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Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • FREE antenna and power supply with purchase of a TYT MD-9600!

    Note: This promotion expired December 3, 2017 and is no longer available.

    tyt-md-9600-bundle-2017-4.jpgThe TYT MD-9600 is one of the most anticipated and exciting new mobile radios of the year. Now, just for the holidays, it's one of the best digital radio buys of 2017! For a limited time, get a FREE mobile magnet mount antenna and power supply with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio!

    We just reduced the price of the MD-9600 for the holidays. Then we added an antenna and a power supply to the package, without raising the price! This is no phony baloney "sale". This is the real deal, and its available from Cyber Monday until December 3, 2017 exclusively from Buy Two Way Radios! .

    This special bundle includes all the important essentials you need to turn your MD-9600 into a fully functional digital DMR base station:

    • The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna ($19.99 value)
      The Tram 1185 is one of our most popular antennas and works very well with many different makes and models of dual band amateur radios. It works on 144-148 and 440-450MHz amateur radio frequencies with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. The 1185 includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12 ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.
    • The TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply ($79.99 value)
      This TYT brand power supply complements your MD-9600 or any other TYT mobile radio with 13.8V DC output voltage. It offers automatic current limiting within 30A for protection from short-circuits and and includes a built-in backlit single volt/current meter to keep you informed of current power levels. It is adjustable between 9V and 15V.

    Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna sells for $19.99 and the TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply is valued at $79.99 The total value of this free bundle is nearly $100!

    No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna with mag mount and power supply will automatically be added to your order at the time of purchase. Remember, this is a limited time offer, and it's only available until December 3, 2017 or until we run out, whichever comes first. No rain checks.

  • Radio 101 - The importance of the two way radio warranty

    When shopping for radios, there are a lot of different features to consider. The most important feature of any two way radio is the warranty.

    Wait a moment. The warranty is a feature? How? Why?

    In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast will explain why a warranty is important and provides a formula to determine how the length of a manufacturer warranty can help you calculate the quality factor of a radio.

    Want more videos? Browse our video blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

  • Real two way radios for kids

    MG160A.jpgTwo way radios come and go, but one thing hasn't changed. The walkie talkie is still great fun for kids of all ages. Yet in this age of cell phones and apps, kids today are accustomed to using higher end devices, and at very young ages. The Sponge Bob and Spiderman themed toy radios don't always cut it for the 6 plus crowd anymore. By the time they get to first or second grade, they've long since outgrown the cheap little toy radios branded with cartoon characters. They want something more grown-up and sophisticated. They want real two way radios.

    Asthetics aside, consider this. If you give a child a toy stove or a toy phone, It doesn't have to really work. In fact, it's generally not supposed to work at all. It's all about imagination.

    When your child receives an electronic toy, or any toy powered by batteries, the game completely changes and a new set of rules kick in. If it is a new pair of toy walkie talkies, he or she expects to do more than play pretend. It's not just a toy anymore. It's supposed to really work. What happens if it doesn't work very well, or doesn't work at all? Of course, I think we all know the answer to that one.

    It isn't just about the kids, however. It's also about your wallet. Many of the toy FRS walkie talkies cost almost as much as the real thing. Yet the quality is not the same. For instance, a set of Marvel Ultimate Spiderman Walkie Talkies model SM-210 retails for $24.99. The Midland LXT118 is the same price with a display and greater range than the toy. It's more durable, it comes with a one year warranty from the manufacturer, and it's water resistant.

    So, when you buy a set of cute Thomas The Tank Engine or Barbie branded radios, if not for the minimal quality, or even minimal functionality, what are you really paying for? Simply put, you are paying for the character licensing or merchandising of the product. You aren't buying a walkie talkie. You are buying a movie, TV or comic book character themed piece of promotional paraphernalia.

    Now, if you're into character themed collectibles and the walkie talkies are just another set of curios from your favorite TV or movie franchise, perhaps a $50 pair of Transformer transceivers would be a worthwhile investment in the long term, provided you never open the package. However, if you simply want to give your kids a working set of radios that won't disappoint them when they turn the units on and try to communicate across the yard, chances are you will get a lot more bang for your buck if it looks more like a practical radio than a Power Ranger.

    The question is, if you are going to spend even $25 on a set of walkie talkies, why waste it on a wannabe that's all eye candy and nothing more? Get something your kids can really use, something that will give them hours of real fun, something that really works, something that will last longer than a holiday, and something they may even learn from. Get them the real thing. Go for the genuine article.

    Get some real two way radios for the kids.

    The chart below lists FRS walkie talkies suitable for kids of all ages and some commonly searched features. There are too many features to list them all on this chart, but you can click on the name or image of each radio for details. We also have a Two Way Radio Product Comparison tool so you can choose between any two specific models of these or any other two way radios on our site for a full, comprehensive feature-for-feature comparison between them.

    Low Power FRS Two Way Radios For Kids

    BrandModelDisplayPrivacy
    Codes
    Audio
    Jack
    BatteriesBatteries
    Included
    Power
    (Watts)
    Range*
    Cobra
    CX112
    AAANo0.78Low
    Midland
    LXT118
    AAANo0.132Low
    Midland
    LXT118VP
    AAA0.132Low
    Midland
    T10
    38AAANo0.221Low
    Midland
    T31VP
    38AAA0.221Low
    Motorola
    MD200R
    AA0.62Low
    Motorola
    MG160A
    AAANo0.207Low
    Motorola
    T100
    AAANo0.2Low
    Motorola
    T107
    AAANo0.2Low
    Olympia
    R100
    121AA0.861Low
    Uniden
    GMR2035-2
    AAA0.6Low
    Uniden
    GMR2050-2C
    AAA0.6Low

    *Manufacturers typically advertise FRS/GMRS radio range in miles, however your actual range may vary as it depends on a number of variables. In this chart, we to refer to range as Low, Mid or High. For more information watch our short video Radio 101 - The Truth About FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Range.

  • List of Holiday Specials for 2017!

    Holiday Deals

    Many of our Cyber Monday deals are still available! Check below for details, we'll be updating this list as the deals expire!

    Cyber Monday 2017 is November 27, and this year the deals are bigger and better than ever at Buy Two Way Radios! We're pulling out all the stops this holiday season, with sales, bundles, rebates and value added extras on radios and radio accessories to make shopping and gift giving a lot easier on you and your wallet. Whether you are searching for business, FRS/GMRS, CB or ham related items, we're sure to have a great deal for you.

    But why hunt around to find a great deal? We've already done it for you. We've compiled a list of everything on sale at Buy Two Way Radios for Cyber Monday, right here. So relax, grab your favorite beverage, and check out our list of Cyber Monday Specials for 2017 at Buy Two Way Radios!

    DMR Deals

    • FREE mag mount antenna with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio ($20 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is a dual band 144-148/440-450MHz amateur radio antenna with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

      Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is valued at $20. No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid until December 24, 2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with any other promotions or promo codes. No rain checks.

    • FREE TYT MD-2017 Speaker Microphone with the purchase of a TYT MD-2017 ($19.99 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      The TYT Speaker Microphone for MD-2017 (TYT-SM-MD2017) is a genuine TYT accessory with a belt clip that swivels 360 degrees. It is designed to work with the TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Two Way Radio equipped with a multi-pin Motorola (M3) connector. Your free microphone will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Supplies are limited. Offer valid from November 27 until December 3, 2017 or while supplies last. No rain checks.

    • FREE Baofeng UV-5R radio with the purchase of a TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR radio ($29.99 value).

      No longer available!

      For ONE WEEK ONLY, get a FREE Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band UHF/VHF Radio when you buy a TYT MD-2017!

      You read that correctly. For every TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio you purchase during the week of December 4-10, 2017, we'll give you a Baofeng UV-5R radio, FREE! Click here for more info.

    • FREE mag mount antenna and power supply with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio ($95 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is a dual band 144-148/440-450MHz amateur radio antenna with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

      The TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply has an output voltage of 13.8V DC and is adjustable between 9V and 15V! It offers automatic current limiting within 30A for protection from short-circuits and and includes a built-in backlit single volt/current meter to keep you informed of current power levels.

      Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is valued at $20 and the TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply is valued at $79.99. The Total value of this free bundle is $99.99!

      No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna with mag mount and power supply will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid until December 3, 2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with any other promotions or promo codes. No rain checks.

    • Buy one TYT MD-380 Battery Pack, Get 1 FREE!

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase a Lithium Ion Battery Pack for MD-380 DMR Radio (2000 mAh) and you get one FREE! Every battery purchased earns you one additional battery - with no limit of the number of battery packs you can purchase on this offer! This BOGO (Buy One, Get One) battery offer is fulfilled by Buy Two Way Radios, so the free battery pack is sent with your order. This is a great deal and is available for a limited time only or while supplies last. No rain checks. When we're out, we're out. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    Go Ham for the Holidays

    • Limited Edition Wouxun KG-UV8E Holiday Bundle! ($299 value)

      This special holiday version of Wouxun's amazing Tri-band two way radio takes their 144MHz, 222MHz and 420Mhz band transceiver, adds a full complement of accessories and add-ons, and puts it all into one big festive package at a super special holiday price! The entire kit is only $189.99!

      This Limited Edition is loaded with almost every 8E add-on available, including a standard 1700mAh and a 26000mAh Li-Ion battery pack, belt clip, tri-band antenna, wrist strap, desktop charger, AC power cord, 12V DC power cord, battery eliminator, speaker microphone, silicon case, USB programming cable, programming software, owner's manual.

      The Wouxun KG-UV8E Limited Edition (regularly $229) is now available for the holidays in limited quantity.

    • 5% off a ham radio or accessory with Promo Code: HOLIDAYHAM17

      Enter the promo code at checkout and get an extra 5% off the purchase of an amateur (ham) radio in our store! No purchase limit. Offer valid on Cyber Monday, 2017.

      This offer is no longer available!
    • FREE Leixen Camo Back Pack Bag with purchase of a Leixen VV-898P or VV-898SP backpack radio ($30 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      The Leixen VV-BP-CAMO Back Pack Bag is designed exclusively for VV-898 dual band mobile backpack radios, with a large, interior pocket to hold the radio housing and eyelets on top of the pack to let the antenna and speaker microphone cable out of the bag. No promo code is necessary. Your free Leixen Back Pack Bag will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    • FREE XLT Universal Carrying Case with the purchase of a Wouxun KG-UV8D ($18 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      The XLT Communications CS200G is a solid case made with Cordura® fabric for stylish durability and lightweight strength. It is coated with DuPont™ Teflon® to repel water and oil based spills. This case is designed to work with many makes and models of two way radios, including the Wouxun KG-UV8D. Your free case will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    • FREE T-Shirt with purchase of any Wouxun mobile radio ($10 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      Our stonewashed blue 100% cotton t-shirt goes great with your favorite jeans or other casual wear, so you can wear it with frequency while on the go or just lounging around. Your free T-Shirt will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid on Wouxun KG-UV920P-A, KG-UV950P, KG-UVR5 or KG-UV980H mobile two way radios while supplies last. No rain checks.

    • FREE Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card with purchase of a Baofeng UV-6RA ($4 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      This handy guide for ham operators includes charts on amateur radio bands, frequency ranges, the phonetic alphabet and more! It's laminated, making it a durable, weather resistant and waterproof companion when operating inside your ham shack or outdoors. Your free amateur radio quick reference card will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    • FREE Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card with purchase of any ham radio starter kit ($4 value)

      This offer is no longer available!

      Offer valid on all ham radio starter kits, including the Ham Radio Starter Kit - HT, Ham Radio Starter Kit - Mobile/Base Station, Digital Ham Radio DMR Starter Kit - HT and Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Digital Radio Value Kit. Your free amateur radio quick reference card will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Seasonal Special

    • Buy 6 Baofeng UV-5R Radios, Get 1 FREE!

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Baofeng UV-5R dual band two way radios and you get one FREE! Every six radios purchased earns you one additional UV-5R radio - with no limit of the number of radios you can purchase on this offer! This is a great deal and is available for a limited time only! This offer is fulfilled by Buy Two Way Radios, so the free radio is sent with your order. A minimum of 6 UV-5R radios must be purchased to qualify for a free radio. Limit of one FREE radio per six radios purchased. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    CB Holidays

    • FREE CB DAY Starter Kit with purchase of a Galaxy or Uniden CB Radio ($14 value)

      Buy a Galaxy or Uniden CB radio and get a FREE CB Day Starter Kit! The kit includes a Two Way Radio Frequency T-Shirt, CB Radio Quick Reference Card and a CB Radio audio CD. Your free CB Starter Kit will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Winter Weather Preparedness Promotion

    • Special sale price on Motorola weather radios!

      Buy a Motorola MWR839 AM/FM Weather Alert Radio for only $69 on Cyber Monday!

      The Motorola MWR839 is a feature-rich, public alert certified weather radio with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology. the MWR839 provides early warnings when severe weather strikes or a civil emergency occurs. It also features a built-in AM/FM radio alarm clock, a connection for an external trigger for an optional strobe light or bed shaker, and an auxiliary port. Available at this price in a very limited quantity. No rain checks.

    Family Recreation Sale on FRS Radios

    • 5% off select FRS radios and accessories with Promo Code: CAMP17

      This offer is no longer available!

      Enter the promo code at checkout and get an extra 5% off the purchase of Olympia and Uniden FRS radios and accessories in our store! No purchase limit. Offer valid on Cyber Monday, 2017.

    • Get a $10 Rebate on Midland GXT1000VP4 radios

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase this set of Midland GXT1000VP4 radios and you qualify for a $10 Mail-in Rebate! This great
      deal from Midland is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so your rebate will be mailed to you after Midland receives your mail-in rebate redemption form.
      Offer valid on products purchased from November 20 through December 20, 2017 only. Limit of two (2) GXT1000VP4 value pack rebates per household (each value pack includes two radios, for a total of four radios). Rebate will be issued in U.S. funds. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

    • Save $5 on the purchase of Motorola T100 and T107 Talkabout radios

      This offer is no longer available!

      The affordable Motorola Talkabout T100 and T107 two-way radios are the perfect gift for kids this holiday season. They are compact, easy to hold and easy to use. Available in neon blue or bright pink. Offer valid November 25 through December 9, 2017 on a minimum purchase of one pair of T100 or T107 radios.

    • FREE pair of lanyards with purchase of Olympia R100, R300 or R500 FRS/GMRS radios

      Offer valid for a limited time only while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Manufacturer Rebates and Specials on Business Radios

    • Up to 20% discount on Kenwood radios with promo code KW17!

      This offer is no longer available!

      This Cyber Monday, take advantage of the best deal ever on Kenwood two way radios! For a very limited time, use promo code KW17 at checkout and save 20% on any Kenwood radio with a regular price over $200! The same promo code will also allow you to save 10% instantly on any radio with a regular price under $200!

      This offer can also be combined with Kenwood's current "Buy Six" specials that are described below. This is the best offer we've ever seen for Kenwood radios and it ends at midnight on Monday, November 27th! Don't miss it!

    • Buy 6 Kenwood Analog Business Radios, Get 1 FREE!

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase at least six Kenwood PKT-23, TK-2400V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2402V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2360ISV16P or TK-3300ISU16P radios and you qualify for one FREE radio of the same model!

      This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the free radio will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form.
      Offer valid on up to 60 radios purchased from October 1 through December 31, 2017. Limit of one FREE radio per six radios.Click here for full
      details
      and register online with Promo Code PRO-27115 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

      NOTE: Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before January 14, 2018. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Select Kenwood ProTalk® Radios, Get 1 FREE Radio PLUS a FREE Multi-Charger!

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase at least six Kenwood TK-3230DX, NX-240V16P, NX-340U16P, NX-240V16P2 or NX-340U16P2 radios and you qualify for a FREE radio of the same model INSTANTLY (at time of purchase) plus a FREE Multi-Charger!

      The FREE radio is sent with your order. The FREE multi-charger is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the free mutli-charger will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form.
      Offer valid on up to 90 radios purchased through December 31, 2017. Limit of one FREE radio and multi-charger per six radios. Click here for full
      details
      and register online with Promo Code PRO-27116 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

      NOTE: Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before January 14, 2018. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Midland BizTalk™ BR200 Business Radios, Get 2 FREE!

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Midland BizTalk™ BR200 business two way radios and you get TWO FREE! Every six radios purchased earns you not one, but two additional BR200 radios - with a potential maximum of 20 FREE radios (on a maximum purchase of 60 radios)! This is an incredible deal from Midland and is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so the free radios will be shipped to you after Midland receives your online submission form.
      Offer valid on up to 60 radios per customer/company purchased from September 1 through December 31, 2017. Click here for details. A minimum of 6 BR200 radios must be purchased to qualify. Midland's rebate terms and conditions apply.

      NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm CST on Monday, January 15, 2018 to qualify. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. All transactions are subject to validation. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Motorola Business Radios, Get a FREE Multi-Unit Charger PLUS a Prepaid Card!

      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Motorola business radios and you qualify for a FREE multi-unit charger plus a prepaid card! Every six radios purchased earns you an additional multi-unit charger and prepaid card - with a potential maximum of 10 FREE multi-unit chargers and 10 prepaid cards (on a maximum purchase of 60 radios)! This is a great deal from Motorola and is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is valid on the following models: CLS1110, CLS1410, CLP1010, CLP1040, CLP1060, DLR1020, DLR1060, DTR410, DTR550, RMM2050, RMU2040, RMU2080, RMU2080d, RMV2080, RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100 radios.

      This offer is fulfilled by Motorola directly, so the free multi-unit charger(s) and prepaid card(s) will be shipped to you after Motorola receives your online submission form.
      Offer valid on up to 60 radios per customer/company purchased from September 1 through December 31, 2017. All six radios purchased must be within the same product series. Click here for details. A minimum of 6 radios in the same series must be purchased to qualify. Motorola's rebate terms and conditions apply.

      NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm EST on Monday, January 15, 2018 to qualify. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. All transactions are subject to validation. Offer is good in the U.S. and Puerto Rico only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy the Vertex Standard EVX-S24 (Yellow) for only $199.99!

      This offer is no longer available!

      The Vertex Standard EVX-S24 Yellow Version is regularly $269.99, but through the holidays you can get them from Buy Two Way Radios for only $199.99! There is no maximum allowable purchase, but they are in limited supply, so if you want to take advantage of this special price, you may want to act now. When they're gone, they're gone!

    • Get a $20 rebate on Icom F1000S/F2000S radios!

      Purchase at least five (5) Icom F1000S or F2000S Radios (display/4 key models only) and you qualify for a $20 rebate per radio! This is a great
      deal from Icom exclusively for our business customers with a maximum savings of up to $1000!

      This offer is fulfilled by Icom directly, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Icom receives your online or mail-in rebate form.
      Offer valid on up to 50 radios purchased between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. To redeem your rebate, go to Icom's rebate page, download the Mail-in Rebate Form, fill out the form and mail it to Icom with the items requested on the form.

      NOTE: Purchases must be made between 9/1/2017 and 3/31/2018. A minimum purchase of 5 radios is required. All radios must be the same model. A maximum purchase of 50 radios is allowed. All claims require a proof of purchase from an Authorized Icom dealer and a copy of a UPC code per radio model. All Rebate claims must be sent in by April 15, 2018. Allow 8-10 weeks from submission of rebate request for delivery. Rebate applies to models with displays and 4 key column. Offer valid in US for commercial or business end users only.

    Of course, if you have any questions or can't find the special you are searching for, contact us. Give us a call, send us an e-mail or enter our live chat online. We'll be open from 8 AM to 6 PM ET during Cyber Monday!

  • Motorola Talkabout T100 and T107 Holiday Sale

    Note: This promotion expired December 9, 2017 and is no longer available.

    Motorola-T100-T107-Q4-2017.jpg

    Save $5 when you buy a pair of Motorola Talkabout T100 or T107 FRS radios from Buy Two Way Radios!

    The T100 and T107 are regularly priced at $29, but for two weeks only, you can get them for only $24 a pair when you buy them from us!

    *This offer is valid from November 25 through December 9, 2017 on a minimum purchase of one pair of Motorola Talkabout T100 or T107 radios. Read the official Motorola flyer for details. No rain checks. Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Motorola dealer.

  • TWRS-117 - Vertex Standard to be Rebranded

    Two Way Radio Show
    We discuss a recent announcement from Motorola about the future Vertex Standard radios. We also review the Motorola MotoTRBO CP200d Portable Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:17

    Discussion Topic 1:35
    we discuss the complete assimilation of Vertex Standard radios into the Motorola brand. We'll tell you when it will occur, what will happen to the current models of Vertex Standard radios and speculate on how it may affect the industry going forward.

    Commercial Break 19:58
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 20:54
    We review the Motorola MotoTRBO CP200d Portable Radio.

    Questions and Answers 29:25
    We read comments and questions from e-mail, our Two Way Radio Blog and Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 38:10
    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!

    © 2017 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • Get a $10 Rebate on the Midland GXT1000!

    Note: This promotion expired December 20, 2017 and is no longer available.

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    For a limited time, get a $10 rebate on the Midland GXT1000 when you purchase it from Buy Two Way Radios! Buy a set of Midland GXT1000VP4 GMRS radios between November 20 and December 20, 2017 and you qualify for a $10 Mail-in Rebate straight from the manufacturer!

    This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so your rebate will be mailed to you after Midland receives your mail-in rebate redemption form. The rebate offer is valid on products purchased from November 20 through December 20, 2017. Limit of two (2) GXT1000VP4 value pack rebates per household (each value pack includes two radios, for a total of four radios). The products must be purchased from Buy Two Way Radios to qualify.

    The rebate form must be mailed by January 18, 2018. Click here for rebate form with full details. To track your rebate, go to www.reward-central.com/Midland and follow the instructions.

    NOTE: Radios must be purchased from Buy Two Way Radios between November 20, 2017 and December 20, 2017 to qualify. Rebate will be issued in U.S. funds. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

  • Save $10 now on Motorola Talkabout T460 radios!

    Motorola-Promo-T460-Q4-2017.jpg

    This week only, save $10 on the purchase of Motorola Talkabout T460 two way radios!

    The T460 is regularly priced at $79, but for one week only, Motorola has reduced the price to only $69 a pair!

    *Offer valid November 18-25, 2017 on a minimum purchase of one pair of T460 radios. Read the official Motorola flyer for details. No rain checks. Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Motorola dealer.

  • Vertex Standard Radios Are Being Re-branded As Motorola

    Big changes are coming soon to the Vertex Standard line of two way radios. It's common knowledge that Vertex Standard is owned by Motorola, but has always been operated as a stand-alone brand. Early in 2018, this will no longer be the case. Motorola is creating a new line of radios, informally known as their "Commercial Tier" products, which will include a combination of several existing Motorola radios as well as several Vertex Standard models that will be re-branded as Motorola.

    What's Changing With Vertex Standard
    A few small exceptions aside, it looks like Vertex Standard will cease to exist as a brand. Most popular Vertex Standard models will join the Motorola Solutions Commercial tier, and some radios will be discontinued.

    The following Vertex Standard products will be rebranded as Motorola Solutions:

    The following models will be discontinued:

    What's NOT Changing With Vertex Standard
    It's important to point out that customers are not being left out in the cold with this change. Of course, if you are a user of Vertex Standard radios, the warranty is still valid and will continue to be honored. Vertex Standard has been a Motorola Solutions brand for years now, so we don't expect much to change regarding warranties and support.

    It's also important to point out that the physical radios that are being rebranded will not be changing either. For example, a Motorola VX-261 will be exactly the same product as the current Vertex Standard VX-261.

    Motorola Commercial Tier Radios
    In addition to the Vertex Standard models listed above, the following current Motorola Solutions models will also be a part of the Commerical tier:

    • Portable Radios: CP200d, SL300, CP185, BPR40, DTR650, VL50
    • Mobiles: CM200d, CM300d
    • Repeaters: SLR5000

    Dealers selling the new Commercial tier products will be known as "Commercial Radio Value-Added Resellers". It is expected that most Vertex Standard dealers will become dealers for the new Commercial products.

    Stay Tuned
    There are still some details that are being worked out, so stay tuned for updates. At the moment, we expect to start seeing the new Motorola Commercial Tier radios sometime in January, 2018. However, the Vertex Standard branded models won't disappear overnight. I expect most Vertex Standard radios will still be readily available for at least the first half of 2018. Check back here for updates!

  • XLT Communications Launches Affordable RC6 Series Multi-Chargers

    We've been selling business radios for quite a while now. One thing that we hear pretty often from customers is that they like the idea of the 6-unit multi-charger. After all, most businesses have a central location for charging radios and adding dozens of individual chargers quickly turns into a disorganized heap of plastic and wires. The problem is, some radio manufacturers have multi-chargers that tend to break the bank (I'm looking at you, Icom and Vertex Standard).

    Fairly regularly, we'll have a customer with Icom or Vertex Standard radios ask about a multi-charger, only to change their mind when they hear the $300-$400 price. Motorola and Kenwood, on the other hand, have much better options with their on-site business radio series, providing chargers that generally retail in the $150-$200 range.

    RC6-I232

    Well, there are now some lower priced options available! XLT Communications has released five new chargers as their RC6 Series. These chargers work with popular low cost Icom and Vertex Standard radios. They are rapid chargers, fully charging a dead battery in around two hours. They also are capable of charging a battery separate from a radio, and can be wall mounted.

    Kenwood has taken a different route with their multi-chargers, so they are a different situation. Their multi-chargers are reasonably priced, but they are more of an organizer for the individual chargers than an all encompassing multi-charger. The KMB-28, for example, is a tray with a power cord. You snap in your individual KSC-35S chargers (that were included with the radios) and create a multi-charger. Power cords are built into the KMB-28, so it does provide the organization most businesses need. If you're looking for an all-in-one solution, however, the XLT RC6-K45L does provide it and even at a slightly lower price.

    The following are the models available, their prices, and compatible radios.

    RC6-I232 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-232H battery, including the Icom F4011, F3011, F24, and F14.

    RC6-I265 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-265 battery, including the Icom F4001, F3001, F4210D, F3210D, T70A, and V80.

    RC6-I279 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-279 or BP-280 batteries, including the Icom F1000, F2000, F1000D, and F2000D.

    RC6-K45L ($149.00) - Works with Kenwood radios that use the KNB-45L battery, including the Kenwood NX-240, NX-340, TK-2400, TK-2402, TK-3400, TK-3402, TK-2300, TK-2302, TK-3300, and TK-3302.

    RC6-VSUNI ($169.00) - Works with the Vertex Standard UNI battery system, including radios that use any of the following battery models: FNB-V127LI-UNI, FNB-V128LI-UNI, FNB-V129LI-UNI, FNB-V129LIIS-UNI, FNB-V130LI-UNI, FNB-V133LI-UNI, FNB-V134LI-UNI, FNB-V134LIIS-UNI. Works with the following Vertex Standard radios series: EVX-260, EVX-530, VX-260, VX-450, VX-820, VX-920.

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