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Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • The Loudmouth PA System

    Thumbnail image for LM-U450-1-l.jpgPublic address or PA systems have been around for well over a hundred years. While the concept itself is not new, the technologies used in modern PA systems have changed and advanced considerably since the early days.

    The basic concept of a PA system is simple: a microphone connects to an amplifier which in turn connects to a loudspeaker mounted in a central location for public delivery of announcements, alerts or other one-way communication.

    Traditionally, PA systems are hardwired; the microphone, amplifier and speaker are physically connected with cables or wires. Today, however, PA systems can now be partially or completely wireless, thanks to the technology of radio.

    One company that takes wireless PA to the max is Ritron. The company, based in Carmel, Indiana, sports a complete line of fixed mount wireless intercom, callbox and PA systems using two way radio technology. Ritron products are also made in the USA.

    Ritron is a leading manufacturer of wireless PA systems. The Ritron Loudmouth Wireless Stand-Alone PA System allows a user to broadcast a message over the loudspeaker wirelessly - not from a traditional microphone, but direct from a two way radio. The wireless system provides safe and secure communications from mobile and handheld radios. Since it is wireless, the PA system can be set up quickly and easily without the expense of a wired installation. It installs almost anywhere and is a perfect solution for public address delivery in locations where the installation of a wired PA system is not practical or even feasible.

    The Ritron Loudmouth Wireless Stand-Alone PA System is also easy to integrate with your existing arsenal of two way radios. It comes in two versions: UHF and VHF. The LM-U450 is field programmable to one of 77 UHF frequencies and the LM-V150 is field programmable to one of 26 VHF frequencies, including MURS, and can also receive NOAA weather channels and weather alerts. Using the software, the units are custom programmable to any frequency in their typical respective UHF or VHF range.

    Both models feature a choice from 153 digital and analog Privacy Codes and one of 9 Paging Codes for added PA security access. Both models also include a loud, powerful PA horn type speaker capable of --95dB [email protected] 50 ft. Both versions operate on 110VAC and include a rechargeable back-up battery.

    The Ritron Loudmouth Wireless Stand-Alone PA System is small and light, but it is sealed in a weather-resistant, industrial grade housing. With this rugged construction, the Loudmouth PA system is ideal for use in a variety of applications and outdoor locations such as schools, parking lots, factories, warehouses, marinas, golf courses, ball fields or nearly anywhere else a public address system is needed.

    Sure, the public address system has been around for over a century, but it isn't getting older, it's getting better. With the integration of wireless radio technology, the classic PA system is enjoying new life.

  • Tips For Using Motorola Two Way Radios While Hunting

    This video from Motorola provides useful tips and tricks for using two way radios when hunting. Although it is primarily intended for users of Motorola Talkabout radios, these instructions are good advice when hunting with any make and model of radio.

  • 25 Ways to Use Two Way Radios

    There are many ways to use two-way radios in the home, on the job or in recreational activities. Here are 25 of them.

  • Vertex Standard Rebate Promotion

    This promotion expired December 16, 2011 and is no longer available.

    Thumbnail image for vertex radios.jpgVertex Standard just launched a new rebate promotion! Purchase at least six Vertex Standard VX-350, VX-420 or VX-2200 Series radios and you qualify for a $20 rebate per radio. Purchase at least six Vertex Standard VX-450, VXD-720 or VXD-7200 Series radios and you qualify for a $40 rebate per radio. This great deal from Vertex is only available until mid-December 2011.

    The following radios qualify for the rebate:

    Model Rebate
    Vertex VX-351-AG (UHF) $20
    Vertex VX-351-AD (VHF) $20
    Vertex VX-354-AG (UHF) $20
    Vertex VX-354-AD (VHF) $20
    Vertex VX-424 Intrinsically Safe (VHF) $20
    Vertex VX-427 Intrinsically Safe (UHF) $20
    Vertex VX-2200-D0 Mobile Two Way Radio (VHF) $20
    Vertex VX-451-G7 (UHF) $40
    Vertex VX-451 (VHF) $40
    Vertex VX-459-G7 (UHF) $40
    Vertex VX-459 (VHF) $40
    Vertex VXD-720 Digital Portable Two Way Radio $40
    Vertex VXD-7200 Digital Moblie Two Way Radio $40

    This offer is direct from the manufacturer, so you will need to send your rebate redemption form Vertex after you purchase your radios and they will mail your rebate directly to you. This offer is valid on up to 60 radios purchased through December 16, 2011. All radios purchased must be within the same product series and must be ordered on a single order and on the same invoice. The Minimum rebate will be $120 (6 radios x $20) or $240 (6 radios x $40). Click here for full details. To redeem your rebate, go to www.vertexstandardrebate.com and follow the instructions. Update: Vertex Standard was rebranded as Motorola in January 2018.

    All redemption requests must be postmarked on or before December 30, 2011. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible. Redemptions cannot be sent to P.O. Boxes. Please allow 4-6 weeks from receipt of your submission for to receive your rebates. Offer good only in the U.S. and Canada and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.

  • TWRS-23 - Callboxes and Intercoms

    We talk about wireless callboxes, base stations and intercoms. We also review the Vertex Standard VX-451 business radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:14

    Topic Discussion 1:28
    we discuss wireless callboxes, base stations and intercoms. We'll learn what they are, how they work, and some types of callboxes and intercoms available on the market today. Callboxes and Intercoms discussed include the Ritron RQX-451 Outpost 1 Series Basic Callbox, Ritron RQX-451-XT Outpost 1 Series Callbox and Ritron JBS-446D Jobcom Base Station/Wireless Intercom. For more information about callboxes and intercoms, read An Introduction to Intercoms and Callboxes. You can also watch our video The Ritron Outpost 1 Series Callbox.

    Commercial Break 16:36
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 17:34
    Today we review the Vertex VX-451 business radio.

    Questions and Answers 25:22
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 30:29
    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!

    © 2011 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • An Introduction to Intercoms and Callboxes

    There are scenarios in which two way communications are necessary or even critical, but the prospect of equipping everyone with a handheld two way radio is not affordable, feasible or even practical. In such a situation, the logical solution may be to use a wireless base station, intercom or callbox.

    You may already be familiar with the classic wired intercom system used in some businesses and homes. Essentially, it consists of a box with both a speaker and microphone that communicates with another intercom box in another room or location. These devices are usually mounted on a desk or wall and hardwired throughout the interior of an office building or home.

    Today it is not uncommon to find wireless intercoms substituted for many of the traditional wired devices. A wireless intercom is actually a two way radio that, like the older, traditional intercom, is typically mounted in a fixed location. The intercom is programmed to communicate with other intercoms and two way radios within or around the facility. Wireless intercoms provide more flexibility than the old wired systems because they can be installed easily in existing locations without the added cost of actually wiring a building and can interact with a variety of other radios, including handheld portables.

    A callbox is essentially the same type of device as an intercom, only a bit more rugged. While both types of devices operate the same way, the intercom is typically a lighter duty call box used primarily indoors between rooms or offices, while the callbox usually refers to a heavy duty unit designed to be more secure and weatherproof for indoor/outdoor use.

    A callbox typically consists of a box mounted on a post or wall, with a front speaker, mic and call button or keypad. They are used for a variety of applications and are often found at or near gated entrances, warehouse delivery doors and loading docks, fast food ordering stations and drive-thrus, golf courses, roadside assistance stations, parking lots, resorts, hospitals, college campuses, airports and other public locations.

    Ritron is a leading manufacturer of wireless callboxes and intercoms. The company offers a full line of fixed mount communication devices using two way radio technology. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Ritron is somewhat unique in the respect that their products are made in the United States.

    Ritron's intercoms are designed with convenience and security in mind. The Ritron JobCom® Display Series Wireless Intercom/Base Station (JBS) is a wireless, 10 channel intercom designed for stationary use in a specific area, such as a reception desk or in a shop. It can be mounted to a wall for secure operation or sit on a desk for convenient access.

    The Ritron JBS Series intercoms are also designed for both interactivity and interoperability. They feature 21 business-only, pre-programmed, user selectable UHF or VHF frequencies with 2 Watts of power. The JBS -446D operates on UHF frequencies. The JBS-146D operates on VHF frequencies (including MURS) and can be programmed to receive NOAA weather channels and weather alerts. Both models also feature a large, 1 Watt speaker with loud, clear audio output, 51 privacy codes, Channel Scan, Call Tone, 2-Tone Paging Decode, DTMF ANI Encode, Programmable Soft Key and an easy to read LED display. Both models operates on 110VAC or 12VDC (with optional adapter) and are packaged in a steel enclosure for added durability.

    As for callboxes, that is one of their specialties. Ritron manufactures several series of callboxes, called the OUTPOST® Series, designed for specific uses.

    The Ritron OUTPOST® Series Callbox consists of a UHF or VHF two way radio transceiver that can be programmed for long range communication with virtually any other brand two way radio. According to Ritron, these callboxes offer up to five times the range of other wireless systems and are repeater capable to extend the range of the callbox.

    The Ritron RQX-451 supports 77 UHF frequencies and the RQX-151 supports 27 VHF frequencies including MURS. All models are field or PC programmable and are wide or narrow band frequency compatible. The callboxes can be powered by 6 D cell batteries for a 100% wireless installation or wired for optional external AC power. Other standard features include an External Power Fail Alert, Low Battery Alert, Call Tone and Adjustable Speaker Volume.

    The OUTPOST® 1 Series Callbox comes in two versions: the Basic and the XT. The Basic version is intended for use indoors in controlled environments such as inside a warehouse, manufacturing plant, remote area of a large building or in other interior locations where simplex radio communication is needed. The XT version is designed specifically for use outdoors in an all-weather environment. It is enclosed in a fiberglass housing with a stainless steel faceplate attached to the front of the housing with tamper-resistant fasteners. The XT is ideal for use around facilities such as golf courses, construction sites, gated entrances, outside large buildings or other exterior, fixed locations.

    Intercoms and callboxes are a well-established form of fixed, two way communications. However, although traditional wired devices still have their uses, wireless radio intercoms and callboxes add a dimension of flexibility and interoperability to the mix, as they can also provide safe and secure communication to mobile, handheld or stationary base station radios as well as other fixed stations - without the costly installation of a wired system.

    For an in-depth discussion about intercoms and callboxes, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 23 - Callboxes and Intercoms.

    View this video introduction to the Ritron OUTPOST® 1 Series Callbox!

  • Motorola CLP Series radios are back and now available!

    CLP__1040_headset.jpgThe Motorola CLP Series radios are back and better than ever! Designed specifically for the hospitality, restaurant and retail industries, the Motorola CLP1010 and CLP1040 radios quickly became popular for their small, compact size, stylish design and extremely light weight.

    Motorola initially launched these radios June 2010 but pulled them from the market about nine months ago for upgrades and tweaks. Now the new and improved CLP radios are back on the market and Buy Two Way Radios is one of the first to have them available!

    At first glance, the updated Motorola CLP 1010 and CLP 1040 look much the same as before, with only a few minor cosmetic changes. The most notable one is the CLP1040. The original model was black with a red band around the sides, while the CLP1010 was all black. The new version is all black and now looks identical to the CLP1010.

    Aside from color and a few minor changes to some of the buttons, most of the enhancements to the CLP Series were made inside the radios improve performance and simplify operation. In addition to the Monitor Channel and Scanning features (the latter available on the CLP1040 only), the CLP series now offers a Mute feature, Talk Permit Tone, Dynamic Talkaround Scan (enabled through Customer Programming Software, or CPS) and four Sending Call Tones (previously only available on the CLP1040).

    Dynamic Talkaround Scan allows the radio to scan a repeater channel's transmit and receive frequencies for maximum radio coverage when a repeater is used.

    The original standard voice driven menus were also upgraded in the new versions include voice prompts for programming frequencies into the radio. The PC programming software has also been updated for use when programming the new models with a computer.

    As before, the radio is surprisingly rugged for its small size and weight. Both the CLP1010 and CLP1040 are Mil Spec 810 C, D, E, F and G rated for shock, vibration, low/high temperature and solar radiation. For added protection, the housings of the CLP Series radios are built using a polycarbonate with anti-microbial properties to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria on the surface of the radios.

    One other important upgrade to the radio was performed on the headset accessory. The PTT button was changed and is now smaller.

    For a review of the Motorola CLP Series radios listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 22 - Radios For Restaurants. If you want to learn more about these updated radios or have any questions, please give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 or enter our live chat at www.buytwowayradios.com weekdays from 8 AM to 6 PM EST.

  • The Ritron Outpost 1 Series Callbox

    Intercoms and callboxes are used in many industries. This video Introduces the Ritron Outpost® 1 Series RQX-451-XT Callbox featuring Danny at Buy Two Way Radios.

  • Silent Operation of Motorola Talkabout Radios

    This video explains how to disable some programmable features of Motorola Talkabout two way radios for silent operation such as Call Tones, Keypad Tones, the Talk Confirmation Tone and the VibraCall Alert.

  • How To Optimize Range for Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios

    This video explains how range limitations affect radio signals and provides tips and tricks for optimizing range for Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios.

    Related Resources
    GMRS Radio Range Chart
    30 Miles? The Truth About Range
    Getting The Most Range From Your Radio
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-05 - Radios in Range
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-45 - The Truth About GMRS Radio Range
    Radio 101 - The truth about FRS / GMRS two way radio range

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