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  • The Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 radio video

    The Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 is a small and lightweight UHF business radio with two watts of transmit power. It's a digital ProTalk option for users of the PKT-23 and very popular TK-3230DX analog business radios.

    The question is, should businesses that are currently using these small analog radios switch to the NX-P500? Watch the video and find out! The Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 is available now from Buy Two Way Radios.

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  • The Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 Digital Radio makes NXDN more affordable

    Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 Digital Business Two Way RadioThe prospect of migrating an entire fleet of two way radios from analog to digital was once a rather intimidating one, and involved a considerable investment in a new and very expensive technology. Not anymore. As seems to be the trend, prices on high quality digital radios continue to fall. More evidence for this is the recently released Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 Digital Radio, which retails for only $239. Once limited to the domain of DMR, the cost of choosing NXDN digital technology is finally coming down. Thanks to the NX-P500, NXDN is now a very affordable option.

    The NX-P500 is a small and lightweight UHF radio with two watts of transmit power. Its small footprint aside, this is a powerful little transceiver. It uses a 2000mAh lithium-ion battery pack that provides up to 15.5 hours of uptime on a single charge. Its built-in 750mW speaker belts out loud and clear audio and its LCD display is bright with easy to read icons and channel ID. It is also equipped with a 7 color LED indicator for call alerts and color coding groups.

    Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 Digital Business Two Way RadioThe NX-P500 operates on 450-470 MHz UHF frequencies and has 99 user programmable memory bank frequencies. It supports both analog and digital mixed mode operation, so it can communicate with your existing fleet of UHF radios. The NXDN digital scrambler adds a layer of security to your digital communications. It also features Fleetsync® paging, VOX functionality and companding. It's repeater capable and supports wireless cloning. It's also waterproof and even submersible.

    The NX-P500 is a ProTalk® series digital radio. With this model, Kenwood is clearly providing a digital option for users of their PKT-23 and the very popular TK-3230DX. Those analog models are great for many shorter range business applications, such as restaurants, retail stores, event management, or medical and dental offices. With the NX-P500, those businesses can now choose a radio that is similar in size that also offers digital sound and features.

    Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 in holster with charger and AC adapterThe question is, should businesses that were using these small analog radios switch to the NX-P500? This is without a doubt a superior radio, but is it worth the money? First of all, even if your business isn't using any of the advanced digital features, you will take advantage of the improved audio clarity. Second, the FCC has established a mandate that any new radios over two watts must be digital. While analog radios such as the TK-3230DX and PKT-23 are under this wattage, it's clear that digital is the direction that the FCC is pushing the industry.

    It seems logical to think that if you're eventually going to have to replace your fleet with digital radios, a good strategy is to start buying digital models like the NX-P500 now. Why buy another analog radio that you're going to have to replace later? The NX-P500 also supports analog, so it will work with your old radios now, and once you've replaced them all with digital models you can flip the switch and activate digital mode. Of course, if your business is currently not using radios at all, it definitely makes sense to start with digital. Either way, it's an easy, economical, and sensible route to digital two way radios.

    If you have any questions about the Kenwood NX-P500 or moving to digital radios, don't hesitate to contact us!

  • Buy 5 Olympia P324 radios, get one FREE!

    Olympia P324 Two Way RadioSpecial Offer! - To celebrate the holidays, we're giving our business customers a value added bonus. Buy 5 Olympia P324 business two way radios and get one more radio, FREE!

    The Olympia P324 is a powerful FOUR watt UHF radio with good range and great reliability. It has 32 channels, 131 interference eliminator codes, and a backlit LCD display. The P324 is fully programmable, but comes pre-programmed with 10 channels set to standard frequencies. It's compact, lightweight, water resistant and comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

    The P324 is certainly a great value, and now it's even better, because when you buy 5, you get one free!

    The Olympia P324 offer is an overstock special - Only $69.99 each and includes Free Shipping! The offer is also valid on the P324R. This is a limited time offer for the holidays, and only while they are currently in stock. We can't guarantee this special will last to the end of the year, so if you want to take advantage of it, do it now.

  • TWRS-130 - The Motorola Talkabout T800 FRS Two Way Radio

    Two Way Radio Show
    We check out the new Motorola T800, a radio with some new and original features, including an app for smartphones and a fascinating and innovative display.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:13

    Discussion Topic 1:32
    We tell you about the new Motorola Talkabout T800 Two Way Radio w/ App Support, an FRS radio with some new and original features. We’ll talk about its capabilities, discuss the display, and tell you we why think it’s a step forward for FRS radios.

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

    Wrap up and Close 26:40
    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!

    © 2018 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Wouxun Radio FCC ID and Type Acceptance Chart

    Wouxun KG-UVD1P Two Way RadioThere has been some concern about the effects of the recent FCC enforcement advisory on the marketing and sale of import radios, especially within the amateur radio community. As a dealer, we shared those concerns and discussed them at length in episodes TWRS-128 and TWRS-129 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

    We are an authorized Wouxun dealer in the US, and our friends at Wouxun were very helpful in providing us with the additional information needed to ensure that the models we sell are compliant with the FCC rules. We want our customers to be confident that the radios they purchase from us will meet these requirements, so we created a Wouxun Radio FCC ID and Type Acceptance Chart using the information provided by Wouxun for reference.

    Wouxun manufactures and distributes their products around the world, so some models may be available in different markets in different versions. Because we are a US dealer, we carry the commercial version when both an amateur and commercial version is available, since the amateur frequency ranges are included in the FCC grant for the part 90 approval. For example, the KG-UVD1P is listed with an amateur version and a commercial version, but we only carry the commercial one.

    The following chart lists the Wouxun models on our web site with FCC IDs and FCC type acceptance.

    Wouxun Radio FCC ID and Type Acceptance Chart
    Model Radio Type FCC ID FCC Standard Approved Frequency Range
    KG-UVD1P Amateur WVTWOUXUN04 Part 90 144-148/430-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UVD1P Commercial WVTWOUXUN05 Part 90 136-174/217-222MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UVD1P Commercial WVTWOUXUN04 Part 90 136-174/406.1-470MHz TX/RX
    KG-UV6D V2 Commercial WVTWOUXUN07 Part 90 136-174/406.1-512MHz TX/RX
    KG-UV8D Amateur WVTWOUXUN10 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV899 Amateur WVTWOUXUN10 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV8D (Plus) Amateur WVTWOUXUN12 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV8E Amateur Part 15B 144-148/222-225/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV9D(E) Amateur WVTWOUXUN12 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV9D (Plus) Amateur WVTWOUXUN12 Part 97/15B 144-148/420-450MHz TX, Full band on RX
    KG-UV920P-A Commercial WVTWOUXUN09 Part 90 136-174/406.1-470MHz TX/RX
    Amateur Part 15B 28-29.7/50-54/144-148/430-450MHzTX, Full band on RX
    KG-D901 Commercial WVTWOUXUN11 Part 90 406.1-470MHz TX/RX

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We welcome your feedback! You can also leave a comment below.

  • The Icom IP501H LTE radio video

    We've talked quite a bit about the Icom IP501H Sim Card / LTE Two Way Radio on our blog and our Two Way Radio Show podcast, so we thought it was time to show it. There's a lot to like about this radio, but what makes it really unique and exciting is the notion that Icom may have finally solved the two way radio range problem. Really!

    Want to know more? Watch the video and take a look at this radio that could become a game changer for businesses that need long range from a two way radio. The Icom IP501H is available now from Buy Two Way Radios.

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  • The Icom IP501H LTE Two Way Radio

    Icom IP501H Sim Card / LTE Two Way RadioToo often we hear from customers who desperately need radios that can communicate over a large distance, but they have no simple or viable options. Usually, our solution involves repeaters. While Installing one or more repeaters will often get the job done, they can also be expensive, time consuming, and may not be practical in some cases. Now, there is good news. Icom has a solution.

    It's called The IP501H.

    The Icom IP501H is a small and very lightweight radio that looks almost identical to Icom's original IP radio, the IP100H. However, they are not the same radio. This is a completely different animal. While the IP100H used a LAN to interconnect with other radios, the IP501H takes it to another level. This radio attempts to solve the two way radio range problem. And it does.

    The Icom IP501H isn't your typical walkie talkie. It is an LTE radio. This small yet powerful IP based radio uses LTE networks, the same ones used by cell phones, to deliver coast to coast coverage. The IP501H uses a sim card, so anywhere you have a 4G or 3G LTE network, which is essentially nationwide in the United States, you can communicate with these radios.

    Icom IP501H Right Side ViewRange is an important difference, but what really sets the IP501H apart from other two way radios is the way it handles two way communications. A typical two way radio is a half-duplex device, which means it only allows one person to talk at a time. One operator presses the PTT button to transmit, then releases it to receive, and the other operator presses the PTT button on the next radio to transmit, and so on. The IP501H is capable of full duplex operation, which means that a user can transmit and receive simultaneously, just like a cell phone. Imagine a radio that provides instant, full duplex communication using an LTE network for telephone-type calls and conversations without the need for repeaters or a wired network. That's the Icom IP501H.

    Anywhere your cell phone works, the IP501H should work as well. With this in mind, there is so much potential for where it could be used. This product is perfect for companies with a fleet of vehicles, such as an HVAC company with service or repair technicians. Any company that's currently buying cell phones for employees might find that the IP501H does everything that they need and saves them money at the same time. It's also a simple solution for businesses with multiple locations that need an easy way to stay in contact.

    The nationwide coverage is clearly the biggest reason to buy this radio, but it's not the only one. When it comes to features, the IP501H is loaded with them. Like you would expect, it has clear digital audio, and as already mentioned, like a cell phone, it supports full duplex conversations. Yet, there is more. It features a 500 memory address book with room for individual, group, talkgroup and telephone lists. It has a vibrate alert, message recording, lone worker function, man down function, and is GPS capable.

    Icom IP501H Vehicle ChargerA vehicle charger is available for the IP501H that enables Bluetooth® support, allowing hands free communications via a headset. The included lithium-ion battery provides over 17 hours of operation on a single charge. This makes it a great choice for use in service trucks, and is ideal for long shifts out in the field.

    The IP501H is also quite durable. This is kind of a heavy duty radio for its small size. It is also IP67 dust and waterproof. Best of all, you don't need to purchase an FCC license to operate the IP501H. It's license free!

    But what about the price? is It a good value for the cost?

    The IP501H radio itself starts at $540 per unit, which is less than the cost of a lot of cell phones. There is also a monthly fee for use of the Icom's service network, called LTE Connect. The monthly fee is $28 a month per radio, but there are some contract and month-to-month packages you can work out for the radio and the service.

    The radios will be configured by us before they ship and will work right out of the box, with no other devices or controllers to install. It's simple and it works! If you'd like to learn more, or would like to receive a quote for IP501H radios, please contact us at 1-800-584-1445 and we'll be happy to help.

  • 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.

  • TWRS-129 - Kenwood Offers Refurbished Radios

    Two Way Radio Show
    We announce a new initiative by Kenwood to offer refurbished radios, talk about some new frequencies for business radios and a discuss a radio operator who was fined for impersonating first responders.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:24

    Kenwood offers refurbished radios 1:44
    Kenwood is a popular and respected manufacturer of two way radios, and their ProTalk line is used in many businesses and industries. Now, the company is offering an alternative to their brand new products – Kenwood refurbished radios.

    New frequencies for business radios 21:30
    We discuss a report and order by the FCC to open additional frequencies for business and industrial use that takes them closer to channels used for the GMRS.

    Radio operator fined for unauthorized transmission 28:08
    We’ll tell you about a radio operator who was fined by the FCC for impersonating first responders on a public safety frequency.

    What happened with the FCC Enforcement Advisory 37:09
    Did the FCC accomplish anything with their recent enforcement advisory on unauthorized UHF/VHF radios or did they simply drop a grenade and walk away?

    Questions and Answers 48:13
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 55:05
    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!

    © 2018 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Introducing TYT DMR digital radio bundles!

    Not long ago, amateur radio hobbyists traditionally operated in analog mode. Then the digital age arrived, and it opened up a whole new mode of operation for hams. Initially, few amateurs experimented with digital technology. Of course, there was a learning curve, but it was primarily due to cost. Going digital was expensive.

    Then, everything changed. The growing popularity of the DMR standard and the introduction of low priced import DMR radios lowered the barrier to entry. Digital radio on the amateur bands began to thrive. Now, more amateur enthusiasts are going digital, either on the side or all the way.

    Yet for many hams, the world of DMR is still unfamiliar territory, and for some, the migration from analog to digital operation can be a challenge. There are questions. How do I get started in digital radio? What equipment do I need? How much does a basic setup cost? How can I get into DMR at minimal cost?

    Well, just in case you were wondering, we're glad you asked, because we now have the answer:

    DMR Digital Radio Bundles!

    Buy Two Way Radios just created digital radio starter kits exclusively for hams, and at very affordable prices. These bundle kits are made for the ham who wants to go digital but either doesn't know where to begin or simply wants to avoid the hassle of shopping around and just Get On The Air. Two bundles are currently available.

    TYT-MD-9600 Base Station KitTYT MD-9600 DMR Digital Ham Radio Base Station Kit
    The Digital DMR Ham Radio Base Station Kit takes the popular TYT MD-9600 dual bander and turns it into a bona fide digital base station. The complete bundle contains everything needed for desktop operation in your ham shack, including the TYT MD-9600 Dual Band Base/Mobile DMR Radio, a TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply, a Tram 1185 dual band UHF/VHF mag mount antenna, an MD-9600 programming cable, and software. This bundle was briefly offered as part of a promotion in 2017 and was incredibly popular. Due to popular demand, we decided to make it a permanent bundle and offer it at a substantial discount. Price: $339.99.

    TYT Digital Ham Shack Mega BundleTYT Digital Ham Shack Mega Bundle
    The TYT Digital Ham Shack Mega Bundle is exactly what the name implies. Many hams would like to go all digital, but some have questions about which products to pair. this is the same bundle as the base station kit, but with the addition of an MD-UV380 dual band DMR portable handheld. Simply put, it's basically an instant DMR ham shack kit. The complete Mega bundle includes a TYT MD-9600 Dual Band Base/Mobile DMR Radio, a TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band DMR Digital Handheld Radio, a TYT-TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply, a Tram 1185 Dual Band Magnet Antenna, programming cables for both radios, and software for each model. As the product description says, "Why settle for half a ham shack when you can go digital all the way? With the TYT Digital Ham Shack Mega Bundle, you can!" it's also a great deal. Price: $449.99

    No doubt both of these kits offer popular ham radios at very good buys. But it's not just about saving money. These are great kits for a new ham who just wants to get started in DMR and for an old ham who wants to upgrade from analog to digital radio and experiment with something new. They are also good, economical way for an amateur radio club to offer DMR training and events to its members, such as digital operations on field days.

    Want to know more about these DMR bundles? Give us a call or leave us a comment below!

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