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December 15, 2017

TWRS-119 - The Truth About Two Way Radio Warranties

Two Way Radio Show
We reveal the truth about two way radio warranties. We also review the Baofeng BF-9700 UHF Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:19

Discussion Topic 1:38
We tell you the truth about two way radio warranties. We'll explain why a warranty is an important feature to consider when choosing a radio, talk about some common misconceptions about product warranties in general, and compare warranties between some name brand two way radios and Chinese imports.

Commercial Break 32:38 1:00

Product Review 33:33
We review the Baofeng BF-9700 UHF Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 40:36
We read comments and questions from our Two Way Radio Blog and Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 45:14
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!

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December 14, 2017

Two new Wouxun mobile radios have lower prices

kg-uvr5.jpgWouxun mobile radios are known for delivering good performance at a fair price. Two models in particular stand out in this category, the popular UHF/VHF dual band KG-UV920P-A and its powerful quad band cousin, the KG-UV950P. A little while back, TYT responded with its own mobiles, the TH-7800 and TH-9800, and at very competitive prices. Now, Wouxun is firing back with the introduction of two new models with aggressively lower price points, the KG-UVR5 and KG-UV980H.

If these new models look and seem familiar, it's because they are. In fact, they are the same radios, but rebranded with the frequencies limited to only the amateur radio bands. Wouxun The KG-UVR5 is the lower priced dual band KG-UV920P and the KG-UV980H is the lower priced quad band KG-UV950P.

What Wouxun did was very simple. They took the dual band KG-UV920P, re-labeled it the KG-UVR5, limited the frequencies to the 2 meter (144-148MHz) VHF and 70cm (420-450MHz) UHF ham bands right out of the box, and dropped the price by thirty bucks.

kg-uv980h.jpgThen they did the very same thing with the quad band model. They re-labeled it the KG-UV980H and limited it to the ham bands. It's the same radio as the KG-UV950P, but out of the box it's limited to the 2 meter, 6 meter, 10 meter and 70cm ham frequencies. They reduced the price accordingly.

Yeah, it seems odd, but considering the features, that's a huge deal for a thirty dollar price reduction. Thirty dollars? That's a twenty percent discount. It's a significant drop in price for merely locking down the transceivers to stay only within those frequencies the hams should be using anyway.

The KG-UV920P-A and KG-UV950P are popular models used by both amateurs and businesses worldwide. If you're a company in a country that uses either of these models for business use, it's business as usual with these radios. However, if you're a ham who needs one of these models but needs to save a few dollars more, the KG-UVR5 and KG-UV980H are made just for you.

Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Wouxun dealer.

December 13, 2017

Radio 101 - How To Reset the Baofeng UV-5R to the English Language

So you've reset your Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio and now it's speaking in Chinese. How do you change the voice prompts back to English?

In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast shows you how to quickly and easily navigate the menu to reset the UV-5R back to the English language.

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December 12, 2017

When winter weather arrives, will you be ready?

Blizzard1_-_NOAA.jpgNational Weather Service Forecast Office Goodland KS. Photo: Brad Schick, NWS.

When we talk about emergency weather preparedness, the discussion often refers to spring storms, National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the annual hurricane season. However, severe weather events aren't limited to the warmer seasons. Severe weather can happen anytime, including and especially during winter. Just because the monsoon season is over doesn't mean we can let our guard down. A blizzard may be just around the corner. So here's another variation on the same old question. When winter weather arrives, will you be ready?

Snow and ice storms aren't mere annoyances. They can be dangerous, destructive and devastating. Severe winter storms can create power outages, communication disruptions, and road hazards. They can make streets impassable, air travel impossible and any outdoor activity extremely limited. In some situations they can leave people immobile, trapping them for days indoors. It's not over when it's over, either. When the snow and ice begin to melt, the flooding begins.

Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? If not, the time to build it is now. The Department of Homeland Security created an entire web site to help you build your own emergency preparedness kit. Called, this site gives you more than just a simple checklist of items to have in case of an emergency. It provides valuable information about many types of disasters and helps you develop an emergency plan for survival. Sure, It takes some effort now, but it can save you a lot of trouble later, and possibly even save lives.

Build A Kit lists 13 essential items you need to assemble a basic disaster kit. The most important item on this list, without question, is water. The second item is food. The number 3 item on this list is a radio.

A radio is a crucial item to have in a weather emergency, after food and water of course, because it is a basic, tried and true form of communication, a technology proven time and again to be indispensible in a natural disaster or severe weather event. It can serve as an early warning system before a disaster, providing advance notice of an impending event so you can gain precious time to evacuate or prepare. Afterwards, when the power is out and other forms of communication are down, a radio can be a lifeline to the outside world, to keep you informed of relief efforts as well as potentially hazardous or threatening post-storm situations around you.

There are many emergency and weather radios on the market, and they vary in features, form, and function. While their primary purpose is generally the same, these radios are not equal. Some are intended for use in the home or office, some outdoors. Some are base stations, others are mobile or even handheld. Each is designed for a specific type of operating environment, scenario or user. In other words, the emergency radio isn't for purchase as an after thought. It's a choice, based on your requirements, environment, budget and needs.

At Buy Two Way Radios, we understand the many choices and options available. This is why we recently updated our Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide for 2017. This handy, one page guide takes all emergency and weather radios currently listed on our web site and compares their key features on a simple chart for quick and easy reference at a glance. Best of all, there is no price for this portable document. The Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide 2017 is FREE to download and print for your personal perusal and reference.

Here is a quick overview of some popular features included with the weather radios listed on the chart and currently available on our site.

Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Chart 2017

Model Weather
Display USB Backup
Midland HH50
Midland HH54VP
Midland EX37VP
Midland ER210
Midland ER310
Midland WR-120
Midland WR400
Motorola MWR839

For more information about choosing an emergency weather radio, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.

December 11, 2017

FREE backpack bag with purchase of a Leixen backpack radio!

vv-bp-camo.jpgFor a limited time, get a FREE Leixen Camo Back Pack Bag valued at $30 when you purchase a Leixen VV-898P or VV-898SP UHF/VHF Dual Band Mobile Backpack Two Way Radio!

The Leixen VV-BP-CAMO Back Pack Bag is exclusively designed use with the VV-898P and VV-898SP mobile backpack radios, with a large, interior pocket to hold the radio in place and eyelets on top to allow the antenna and speaker microphone cable to access the radio from outside of the bag. It's a perfect complement to your Leixen backpack radio and helps shield it from the elements when out and about.

Minimum purchase is one VV-898P or VV-898SP radio, however there is no maximum purchase limit and no promo code is necessary. Your free Leixen Back Pack Bag will added to the cart automatically at time of purchase. This offer is valid from November 27 until December 31, 2017 or while supplies last. No rain checks.

This deal is available exclusively from Buy Two Way Radios.

December 7, 2017

Midland BizTalk BR200 Default Frequencies

Midland-BizTalk-BR200.jpg Midland is well known and respected for its line of FRS/GMRS, CB and emergency weather radios. The company recently expanded into the business communications market as well, with the introduction of its first portable handheld onsite business two way radio, the Midland BizTalk BR200.

The BR200 supports 56 UHF business frequencies and has 16 channels, some of which are pre-programmed with frequencies and codes most commonly used by some of the other onsite business radios, most notably the extremely popular CLS Series radios from Motorola and the Kenwood PKT-23.

Here is a list of Midland BizTalk channel numbers with the default frequencies and privacy codes assigned to them out of the box.

Midland BizTalk Business Two Way Radio Default Frequencies
Model Channel Freq. No. Frequency Code
1 2 464.5500 67.0
2 8 467.9250 67.0
3 5 467.8500 67.0
4 6 467.8750 67.0
5 2 464.5500 82.5
6 8 467.9250 82.5
7 5 467.8500 82.5
8 6 467.8750 82.5
9 2 464.5500 179.9
10 8 467.9250 179.9
11 5 467.8500 179.9
12 6 467.8750 179.9
13 2 464.5500 -
14 8 467.9250 -
15 5 467.8500 -
16 6 467.8750 -

Although these channels are pre-assigned to these frequencies by default, they can be re-assigned to any of the other supported 56 frequencies stored in the BR200, many of which are also supported by other makes and models of onsite business radios.

December 6, 2017

Radio 101 - Comparing FRS and GMRS Two Way Radio Warranties

Two Way Radios are not created equal, and neither are their warranties. And, yes, as we've pointed out in a previous Radio 101 video, the warranty is a feature.

In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast compares the manufacturer warranties of some popular name brand FRS and GMRS two way radios.

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December 5, 2017

Buy 6 Baofeng UV-5R radios, get one FREE!

Buy 6 Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band UHF/VHF Radios and we'll throw in an extra UV-5R, FREE! Every six UV-5R radios you buy gets you a free one, with no limit on the number of radios you can purchase (until we run out of them)!

The Baofeng UV-5R is known around the world for its big features, small footprint and even smaller price. Now one of the most economical radios just became even more so, because during the holidays, you can get even more for the same low price!

This offer is available exclusively at Buy Two Way Radios from November 27 to December 31, 2017 or while supplies last. A minimum of 6 UV-5R radios must be purchased to qualify for a freebie. This offer is valid for U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

December 4, 2017

FREE Baofeng UV-5R with purchase of a TYT MD-2017!

Note: This promotion expired December 10, 2017 and is no longer available.

md-2017 and uv-5r.jpgFor 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!

The Baofeng UV-5R is one of the most popular dual band analog two way radios on the market, and it's no wonder. The UV-5R is extremely compact, loaded with features and is readily available at a very low cost. It's one of the most universally recognizable radios in the world, used actively by small businesses and ham radio operators who want maximum capabilities at minimal cost.

This offer is good on a TYT MD-2017 or a TYT MD-2017 with GPS purchased from Buy Two Way Radios. Every MD-2017 you buy gets you a free Baofeng UV-5R. Buy one, get one. Buy ten, get ten. The only limit is the number of radios we have in stock, and we stocked up for this one.

You don't need to input a promo code, either. It's all automatic. Order your MD-2017 radios and at checkout, you'll get your free UV-5R radios to match, one to one. It's really that simple, and it's a really great deal. Don't miss out on it!

Note: although we prepared for this promo, supplies of the MD-2017 and Baofeng UV-5R radios are limited. Also, this thing is timed. This free radio offer is valid from December 4 through December 10, 2017 only or while supplies last. When it's done, it's done. No rain checks. If you want in on this deal, you may want to do it now.

December 1, 2017

TWRS-118 - Two Way Radios For Kids

Two Way Radio Show
We talk about choosing walkie talkies for kids. We also review the Motorola Talkabout T100 Two Way Radio.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:16

Discussion Topic 1:35
we talk about buying walkie talkies for kids. We compare toy walkie talkies with entry level FRS radios, reveal the differences between them in quality and cost, and discuss the advantages of giving kids real FRS radios instead of the toys.

Commercial Break 24:16 1:00

Product Review 25:12
We review the Motorola Talkabout T100 Two Way Radio.

Questions and Answers 33:09
We read comments and questions from e-mail, our Two Way Radio Blog and Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 41:44
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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