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  • Get a $10 Rebate on the Midland GXT1000!

    Note: This promotion expired December 20, 2017 and is no longer available.

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    For a limited time, get a $10 rebate on the Midland GXT1000 when you purchase it from Buy Two Way Radios! Buy a set of Midland GXT1000VP4 GMRS radios between November 20 and December 20, 2017 and you qualify for a $10 Mail-in Rebate straight from the manufacturer!

    This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so your rebate will be mailed to you after Midland receives your mail-in rebate redemption form. The rebate offer is valid on products purchased from November 20 through December 20, 2017. Limit of two (2) GXT1000VP4 value pack rebates per household (each value pack includes two radios, for a total of four radios). The products must be purchased from Buy Two Way Radios to qualify.

    The rebate form must be mailed by January 18, 2018. Click here for rebate form with full details. To track your rebate, go to www.reward-central.com/Midland and follow the instructions.

    NOTE: Radios must be purchased from Buy Two Way Radios between November 20, 2017 and December 20, 2017 to qualify. Rebate will be issued in U.S. funds. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

  • Save $10 now on Motorola Talkabout T460 radios!

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    This week only, save $10 on the purchase of Motorola Talkabout T460 two way radios!

    The T460 is regularly priced at $79, but for one week only, Motorola has reduced the price to only $69 a pair!

    *Offer valid November 18-25, 2017 on a minimum purchase of one pair of T460 radios. Read the official Motorola flyer for details. No rain checks. Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Motorola dealer.

  • 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!

  • XLT Communications Launches Affordable RC6 Series Multi-Chargers

    We've been selling business radios for quite a while now. One thing that we hear pretty often from customers is that they like the idea of the 6-unit multi-charger. After all, most businesses have a central location for charging radios and adding dozens of individual chargers quickly turns into a disorganized heap of plastic and wires. The problem is, some radio manufacturers have multi-chargers that tend to break the bank (I'm looking at you, Icom and Vertex Standard).

    Fairly regularly, we'll have a customer with Icom or Vertex Standard radios ask about a multi-charger, only to change their mind when they hear the $300-$400 price. Motorola and Kenwood, on the other hand, have much better options with their on-site business radio series, providing chargers that generally retail in the $150-$200 range.

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    Well, there are now some lower priced options available! XLT Communications has released five new chargers as their RC6 Series. These chargers work with popular low cost Icom and Vertex Standard radios. They are rapid chargers, fully charging a dead battery in around two hours. They also are capable of charging a battery separate from a radio, and can be wall mounted.

    Kenwood has taken a different route with their multi-chargers, so they are a different situation. Their multi-chargers are reasonably priced, but they are more of an organizer for the individual chargers than an all encompassing multi-charger. The KMB-28, for example, is a tray with a power cord. You snap in your individual KSC-35S chargers (that were included with the radios) and create a multi-charger. Power cords are built into the KMB-28, so it does provide the organization most businesses need. If you're looking for an all-in-one solution, however, the XLT RC6-K45L does provide it and even at a slightly lower price.

    The following are the models available, their prices, and compatible radios.

    RC6-I232 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-232H battery, including the Icom F4011, F3011, F24, and F14.

    RC6-I265 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-265 battery, including the Icom F4001, F3001, F4210D, F3210D, T70A, and V80.

    RC6-I279 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-279 or BP-280 batteries, including the Icom F1000, F2000, F1000D, and F2000D.

    RC6-K45L ($149.00) - Works with Kenwood radios that use the KNB-45L battery, including the Kenwood NX-240, NX-340, TK-2400, TK-2402, TK-3400, TK-3402, TK-2300, TK-2302, TK-3300, and TK-3302.

    RC6-VSUNI ($169.00) - Works with the Vertex Standard UNI battery system, including radios that use any of the following battery models: FNB-V127LI-UNI, FNB-V128LI-UNI, FNB-V129LI-UNI, FNB-V129LIIS-UNI, FNB-V130LI-UNI, FNB-V133LI-UNI, FNB-V134LI-UNI, FNB-V134LIIS-UNI. Works with the following Vertex Standard radios series: EVX-260, EVX-530, VX-260, VX-450, VX-820, VX-920.

  • 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!

  • TWRS-116 - Two Way Radio News For Fall 2017

    Two Way Radio Show
    We discuss some of the latest news about two way radios for Fall 2017. We also review the new Motorola Talkabout T280 Two Way Radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:20

    Discussion Topic 1:38
    we discuss what's new for the last quarter of 2017. We'll tell you about a surprising change in the Kenwood business radio line, the unexpected popularity of a new Midland GMRS radio, two new mobiles from Wouxun and some new additions to the Motorola Talkabout series just in time for the holidays.

    Commercial Break 29:58
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 30:54
    We review the new Motorola Talkabout T280 Two Way Radio.

    Questions and Answers 37:45
    We read comments and questions from e-mail, Two Way Radio Blog and Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 49:37
    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!

    © 2017 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


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

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

    The 65th Annual Rock Hill Hamfest will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 and Buy Two Way Radios will 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.

  • Which FRS and GMRS radios are license free?

    In May 2017 the FCC ruled on Part 95 reform. Starting today, September 28, 2017 the new rules are now in effect. There were many changes, but here's the big one. Consumer FRS/GMRS two way radios 2 watts or less are now considered FRS radios and are license free!

    Technically speaking, the radios are now licensed by rule, which means that you are no longer required to apply for a GMRS license from the FCC to use these lower powered models with 22 channels, even on those previously considered the 8 GMRS frequencies. The simple act of purchasing the radios gives you a license to use them on all 22 channels.

    Since most of the models, particularly those sold in retail 2-packs or "bubble packs" do not include actual power ratings or wattage on the packaging or the product marketing spec sheets, only one question remains. Which FRS/GMRS radios are within the 2 watt power limit and are now considered FRS?

    The truth is, most of the FRS/GMRS combo radios currently on the market are under 2 watts and follow the new rules as FRS only radios. In addition to the wattage requirement, any models that are capable of operating on GMRS repeater frequencies are considered GMRS radios and require a GMRS license to operate. Only two handheld models currently available are repeater capable and fall squarely in the category of GMRS.

    Rather than creating a long list of radios that do fall under the Family Radio Service (FRS), perhaps the easiest thing to do is list the models that don't, and are now considered GMRS only. It's a short list.

    GMRS Handheld Two Way Radios

    Make Model Power
    (Watts)
    Repeater
    Capable
    Cobra CXR925 2.8W No
    Cobra MR-HH450 DUAL 2.24W (GMRS)
    6.2W (Marine)
    No
    Midland GXT1000VP4 3.07W (high power) No
    Midland GXT1050VP4 3.07W (high power) No
    Motorola MR355R 1.32W Yes
    Olympia R500 .973W Yes

    We will continue to update this list as models are introduced. Bookmark this page or subscribe to our blog for the latest information.

  • Why upgrade to digital radios?

    Vertex-Standard-S24-2.jpgThere is a lot of talk these days about moving from analog to digital two way radios. Although It's not a new concept, these migrations are starting to pick up steam. Manufacturers are constantly adding new digital models, and these new radios are gaining more serious attention and popularity among business users who are in the market for additions or upgrades to their radio fleets.

    Some companies and organizations have moved their operations to either mixed or full digital radio communications, but many have not, opting to stick with analog models only.

    There are several reasons for this, of course. For many businesses, particularly small scale on-site operations, short range analog radios meet their current needs and expectations of performance. In short, they seem to do the job. Digital two way radios are different, and for many businesses, an unknown or little understood technology perceived to be too advanced or upscale for their current needs.

    But let's be honest. For many businesses, the primary reason is usually the cost. When they were first introduced to the marketplace, digital radios were notoriously expensive. They called into question the ROI of such a migration, as most companies considered them too pricey to seriously consider.

    However, the past few years have seen a significant drop in pricing, down to a point that now brings some digital models almost right in line with the price points of their analog cousins. These radios are now within reach of more companies and organizations, and perception is beginning change.

    Financials aside, there are still the perceived costs of time and effort to move everyone to a new system and new tech. Simple analog radio communications are still an industry standard, and companies still rely on them every day. So if the radios work and business is getting done, why change now?

    What's the point of upgrading to digital?
    There are a many advantages to using digital radios over their analog counterparts. For now, let's consider the following four:

    - Audio quality - Digital radios sound better. It's hard to describe the sound quality difference in an article, but a good comparison is HD television compared to SD television. Once you start using digital radios, you really will wish you had made the move sooner. Not only is the quality always clear (it doesn't degrade with distance), more processing can take place to eliminate background noise.

    - Security - Digital radios are also more secure than analog radios, as it's easier to add encryption and your conversation can't be heard by common handheld scanners. Although not a perfect solution for all situations, such encryption does add an extra layer of privacy and security that are a step or two above standard analog voice scrambling.

    - Call Management - Digital technology gives you the ability to manage your calls. Digital radios allow you to direct-call a single contact from your list, instead of always calling an entire group. Of course, if you want to call a group or go all out and call everyone, you can do that as well. Digital gives you control. When it comes to digital, it really is your call.

    - Text Messaging - Digital radios support text messaging. There are times when verbal communication just won't get it done, yet you still need to get the message across. Digital radios can provide pre-set or full free-form text messaging capabilities as needed, giving you more options for communicating with other members of your group or team.

    But wait, there's more.
    If you'd like to hear about more features, check out this Guide to Digital from Vertex Standard. Also, watch this video to see and hear a side by side comparison of analog to digital.

    Will you have to eventually upgrade to digital? Most likely. In 2015 the FCC stopped approving conventional analog-only radios that are 2 watts and up. All new 2+ watt radios approved by the FCC must be digital. As manufacturers discontinue old radios, their only option is to replace them with digital models. For this reason, eventually most businesses will likely find themselves using digital radios for lack of other options. At this point there is no indication that the FCC is going to force end-users to upgrade to digital.

    What's the best approach to switching to digital? There are two options: all at once, or gradually. Since replacing all of your radios at once can be an expensive undertaking, most businesses choose to do it gradually. As you add new radios to your fleet or replace older or broken radios, simply start buying digital radios instead of analog. Fortunately, all digital radios are also backwards compatible to analog radios. We can program analog channels to be compatible with your old radios, and separate digital channels for groups that are all-digital.

    We offer free basic programming for the life of any radio that you buy from us, so when you reach a high number of digital radios and want to add some advanced functionality just send the radios back to us and we'll update your programming (or you can buy a programming cable and do it yourself!)

    Do you have more questions? Migrating your radios from analog to digital feels like a hassle and is something that most people would just rather not deal with. We understand that and we try to make the process as simple as possible. Contact our sales department today and we'll quickly get you on the right track.

  • Motorola Buy 6 Get a Free Multi-Charger Plus Prepaid Card Promo

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    It's that time of year again. A new Motorola promotion just started, and we thought you might like to hear about it!

    For every six Motorola on-site business radios that you buy, you qualify for a FREE multi-unit charger PLUS a credit card preloaded with cash. The cash amount varies based on the series of radio that you purchased, but it ranges from $55 (CLS series) to $175 (DTR series). Keep in mind, that cash amount is for every six radios purchased. The free multi-charger is a great value as well - the chargers sell separately for between $139 (CLS series) and $349 (DLR series)! They also are very convenient to have and help you keep your radio fleet organized. This is a fantastic offer, and it is available on purchases made from Buy Two Way Radios from now through the end of 2017.

    The promo is valid on Motorola CLS, CLP, DLR, DTR, MU and RD Series on-site business two way radios. Every six radios purchased earns a FREE multi-charger and prepaid card for a maximum of 10 multi-chargers and 10 prepaid cards on a maximum purchase of 60 radios.

    This is a Motorola promotion, so to qualify you will need to register a claim on their promo web site. As usual there are some terms and conditions that apply, so please check the promotion flyer and the product pages on our web site for more details. Of course, if you have any questions we're here to help.

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