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  • Rebates on new Kenwood radios!

    Note: This promotion expired April 30, 2013 and is no longer available.

    rebate-kenwood-q1-2013.pngKenwood is offering special a rebate on select two way radios in its new ProTalkĀ® 400 Series!

    For a limited time, when you purchase at least 6 Kenwood TK-2400V16P or TK-3400U16P two way radios, you can get a $30 rebate per radio purchased. This offer is good for up to 60 radios purchased from now until April 30, 2013. If you're shopping for new radios or are planning to add to your current fleet, now is the time to buy and save!

    In addition, Kenwood is also offering a $25 rebate on the TK-3230. You can purchase up to 60 from Buy Two Way Radios for a total savings of up to $1500!

    Model Min Purchase Max Purchase Rebate
    TK-2400-V16P 6 60 $30
    TK-3400-U16P 6 60 $30
    TK-3230 6 60 $25

    To redeem your rebate, visit the Kenwood ProTalk Rebate Center and follow the instructions. This offer is fulfilled by the Kenwood directly, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your rebate form. The Kenwood Rebate offer expires April 30, 2013, so if you want to take advantage of it, now is the time to buy.

    NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before May 6, 2013. The Kenwood rebate is NOT valid on radios delivered before February 1, 2013 or after April 30, 2013, regardless of invoice date.

    Read the Kenwood promotional flyer for full details.

  • Kenwood Unveils New "400 Series" Protalk Radios

    It's been a busy year so far for new product announcements. Jumping into the mix now is Kenwood, who has released six new walkie talkies to "freshen up" their ProTalk lineup!

    Kenwood refers to these new models as the 400 series (because all of the models start with 2400 or 3400). Each new radio will replace an older 300 series model. Check out the following chart for a quick summary of what's new and what's going away.

    Model Frequencies Channels Power Replaces
    TK-2400-V4P VHF 4 2 watts TK-2300-V4P
    TK-2400-V16P VHF 16 2 watts TK-2300-V16P
    TK-2402-V16P VHF 16 5 watts TK-2302-V16P
    TK-3400-U4P UHF 4 2 watts TK-3300-U4P
    TK-3400-U16P UHF 16 2 watts TK-3300-U16P
    TK-3402-U16P UHF 16 5 watts TK-3302-U16P

    As you can see, each new model matches up very well with the model that it's replacing. The number of channels, output power and frequency range are the primary ways to differentiate between Kenwood ProTalk models and, with the exception of the TK-3402 moving from 4 watts to 5, nothing is changing with these features in the new series. The default supported frequencies and channel assignments are the same as well, so a TK-2400 and TK-3400 will talk right out of the box to the TK-2300 and TK-3300, respectively. The same goes for the TK-2402 and TK-3402 talking with the TK-2302 and TK-3302. This is welcome news! When the "300 series" was released a few years ago, the 2 watt VHF models had different default frequencies than the previous series. I'm sure you can imagine the chaos that ensued.

    Kenwood TK-3300 / TK-3400 Comparison - FrontSo, what is changing? Honestly not much. I called this a "freshening up" of the product line and I think that is a good way to put it - the 300 series was released in 2009 so it was probably time for an update. However, there's a reason Kenwood is number two in 2 way radio sales (behind only Motorola) - their products work exceptionally well and there is little need for major changes. That said, let's take a closer look at what is different.

    Audio Quality and Loudness
    The biggest and most noticeable change with the new Kenwood 400 series two way radios is the 1000mW speaker. These models are clearly louder than their predecessors and because of that will be better and more comfortable to use in noisy environments. This is a clear improvement over the 500mW speaker from the 300 series and now ranks Kenwood among the loudest radios available. Of the radios that we carry, only the Motorola RDX series (with a 2000mW speaker) eclipses them.

    Increased Output Power
    Kenwood TK-3300 / TK-3400 Comparison - Right SideAs I mentioned above, the TK3402 has a full 5 watts of output power, compared to 4 watts with the TK3302. While Vertex Standard has a number of 5 watt UHF models and Icom has a few, 4 watts is still the norm. It's nice to see Kenwood make this improvement. Don't expect the extra watt to significantly improve range, but it can make a difference.

    Changes to the Look and Feel
    Kenwood has made changes to the design of the radio with the 400 series. The speaker area on the front blends better into the body of the radio - gone are the rounded contours that "lifted" the speaker openings. The microphone has moved from the middle of the radio, below the speaker, to the area above the speaker. While the dimensions are identical to the 300 series, the front of the radio slopes into the sides more gradually, giving it a slimmer feel.

    The logos and markings have changed a little. The ProTalk sticker has moved from the middle of the radio to the bottom. Most significantly, the 400 series models are clearly marked on the right side with their exact model number - "TK-3400U16P" for example. Previously you had to remove the battery to find this information.

    The accessory cover has also undergone a transformation. Previously, accessories like port covers or locking brackets had to be attached with a screw. Now they slide down and clip into place via a plastic clip. This sounds like a good idea as screws are easy to lose or misplace, but I found the clip-on cover to be difficult to remove. I had to actually wedge a screwdriver between the cover and the radio to pry it off. While that worked out just fine for me, I have to wonder how many people will break a clip or scratch their radio attempting the same trick.

    Kenwood TK-3300 / TK-3400 Comparison - Left SideThe Push-To-Talk button and the two side buttons have changed slightly. The texture of the PTT is a little different and all three buttons are much easier to press. The force required to press the push to talk button is considerably less than before.

    Compatibility with Previous Series
    Perhaps the best news is that businesses that are already using 300 series two way radios can seamlessly move to the new 400 series. The channel frequency assignment is identical, so the radios will talk right out of the box. If you have changed your radio to frequencies other than the default, the same process will let you change the new radios.

    Worried about your batteries or headsets? Don't be. There were no changes there, either. The new models use the same KNB-45L battery and KSC-35S charger as before. The earpiece/headset connector is also identical, so all audio accessories are 100% compatible.

    Price
    So what about the price? Is Kenwood using this refresh as an opportunity to raise prices? Nope. At least not for now. The prices for the new 400 series models are identical to their 300 series counterparts.

    Bottom Line
    So what does this all boil down to? Kenwood has released some new, ever slightly improved walkie talkies. If you've never used Kenwood radios before, you're going to love them! If you've been buying Kenwood radios, chances are you aren't going to be able to find your old model anymore the next time you need one. However, Kenwood did make it super easy to find your replacement radio and they maintained 100% compatibility, so you don't have to think twice about making the switch.

  • How to Wirelessly Clone Kenwood Protalk Radios

    Kenwood ProTalk radios have a very nice and unique feature built right in - wireless cloning. This allows the settings of one radio to be wirelessly cloned to all other radios within range. In the event that a setting or feature mistakenly gets changed on one of your radios, this can be a quick and easy way to get your radio back to the setup you need to communicate effectively. Many other brands offer the ability to clone from radio to radio, but it usually requires a special cloning cable or a multi-charger. Kenwood makes this extremely simple - just follow the step-by-step instructions below for the radio that you have.

    Cloning Kenwood ProTalk 200, 300, and 400 Series Radios
    The following instructions apply to all ProTalk radios in what Kenwood calls the 200, 300 and 400 series, EXCEPT the TK-3230. This includes the following models: TK-2200, TK-2202, TK-2300, TK-2302, TK-2400, TK-2402, TK-3200, TK-3202, TK-3300, TK-3302, TK-3400, and TK-3402.

    Step 1: You will first need to determine which of your radios is going to be your master unit. This will be the one radio to which all of your other radios will match up to. Your other radios will be known as your slave units. Once you have determined which radio is your master unit and which radios are your slave units, be sure to separate them to avoid confusion.

    Step 2: On your master unit, be sure the radio is OFF. Hold down the PTT button AND the Side 2 Key (bottom side button) at the same time while turning the radio ON. Keep holding the 2 buttons simultaneously until the LED turns orange and you hear the radio announce "Clone". The radio is now in Clone Mode.

    Step 3: On your slave units, be sure the radio is OFF. Hold down the PTT button AND the Side 2 Key (bottom side button) at the same time while turning the radio ON. Keep holding the 2 buttons simultaneously until the LED turns orange and you hear the radio announce "Clone". The slave radios are now in Clone Mode.

    Step 4: Press the PTT button on the master unit to begin the cloning process. While cloning, the LED on the master unit will blink in red, while the LED on the slave unit(s) will turn green. When the cloning process completes, the master LED will once again turn orange and the LED will turn off completely on the slave units.

    Step 5: The cloning is complete! Turn the master unit off and back on to resume normal usage.

    Cloning Kenwood TK-3230 Radios
    The Kenwood TK-3230 is a small, lightweight radio with a display. It supports wireless cloning, but works a little differently than the models above. To clone the TK3230, perform the following steps.

    Step 1: All of the slave units will need to be put into the "cloning" mode. To do this, first make sure that the slave units are turned OFF. Take each slave unit and press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button AND the Monitor (MON) button at the same time. While both buttons are being pressed, turn the radio ON. If done correctly, you will hear a short beep and your screen will show that you have entered clone mode. If you have more than one slave unit, repeat this process for each radio.

    Step 2: Locate your master unit and repeat the process above to place this radio into the cloning mode.

    Step 3: Once all radios are in cloning mode, press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button on the master unit ONLY. At this point, the slave units should turn green and display the letters "PROG" for programming. The master unit will display the letters "CLON" for cloning. Once complete, the master unit will display "END" and all other slave units will return to their normal setting.

    Step 4: The cloning is complete! Turn the master unit off and back on to resume normal usage.

    If you notice any of the slave units with a blinking orange LED, this means that it was not done correctly and cloning was not complete, in which case you should start the process again. Once complete, be sure to check that each slave unit communicates with your master unit, and voila! You're back in business!

  • The FCC narrowband deadline is near

    Are you narrowband compliant? If not, the FCC deadline for narrowbanding is almost upon us and you are almost out of time.

    What is the narrowband requirement? The FCC mandated that all manufacturers of business two way radios must cease the manufacture and import of radios that include a 25 kHz mode and all VHF/UHF industrial, business and Public Safety Radio Pool licensees must operate on 12.5 kHz (11.25 kHz occupied bandwidth) or narrower channels By January 1, 2013. At that time, all business land mobile radios and licensees operating in the 150-174 MHz VHF and 421-512 MHz UHF bands must be at 12.5 KHz or narrower.

    The good news is that most business class radios sold in the United States within the last eight to ten years are already narrowband capable or compliant. If you are currently operating on wideband, you may simply need to re-program your radios for narrowband. However, if your radios are older, they may need to be upgraded. Fortunately, Kenwood and Motorola are both offering special rebate offers on new UHF and VHF business radios that are narrowband ready. Motorola is currently offering a trade-in promotion as well, in which you can trade in your old wideband radios for newer narroband-compliant models. These promotions end December 31, 2012, so if you need to upgrade, now is the time.

    In addition to the radios themselves, business operators must also be licensed for narrowband frequencies. If you are already licensed for narrowband, you're all set. If your license covers wideband only you will need to update your license by December 31, 2012. If you need assistance, give us a call. We can help.

    For more information about the new FCC narrowband requirements there are several resources available at Buy Two Way Radios.

    The final countdown to narrowband compliance has begun - are you ready?
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-12 - The Migration to Narrowband
    Existing License Narrowband Update
    FCC Public Notice DA 12-12

    You can also give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 or enter our live chat weekdays from 10 AM to 6 PM ET.

  • Radio 101 - How to fix garbled transmissions on Kenwood two way radios

    Are you receiving garbled or unintelligible transmissions on your Kenwood TK-3230 radios? Privacy Talk may be enabled. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony at Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to fix the problem quickly and easily and get your Kenwood radios to talk clearly again.

  • Radio 101 - How to disable Super Lock on Kenwood radios

    If your Kenwood ProTalk Series two way radios won't communicate, it is possible Super Lock was accidentally enabled. In our first episode of Radio 101, Anthony at Buy Two Way Radios explains what Super Lock does, how it can become enabled unintentionally and shows you how to easily disable it so your radios can talk.

  • TWRS-43 - Golfing With Radios

    We talk about using two way radios for golf courses. We also review the Motorola RDU4100 and RDV5100 two way radios.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:12

    Topic Discussion 1:32
    We'll discuss how golf courses use two way radios, the types of radios used, and recommend some specific models for use by golf courses. Radios discussed include the Icom IC-F4011, Kenwood TK-3300-U4P, Motorola RDU2020, Ritron Outpost 1 Series Callbox, and Ritron Loudmouth Wireless Stand-Alone PA System. For more information about radios for golf courses, read Two Way Radios For Golf Courses.

    Commercial Break 18:41
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 19:39
    Today we review the Motorola RDU4100 and RDV5100 two way radios. For instructions on updating your existing Motorola RDX Series radios For narrowband watch our video How to update Motorola RDX Series two way radios for full narrowband compliance. For an in-depth discussion on the new FCC narrowband mandate which takes effect January 1, 2013, listen to Episode 12 - The Migration to Narrowband.

    Questions and Answers 29:18
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum. Check out KD4SAI's VHF/UHF Line of Sight Calculator discussed in the Q and A.

    Wrap up and Close 36:37
    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!

    © 2012 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • The Kenwood Rebate and Multi-Charger Promotion is back for 2012

    Note: This promotion expired December 31, 2012.

    Kenwood has re-introduced their popular rebate and multi-charger offer at Buy Two Way Radios, just in time for autumn! Purchase at least six Kenwood business two way radios and get a $25-$30 rebate per radio plus a FREE multi-unit charger on select models! This is a classic deal from Kenwood with a potential savings of over $3,000!

    Are you preparing year-end purchases of radios for your company or organization? You're in luck. Purchase the radios, get a free multi-charger for them and get cash back, saving even more on your budget!

    Kenwood also has a separate, special rebate offer on the ProTalk XLS TK-3230 (without multi-charger). Purchase at least six TK-3230 radios and you qualify for a $25 rebate per radio with a potential savings of up to $1,200. The TK-3230 offer does not include a multi-charger, but it's still a great deal.

    The following Kenwood business radios qualify for the rebate promotion:

    Model Offer
    Kenwood TK-2300-V4P (VHF) $25 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-2300-V16P (VHF) $25 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-3300-U4P(UHF) $25 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-3300-U16P (UHF) $25 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-2302-V16P (VHF) $30 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-3302-U16P (UHF) $30 rebate plus multi-charger
    Kenwood TK-3230 (UHF) $25 rebate

    This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the rebate and/or multi-unit charger will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your rebate form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios through December 31, 2012. Limit of one multi-unit charger per six radios. 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-22130.

    NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before January 7, 2013. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.

  • TWRS-41 - Radios In School

    We talk about using two way radios for schools. We also review the Ritron Loudmouth PA wireless public address system.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:15

    Topic Discussion 1:34
    Today we'll talk about using two way radios in schools. We'll discuss some of the advantages of using radios in a school facility, the types of radios used, and recommend some specific models for use in educational institutions. Radios discussed include the Icom IC-F4011, Kenwood ProTalk XLS TK-3230, and Vertex VX-231-AG7B two way radios. For more information about radios for educators, read Two Way Radios for Schools and Universities.

    Commercial Break 14:32
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 15:30
    Today we review the Ritron Loudmouth PA wireless public address system.

    Questions and Answers 22:07
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 29:01
    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!

    © 2012 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • Kenwood Rebate Promotion Ends Soon!

    Kenwood Rebate.png
    The special promotion on Kenwood business two way radios is about to expire at Buy Two Way Radios. If you are planning to purchase or upgrade radios for your business or operation at our already low prices, now is the time to take advantage of this rebate offer and save!

    Purchase at least six Kenwood TK-3230 radios and you qualify for a $25 rebate per radio with a maximum purchase of 48 radios for a potential savings of $1,200!

    Purchase at least six Kenwood TK-2300V16P or TK-3300U16P radios and you qualify for a $30 rebate per radio with a maximum of 48 radios and a potential savings of over $1,440!

    This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your rebate form. This offer valid on up to a maximum purchase of 48 radios through July 31, 2012. To redeem the rebate, visit http://protalkrebates.kenwoodusa.com.

    NOTE: Rebates must be postmarked on or before August 6, 2012. Read the Kenwood promotional flyer for full details.

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