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Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • TWRS-75 - Types of Two Way Radios

    We discuss the different types of two way radios and how they are designed to be used. We also review the new Cobra Select MR-HH450 DUAL Combination Marine and GMRS Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:16

    Discussion Topic 1:35
    We talk about some of the types of radio services available to the public, their advantages and limitations, and how they are intended to be used. Radio services discussed include amateur or ham, aviation, Citizens Band or CB, FRS and GMRS, marine, MURS, and PLMRS for business.

    Commercial Break 27:58
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 28:54
    Today we review the new Cobra MR-HH450 DUAL Combination Marine and GMRS 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 43:50
    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 version of the Wouxun KG-UV8D has free upgrade and green buttons

    KG-UV8D-14-l.jpgThe Wouxun KG-UV8D is one of the most exciting new two way radio products of the year. Since its introduction this spring, the KG-UV8D has become an extremely popular handheld and a hot topic of discussion in the ham radio community, with forum topics, blogs and social media groups devoted specifically to this amazingly powerful and affordable radio from Wouxun.

    Now there is even more to be excited about. The latest version of the KG-UV8D is available at Buy Two Way Radios, and it includes some nice extras!

    First, the KG-UV8D is now available with 2.5k step. Early versions of this radio were only available with a minimum 5k step. Of course, an eventual update to a 2.5k version was expected, and Wouxun recently brought addition of the smaller step to market. But there's more.

    How about a bigger battery? The KG-UV8D comes standard with a 1700mAh battery pack in the box. However, for a limited time, Buy Two Way Radios is replacing the stock battery pack with a FREE high capacity battery upgrade! The BLO-009 2600mAh Wouxon Lithium-Ion Battery Pack normally sells for $22.99, but while supplies last, you can get the KG-UV8D with the bigger battery at no extra cost!

    There's one more thing. Demo versions of the KG-UV8D featured green A/B and EXIT buttons on the keypad. When Wouxun officially released the radio to market, the buttons were black. Those who were expecting the KG-UV8D to ship with green buttons were disappointed to find they were black.

    Well, due to popular demand, Buy Two Way Radios worked with Wouxun to bring back the green buttons, and now we have them! This is a limited run, and we only received one hundred of them, but now you can get a KG-UV8D with green buttons while supplies last. Whether we are able to get more in the future with green buttons depends on the demand. Time will tell. In the meantime, if you want a Wouxun KG-UV8D dual band two way radio with green buttons, now is your chance, before our current stock runs out.

    Where to order the new version of the Wouxun KG-UV8D.

    Note: If you have more than one KG-UV8D, we now also carry the Wouxun BLO-009 KG-UV8D multi-charger, capable of charging up to six radios and/or battery packs simultaneously!

  • How eVerge Digital Call Management works

    Vertex Standard eVerge digital radios offer advanced calling features, such as all call, group call, direct call, private individual calls and one-touch calling. But, how do these features work? How do you use them?

    This video produced by Vertex Standard introduces the Digital Call Management features and shows how they work on the Vertex eVerge EVX-539 Digital Portable Two Way Radio. eVerge radios are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

  • How to install the XLT Painless Programming Cable

    Programming cables for Baofeng two way radios can be a real pain to install. Not so with the XLT Painless Programming Cable.

    Installing the XLT Painless Programming Cable is extremely easy on a computer running Microsoft Windows. The installation process is so easy, in fact, that in many situations, simply plugging the cable into a USB port is all that is needed. The computer may automatically install the drivers without any prompts or input from the user at all. In mere moments the cable is ready to go and you are ready to program your two way radio.

    Some systems may take a couple of minutes to find the drivers on their own and may require your input to complete some of the steps. Even so, the process is still very intuitive, easy to perform and painless.

    In such a scenario, here are the Installation instructions for WIndows XP. This process also works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Windows 10 installation is usually automatic.

    Plug the cable into an available USB port.

    The Found New Hardware Wizard may appear.
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    Choose Yes, this time only and click Next.

    The wizard should find the FT232R USB UART driver. This may take a minute or so, depending on your internet connection and/or your PC.
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    Choose Install the software automatically (Recommended) and click Next.

    The wizard should install the FT232R USB UART driver.
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    After a few moments, the installation should complete.
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    Click Finish.

    The Found New Hardware Wizard should appear again.
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    Choose Yes, this time only and click Next.

    The wizard should locate the USB Serial Port. This may take a minute or so, depending on your internet connection and/or your PC.
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    Choose Install the software automatically (Recommended) and click Next.

    The wizard should install the USB Serial Port driver.
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    After a few moments, the installation should complete.
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    Click Finish.

    To verify the installation, open the Device Manager in your version of Windows and click the plus tab next to Ports (Com and LPT). Note the COM Port number.
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    That's it! Your XLT Painless Programming Cable is installed and ready to use.

    The XLT Painless Programming Cable is currently available at Buy Two Way Radios with connectors for the following radios:
    Part Number: RPC-K1-UF for Baofeng, Kenwood Wouxun
    Part Number: RPC-Y1-UF for Vertex Standard and Yaesu.

    Watch how easy it is to install it on a computer running Microsoft Windows 10 in this XLT Painless Programming Cable installation video!

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