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February 2017 Archives

February 24, 2017

$20 trade-in discount on select Vertex Standard eVerge radios

This promotion expired April 15, 2017 and is no longer available.

Vertex-Standard-Trade-In-Discount-2017.jpgGet $20 off on a new Vertex Standard eVerge when you trade in your old business two way radio!

For a limited time, Buy Two Way Radios will give you a $20 credit for every used business radio you send us and apply it to the purchase of a brand new Vertex Standard eVerge VX-531 or EVX-534 series digital two way radio!

This offer for customers of Buy Two Way Radios and is valid on trade-ins of any make and model business two way radio except Motorola and Vertex Standard.

Official Promotion Rules:
  • Each radio traded earns one $20 discount for one new Vertex Standard eVerge EVX-531 or EVX-534 series digital two way radio.
  • No limit on the number of trade-ins.
  • Offer valid on orders placed February 24 through March 10, 2017.
  • Limit one trade-in credit per EVX-534 series radio purchased.
  • $20 trade-in discount is valid on business two way radios only. Other types of radios (FRS, GMRS, MURS, Marine, etc.) are not eligible for the discount.
  • Motorola and Vertex Standard radios are not eligible for trade-in discount.
  • Radios submitted for trade-in discount may be in working or non-working condition.
  • Radio parts will not be accepted. Radios must be complete units and intact.
  • Customer is responsible for shipping charges on trade-ins.
  • Rebate will be provided once trade-in radios are received as a refund to original order payment method.
  • Trade-ins must be received by 4/15/2017 to qualify for the new radio discount. radios received after that date will not be eligible. Cricket Ventures, LLC is not responsible or liable for late, lost, stolen or misdirected trade-ins.
  • Offer valid in US only and void where taxed or prohibited.
Send trade-in radios to:
Vertex Standard Trade-In Promotion
528 S. Cherry Rd.
Rock Hill, SC 29732

February 17, 2017

TWRS-110 - Talking With Icom

Two Way Radio Show
We talk with two officials from Icom. We also review the Icom CY-5000 and CY-6000 All-In-One Digital and Analog Repeaters.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:14

Discussion Topic 1:33
we talk with Ray Novak and Keith Chafin from Icom. They will tell us how the company started, talk about some of their current products and we'll ask about their plans for the future.

Icom Interview 1:53
Ray Novak, Icom Senior Sales Manager
Keith Chafin, Icom Technical Channel Manager for the Southeast Region

Commercial Break 31:43 1:00

Product Review 32:39
We review the Icom CY-5000 and Icom CY-6000 All-In-One Digital and Analog Repeaters.

Questions and Answers 42:21
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Update on the TYT MD-9600 44:34
We also provide an exclusive update on the status of the long awaited Tytera TYT MD-9600 DMR Digital Mobile Radio!

Wrap up and Close 53:04
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at] Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at!

© 2017 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

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February 1, 2017

Midland MXT MicroMobile GMRS radio comparison

The Midland MXT Series adds an exciting new element to the world of GMRS radios. These micro mobiles offer more power, range and features than any of the consumer FRS/GMRS portable handheld radios currently on the market, expanding the flexibility and capabilities of the General Mobile Radio Service. Midland MXT MicroMobile GMRS radios are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

The chart below lists all the models in the MXT Series for a full feature comparison. These models include the MXT105, MXT115 and MXT400. Although now discontinued, the original MXT100 is included as a reference to the upgrades and improvements added to the current models in the MXT line.

Midland MXT Series Comparison Chart

Midland MXT Series Comparison
Item MXT100 MXT105 MXT115 MXT400
Transmit Power 5W 5W 15W 40W
GMRS Channels 15 15 15 15
Repeater Channels
Weather Channels
Weather Scan
Weather Alert
Privacy Codes 38 CTCSS/
104 DCS
104 DCS
104 DCS
104 DCS
Backlit LCD Display
Manual Squelch
Channel Scan
Monitor Mode
Keystroke Tone
Voice Compander
Keypad Lock
5 Call Tones
Digital Volume
Silent Operation
Timeout Timer (TOT)
Auto Power Off
Call Alert
Signal Strength Meter
Talk Around
Selectable Power Levels Hi/Lo Hi/Lo Hi/Lo Hi/Med/Lo
Backlit LCD Display
Display Colors 1 1 8 1
Adjustable Backlight
Keystroke Tone Signal
Flip Display
Flip-Frame Detachable Mount
Hand Microphone
3.5mm Audio Connector
USB Charger Port
Reset Function
12V Adapter Cord
12V Hardwire Cord
Includes Antenna
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Weight (ounces/grams) 6.08/172.36 6.08/172.36 - -
Price (MSRP) $149.99 $99.99 $149.99 $249.99

Additional resources:
TWRS-108 - New Midland Mobile GMRS Radios
TWRS-86 - The New Midland MXT100 Mobile GMRS Radio
Midland MXT MicroMobile® radios unboxing video
Midland MXT100 Micro Mobile GMRS Radio Preview video