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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • TWRS-74 - The Return of the Midland GXT2000

    We discuss the return of the Midland GXT2000 to the two way radio market. We also review the new Cobra CXT1035R FLT Floating Waterproof Two Way Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:16

    Discussion Topic 1:35
    We talk about the return of the Midland GXT2000. We'll talk about its turbulent history, why Midland decided to pull it from the market, and comment on its unexpected return.

    Commercial Break 14:32
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 15:28
    Today we review the new Cobra CXT1035R FLT Floating Waterproof Two Way Radio.

    Questions and Answers 27:54
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 31:21
    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.


  • Have a Safe Memorial Day!

    Buy Two Way Radios would like to wish everyone a great and safe Memorial Day! Our offices will be closed for the day on Monday, May 26, 2014. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our forums or give us a call after 8 AM EDT Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1-800-584-1445. Have a great Memorial Day and please stay safe while traveling.

  • The Midland GXT2000 is back!

    Thumbnail image for gxt2000-package.jpgThe Midland GXT2000 Series has returned!

    Yes, believe it or not, Midland recently announced that its latest top-of-the-line GXT2000 and GXT2050 FRS/GMRS two way radios that were abruptly pulled from the market in 2013 have returned and are better than ever. No doubt this will be good news to Midland two way radio users and fans everywhere.

    The Midland GXT2000 and GXT2050 were widely considered to be the next generation of Midland's ever popular GXT1000VP4 and GXT1050VP4, and their initial arrival was highly anticipated. Delays pushed the launch of the series back a year, and when they finally arrived, these radios were instant hits and it was difficult to keep them in stock.

    However, the GXT2000 began to experience quality issues and production delays. These issues became so apparent that on October 15, 2013, after only ten months in production, Midland decided to discontinue the entire series and the company ceased manufacturing the GXT2000VP4, GXT2050VP4 and GXT2091VP4. However, Midland continued honor the warranty.

    Now, after working out the bugs, Midland is re-launching the GXT2000 and GXT2050. We just received the new and improved GXT2000VP4 and it is now available in our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios. We are expecting the GXT2050 soon. The Midland GXT2000 is back and better than ever!

    Resources:
    Midland GXT2000VP4 Two Way Radio Review
    The Two Way Radio Show Podcast TWRS-52 - Midland GXT1000 and GXT2000 Comparison
    Midland GXT2000VP4 Unboxing Video

  • The Wouxun KG-UV899 vs. the Baofeng UV-5R

    We now have the KG-UV899 in house and are getting a first glimpse of this new dual band amateur radio from Wouxun. As we mentioned in our previous announcement, this new model seems to be aimed squarely at Baofeng UV-5R users who want to upgrade to something a little more professional without the professional pricing.

    Here is a more detailed list of features and specifications of the Wouxun KG-UV899 against those of the Baofeng UV-5R.

    Like the UV-5R, the KG-UV899 is a dual bander that operates on 2m and 70cm. It features DTMF encode/decode, CTCSS/DCS, has a built-in FM radio and supports wide and narrowbanding. It has an emergency alarm, voice prompts, keypad lock, channel scan, dual watch, a timeout and busy channel lockout. It can be programmed for repeaters and is VOX capable. It has an lighted LCD display, a lighted keypad and an LED flashlight. It also memory channels. That's about where the similarities end.

    Where Baofeng leaves off, Wouxun begins. The KG-UV899 has more memory channels as the UV-5R, 199 of them to be exact, compared to 128. More the channels is more fun with any amateur ht. But the fun doesn't stop there. The KG-UV899 also has a programmable key on its side. Granted, it has limited programmability, but it is there, and that's what counts. Plus, the UV-899 is rated IP55 water resistant, and compared to the UV-5R, which of course isn't, that's simply cut and dry. If you use your handheld outdoors, that's a big plus.

    To top it all off, the Wouxun KG-UV899 even has a channel knob, something you don't usually find on handhelds under $100, and something that is definitely non-existent on the UV-5R. Of course, it has the familiar up/down keys on the keypad that like the UV-5R relies on for switching channels and frequencies, but it has the channel knob too, so you don't need to use them. Now that's a sweet topping.

    Based on a basic feature for feature comparison, it does seem as though the Wouxun may actually be at least a slight upgrade from the Baofeng. Sound good so far, but what about interconnectivity and accessories? What if you do want to upgrade your UV-5R to a KG-UV899 but you don't want to invest in all new accessories? Let's check it out.

    The KG-UV899 has the same SMA male antenna connector as the Baofeng UV-5R. It also uses the same standard Kenwood accessory connector used by most Baofeng and Wouxn handheld transceivers, so you can use your KG-UV899 with your existing Nagoya and Diamond antennas along with your speaker microphones and headsets. While the battery, the desktop charger and battery eliminator are not interchangeable with the Baofeng radios, they are interchangable with a couple of other Wouxun models, the KG-816 and KG-UV889.

    The Wouxun KG-UV899 is now available at Buy Two Way Radios.

  • New Rebates on Kenwood ProTalk Radios!

    Note: This promotion expired July 31, 2014 and is no longer available.

    Kenwood has a new rebate promotion! From May 1 through July 31, 2014 you can save $25-$30 on select Kenwood ProTalk® business two way radios!

    When you purchase at least 6 Kenwood TK-2400V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2402V16P or TK-3402U16P two way radios, you qualify for a $30 rebate per radio purchased. This offer is good for up to 60 radios purchased from now until July 31, 2014 for a maximum savings of up to $1800!

    This offer isn't limited to 400 Series radios, either. Kenwood is also offering a $20 rebate on the new PKT-23 radio! Purchase a maximum of 60 from Buy Two Way Radios for a total savings of up to $1200!

    ModelMin PurchaseMax PurchaseRebate
    TK-2400-V16P660$30
    TK-3400-U16P660$30
    TK-2402-V16P660$30
    TK-3402-U16P660$30
    PKT-23660$20

    To redeem your Kenwood rebate, visit the Kenwood ProTalk Rebate Center and follow the instructions on the site. Use program offer number: PRO-24120. This offer is fulfilled by the manufacturer, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your rebate form. The Kenwood Rebate offer expires July 31, 2014, but don't wait until the last minute to take advantage of it. Save money for your company or organization and increase your bottom line now with this great rebate offer from Kenwood!

    NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before July 31, 2014. The Kenwood rebate is NOT valid on radios delivered before May 1, 2014 or after July 31, 2014, regardless of invoice date.

    Read the Kenwood promotional flyer for full details.

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