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Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Final days for the Motorola FREE Radio promotion

    This promotion expired June 30, 2013 and is no longer available.

    There are only a few days left to take advantage of the current promotion from Motorola at Buy Two Way Radios! From now until June 30, buy six Motorola CLP, CLS, RDX or DTR Series business two way radios from Buy Two Way Radios and get one radio FREE!

    This offer is good for up to 60 radios purchased for a maximum of 10 free radios. If you are shopping for the best deal on some new Motorolas, now may be best time to buy! Read the Motorola Promotion announcement for redemption instructions and full details.

    Not sure if the radio you want qualifies for the offer? Here is a list of all the models eligible for the Motorola FREE radio promo.

    Remember, Redemptions must be postmarked on or before July 15, 2013 and received by July 31, 2013. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. Offer is good in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.


  • How To File A Construction Notification For Your FCC License

    When you apply for an FCC license to obtain frequencies for your business radios, you may think the process is complete once you submit your application. Not so fast! After the FCC has granted your license, you are required to let them know when you begin to use the frequencies. This is called a Construction Notification. You have one year after the license is granted to file the construction notice, and failure to do so will result in the loss of your license.

    Most of the time, dealing with the FCC's processes is complicated and confusing. Fortunately, filing a construction notice is somewhat simple and straightforward. We will walk you through the process of filing a construction notice in 8 simple steps as outlined below.

    Important! If you used our FCC License Service to get your frequencies you do not have to complete these steps. As part of our service, we file the construction notification on your behalf once your license has been granted.

    Filing a Construction Notification

    1. Login to the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS). Use the FRN and password that you created when you applied for your license.

    2. If you have multiple licenses, click to view the license that needs the notification.

    3. In the "Work on this License" section to the right, click "Notify the FCC"

    4. Application Purpose. Choose "S - Construction requirements for the referenced system have been met" and click the Continue button.

    5. Buildout Information. For each frequency in the list, enter the date that you began using the frequencies in the "Actual Construction Date" field. Click Continue.

    6. Fees and Waivers. If you are exempt from application fees or are requesting a waiver of commission rules, indicate that here. Usually the answer will be "No" to each of these questions. Don't worry, there are no fees for filing a construction notice. Click Continue to proceed.

    7. Summary. This page is simply a review of your previous selections. If everything is correct, click "Continue To Certify" to move to the final step.

    8. Certification. Read the information under the Certification Statements. Assuming you agree, enter your name and title in the Signature section below. Click Submit Application to complete the process.

  • The Midland WR-120 emergency weather radio video

    One of the most popular weather radios available is the Midland WR-120. It's easy to see why. The WR-120 is a feature packed, All Hazards Alert weather radio that's simple to use at a budget price. This video produced by Midland provides a quick overview of the WR-120 and its features, including S.A.M.E. technology for emergency alerts. The Midland WR-120 is available to ship directly from our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios.

  • TWRS-60 - Renting Radios

    We talk about renting two way radios as an alternative to buying them. We also review the Tram TBC-6 and TBC-9 BIGCAT CB Antennas.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:15

    Topic Discussion 1:33
    We talk about renting radios. We'll look at scenarios in which renting two way radios may be better than purchasing them, the advantages of short and long term rentals and what to consider when shopping around for radio rentals. For more information on renting radios, read Rental Two Way Radios FAQ and visit Two Way Radio Rentals. For tips on using your two way radios, watch our Radio 101 video series hosted by Anthony.

    Commercial Break 18:52
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 19:53
    Today we review the Tram TBC-6 and Tram TBC-9 BIGCAT CB Antenna.

    Questions and Answers 25:32
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 32:49
    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!

    © 2013 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Baofeng UV-5R Amateur Radio Unboxing

    Want a first hand look at the Baofeng UV-5R dual band ham radio right out of the box? Here it is! Danny Feemster of Buy Two Way Radios takes you through a complete unboxing experience, complete with a feature overview of this very affordable and amazingly versatile handheld amateur transceiver that has become extremely popular with old and new ham radio operators alike.

    For more reviews and views of the Baofeng UV-5R, check out these other resources:

    A Real Baofeng UV-5R Owners Manual

    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-54 - An Introduction To Amateur Radio

    How to check the firmware version of the Baofeng UV-5R
    How to connect the Baofeng UV-5R amateur radio to the Tram 1185 mobile antenna

  • FCC Considering Elimination of GMRS Regulatory Fee

    A few weeks ago the FCC released a document proposing some changes to the way regulatory fees are calculated, as well as some changes to the fee amounts for various services. This type of release is not out of the ordinary, and normally we wouldn't give it a second look. However, buried in Attachment E(4) (page 40) is the following statement.

    The FNPRM seeks comment concerning adoption and implementation of proposals for FY 2014 and beyond, which include: ... (3) eliminating the regulatory fee component pertaining to General Mobile Radio Service;

    The FCC is requesting comments from the public concerning eliminating the regulatory fee for GMRS in 2014. Now, the regulatory fee is only a portion ($25) of the total licensing fee, but this may be a clue that the FCC is moving closer to finally adopting their 2010 proposal to eliminate the GMRS license fee entirely.

  • Radio 101 - How to set vibrate alert on a Cobra CXR radio

    Some higher end consumer walkie talkies have a vibrate alert feature for operation in silent mode. Cobra calls their version VibrAlert®. Setting this feature is very simple. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to set VibrAlert on a Cobra MicroTalk CXR925. This procedure also works on CXR725 and CXR825 radios.

  • TWRS-59 - New Cobra Radios For 2013

    We talk about some new two way radios from Cobra for 2013. We also review the Cobra microTALK CXT345 Two Way Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:15

    Topic Discussion 1:33
    We look at the new lineup of Cobra consumer FRS/GMRS radios, tell you which older models will be phased out, and which ones will remain available. Radios discussed include the Cobra CX112, CXT145, CX312, CXT345, CXT390 and CXT545.

    Commercial Break 16:43
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 17:44
    Today we review the Cobra microTALK CXT345 Two Way Radio.

    Questions and Answers 24:49
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 28:08
    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!

    © 2013 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • New Motorola RM Series radios available this summer

    RM Series XT400 Series RVA50 family front_270.pngMotorola is a big name in world of business walkie talkies, and their RDX series is a staple among businesses, agencies, organizations and industries that rely on portable handhelds for communications. Now the company is about to update their product line with the new Motorola RM Series two way radios, due for launch this summer.

    The RM Series is expected to debut in July or August 2013 with five new models operating on 2 Watts. All are updated versions of 2 Watt RDX Series radios currently on the market. Details from Motorola are still sketchy but here are a few general notes on these new radios:

    RMU2040 - This is a UHF radio with 4 channels and without a display that will replace the RDX RDU2020. MSRP: $245.

    RMU2080 - Essentially the same radio as the RMU2040, but with 8 channels and no display. It will also replace the RDU2020. MSRP: $290.

    RMU2080d - This model operates on UHF business frequencies and has 8 channels. Think of an RMU2080 with a display and this is it. Replaces the RDX RDU2080d. MSRP: $310.

    RMM2050 - One of the most interesting of the series, as it is a MURS radio. It supports all five VHF MURS frequencies and, unlike the 2 channel RDM2020, the RMM2050 has five channels, enough for each frequency. It does not, however, include a display. The RMM2050 replaces both the RDM2020 and RDM2080d, the latter of which is a display model. So if you specifically want a MURS radio with a display, you may want to consider the RDM2080d while they are still around. MSRP: $225.

    RMV2080 - The VHF version of the RMU2020 and RMU2080 has 8 channels and no display. It replaces both the RDV2020 and RDV2080d. MSRP: $245.

    Although these new radios will eventually replace 2 Watt models in the current RDX Series, the 4 and 5 watt models, such as the RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100, are not scheduled for replacement, at least not yet. In addition, all RDX radios will continue to be available until early 2014. We will have more details on the new Motorola RM Series two way radios as they become available. Some model specifications and features may be subject to change. Subscribe to our blog at Buy Two Way Radios for the latest updates!

  • An alternative for replacing Sprint Nextel Push-to-Talk

    Sprint Nextel will cease operation of their push-to-talk iDEN network June 30th, 2013. According to a company press release May 1, the last full day of service is June 29. The shut down process will commence through the day on Sunday, June 30 as Sprint de-activates the system.

    IDEN, or Integrated Digital Enhanced Network , is a trunked radio system operating in the 800 MHz Special Mobile Radio (SMR) band. The system uses Time Division Multipe Access (TDMA) and speech compression technologies and was used by Sprint Nextel to provide half-duplex push-to-talk trunked two-way radio services on its cell phones. Sprint first announced it would end iDen service May 29, 2012 as part of its plan to migrate the push-to-talk service from GSM to CDMA.

    No doubt this will be a disruption to at least a few of the one million or so Nextel business customers who still use the old iDEN network and rely heavily on the instant walkie-talkie dispatch capabilities of phones that currently operate on iDen. It's not just the hassle of migrating from one phone system to another that can make such a move problematic, it's also the cost.

    It could be quite an expensive proposition to migrate a company's entire workforce to new devices that operate on Sprint's new CDMA based Direct Connect network. Cell phones aren't cheap, especially units with a PTT radio feature. That's just the initial migration.

    Then there are the monthly fees. Cell phones, even those with built-in walkie-talkie functionality all bundled into a service that typically requires a contract, also has a monthly service fee. For small companies with ten to fifty employees, the total cost of migration could add up quickly. For large companies with hundreds or even thousands of employees, it could be staggering.

    If a company really needs to outfit their staff with cell phones, then it may very well be an unavoidable expense. However, if the primary purpose for the cell phone is to serve as a trunked radio, there is another option: simply use two way radios.

    There are several benefits to doing this, most of them economical. First, the initial purchase cost of a walkie-talkie is comparable to the retail cost of a typical cell phone. Second, the cost of obtaining a license for business frequencies can be competitive with the setup costs of cell service, expecially for a large fleet of phones.

    Also, as tough as some of Sprint's new phones are, most business two way radios are designed specifically for extremely rugged working conditions. Some radios are certified as intrinsically safe. These are radios that can be used in potentially hazardous environments, such as near flammable materials or explosives.

    Of course, the obvious advantage is that there are no recurring or monthly usage fees. Once the radios are purchased and the frequencies licensed, the airwaves are essentially free. There are no limited talk and text plans, no roaming charges and no overage fees. Once your radio network is in place, you're done.

    There is one more benefit that is often overlooked. The issue of planned obsolescence. It is no secret why cell phone carriers sell two year agreements. That is the life cycle of the typical cell phone. This keeps everyone upgrading and renewing their contracts or entering into new ones, thus perpetually locking a company in to a service and its constant fees.

    The average life span of a typical business two way radio is five to seven years. Some may last considerably longer. Business frequency licenses are valid for ten years. Imagine, up to ten years of service without recurring monthly fees. That seems like a millenium in the cell phone industry!

    It is this sort of obsolescence that is now forcing a million iDEN fans who have hung onto their old PTT Nextel phones through thick and thin to make an uncomfortable and expensive move to a whole new system. However, there is another, possibly smarter option.

    Nextel iDEN business customers who are facing an expensive a migration may want to consider this before moving forward on such an upgrade.

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