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November 26, 2017

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 week only!

    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 18, 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)
    Back by popular demand! This week only!

    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.

  • FREE Leixen Camo Back Pack Bag with purchase of a Leixen VV-898P or VV-898SP backpack radio ($30 value)
    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)
    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)
    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 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)
    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!
      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
      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
      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
      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!
      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!
      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!
      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!
      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!
      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!

    November 8, 2017

    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!

    October 17, 2017

    TYT MD-2017 Price Reduction!

    MD-2017-unboxing.jpgGreat news for DMR fans! TYT just announced a price reduction on the MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio to only $159 effective immediately!

    Originally priced at $219, the TYT MD-2017 arrived this summer and quickly became of most popular handheld amateur radios of the year. Now, this dramatic $60 price drop will likely place make the MD-2017 the best overall value, as well.

    We were just notified by TYT of the price reduction and we've already adjusted our pricing. There's never been a better time to buy two way radios, and now it's a great time to go DMR!

    October 6, 2017

    Come see us at the 65th Annual Rock Hill Hamfest!

    Come see us at the 65th Annual Rock Hill Hamfest!

    The The 65th Annual Rock Hill Hamfest will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Buy Two Way Radioswill be there! This year the hamfest will located at New Kirk Baptist Church, 175 Museum Road in Rock Hill, SC from 7 AM to 1 PM ET. General admission is $5 per person and tailgating parking spaces are $5 each.

    Activities include door prizes, an ARRL Forum and VE Testing for those who want to obtain an amateur radio license or upgrade an existing one. The Raffle Prize will be a TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio, courtesy of Buy Two Way Radios!

    Visit our booth for a first look at some new products and demos of popular handheld and mobile amateur radios. As always, you can ragchew with our sales staff and walk away with some special discounts, deals and maybe even a freebie just for stopping by!

    The Rock Hill Hamfest is sponsored by the York County (SC) Amateur Radio Society. For more information visit rockhillhamfest.ycars.org.

    August 29, 2017

    Part 95 Reform effective September 2017

    Well, the wait is over. It's finally about to happen. Part 95 reform will officially become effective September 2017.

    Earlier this year we reported on a final consideration by the FCC to completely reform the Part 95 rules on Personal Radio Services. The decision passed unanimously during the FCC's monthly open commission meeting May 18th, and upon its passage, many of the publications incorporated in the new rules were to take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

    The question was, when would it be published?

    We discussed this in episode 113 of the Two Way Radio Show Podcast, and as promised, we continued to follow up on it since. We've been keeping tabs on it throughout the summer, checking the Federal Register daily for any indication of any notice of a publication online.

    Now it's here. Personal Radio Service Reform was published in the Federal Register this morning, August 29, 2017. As many of these rules become effective 30 days after publication, this means those rules will become official on September 28.

    As stated in the Federal Register, "Effective September 28, 2017. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 28, 2017."

    What does this mean for users of two way radios on the Personal Radio Services? A lot. For one, it's a big win for users of lower power FRS/GMRS radios, particularly the millions who do not have a GMRS license and were previously using those radios "illegally". Now, users of consumer FRS/GMRS radios or walkie talkies operating at 2 watts or less are licensed by rule, meaning that these radios can be used without applying for or purchasing a license to use them. In effect, Anyone can purchase one of these radios and use it legally.

    This is a big win for consumers who rely on these radios for personal, business and recreational activities These radios are now considered FRS only, and they can essentially be used by anyone in the US who needs or wants one.

    This is also a win for licensed GMRS users, who have long complained about the illegal use and interference by unlicensed users of low powered combo FRS/GMRS or "bubble pack" radios on GMRS channels and repeaters. The new rules provide them with more exclusivity on the GMRS and a more serious attempt by the FCC to prevent the GMRS from degenerating into a service many feared would become "the next CB".

    There are many changes intended to benefit other Personal Radio Services as well, including CB. Read this summary of key changes to Part 95 for details.

    June 21, 2017

    The TYT MD-2017 is here!

    MD-2017-2.jpgThe rollout of the first dual band DMR handheld radio from TYT is without a doubt one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events of 2017 in the world of digital two way radios. We receive numerous e-mails, messages, phone calls and comments on our blog, Facebook page and YouTube channel from DMR radio enthusiasts everywhere every day, and all of them asking that same burning question: when will the MD-2017 arrive?

    Well, the wait is officially over. The TYT MD-2017 is here!

    We received part of our shipment yesterday June 20 and some our initial pre-orders were fulfilled at that time. The rest of them arrived today June 21, and all pre-orders are leaving our warehouse today. If you pre-ordered an MD-2017, your radio is now on its way. If you haven't pre-ordered, we are pleased to announce the TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio is now available for purchase for immediate shipment while our supplies last.

    In addition, we now have the winner in our Two Way Radio Show TYT MD-2017 Guess the Date contest! This contest, first announced in episode #111 of the The Two Way Radio Show Podcast, asked contestants to guess when the MD-2017 would arrive at our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios. The prize was a FREE MD-2017 radio! The runner up will receive a swag bag and a Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt.

    We received a very large number of entries, making this the biggest contest in the six year history of our podcast. The winners are being notified and will be announced in episode #114 of the Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

    If you haven't yet heard about the new MD-2017, you can get a first look at it up close in our extremely popular TYT MD-2017 unboxing video. You can hear a discussion about this brand new first-of-a-kind dual bander in episode #111 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

    Of course, if you have any other questions about the new TYT MD-2017, available accessories or any of our other products at Buy Two Way Radios, feel free to contact us.

    June 7, 2017

    New software converts MD-380 codeplug for TYT MD-2017

    MD-2017 software-88.jpgThe TYT MD-2017 is one of the most eagerly awaited new radios of the year in the DMR community, and with good reason. It isn't just another digital radio. It's a dual band portable handheld DMR transceiver, the first of its kind.

    Many hams using DMR who are fans of the popular single band TYT MD-380 are already planning to upgrade to the new dual band model. TYT manufactures both radios, so it's only natural to wonder if a code plug for the MD-380 will also work in the MD-2017, and if not, if there is a way to convert an existing MD-380 codeplug into one the MD-2017 can use.

    We wondered about this as well. Sales Manager Anthony Roque from Buy Two Way Radios and the Two Way Radio Show Podcast, a ham who is active on DMR, has been working very hard with TYT for a long time now to design the MD-2017 programming software with the ability to allow our customers to take their codeplug from their MD-380 and use it in the MD-2017.

    FINALLY, it is done. We just received the software this morning and Anthony is currently testing it with his radios. His initial assessment? According to Anthony, "So far so good ...as of right now it can be done." Of course, he will continue testing it throughout the day for bugs, but so far, it seems to be working. If all goes well, we plan to release it this afternoon at Buy Two Way Radios and update this article with a link to the download.

    Update: The TYT MD-2017 software is now available!

    There is one caveat. The software allows the MD-380 codeplug to work in the MD-2017. However, once the codeplug is uploaded to the MD-2017, it cannot be exported from the 2017 and loaded back into the MD-380.

    TYT also released a new firmware update for the MD-2017 to accommodate the code plug conversion and fix a few bugs. The new firmware resolves the following:
    • Resolved an audio issue in repeater mode, when the same frequency is on both A and B sides and one is on time slot 1 and the other is on time slot 2
    • Under the Zone setting, the same channel can now be assigned for both A and B sides
    • The MD-2017 can open and use the data from the MD-380
    • In Digital Mode, the Monitor function can monitor the conversations in different group and single calls
    TYT assured us the new firmware would be included with the radio when it arrives. We expect to receive the MD-2017 in our warehouse within the next two weeks.

    Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized dealer for TYT in the USA.

    Want to know more about the new TYT MD-2017? Check out our other resources!
    TYT MD-2017 unboxing video
    Two Way Radio Show Podcast #111 - The New TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio
    New dual band DMR digital radio coming from TYT


    May 18, 2017

    FCC ruling on Part 95 reform


    In 2010, the FCC proposed changing Part 95 rules on Personal Radio Services, including the FRS, GMRS and CB. The commission introduced WT Docket No. 10-119 and solicited comments from the public. The commission issued a proposed Report and Order April 27, 2017 to reform Part 95. After nearly seven years, the FCC brought the proposal up for consideration and a possible ruling at their monthly Open Commission Meeting on the morning of May 18, 2017.

    Consideration of the Report and Order for Part 95 reform was the third item on the meeting agenda. Nese Guendelsberger, Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, introduced the proposed report and order to the commission.

    FCC Mobility Division Deputy Chief Tom Derenge presented the proposal. "We did a thorough review of all Part 95 rules because many are decades old and contained outdated requirements and are inconsistent with current uses of the services", Derenge stated.

    Commissioner Michael O'Rielly attempted to answer the long standing question as to why it took so long to rule on the proposal. "Seven years later and no one has a great reason for the delay", O'Rielly said, and then added "though it's clearly not the fault of the staff."

    After a very short consideration, the Part 95 Reform Report and Order was unanimously approved by the commissioners. For details, read the official FCC press release.

    According to the FCC, rules usually become effective 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register.

    For a review of key changes to the new Part 95 rules, read FCC considers reform of Part 95 rules for personal radio services. We discuss the proposal in depth in Episode 112 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

    May 17, 2017

    Motorola extends the warranty on business two way radios

    Motorola-CLS1410.jpgMotorola announced an extension of their warranty on all Motorola business two way radios. All business radio series previously covered for one year will now be covered for by a two year replacement warranty. According to the company, the new warranty also applies to all models already sold and currently in use.

    Radios affected by the new two year warranty include all CLS, CLP, DLR, DTR, RDX (also known as RD), and RM series. All manufacturer branded Motorola business two way radio accessories are still covered by the standard one year replacement warranty.

    The new two year warranty is now in effect.

    Questions? contact us at 1-800-584-1445 from 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays, send us an e-mail or enter our live chat at www.buytwowyradios.com.

    April 28, 2017

    FCC considers reform of Part 95 rules for personal radio services

    New-Channel-Allotment-For-FRS-and-GMRS.pngIn June 2010, the FCC proposed sweeping changes to personal radio services, including the GMRS. WT Docket No. 10-119 included proposals such as lowering power limits of GMRS radios to 2 watts, changing the allowance for GMRS repeaters and, most notably, eliminating the license requirement for GMRS and license by rule. Now, after 7 long years, the FCC has finally moved to consider a ruling on these proposed changes, and more. The ruling didn't limit these changes to the GMRS, but affected FRS, CB, MURS, and other personal radio services. In effect, the FCC isn't merely wanting to change Part 95 rules, they are planning to reform them.

    This Report and Order is a major re-write of the Part 95 Rules. It was apparently reorganized to make it more consistent and easier to read, and eliminating "Q&A" style structuring of some rules in the document. According to the FCC, the rules are being overhauled "to modernize them, remove outdated requirements, and reorganize them to make it easier to find information." In re-writing the rules, the commission hopes to make them "consistent, clear and concise".

    Whether or not the FCC actually achieves this objective remains to be seen. The new Part 95 is still a long read, and at 114 pages, the full Report and Order, which includes the new Part 95 rules, is even longer. However, the changes are significant. For users of FRS, GMRS, and CB radios, here is a summary of key changes to those services.

    Family Radio Service (FRS)
    FRS would now have 22 channels. All 22 channels that today's combination FRS/GMRS radios use will become part of FRS. All FRS channels are also allotted to the GMRS channels on a shared basis.

    FRS would now have higher wattage. Previously, FRS was limited to one-half of one watt. The new rules allow FRS radios to transmit at up to 2 watts of power. According to the FCC's new rules, "Each FRS transmitter type must be designed such that the effective radiated power (ERP) on channels 8 through 14 does not exceed 0.5 Watts and the ERP on channels 1 through 7 and 15 through 22 does not exceed 2.0 Watts."

    FRS radios may transmit digital data Previously, FRS transmissions were limited to voice conversations. Now, these units may also transmit and receive digital data as well. This includes location information or brief text messages to and from other FRS or GMRS stations. The FCC states " Digital data transmissions must be initiated by a manual action of the operator, except that a FRS unit receiving an interrogation request may automatically respond with its location."

    FRS will be allowed to be combined with Part 15 devices. This would permit combination with technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    FRS license by rule is still the rule, but different. Many current combination FRS/GMRS handheld two way radios will be reclassified as FRS and not require an individual license to operate on any of 22 the channels. In effect, if the currently classified FRS/GMRS radio transmits below 2 watts, it's officially an FRS radio and doesn't require a license to operate. Both individuals and businesses now seem to be explicitly authorized for use on the FRS.

    General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)
    GMRS would have 30 channels. The GMRS is allotted 30 total channels consisting of 16 main channels and 14 interstitial channels. The GMRS operators may use their GMRS station for two-way plain language voice communications with other GMRS stations and with FRS units for personal or business activities.

    GMRS can still be used with repeaters. The rules allow for use of GMRS with repeaters on specified channels. GMRS repeater, base and fixed stations may be operated by remote control.

    GMRS radios may transmit digital data. As with FRS, digital location information, requests for location information, and brief text messages to another specific unit are now allowed to be transmitted over GMRS. Previously this was allowed to Garmin through a special waiver.

    GMRS still requires a license but for a longer term. Previously, a GMRS license was valid for 5 years. Licenses are now valid for 10 years. As for current FRS/GMRS radios, If it transmits above 2 watts, it's a GMRS radio and needs a license. Current repeater capable FRS/GMRS radios will be classified as GMRS and require a license. A license is still issued for use by individuals and their immediate families. Immediate family members are the licensee's spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Non-individuals are grandfathered in.

    Citizen's Band Radio Service (CBRS)
    "Citizens Band Radio Service" would be officially named "CB Radio Service". Cordless microphones are allowed on CB. The restriction of long-range communications for CB has been eliminated, however the power limit was not increased. The CB serial number no longer required to be engraved into the transmitter chassis. Manufacturers are no longer required to include the FCC rules with CB radios.

    Other notable changes affecting all of these services
    • Voice obscuring features would be prohibited across the entire PRS.
    • Continued use of existing radios that include scrambling features are not prohibited.
    • 18 months after adoption, no person shall be permitted to manufacture, import, sell, or offer for sale any equipment that incorporates voice scrambling or obscuring for any of the PRS regardless of previous certification.
    • Radios combining multiple services will no longer be approved. This includes FRS and GMRS (although GMRS is compatible with FRS).
    Note: The reform is under tentative consideration by the FCC at its open meeting scheduled for May 18, 2017. From the FCC: "The issues... and the Commission's ultimate resolution of those issues remain under consideration and subject to change. This document does not constitute any official action by the Commission."

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