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  • Midland introduces new T290 and T295 GMRS radios

    Midland T290VP4 GMRS Two Way RadiosWhen the FCC re-wrote the rules for Part 95 in 2017, there was some expectation that the market would become inundated with higher powered FRS radios aimed specifically at small, on-site business users as well as consumers. As expected, radio manufactures have indeed added more FRS radios to their product lines, and the license free Family Radio Service, now allowing more powerful radios, continues to be popular among business and personal users alike. Up until now, the GMRS has largely been ignored. That may be starting to change. With the introduction of the new T290 and T295, Midland seems to be shifting focus back to the GMRS.

    The T290VP4 and T295VP4 are two new additions to the Midland X-Talker line. The family resemblance is quite apparent. In fact, they are reminiscent of several other radios in the T70 series, although not as contoured, as an LXT633. They have the same general features and operate on the same frequencies as their T70 cousins. The difference, then? it's all about power. The T71, T75 and T77VP5 are all FRS radios, operating at well below 2 watts. The T290 and T295 are GMRS models, capable of transmitting at nearly 3 watts.

    Midland T290VP4 GMRS Two Way RadioT290VP4
    The Midland T290 is most like the T77 in features and function. It has the 22 GMRS channels plus 14 extra channels pre-programmed with privacy codes, which at first glances seems somewhat gimmicky in terms of "more channels", but can actually be convenient for those who want to filter out unwanted chatter from others but don't want to take the time or effort to set manually a CTCSS or DCS code to a channel themselves. As for the choice of codes, the T290 has 121 available, which can be very helpful if you are in an area where the airwaves are clogged.

    In addition to the GMRS channels, the T290 also has 10 NOAA weather channels with weather alert. It includes a weather scan feature to maximize its benefits as an emergency weather radio. It features 9 level e-Vox, silent operation, channel scan, and 5 call tones. It also has adjustable high, medium and low power settings.

    The T290 is cosmetically pleasing, with an attractive black and silver two tone color scheme. It's fully compatible with other FRS/GMRS radios, but as a higher power radio, it does require a GMRS license to operate. The X-Talker T290VP4 Value Pack comes with two radios, a dual pocket desktop charger, AC adapter, two C-ring style earpieces with in-line PTT, two belt clips, and two 700mAh battery packs. Price- $89.99.

    Midland T295VP4 GMRS Two Way RadioT295VP4
    The Midland T295 is the same radio as the T290, with two important differences. The first one obviously cosmetic. It's camo, using the same Mossy Oak® camouflage design used by the T75VP3 known as Break-Up Country. If you're a fan of camo, this may be quite appealing. If not, stick with the T290.

    The other difference with the T295 is audible. The T290 has 5 call tones. The T295 replaces those with 5 animal calls. These include Cougar, Duck, Crow, Wolf, and Turkey. Like the GXT1050, T65VP3 and T75, This is clearly a radio designed with hunting and other outdoor activities in mind.

    As with the T290, the T295 requires a GMRS license to operate. The X-Talker T295VP4 Value Pack includes two radios, a dual pocket desktop charger, AC adapter, two C-ring style earpieces with in-line PTT, two belt clips, and two 700mAh battery packs. Price- $99.99.

    While part of the X-Talker line, the T290 and T290 lack a couple of features that are standard with the other T-Series radios. Most notable is the USB port. Simply put, there isn't one. Most, if not all of the other models in the series allow drop-in and USB plug-in charging. The T290 and T295 allow plug-in charging, but through a dual purpose two-pin audio/charge port only. Also, Many other X-Talker radios provide for multiple power options for greater versatility, most notably the option to switch from rechargeable batteries to alkalines, and vice-versa. The T290 and T295 do not offer this option. They operate on NiMH rechargeable battery packs only. It's not necessarily a deal breaker, but something to consider when shopping around.

    Some GMRS operators may note the lack of certain features expected of a dedicated GMRS radio. The first is a detachable antenna. It isn't an option with these radios. The second is a higher capacity lithium-ion battery, a preferred choice for some GMRS users who transmit on higher duty cycles. Also, these radios are not repeater capable.

    General Mobile Radio Service operators who need a radio with a heavier duty cycle or repeater capability for use on the GMRS may want to opt for something like an MXT115, MXT275 or MXT400 MicroMobile radio. However, if you just need a consumer grade GMRS radio for recreational use or on the go, the T290 and T295 are pretty good buys that may fit the bill.

  • The Midland BizTalk BR200 business radio video

    Midland is well known for its popular consumer 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.

    In this video, Danny introduces the BR200 with an overview of its features and functionality. It's available in both a single Midland BR200 package and a six pack/multi charger combo from Buy Two Way Radios.

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  • How to set up repeater channels on the Midland MXT400

    Midland MXT400 Micromobile GMRS Two Way RadioThe Midland MXT400 Micromobile radio is quite popular for several reasons. It's a high wattage GMRS radio, it has NOAA weather channels, and it's mobile. One feature stands out from all the rest. This GMRS radio is also repeater capable.

    The support for repeater channels is important, because there are few radios around today with repeater capability that are also FCC Part 95 type accepted for the GMRS. In fact, at the time this article was published, there are only three, and all of them are manufactured by Midland.

    So, now you have a new Midland MXT400, and you want to connect to local GMRS repeaters. Only one question remains. How do you set up repeater channels on the Midland MXT400?

    It's actually quite simple and can be done very quickly, once you know how to access the repeater channels. The trick is how to find and activate them.

    The General Mobile Radio Service, or GMRS, consists of 30 frequencies that include 22 GMRS and 8 GMRS repeater frequencies. As a general rule, these frequencies are pre-programmed to specific channels by the manufacturer, which are standard across the industry. The frequencies on repeater channels RP15-RP22 are preset, as they are pre-assigned frequencies for all repeaters operating on the GMRS. To put it simply, they are already programmed into the the MXT400. All you need to do is activate them.

    How to activate the repeater channels

    • Step 1. Press and hold [Menu] for 3 seconds to enter Menu Mode.
    • Step 2. Press [Call] or [Plvl] to navigate the menu options until REP appears on the display.
    • Step 3. Turn the Channel Knob to choose REP--ON.
    • Step 4. Press [Select] to confirm.
    • Step 5. Press [Scn/Mon] to exit the Repeater Channel option.

    Some GMRS repeaters are open, and do not require Tone Squelch (T/SQ) codes to access them. However, others do. If you need to enter CTCSS/DCS codes used by individual repeater systems, these can be easily set by assigning the specific code to each repeater channel on the MXT400. Simply go to the channel and assign the code according to the instructions in the MXT400 user manual. GMRS repeaters generally use the same CTCSS code for both RX and TX frequencies, so you should be able to assign just one code to the channel. The user manual includes a table of the CTCSS codes along with the corresponding code frequency in Hz for each. For instance, Code 12 is 100.0 Hz, so if the repeater is Output 462.6750 MHz, Input 467.6750, MHz 100.0 Hz, set code 12 into the channel RP 20 to access the repeater.

    You can set a different CTCSS/DCS code for each channel on the radio, including the repeater channels.

    How to set a CTCSS code for a repeater channel

    • Step 1. Turn the Channel Knob to the desired repeater channel.
    • Step 2. Press [TS/DCS] once to access the CTCSS Privacy Code settings.
    • Step 3. Turn the Channel Knob to until the desired CTCSS code appears on the display.
    • Step 4. Press [Select] to confirm.
      The T/SQ icon will appear on the display to confirm your selection.
    • Step 5. Press [Scn/Mon] to exit the Privacy Code option.

    How to set a DCS code for a repeater channel

    • Step 1. Turn the Channel Knob to the desired repeater channel.
    • Step 2. Press [TS/DCS] twice to access the DCS Privacy Code settings.
    • Step 3. Turn the Channel Knob to until the desired DCS code appears on the display.
    • Step 4. Press [Select] to confirm.
      The DCS icon will appear on the display to confirm your selection.
    • Step 5. Press [Scn/Mon] to exit the Privacy Code option.

    There you have it! That's all you need to do to set up repeater channels on the Midland MXT400. For reference, a chart of GMRS repeater channels and frequencies is listed below.

    GMRS Repeater Channels and Frequencies

    GMRS Repeater Channels and Frequencies
    Channel Type RX Frequency TX Frequency
    RPT15 GMRS 462.5500 467.5500
    RPT16 GMRS 462.5750 467.5750
    RPT17 GMRS 462.6000 467.6000
    RPT18 GMRS 462.6250 467.6250
    RPT19 GMRS 462.6500 467.6500
    RPT20 GMRS 462.6750 467.6750
    PRT21 GMRS 462.7000 467.7000
    RPT22 GMRS 462.7250 467.7250
  • December holiday sale on select Midland radios!

    December Holiday Sale on Select Midland RadiosStill need to find that perfect gift for the holidays? Midland radios are a a great way to go! For two weeks only, buy a pair of T31X3VP3 or T71VP3 radios and save $10 on your purchase. Buy a Midland WR400 Emergency Weather Radio radio and save $10!

    • Midland T31X3VP3 Two Way Radio Triple Pack for $59.99 only $49.99!
      This isn't a two pack, it's a three pack of radios, at a traditional 2-pack price. The T31 has all 22 FRS/GMRS channels, NOAA weather channels, weather alert, 38 privacy codes, and is license free, for essentially anyone to use.
    • Midland X-TALKER T71VP3 Two Way Radios for $79.99 only $69.99!
      This higher end X-Talker radio features all 22 FRS/GMRS channels plus 14 extra channels, advanced weather technology with weather scan, weather alert, 121 privacy codes and vibrate alert.
    • Midland WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio w/Alarm Clock for $69.99 only $59.99!
      This weather radio is a perfect gift for family, friends, or anyone to show you care about their safety. The WR 400 features S.A.M.E. digital technology, a loud 85dB siren alarm, voice alerts and tri-color alert level indicators. The WR400 supports all 7 NOAA and Environment Canada weather channels. It allows you to customize alerts and has 25 programmable locations. It also features an AM-FM radio, a time and dual alarm clock with snooze, and a USB port for charging a cell phone or other device. The WR400 is your early warning system against severe weather and civil emergencies 24/7.

    This offer expires midnight December 29, 2018. We have a limited supply, so buy now while we have yours in stock.

  • Save on select Midland X-TALKER radios for the holidays!

    Midland X-TALKER Sale!It's a known fact that two way radios make excellent gifts, and a Midland X-Talker is an excellent choice. Now there is an even better reason to gift them, an excellent price! For two weeks only, buy a pair of T51X3VP3 radios and save $5 on your purchase. Buy a pair of T61VP3 radios and save $10!

    • Midland T51X3VP3 Two Way Radio Triple Pack for $74.99 only $69.99!
      That's right, this pack includes not two, but three radios, at a price you would expect for a traditional 2-pack. This radio has all 22 FRS/GMRS channels, NOAA weather radio, weather alert, 38 privacy codes,and is license free, so essentially anyone can use them.
    • Midland X-TALKER T61VP3 Two Way Radios for $69.99 only $59.99!
      This radio features all 22 FRS/GMRS channels plus 14 extra channels, advanced weather technology with weather scan, weather alert and a 121 privacy codes.

    This offer expires midnight December 15, 2018. We have a limited supply of each model in our warehouse, so act now while we have yours in stock.

  • The Midland BizTalk BR200 buy 6 get 2 FREE offer is back!

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    Last year, Midland offered a special promotion on their new Midland BizTalk™ BR200 business two way radios. For every six purchased, Midland added 2 more radios free. The additional savings for our customers were real, so needless to say, the promotion was well received. Now it's back, and we're excited to offer it to our customers again! Beginning November 1, buy 6 Midland BizTalk™ BR200 business two way radios radios or one BR200 Two Way Radio Six Pack and Multi-Charger Combo from Buy Two Way Radios and you get TWO MORE BR200 radios FREE! That's right, every six radios or one combo pack purchased earns you not one, but two FREE BR200 radios! The maximum purchase eligible for this offer is 60 radios, with a potential maximum of 20 FREE radios! This is an amazing offer from Midland on their business radios and is available from now until the end of February 2019.

    This is a manufacturer offer, so it's fulfilled by Midland directly. Midland will ship the the free radios after the company receives your online submission form.

    the offer is valid on up to 60 radios per customer or company purchased from November 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. Download the promotion flyer for details. A minimum of 6 BR200 radios or one BR200X6BGC 6 Pack Bundle must be purchased to qualify. Midland's rebate terms and conditions apply.

    NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm CST on Friday, March 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.

  • Using two way radios on your fall or winter vacation

    Vacation. Just that one word brings to mind a multitude of emotions and kick starts the good endorphins in your brain. Summer's just come to an end, schools started and the cool weather has already arrived. You're ready to start planning that fall/winter vacation; skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing or specialty hunting trip. No matter where you dream trip takes you this season Buy Two Way Radios is here to handle your communications needs.

    Whether you are snowmobiling, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, fishing or hiking and hunting in the back woods we've got you covered. We all know the higher you climb into the mountains or the further you trek into the wilderness the trickier your cell phone coverage becomes. We offer a range of radios to fit your price and your specific needs.

    Most consumer two way radios will allow you to keep up to date on current and changing weather conditions via the NOAA channels. Stay in contact with family and friends from the lodge or base camp. Two way radios are incredibly affordable and can provide you a sense of security and safety when your family and friends are out of sight.

    If you are looking for an exceptional and affordable consumer radio that works great for any of the above mentioned scenarios, offers FRS/GMRS UHF frequencies at five watts of power, is water resistant and has a 3 years manufacturer warranty, then the Midland GXT1000VP4 is the radio for you. Priced for any budget at 69.99 plus shipping, you will receive a set of radios, 2 rechargeable battery packs a dual drop-in charger that can be used desktop or on the move in your car with the included
    car plug adapter. Each set of radios also includes 2 Midland AVP-1 headsets.

    Have questions or need more information? Please visit our web site or call our toll free customer service line at 800-584-1445 and speak to one of our knowledgeable sales reps. Hope your fall/winter vacation is everything you dreamed it to be.

  • Radio 101 - How to set the power level on the Midland GXT1000

    The Midland GXT1000 allows you to set the power levels on select channels to maximize battery life and boost the transmit range as needed. However, there are limitations.

    In this episode of Radio 101, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast shows you how to set the power level on the Midland GXT1000VP4 and GXT1050VP4 GMRS two way radios. He also explains which channels override this setting and why.

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  • Midland, Motorola and Kenwood business radio channel compatibility

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    The Midland BizTalk BR200 is a very capable, yet underrated business radio. It's also unbelievably affordable. At only $90, the BR200 is priced well below other onsite business radios such as the Motorola CLS1110, CLS1410, the Kenwood PKT-23 and the 6-channel Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX. If that weren't enough, the BR200 can communicate with all four of those models and, at 2 watts, it has twice the wattage of the Motorolas!

    If you have a fleet of Motorola or Kenwood radios and want to add a BizTalk BR200 into the mix, chances are you probably can.

    However, you need to do a little research first to be sure your radios are compatible before you buy. How? It's easier than you think.

    First, check the list of assigned and supported frequencies for the radios you currently use. If you are using channels with the default assigned frequencies, check the default frequency table in your radio's manual. If you are using another frequency supported by the radio, cross reference the frequency code number assigned to the channel(s) in your radio with the list of those codes and frequencies printed in the owner's manual for each make and model.

    Once you know the frequency and privacy code (if any) assigned to each channel in your radio, search for the same frequency or frequency and privacy code combination listed on the Midland BizTalk BR200 Default Frequencies Chart. If you find a match, your radio should be compatible for use with the Midland BizTalk BR200.

    If you are using the default frequencies pre-assigned to the first one or two channels on your Motorola or Kenwood radio out of the box, it's even easier, since the BR200 may already have same frequency and privacy code configuration on the same channel. The chart below matches the default frequency and channel assignments of the Midland BizTalk BR200 with the channels of the Motorola and Kenwood radios.

    Business Radio Default Frequencies Channel Compatibility

    Default Frequency Channel
    BR200 CLS1110 CLS1410 PKT-23 TK-3230DX Frequency Code
    1 1 1 1 1 464.5500 67.0
    2 - 2 2 2 467.9250 67.0
    3 - 3 - - 467.8500 67.0
    4 - 4 - - 467.8750 67.0
  • Midland BizTalk BR200 Default Frequencies

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    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
    BR200 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.

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