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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • How To Pronounce Baofeng

    The Baofeng UV-5R is perhaps the most popular handheld two way radio in the modern world, especially among hams. It's compact, feature rich, versatile and, most notably, very inexpensive. Whether you are an old or new amateur radio operator, chances are you own a UV-5R or one of its many variants. Even if you don't have one, two, three or more of these economical little radios, you very likely know or at least have heard of Baofeng. It is one the most recognizable Chinese brands in the two way radio marketplace today, and its reach is global.

    However, as popular as this brand is, there is one major disagreement surrounding the manufacturer that has long been a point of contention between the users of Baofeng radios. It's been the subject of discussions and debates in articles, newsgroups, forums, social media groups and other venues. The argument is so much an issue that it even became a serious topic in more than one episode of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

    One would think that with such global brand recognition, it wouldn't be an issue at all. Yet it exists, and at the end of each day, untold numbers of Baofeng users are still left wondering and scratching their heads, pondering the one simple, yet confusing question about the brand:

    How do you pronounce the name BAOFENG?

    We wanted to answer this greatly mystifying, universal question and put the issue to rest once and for all. So, we went to IWCE in Las Vegas, met with Baofeng officials, and did what anyone else in our position would have done.

    We asked.

    To be absolutely sure there was no mistake, we recorded the official audible response directly from the Baofeng representatives themselves. Since the common mispronunciation and mangling of their beloved brand name was apparently even more frustrating to them than it was to the users of their products, they were ready and willing to comply - in unison.

    To find out how to correctly pronounce the name Baofeng, click the player below.

    How To Pronounce Baofeng

    [ Download MP3 ]

    Call it what you wiil, but you now have the official pronunciation of Baofeng. No matter how you say it, we still call Baofeng the manufacturer of a cool and very affordable little radio.

  • TWRS-87 - New Cobra Radios For 2015

    We tell you about some new two way radios from Cobra for 2015. We also review the Cobra 29 LX HD LE Harley Davidson CB Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:19

    Discussion Topic 1:37
    We talk about a few new radios from Cobra. We'll give you the specs on the new CXT645 consumer FRS/GMRS radio, introduce their new VHF marine radios and tell you when we expect them to be available.

    Commercial Break 17:25
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 18:21
    We review the Cobra 29 LX HD LE Harley Davidson CB Radio.

    Questions and Answers 26:20
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 32:36
    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!

    © 2015 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Leixen VV-898 unboxing video

    Need a compact mobile radio for a compact vehicle? Here it is. The Leixen VV-898 is an extremely compact UHF/VHF dual band radio that can get you on the air with about half the footprint of the standard mobile radio. It's not just an amateur radio either. It's FCC Part 90 type accepted as a mobile business radio for commercial and institutional use as well.

    In this video, Danny Feemster opens the box, gives you a brief look at the VV-898, and talks about some of its key features. The Leixen VV-898 is available from Buy Two Way Radios.

  • Vertex Standard Announces New VX-260 Series Radios

    VX-260 Series Radios 2.pngVertex Standard just announced the new VX-260 Series UHF/VHF portable business two way radios designed to deliver an "ideal combination of features and performance for efficiency, reliability and interoperability". According to Vertex Standard, the new VX-260 Series offers enhanced audio output and expanded interoperability while promoting the safety of radio users working alone. It also utilizes Vertex Standard's Universal Battery System, which allows VX-260 series radios to use the same charger as all of the other Vertex Standard radios equipped with UNI batteries.

    The VX-260 Series will consist of two models, the VX-261 and VX-264.

    VX-261 NOW AVAILABLE - This is the base model of the series, with no display. It has 16 channels, 1 group, two customer programmable keys and a 700mW internal speaker. Price: $169.00

    VX-264 NOW AVAILABLE - The higher end model has an 8-character alphanumeric display, 128 channels, 8 groups, 6 custom programmable keys, embedded voice inversion encryption and a 700mW speaker. Price: $219.95

    Additional features of both models include MDC1200® Encode, FleetSync® ANI Encode, DTMF ANI Encode, 2-Tone Encode/Decode, 5-Tone Encode/Decode, CTCSS/DCS Encode and Decode, emergency alert, Lone Worker timer, multiple scan options, ARTS™, and internal VOX (when used with a VOX capable accessory). Both models are MIL-STD 810C, D, E, F, and G and come with a 3 year manufacturer warranty.

    These new radios will eventually replace the VX-230 and VX-350 series in the future, including the VX-231, VX-351 and VX-354. However, we do not have any specific timeline for this yet. Pricing will be announced soon.

  • Vertex Standard Announces New Audio Accessories

    Vertex Standard just announced that it is expanding their line of audio accessory products for their business two way radios in 2015. These new accessories will be digital capable and compatible with their entry and mid-tier radios. At least one product will also be SGS approved to be intrinsically safe.

    The new portfolio of Vertex Standard accessories include the following:

    VH-150A Behind the Head VOX Headset - this headset is SGS approved with an Intrinsically Safe rating for Vertex Standard IS radios. MSRP $70.00.
    VH-150B Over the Head VOX Headset - this headset is also SGS approved with an Intrinsically Safe rating for Vertex Standard IS radios. MSRP $80.00
    MH-100 3.5mm Earpiece MSRP $19.00
    MH-101A4B - This is a 1 wire surveillance kit. MSRP $40.00
    MH-102A4B - Similar to the MH-101A4B, this is a 2 wire surveillance kit. MSRP $55.00
    MH-103A4B - This 3 wire surveillance kit will be available in Q2 2015. MSRP $70.00
    MH-104A4B - A heavy duty OTH (Over The Head) headset due for release Q2 2015. MSRP $400.00
    MH-105A4B - This heavy duty BTH (Behind The Head) headset will be available Q2 2015. MSRP $400.00
    MH-37A4B-1 - An earpiece microphone available now. MSRP $40.00

    All of the new accessories listed above work with the Vertex Standard VX-231, VX-350, VX-261/264, VX-450 and EXV-530 series radios.

  • Get a rebate and free multi-charger from Motorola!

    Note: This promotion expired June 30, 2015 and is no longer available.


    Motorola is going all out with an exciting new offer for spring 2015! Purchase at least six Motorola CLP, CLS, DTR, RDX (4/5 watt models) or RM Series business radios from Buy Two Way Radios and get a rebate plus a FREE multi-unit charger! Equip your staff with the reliability of Motorola radios and a FREE multi-charger while you get money back to save even more!

    This offer is fulfilled by Motorola after your purchase, so your rebate and multi-unit charger will be mailed to you after Motorola receives your redemption form.
    Offer valid on up to 60 radios purchased through June 30, 2015. Limit of one rebate and multi-charger per six radios purchased. All six radios purchased must be within the same product series.Download the promotion flyer for full
    . To redeem your rebate and multi-unit charging tray, go to www.MyRadioReward.com and follow the instructions.

    The following radios qualify for this special Spring offer (promotion valid for every six radios purchased up to a maximum of 60 radios):

    Model Min Purchase Max Purchase Option
    6 60 $100 rebate plus
    One free HKPN4007 CLP Multi-Unit Charging Tray
    6 60 $100 rebate plus
    One free 56531 CLS Multi-Unit Charging Tray
    6 60 $125 rebate plus
    One free 53960 DTR Multi-Unit Charging Tray
    RDX RDU4100
    RDX RDU4160d
    RDX RDV5100
    6 60 $125 rebate plus
    One free RLN6309 RDX Multi-Unit Charging Tray
    6 60 $100 rebate plus
    One free PMLN6384 RM Multi-Unit Charging Tray

    NOTE: Radios must be purchased between March 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015 to qualify. Offer good only in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.

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