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Monthly Archives: August 2019

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  • Labor Day Sale on two way radios and accessories!

    Labor Day Sale
    Take advantage of our Labor Day Sale at Buy Two Way Radios with discounts, special offers and freebies on two way radios and accessories! The sale begins Wednesday August 28, 2019 and lasts through Labor Day Weekend.

    Here is a list with some of our deals:

    Kenwood NX-340U16P Digital Two Way Radio - Factory ReconditionedLast Days - Buy a Kenwood factory refurbished NX-340U16P for $20 off regular price! This is a 5 watt business radio capable of either analog or NXDN® digital operation on 451-470MHz UHF frequencies. It is also compatible with other analog business radios operating on the same frequency and code.

    The regular price for this Kenwood certified factory reconditioned NX-340U16P is $229.99, but it's currently on sale for only $209.99! Plus, it includes all original accessories and a two year warranty. We have a limited quantity of these radios in stock, and there are no rain checks. The offer expires September 4, 2019 or until they're all gone. If you want it at this price, buy it now.

    Buy 6 TYT MD-380 Radios, Get an FREE TYT Multi-Charger!Multi Chargers are great for club, group or fleet communications. They allow you to charge up to 6 radios or battery packs simultaneously. Now, during our Labor Day Sale, you can get one FREE when you buy 6 TYT MD-380 DMR Digital Two Way Radios! That's right. Every six UHF or VHF MD-380 radios you buy gets you a free TYT MC-6 Universal Rapid Multi Charger, with no purchase limit! This offer expires September 4, 2019 or while supplies last. Buy now during our Labor Day Sale and save more!

    Buy a select Wouxun radio, get a FREE Silicon Case!The Wouxun UV8D-SC is a translucent silicon case for Wouxun KG-UV8D Dual Band and KG-UV8E Tri Band two way radios. For a limited time, during our Labor Day Sale, you can get it FREE when you buy a Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus, Wouxun KG-UV8E, or a Wouxun KG-UV8E LE Two Way Radio! There is no purchase limit! This offer expires September 4, 2019 or while supplies last. Get yours now!

    Buy a Wouxun KG-UVN1 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio during our Labor Day Sale and get 10% off plus FREE Shipping!

    The Wouxun KG-UVN1 is a 2 meter/70cm amateur radio with 3072 channels, a whopping 160,000 contacts and Wouxun's signature full color LCD display. It can operate in analog or digital mode. It has a 2600mAh battery pack for hours of operation and a solid, rugged construction that puts it in the same league for durability as many business class radios. There are too many features to list in this article, but you can find them all here.

    Best of all is the price. It's on special for only $143.99! FREE SHIPPING!! Offer valid until September 4, 2019 or while supplies last.

    Plus, for a limited time, buy a KG-UVN1 and get the programming cable with software, FREE! You can buy your new Wouxun KG-UVN1 here.

    Searching for a quad band base/mobile ham radio at a great price? The Wouxun KG-UV980P Quad Band Base/Mobile Two Way Radio is it! Plus, now you can take an extra 10% off our already low price during our Labor Day Sale!

    The KG-UV980P regularly sells for $299, but during our Labor Day Sale, you can get it for only $269.99 plus FREE SHIPPING! No discount or promo code is needed. Simply add your radio to your cart and the savings will be applied automatically! This offer expires September 4, 2019, and only while supply lasts!

    Buy a Wouxun KG-UV7D radio, get a FREE Nagoya Antenna!The Nagoya NA-701 is a dual band 2m/70cm antenna for your Baofeng UV-5R or Wouxun HT two way radio. The NA-701 is a popular choice among ham radio operators for dual band amateur handheld two way radios. Get one FREE during our Labor Day Sale when you buy a Wouxun KG-UV7D Dual Band Two Way Radio! Of course, there is no purchase limit! This offer expires September 4, 2019 or while supplies last. So why wait? Get yours now!

    FREE T-Shirt with purchase of a Midland FRS or GMRS Radio!Get a FREE T-Shirt when you buy any Midland FRS/GMRS two way radios at Buy Two Way Radios! This special is also valid on the MXT105, MXT115, MXT275 and MXT400, including the MXT115VP3 and MXT400VP3 Value Packs. No promo code needed. Simply add the radio(s) of your choice to the cart and your FREE T-shirt will be added at checkout. Offer valid through September 4, 2019 while supplies last.

    XLT EB210 Earpiece with PTT MicrophoneThe XLT EB210 Earpiece with PTT Microphone is lightweight and comfortable and remains in a stable position even while the user is mobile. Great for individuals who are constantly on the move, or where an earpiece is needed for long stretches of time. It works in the left or right ear, and is available in your choice of two-pin Kenwood (K1), Motorola Talkabout (M6) or Icom connector types. No purchase limit! Regularly priced at $24.99 each, you can buy one, get one FREE during our Labor Day Sale!

    Offer valid until September 4, 2019 while supply lasts.

    XLT SM500 Heavy Duty Waterproof Speaker MicrophoneThe XLT Communications SM500 is a heavy duty, waterproof speaker / shoulder microphone with a high stress belt clip that swivels 360 degrees. For a limited time, you get it for only $29.99 - that's 40% off regular price!

    No discount code is necessary. Simply add your SM500 to the cart and the discount will be applied automatically! This offer expires September 4, 2019 while supply lasts.

    Now is the time to stock up on extra batteries at Buy Two Way Radios! But hurry. These specials expire  September 4, 2019 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.

    Our Labor Day Sale at Buy Two Way Radios ends Midnight Wednesday, September 4, 2019. No rain checks.

  • Differences between the Motorola CP200 and Motorola CP200d

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200dThe Motorola CP200 was a very popular business two way radio for many years, and one of Motorola's best selling models. In 2017, Motorola discontinued the CP200 and replaced it with an updated model, the CP200d.

    On the outside, they are essentially the same radio. On the inside, there's more to the story.

    The CP200 is an analog only radio. The CP200d adds digital functionality. This digital difference alone gives the CP200d an obvious edge over its predecessor. But is that the only advantage? Let's compare the differences and similarities between these two radios.

    The Motorola CP200d is a combination analog and digital radio, so it is backwards compatible with the older CP200 in analog mode. The dual analog and digital mode capability allows you to upgrade to digital gracefully through normal attrition instead of ditching analog entirely and going digital all at once. This makes the move to digital much more affordable, and much easier to manage.

    Audio Quality
    It goes without saying that digital radios tend to have a greater clarity than analog models, and the CP200d is no exception. Digital audio is cleaner, without a lot of the background noise and artifacts typically heard on an analog transmission. This helps minimize requests for re-transmissions of garbled or lost dialogue, thus decreasing response time and improving efficiency of communications between everyone in your group. As a digital radio, the CP200d improves on the CP200 with crisp, clear audio for higher quality sound.

    Both models support up to 16 channels, and both share the same physical characteristics, such as the rotary channel selector knob, tri-color LED, accessory connector, large push-to-talk (PTT) button and two programmable buttons on the side.

    Inside, both models include many of the standard features typically found on many analog business two way radios, but the CP200d includes a few more, such as analog scrambling, a password lock, vote scan, and Auto Range Transponder System (ARTS™). The CP200d also has voice announcements.

    The CP200d is a DMR digital radio, so it adds some unique features not available in an analog radio such as the CP200, such as Dual Capacity Direct Mode, private calling, and transmit interrupt (decode only). These digital features, combined with the added features in analog mode, give the CP200d a significant upgrade over the old CP200.

    The table below compares the features of both models.

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200d Features
    Feature CP200 CP200d
    Adjustable Gain
    Adjustable Power
    All Call
    ARTS™ Alert - -
    Call Alert
    Channels 16 16 16
    Channel Scan
    DMR - -
    Dual Capacity Direct Mode - -
    Emergency Alert - -
    Group Call -
    Low Battery Alert
    Monitor Channel -
    Nuisance Channel Delete
    One Touch Access - -
    Password Lock -
    Power Selectable
    Privacy - -
    Private Call - -
    Repeater Capable
    Scrambling - -
    Selective Call -
    Squelch -
    Talk Around
    TDMA - -
    Transmit Interrupt - -
    Trill Enhancement -
    Voice Announcement -
    Vote Scan - -

    Battery Life
    The CP200d offers slightly longer battery life in analog mode than the CP200, and much longer uptime in digital mode. The CP200d consumes less power in digital mode than analog, and it's another advantage to going all digital.

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200d Battery Life
    Model Power 1400 mAh
    1600 mAh
    Slim Li-ion
    2200 mAh
    2250 mAh
    CP200 (UHF) 4W 10 Hours 12 Hours - 14 Hours
    CP200 (VHF) 5W 10 Hours 12 Hours - 14 Hours
    CP200d (UHF)
    4W 9 Hours 10.5 Hours 14.5 Hours -
    CP200d (UHF)
    4W 11.5 Hours 13.5 Hours 18.5 Hours -
    CP200d (VHF)
    5W 9 Hours 10.5 Hours 14.5 Hours -
    CP200d (VHF)
    5W 11.5 Hours 13.5 Hours 18.5 Hours -

    Both radios are roughly the same size, but the CP200d is slightly lighter in weight, by about an ounce. Of course, this depends on the battery used, but in every case, with the same battery on both models, the CP200d comes out ahead.

    The Motorola CP200 and CP200d are comparable in durability, with solid construction. These radios are built with a rugged, die-cast chassis to withstand harsh environments. Both models are rated IP54 for dust and water intrusion. They are also compliant to Portable Military Standards (MIL-STD) 810C, D, E, and F. In addition, the CP200d is MIL-STD 810G. The CP200d includes a two year warranty from Motorola.

    The CP200 and CP200d share the same form factor, so the batteries, chargers, antennas and other accessories are fully cross-compatible. If you already have a fleet of CP200 radios and want to migrate to digital, going with the CP200d is ideal, since you can use all the accessories in your existing fleet to mix and match with both models. This is a real money saving value and is another reason consider the CP200d.

    Although they have important differences, the Motorola CP200 and CP200d are also very similar in the sense that they are compatible with one another in analog mode. If you already use CP200 radios in your work environment and need to replace a few or want to go digital, the Motorola CP200d is the logical choice.

  • TWRS-140 - Taking Two Way Radios to Another Country

    Two Way Radio Show
    We talk about using your two way radios in a foreign country. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:13

    Discussion Topic 1:32
    We talk about taking your two way radios to another country. We’ll discuss the compatibility challenges, the risks of using radios purchased domestically in a foreign nation, and the potential liabilities of buying radios from international retailers for use in the US.

    The New Two Way Radio Forum 25:19
    Why we won't read the one negative comment about the new and improved Two Way Radio Forum and how we deal with negative comments in general.

    Questions and Answers 38:51
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum. Check out and join the new and improved forum! It's free!

    Wrap up and Close 48:11
    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. If we read your comment about this episode on a future episode, we may send you a free Two Way Radio Show t-shirt! Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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