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Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Happy New Year 2014!

    Buy Two Way Radios would like to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and safe 2014! Our offices will be closed to ring for the day on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our forums or give us a call after 8 AM EST Thursday, January 2, 2014. Please stay safe while traveling during the new year.

  • Happy Holidays 2013 from Buy Two Way Radios!

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    The management and staff at Buy Two Way Radios would like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday! Our offices will be closed for the day on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, 2013. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our forums or give us a call after 8 AM EST Thursday, December 26, 2013. Have a great holiday and please stay safe while traveling.

  • Motorola RM Series business radios offer NOAA weather channel and alerts

    RMU2080d-2.jpgWhen it comes to business two way radios, function, range and durability often trump bells and whistles. As a general rule, unless you are going the digital route, the feature sets on typical analog radios made for business and commercial applications are fairly standard and there isn't a whole lot of real innovation going on. Sure, the added features are nice to have, but for general use, a good business radio needs to do two basic things, and do them well. They need to be able to transmit and receive reliably and on demand.

    Considering the limited need for flashy features in most industrial communications, one would think the manufacturers have run out of ideas for new walkie talkie makeovers. Well, hold the phone. Motorola recently found a way to add one more feature to their new RM Series business radios that, while not exactly innovative, is somewhat new and different for the Motorola business radio market. It is a practical feature that makes obvious sense.

    All Motorola RM Series radios that have a channel selector knob support NOAA weather channels and weather alerts.

    The addition of a weather channel on a business radio is not a bad idea at all, especially when such a radio is used in an industry that primarily operates outdoors. Construction workers, maintenance crews, surveyors and others who work in outdoor and open environments can directly benefit from up-to-date announcements and warnings of ever-changing weather conditions, forecasts and other hazards while working in the field, potentially even saving lives in cases of severe weather emergencies. Access to an instant weather channel is a great feature to have on any radio. A weather alert feature is even better, and its a wonder more radios don't already have one.

    These features are currently available on three models in the Motorola RM Series, the RMU2080, RMU2080d and the RMV2080. The NOAA Weather Radio feature is pre-programmed on channel 8 on all three models. According to Motorola, the feature can also be configured through the Customer Programming Software or in Advanced Configuration Mode to operate on any of the other channel positions available on these radios. Up to 7 national NOAA weather frequencies are available and the channel can be customized with NOAA weather frequencies specific to the user's geographic location. When the NOAA weather channel is selected by the user, the radio gives a voice announcement with the channel and weather frequency number. Pressing SB2 on the radio will change the weather frequency while in the Weather Channel.

    The radio can also monitor a particular weather frequency for National Weather Service Alerts. When enabled, the weather alert feature can "mute" the weather radio, allowing the user to change to a regular business radio frequency for normal communication while it listens for a warning alarm tone issued by the National Weather Service. If the warning alarm is activated, the radio will go to the NOAA weather frequency so the weather announcement can be heard.

    The addition of NOAA weather channels with alerts has become standard on Motorola consumer walkie talkies, but is a new concept for their 2 watt business radios. This functionality was not available on the Motorola RDX series and its addition as a standard on the RM Series takes Motorola business radios to another level. Is this the beginning of a trend for other two way radio manufacturers such as Icom, Kenwood, Olympia and Vertex Standard? Only time will tell. We'll just have to wait and see. Such a feature does offer real added value and, on any radio, it just makes good sense.

  • TWRS-69 - Amateur Radio as a Family Friendly Hobby

    We talk with a father and his son about amateur radio and how it serves as a family friendly hobby. We also review the Motorola MHP81 Electronic Hearing Protection Headset.

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    Intro to Interview 1:39
    We interview Darcy, Walter and Rick's son Tommy at the 2013 Rock Hill Hamfest to get their personal impressions of the amateur community as a whole and discuss the general concept of ham radio as a family activity.

    Interview With Darcy, Walter and Tommy 2:08
    Commercial Break 17:50
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 18:46
    Today we review the Motorola MHP81 Electronic Hearing Protection Headset.

    Questions and Answers 31:33
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 37:17
    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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  • New Packaging for the Motorola CLS Series

    cls-1410.jpgNext time you place an order for a Motorola CLS1110 or CLS1410 business two way radio, don't be alarmed when it arrives in different packaging than you may be used to. Motorola is no longer packaging these popular radios in large clamshell containers. Instead, they've now switched to (considerably) smaller cardboard boxes.

    This switch brings the CLS series packaging in line with other radios from Motorola. The RDX series and the CLP series already ship in packaging similar to the style used by the new CLS radios.

    There is also an interesting change that came along with the packaging update: manuals are no longer included with CLS series radios. If you need a manual for a newly purchased CLS series radio, you'll have to download it from the internet. (Our two way radio manuals page is the best place to find missing manuals.)

  • Cobra Two Way Radio Battery Compatibility Chart

    One important consideration when choosing a portable handheld two way radio is power. Since batteries are usually the primary sources of power for handheld radios, the type of power cells needed is a key question. There are many makes and models of radios to choose from and there are a many different types and sizes of batteries available on the market, some of which are only compatible with specific radios, so the answer can be quite confusing.

    In the case of Cobra FRS/GMRS two way radios, the battery options are specific, yet they vary significantly between different models within the product line, even between models that use the same type of battery. To simplify things, we've created a chart that compares all current Cobra consumer walkie talkies with the types, sizes and the number of batteries each radio requires.

    Model Battery Type Size Quantity
    CX112 Alkaline AAA 3
    CX210 Alkaline AAA 4
    CX312 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
    CXT135 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 3
    CXT145 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 3
    CXT235 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 4
    CXT345 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
    CXT390 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
    CXT425 Alkaline/Rechargeable AAA 4
    CXT545 Alkaline/Rechargeable AA 3
    CXR725 Lithium-Ion CXR725 Battery Pack 1
    CXR825 Lithium-Ion CXR825 Battery Pack 1
    CXR925 Lithium-Ion CXR925 Battery Pack 1

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