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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • The Wouxun KG-UV899 has arrived

    Last week we announced a new amateur radio from Wouxun that could potentially take the top spot in the arena of low cost handheld transceivers long held by the Baofeng UV-5R. Earlier this week we opened a demo unit, compared it to the Wouxun KG-UVD1P and the Baofeng UV-5R in episode 73 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast, and got a first look at some of its features. The new radio was made available for pre-order and was expected to ship by the end of this week.

    Well, we have great news. The new Wouxun KG-UV899 is here and ready to ship now!

    This radio is currently in stock in our warehouse and can be shipped immediately right to your door from Buy Two Way Radios. If you've already pre-ordered, your KG-UV899 is on its way.

  • Wouxun KG-UV899 Dual Band Amateur Radio Unboxing

    Recently we announced the new KG-UV899 dual band two way radio from Wouxun. Could it become a natural upgrade or replacement for the incredibly popular Baofeng UV-5R? Now you can get a first look at it and decide for yourself!

    Danny Feemster takes the KG-UV899 out of its box and compares this new portable handheld ham radio with both the Wouxun KG-UVD1P and the Baofeng UV-5R side by side. The KG-UV899 is available for pre-order from Buy Two Way Radios.

  • TWRS-73 - Wouxun KG-UV899 and Baofeng UV-5R Comparison

    We talk about the new Wouxun KG-UV899 dual band two way radio and compare the features of this handheld transceiver with those of the popular Baofeng UV-5R. We also review the new Midland ER300 Emergency Hand Crank Radio with Flashlight.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:21

    Discussion Topic 1:40
    We tell you about the new Wouxun KG-UV899 Two Way Radio and match it up against the ever popular Baofeng UV-5R. We'll compare the features of these two radios and tell you which model we think offers the best value for the price.

    Commercial Break 31:58
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 32:54
    Today we review the Midland ER300 Emergency Hand Crank Radio with Flashlight.

    Questions and Answers 42:37
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 49:14
    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!

    © 2014 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • Final hours for Kenwood rebate!

    Note: This promotion expired April 30, 2014 and is no longer available.

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    The Kenwood rebate is now in its final hours! Act now to save real money on select Kenwood business two way radios before this offer expires!

    Get a $30 rebate per radio when you purchase a minimum of 6 Kenwood TK-2400V4P or TK-3400U4P two way radios, up to a maximum of 60 radios purchased from now until April 30, 2014. Take advantage of this rebate to save up to $1800!

    Kenwood is also offering a $25 rebate per radio (minimum 6, maximum 60) on the TK-3230 for a total savings of up to $1500 when you purchase from Buy Two Way Radios!

    visit the Kenwood ProTalk Rebate Center and use program offer number: PRO-24110 to redeem your rebate from Kenwood. This is a manufacturer rebate, so Kenwood will mail the rebate directly to you after they receive your rebate form. The Kenwood Rebate offer expires April 30, 2014, so if you want to save some real cash, act fast before this offer expires.

    NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before May 6, 2014. The Kenwood rebate is NOT valid on radios delivered before February 3, 2014 or after April 30, 2014, regardless of invoice date.

    For full details, read the Kenwood promotional flyer.

  • The Wouxun KG-UV899 demo is here!

    KG-UV899-box.jpgWe now have a Wouxun KG-UV899 demo unit in house and are getting a first glimpse of this new dual band amateur radio. As we mentioned in our original announcement, the KG-UV899 will not be a "top of the line" model. Instead, we expected it to be a very attractive value - offering a nice package of features at a budget price.

    After tearing into our sample, the first thing that stood out was the size and weight. It is noticibly more narrow than the KG-UVD1P, KG-UV6D, and KG-UV8D. It also feels lighter, but sturdy.

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    Turning the radio on doesn't reveal any surprises. If you've used a Wouxun handheld model before, you'll feel right at home. There's an evenly backlit dual frequency display. Scrolling through the menu reveals options very similar to the KG-UVD1P, but with the addition of ANI and selective/group calling options. This radio also supports 199 channels, which is the same as the KG-UV6D but more than the KG-UVD1P (128).

    So, what's missing? What do you give up by going with this value model? The biggest drawback seems to be the lack of Part 90 type acceptance - this means this radio is not approved to transmit on business frequencies. Wouxun has said that the radio is already built to Part 90 specifications, and if this becomes a popular model they would take it through the type acceptance process. Also, the lowest step supported is 5 KHz and other models support as low as a 2.5 KHz step.

    Who should buy this radio? If you are considering a Wouxun KG-UVD1P, the KG-UV899 provides some additional functionality at a lower price. If you are considering a Baofeng UV-5R, you may find the KG-UV899 to be a worthy upgrade if it still fits your budget.

    The Wouxun KG-UV899 is now available for pre-order. We expect to have the radios in stock and ready to ship on Friday, May 2nd. If you have any questions, please contact us or leave your question in the comments below!

  • New Wouxun KG-UV899 Coming Soon

    Wouxun has announced a new KG-UV899 dual band (2m/70cm) two way radio and we will be getting samples and product for sale to the public very soon. This new model will be a relatively low priced radio, and from our first look at some of its key features it seems to have some nice stuff both inside and out for the price. Here are a few that caught our attention:

    • Dual frequency, Dual Display and Dual Standby
    • 105 Groups DCS / 50 Groups CTCSS
    • Inspection, Monitor, Stun, Kill and Emergency Alarm
    • Call Ring
    • Channel Knob
    • IP55 water resistant

    Could the new KG-UV899 be Wouxun's answer to the ever popular Baofeng UV-5R? We'll see!! Check out the spec sheet below (click on it for a larger image). We expect to have samples very soon at Buy Two Way Radios and will post more when we have them. If you have any questions about the KG-UV899, please enter them in the comments below and we will answer them as quickly as possible.

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  • New Cobra radios for 2014

    Cobra announced earlier this year they would soon add new radios to their existing product line and they are soon to become available at Buy Two Way Radios! Here is a brief overiew of these new models.

    Cobra_MR_HH450_DUAL_small.pngHH450 DUAL Marine Radio
    One of the most anticipated of these new products is the new HH450 DUAL Marine Radio, a compact combo unit desigined for use on both land and water. The HH450 operates on both VHF marine and GMRS frequencies with access to weather channels with weather alerts and Specific Area Message Encoding S.A.M.E. technology. It features Cobra's Rewind-Say-Again®, selectable low, medium and high power options and a noise-canceling microphone for clear communication. This All-Terrain-Radio™ is rugged, waterproof and even floats. It is specifically designed as multi-purpose, a VHF Marine radio, an emergency weather radio and GMRS two way radio, all rolled into one! Camo fans are in luck, Cobra will also make a version of the HH450 available in RealTree™ Camo. MSRP $129.95.

    Cobra_-CWR200.pngCWR200
    The CWR 200 is an All-Hazards-Alert all-purpose portable weather radio designed to be as rugged as it is functional. Cobra claims it is their most advanced weather radio to date. It features alerts for over 60 emergency events and is equipped with S.A.M.E technology so alerts can be targeted to your local area. It has three Level Alert LED Indicators, a Tornado Mode button to limit alerts to tornados and other extreme emergencies, a built-in LED flashlight, an alarm clock with snooze, and a USB port to charge a smartphone. It also includes a lighted dot matrix LCD display and has rubberized grips on each side to help it stay in your hands.

    The CRW200 operates on three AA NiMH rechargeable or alkaline batteries and comes with micro-USB A/C charger, desktop charger and a wrist strap. MSRP $39.95.

    Cobra_CXT1035.pngCXT 1035 Now Available!
    The Cobra CXT1035 is a GMRS/FRS radio designed for general use year-round. In addition to FRS/GMRS channels, it features NOAA All Hazard Weather and Emergency Radio alerts and touts up to a 37-mile range. Like the HH450, the CXT1035 has the Cobra Rewind-Say-Again® feature, which allows up to 20 seconds of a missed transmission to be played back. The CXT 1035 is also rugged and floats. It includes VibrAlert, an LED flashlight, rubberized grips and is available in RealTree™ Max 4 CAMO. The Cobra CXT 1035 will be available this spring. MSRP will range from $99.95-$109.95.

  • The Icom IC-M88 marine radio is also an LMR

    IC-M88-1-l.jpgThe Icom M88 is more than just a tough little marine radio. Besides all the US, Canadian and International marine channels (and the ten weather channels), the M88 also features an additional 22 programmable channels specifically reserved for Land Mobile operation!

    That's right. In addition to it's regular duties as a marine radio, the Icom IC-M88 offers 22 channels that can be programmed to VHF frequencies from 146-174MHz in the LMR band. The radio is part 90 type accepted and supports both wideband and narrowband channel spacing for full compliance on each channel. CTCSS and DTCS signaling is built right in as well. This enables the M88 to serve as a marine radio, an emergency weather radio and a portable handheld land mobile radio - all in one handy, rugged device.

    As an aside, the M88 is essentially an Icom IC-F50V with marine and weather channels. Both are 5 watt VHF radios, they are waterproof and both are submersible in up to 1 meter of water for up to thirty minutes.

    If you're a land-locked mariner who needs a two way radio or you've been looking at both LMR and marine radios but don't want to carry around two separate transceivers at potentially double the cost, the Icom M88 may give you the best of both, and then some.

  • Wouxun KG-UV8D Dual Band Amateur Radio Unboxing

    We've been talking a lot about the KG-UV8D dual band two way radio, the next big thing from Wouxun. Now see this radio for the first time right out of the box!

    Watch as Danny Feemster unveils the KG-UV8D and tells you about some of its awesome features in this preview video of one of the most anticipated new ham radios for 2014! The KG-UV8D is currently available for pre-order from Buy Two Way Radios.

  • Our Wouxun KG-UV8D demo units have arrived!

    Thumbnail image for KG-UV8D_01.jpgWe just received our Wouxun KG-UV8D demo units! We can now confirm some of the specifications released in our previous announcement and finally answer some frequently asked questions about this new radio.

    For starters, it does indeed have a color display. This is not a simple LCD display with a color selectable backlight. It is a real color LCD display. For example, The battery indicator is blue and the channels display their programmed status in blue or red. There is a backlight of course, and it can be configured to time out or stay on. However, the display itself is capable of producing color icons and alphanumeric characters.

    Thumbnail image for KG-UV8D_04.jpgAnother feature in question is the number of memory channels. According to a discrepancy in earlier specifications, this figure was either 199 or 999. We can now confirm that the KG-UV8D does have 999 (nine hundred ninety nine) memory channels. This is a big number for a handheld transceiver.

    Also, the KG-UV8D has the same SMA female antenna connector as the Wouxun KG-UV6D. It also uses the standard Kenwood accessory connector, which means if you have an KG-UV6D and want to upgrade, you can still use your Nagoya antennas and XLT SM400 speaker microphone. However it does require a different battery, which means the desktop charger and battery eliminator are different as well and will not be interchangeable.

    In addition, there are three other features that were not included in the initial specifications. The new KG-UV8D has a built-in LED flashlight. That's not really news, of course, as the KG-UV6D has one too. But it also has two multi-function side keys that can be configured from the menu to perform specific tasks, similar to some business radios. The KG-UV8D also has something new, a stopwatch. Yes, that's right. The KG-UV8D has a built-in stopwatch!

    We now have a Wouxun KG-UV8D unboxing video!

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