RDM Series radios give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 or send us an e-mail. If you would like to know more about MURS check out the MURS Fact and Data Sheet or join the MURS discussions in our forums.

  • Fall is Here, Time for a New Set of Walkie Talkies!

    The first signs of Fall have shown up here at Buy Two Way Radios. This means it is almost the start of hunting season, camping trips, ski trips and a last bit of fun outdoors before winter. Stay connected with your friends and family this Fall with a set of two way radios.

    The Midland GXT760 walkie talkie is budget friendly and loaded with features. The GXT-760 supports NOAA weather channels and NOAA weather alerts. It also has vibrating alerts, water resistance, selectable high/medium/low power modes and channel scan. It even comes with a 3 year warranty. The Midland GXT760VP4 value pack comes with two Midland GXT760 radios, two headsets with boom microphone, two NiMH rechargeable batteries, a desktop charger, vehicle charger and two belt clips.

    Another radio to check out is the TriSquare TSX100 walkie talkie. The TSX100 operates at 900MHz, so no FCC license is needed! They are also very private. Never worry about crowded channels again! The TSX100-2VP value pack comes with two TriSquare TSX100 radios, a dual pocket desktop charger and two rechargeable battery packs.

    For the serious outdoor enthusiast you might want to look at the Garmin Rhino 130 walkie talkie. The Rino 130 is a high quality GPS mapping device that is also a GMRS walkie talkie. Garmin GPS radios are high quality and a must for serious hunters and hikers. The Rino 130 provides a backlit display with a 24 MB internal memory and the ability to store 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes. It provides an electronic compass, barometric altimeter and NOAA weather channels.

    One great feature all Garmin Rino radios have: you are also able to share your position with other Rino users. It is easy to locate them and helps reduce the chance of anyone getting lost. The Rino 130 comes with one Garmin Rino 130 GPS / two way radio, belt clip, USB PC interface cable, wrist strap, owner's manual and quick start guide.

    These are just a few of the two way radios we carry. If you have any question about what is the best radio for you, just give us a call (1-800-584-1445) or send us an email.

  • What is the Most Solid Feeling Consumer Radio?

    We get asked a lot of questions, either by phone, email or over on our two way radios forum. One question that comes up a lot is which consumer radio "feels" the most solid and durable. We all know this is rather subjective, but there was a conversation here about this just the other day and I thought some of you might like to know what we think.

    Now, most people would never put their radios through the kind of abuse that it would take to break them. They are not that fragile and are made to be dropped and knocked around a bit.

    At the top of our list (and big, tough and heavy) are Garmin Radios, though Danny thinks they should instead be called Awesome Garmin GPS Map Devices that Just Happen to be Very Good GMRS Radios as Well. (Garmin, feel free to call us for permission to use that). They are heavy radios so they might weigh a bit too much for some people. They are also one of the coolest bits of tech we carry. If you spend a lot of time camping and hunting you should seriously consider a set just for the GPS functionality. They remind me more of commercial grade radios in quality.

    Next would be Midland radios. Sure, they are boxy, but they have a nice heft without being too heavy and are very tough. There is something about a simple "works no matter what" design we like.

    Cobra, Motorola, Uniden and TriSquare get lumped together. While they are far from fragile, they just do not have the same "solid" feeling. Uniden radios do feel a bit tougher that the others. I would not want to drop any of these radios too often on pavement, though. A few of the Motorola radios feel like I could squeeze them and break the shell even.

    All of this is, once again, very subjective. In fact, many of you could easily argue that we are crazy and wrong. Also, none of these are as durable or tough as a commercial grade radio. Most consumer radios use a thin plastic shell and plastic frame. Many commercial radios have a shatter proof shell and a metal frame. That is also one of the reasons there is a price difference. Consumer radios are designed to be a compromise between having a lot of features, durability and price. And in truth, most of the time they do a very good job balancing all of this.

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