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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Kenwood Rebate and Free Multi Charger Offer for 2016

    Note: This promotion expired April 29, 2016 and is no longer available.


    The Kenwood Rebate and Free Multi-Charger promotion is back for 2016! Purchase six select Kenwood business two way radios of the same model from Buy Two Way Radios and get a $20-$35 rebate per radio plus a FREE multi-unit charger! No, It's not a limited either/or option. When you purchase six Kenwood PKT-23, TK-2400-V4P, TK3400-U4P, NX-240V16P or NX-340U16P radios you get both a rebate per radio and a FREE multi-charger, shipped direct from Kenwood!

    If you're planning to buy radios for your company or expand an existing fleet, take advantage of this special offer and save! Purchase the radios, get cash back for each radio purchased, and get a free multi-charger for each set of 6 radios (with a maximum purchase of 60), to save your company or organization even more!

    The following Kenwood models qualify for the rebate promotion:

    Model Min Purchase Max Purchase Offer
    Kenwood PKT-23 (UHF) 6 60 $20 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-2400-V4P (VHF) 6 60 $25 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-3400-U4P(UHF) 6 60 $25 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood NX-240V16P (VHF) 6 60 $35 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood NX-340U16P (UHF) 6 60 $35 rebate plus multi-charger

    This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the rebate and/or multi-unit charger(s) will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your rebate form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios through April 29, 2016. Limit of one multi-unit charger per six radios for a maximum of ten multi-chargers on a purchase of 60 radios. Charging cups are included.Click here for full details. To redeem your rebate, visit Kenwood's rebate website and access the rebate registration by entering Program offer code PRO-26110.

    NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before May 13, 2016. The Kenwood rebate is NOT valid on radios delivered before February 1, 2016 or after April 29, 2016, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law. Read the Kenwood promotional flyer for full details.

  • TWRS-101 - Leixen Mobile Backpack Radios

    Two Way Radio Show
    We tell you about two new mobile backpack radios from Leixen. We also review the Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus Dual Band Amateur Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:23

    Discussion Topic 1:43
    we tell you about the new Leixen VV-898P and VV-898SP UHF/VHF Dual Band Mobile Backpack Two Way Radios. We'll tell you what is inside them, list their features and specifications, and discuss some possible applications for them that may appeal to many ham radio operators, especially in case of an emergency.

    Commercial Break 19:56
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 20:52
    We review the Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus Dual Band Amateur Radio.

    Questions and Answers 35:14
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 40:28
    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!

    © 2016 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Wouxun KG-UV8D and KG-UV8D Plus menu options

    KG-UV8D-KG-UV8d-Plus.jpgThe KG-UV8D Plus is identical to the original Wouxun KG-UV8D in almost every way. What sets these two radios apart is the addition of several new features, some of which were first introduced in the Wouxun KG-UV9D and KG-UV9D Plus, the latter to which was added cross band repeat. To accommodate these new features, the 8D Plus has six new items listed in its menu, with changes to two menu items and the addition of four. The original UV8D has a total of 51 menu items, the KG-UV8D Plus has 55 menu items.

    At the time this article was published, the new KG-UV8D Plus ships with the original standard UV8D user manual. The two menu changes and four additional new menu items included with the 8D Plus are not mentioned in the manual.

    Fortunately, Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Wouxun dealer, and we have information on these additional menu items. They are listed in the chart below. Default values are bold.

    New menu options added to the Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus

    Menu # Name Option Values Description
    CTCSS/DCS Activates CTCSS and DCS scanning
    in receiving mode.
    30 PONMSG Power On Message BITMAP/BATT-V Set the power-on splash screen
    to either display the Wouxun logo
    bitmap image or a graphic image
    of the current battery charge level.
    52 BK-LIGHT Backlight Level Setting Levels 01-10
    Set the backlight level
    of the LCD display
    53 RADIO-WR FM Radio Frequency
    Memory Channel
    ON/OFF Store up to 20 frequency
    channel presets in the built-in
    commercial FM radio.
    54 SCRAM Scrambler 1-8/OFF Enable/Disable the voice scrambler
    when transmitting.
    55 COMPANDER Compander OFF/ON Enable/Disable compander feature.

    The chart below lists the menu items of the KG-UV8D and the KG-UV8D Plus in order. Press the MENU button to access the menu in the radio and use channel knob or the UP and DOWN buttons to navigate to the desired menu option. You can also enter the number of the corresponding menu item into the keypad.

    Wouxun KG-UV8D and KG-UV8D Plus Menu

    Menu # KG-UV8D Description KG-UV8D Plus Description
    01 STEP STEP Step Frequency
    02 SQL SQL Squelch Level
    03 SAVE SAVE Power Save Mode
    04 TXP TXP Transmit Power Selection
    05 ROGER ROGER Begin/End Transmit Prompt
    06 TOT TOT Timeout Timer
    07 VOX VOX VOX
    08 WN WN Bandwidth Selection
    09 VOICE VOICE Voice Switch
    10 TOA TOA Transmit Overtime Alarm
    11 BEEP BEEP Beep Prompt
    12 LANGUAGE LANGUAGE Menu Language
    13 BCL BCL Busy Channel Lockout
    14 SC-REV SC-REV Scan Mode
    15 R-CTC R-CTC Receiving CTCSS
    16 T-CTC T-CTC Transmitting CTCSS
    17 R-DCS R-DCS Receiving DCS
    18 T-DCS T-DCS Transmitting DCS
    19 PF1 PF1 PF1 Function Program
    20 PF3 PF3 PF3 Function Program
    21 CH-MDF CH-MDF Working Mode Switch
    22 ABR ABR Auto Backlight Time
    23 OFFSET OFFSET Offset Frequency
    24 SFT-D SFT-D Frequency Shift Direction
    25 SECOND SECOND Stopwatch Timer
    26 CHNAME CHNAME Channel Name Edit
    27 MEM-CH MEM-CH Channel Memory
    28 DEL-CH DEL-CH Channel Delete
    29 SCNCTC Activate CTCSS Scan SCANCD Select CTCSS/DCS Scan
    30 SCNDCS Activate DCS Scan PONMSG Power On Message
    31 SP-MUTE SP-MUTE Mute Settings
    32 ANI-SW ANI-SW Caller ID Transmission
    33 ANI-EDIT ANI-EDIT Edit Caller ID
    34 DTMF-ST DTMF-ST DTMF Sidetone Settings
    35 AUTOLOCK AUTOLOCK Keypad Auto Lock
    36 PRICH-SW PRICH-SW Priority Channel Switch
    37 RPT-SET RPT-SET Repeater Settings
    38 RPT-SPK RPT-SPK Repeater Speaker
    39 RPT-PTT RPT-PTT Repeater PTT Switch
    40 SCAN-ADD SCAN-ADD Scan Add
    41 ALERT ALERT SIngle-Tone Pulse
    43 PTT_ID PTT_ID Caller ID Transmission Mode
    44 RING RING Ring Time
    45 SCG-A SCG-A Scan Channel Group
    A Area
    46 SCG-B SCG-B Scan Channel Group
    B Area
    47 RPT-TONE RPT-TONE Repeater Receipt Tone
    48 SC-QT SC-QT Saving Scan Mode
    49 SMUTESET SMUTESET Sub-Frequency Mute
    50 CALLCODE CALLCODE Selective Call Code
    Group Setting
    51 RESET RESET Reset Setting
    52 - - BK-LIGHT Backlight Level Setting
    53 - - RADIO-WR FM Radio Frequency
    Memory Channel
    54 - - SCRAM Scrambler
    55 - - COMPANDER Compander

    Additional resources:
    The new Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus is here!
    TWRS-72 - Introducing the Wouxun KG-UV8D
    Wouxun KG-UV8D Dual Band Amateur Radio Unboxing
    How to set up cross band repeat on the Wouxun KG-UV9D Plus

  • The new Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus is here!

    KG-UV8D-Plus.pngThe KG-UV8D is one of the most popular Wouxun handheld transceivers on the market, and with good reason. It has a crisp, color LCD display that dwarfs the screen of other analog radios in its class, it's loaded with powerful features found on high end amateur radios, and it's very reasonably priced. Not only that, on a local ragchew, it's just plain fun. Now, Wouxun has released a new iteration of the 8D to market that adds even more to the mix: The KG-UV8D Plus.

    It's not the first time Wouxun added a plus to its line. They did it quite recently with a significant update to the its barely year old KG-UV9D, when they introduced the KG-UV9D Plus, and in a Limited Edition, no less. The upgrade was apparently in response to hams who liked the 7 band 9D but lamented the omission of the cross band repeat feature first introduced into the UV8D.

    This time, Wouxun is giving the KG-UV8D a Plus. Well, several, actually, in the form of several upgrades to existing functions and some brand new ones (or rather, new to the 8D).

    Voice Compander
    The KG-UV8D Plus now supports companding, which is a form of compression to improve the signal to noise ratio for clear audio.

    Non-Standard CTCSS/DCS
    Most radios typically follow a standard set of CTCSS and DCS codes, and radios such as the KG-UV8D have this pre-set list to choose from in the menu of the radio. The KG-UV8D Plus allows you to manually enter non-standard CTCSS and DCS codes into the radio.

    The KG-UV8D Plus is now equipped with a voice scrambler. Since this radio is only approved for use as an amateur radio in the US, and hams are not allowed to scramble their signals, this is not a feature most operators will likely use. However, every country has its own regulations, so the addition of a scrambler may be useful in other parts of the world.

    Backlight Adjustment
    One of the most useful upgrades to the KG-UV8D Plus is the ability to adjust the timing and intensity of the backlight for the LCD display. This is the same upgrade incorporated into the KG-UV9D Plus and is a long time coming. This feature should be in every two way radio with a display.

    FM Radio Frequency Storage and Retrieval
    The KG-UV8D Plus now allows you to store up to 20 preset frequencies into the built-in commercial FM radio. Some operators do use the FM radio to hear their favorite local commercial radio stations and will likely find this to be a very handy feature.

    Editable Power-On Message
    Well, technically, it isn't really editable, since you can't seem to create your own. However, you can choose which power-on message displays when you turn the radio on. Your choice is either the Wouxun logo graphic bitmap or a graphic representation of your battery level and voltage.

    With these additions and improvements, The KG-UV8D Plus really does a one up on the original UV8D, plus it does all this without upping the price significantly when you get it from Buy Two Way Radios.

    The KG-UV8D Plus currently sells for $119.99, only $10 more than original KG-UV8D with the 2600 mAh high capacity battery upgrade, and you get the bigger battery, too.

    Now, that's a PLUS.

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