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  • Motorola Flashlight Promo - Back Again and Even Better!

    Note: This promotion expired and is no longer available.

    Who would have thought these flashlights would be so popular? Customers loved our free flashlight promotion, and when it ended last month we were swamped with emails from customers who wanted it back. Well, we've listened to your requests and made the promotion better than ever before!

    Through June 30th, we will be giving away a free NU-32 Xenon flashlight to customers who purchase two or more Motorola business radios (AX, CLS, DTR, and XTN series). Purchase five or more radios and you will receive the Sarge NU-35 model, which is a more durable Xenon model that is rechargeable and includes a nylon holster!

    Specifically, this promotion applies to the following models: CLS1110, CLS1410, XU1100, XV1100, XU2100, XV2100, XU2600, XV2600, AXU4100, AXU5100.

  • Motorola 2007 GMRS / FRS Radios Now In Stock

    Motorola's 2007 GMRS / FRS line up is now in stock. The new models are the T9550XLR, T9500XLR, T8550R, T8500R, FV750R, and FV700R.

    This series includes 3 camo colored models, the T9550XLR, T8550R, and FV750R. The 9550 and 8550 camo models also include a pair of push-to-talk earbuds (model 53727). These earbud packs are a nice addition, and gives Motorola a package similar to the GXT600VP4 and GXT650VP4 value pack offerings from Midland.

    The feature set is very similar between all of these new models, with the primary difference being the power / range of the radios. The 9500 and 9550 have an antenna that is about 1 1/2 inches longer than current models, giving them a 25 mile range in ideal conditions (typically 2 miles in urban conditions). The 8500 and 8550's advertise an 18 mile range (1.8 in urban conditions), and the FV700R and FV750R's advertise a 12 mile range (1 mile in urban conditions). Motorola has not yet provided us with the actual wattage of the radios.

    All of these models include rechargeable batteries and a dual pocket charger, and they all support 11 NOAA weather channels. The 9000 and 8000 series' have the VibraCall vibrate alert.

  • Buy 4 Motorola Business Radios and Get a Free Flashlight

    Our free flashlight promotion is back by popular demand! For the month of May, customers will receive a free Sarge NU-32 Xenon Flashlight with the purchase of 4 Motorola business radios. This powerful flashlight offers powerful Xenon brightness, but also has an LED mode that will allow you to conserve battery life. It has a solid, weather proof aluminum body with a non slip rubber grip - a $25 value! This promotion applies to all AX, CLS, and XTN series two way radios, and expires May 31, 2007.

  • Two Way Radio Message Board Launched!

    We have just launched a new site, dedicated to the discussion of two way radios, two way radio accessories, and related products. This new site will be formatted as a message board, or forum, and is called TwoWayRadioForum.com.

    If you have any questions at all regarding radios or accessories, we encourage you to post them to this site. We will make every attempt to answer your questions quickly. At the same time, this will hopefully result in a database of common questions and answers that will help future visitors to our site.

    Please visit our new forum, and thanks for shopping with us!

  • Motorola Business Radio Promo: Free Radio or Multi-Charger

    Motorola Free Radio/Multi-Charger PromotionWe are excited to be participating in a new promotion that is being offered by Motorola on certain Motorola business two way radios! For every 5 XTN or CLS series radios that you buy, you qualify for your choice of either a) one free radio or b) one 6 unit charger. This promotion is valid on every 5 radios purchased, up to a maximum of 40 radios. That means you can qualify for up to 8 free radios or multi-chargers!

    If you choose the free radio, the radio radio model that you will receive for free will match the model of radios that you purchased. This is a value of up to $205 when you purchased the Motorola XU2600 radio! If you choose the free charger, you will receive the model 53879 charger ($175 value) if you purchased XTN series radios and the 56531 charger ($139 value) if you purchased CLS series radios. You can view these chargers on our XTN series accessories and CLS series accessories pages.

    This is a mail-in promotion being fulfilled by Motorola, not Buy Two Way Radios. After you receive your radios, you will need to claim your free radio/charger by visiting www.MyRadioReward.com and filling out their online form. They will require that you mail them the UPC/serial number sticker from the radio boxes along with a copy of your receipt (which will be included in your package). Your free radio/charger is typically delivered within 4 to 6 weeks.

    This offer expires June 30, 2007. Click here for full details.

  • Do You Need A Business Two Way Radio?

    Construction WorkerWe frequently get questions from business customers asking if they really need to buy a "business" two way radio. Business radios are generally much more expensive than consumer radios and the features are often very similar, so it is easy to see why this can be confusing. In this post I'll try to explain the common differences between these types of radios, and hopefully provide enough information for you to decide what's best for your business.

    FCC Regulations
    Whether a 2 way radio is "business" or "consumer" is decided by the frequencies that it uses to transmit and receive communications. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set aside 22 UHF frequencies as general frequencies for use by consumers. These frequencies make up GMRS and FRS channels that are supported by the consumer radios that we sell.

    Technically, use of the GMRS channels requires an FCC license. This license is good for 5 years and covers the applicant and his/her immediate family. GMRS licenses are not issued to businesses. Here is a note from the FCC's GMRS license application form (form 605):

    Note: For GMRS: effective January 1, 1989, new or major modification applications may NOT be filed by non-individual (business) applicants/licensees. (See Rule 1.929(c) (4) & 95.5(b).

    For GMRS radios to be legally used by businesses, each person using the radios would need an individual GMRS license ($80 each). A business could use the radios on an FRS channel without a license, but when using FRS channels the radio cannot transmit at more than a half watt of power. This is generally only good for a quarter to a half mile of outdoor range.

    Business radios use different frequencies ranges that have been approved by the FCC for business use. These frequencies are not as popular, so you typically don't have to worry about "chatter" on your channels. You can also get business radios that operate on VHF frequencies, which work better than UHF outdoors or inside of and around wood structures. An FCC license for your business is $105. You will pay more upfront for your business radio, but if there are several employees that will use it you will likely save money after factoring in the license cost.

    Durability
    Business radios are usually designed to hold up to abuse better than consumer radios. Consumer radios are usually built for infrequent use: weekend hunting trips, multiple car caravans, skiing, camping, amusement parks, etc. They are usually lightweight with a thin plastic casing. Business radios are designed to be used for hours every day, and they will hold up better than consumer radios. Many are built to military specifications.

    Battery Life
    If your business plans to use radios for more than a few hours a day, battery life is something that you will not want to overlook. Most consumer radios include rechargeable batteries that are good for 8 hours or less of use. As is typical of batteries, this life will likely diminish slightly over time. Some business or professional radios are also limited in their battery life, but most will provide 12 hours or more on a charge.

    Accessories
    Business radios typically have a better selection of accessories than consumer radios. If accessories, such as headsets or earpieces, are important to your business, you should look at what accessories are available before you choose a radio. Things like rapid chargers and multi unit chargers are only available for business radios.

    Common Scenarios
    There are some scenarios where a business radio is always your best choice. For example, anytime you expect to use the radio frequently and for more than 8 hours with each use. If you purchase a consumer radio for this, there is a good chance you will be disappointed with the battery life. Also, if you are in a "tough" work environment, such as a construction or industrial situation. Consumer radios are not designed to take this kind of beating.

    It may be best to choose a consumer radio in a light-duty situation where very little range is needed. This would allow you to get away with only using the FRS channels and avoiding the license fees. A great example is a school that needs radios for directing traffic in mornings and afternoons.

    I hope this has been helpful. If you have any specific questions you can, as always, feel free to call or email us!

    Related Resources
    Buyer's Guide - Business Radios
    Common Business Radio Uses/Industries
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-02 - An Introduction to Business Radios
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-07 - Comparing Small Business Radios

  • FRS and GMRS Frequencies

    All of our consumer radios operate on either the GMRS or FRS channels, and most support both. We are sometimes asked for the exact frequencies of these channels. Below is a table showing the channel number, type of channel, and the frequency.

    FRS and GMRS Frequencies

    ChannelTypeFrequencyFRS
    Power / Bandwidth
    GMRS
    Power / Bandwidth
    1FRS/GMRS462.56252W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    2FRS/GMRS462.58752W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    3FRS/GMRS462.61252W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    4FRS/GMRS462.63752W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    5FRS/GMRS462.66252W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    6FRS/GMRS462.68752W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    7FRS/GMRS462.71252W / 12.5kHz5W / 25kHz*
    8FRS/GMRS467.56250.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    9FRS/GMRS467.58750.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    10FRS/GMRS467.61250.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    11FRS/GMRS467.63750.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    12FRS/GMRS467.66250.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    13FRS/GMRS467.68750.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    14FRS/GMRS467.71250.5W / 12.5kHz0.5W / 12.5kHz
    15FRS/GMRS462.55002W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    16FRS/GMRS462.57502W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    17FRS/GMRS462.60002W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    18FRS/GMRS462.62502W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    19FRS/GMRS462.65002W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    20FRS/GMRS462.67502W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    21FRS/GMRS462.70002W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    22FRS/GMRS462.72502W / 12.5kHz50W / 25kHz*
    RPT15GMRS467.5500-50W / 25kHz*
    RPT16GMRS467.5750-50W / 25kHz*
    RPT17GMRS467.6000-50W / 25kHz*
    RPT18GMRS467.6250-50W / 25kHz*
    RPT19GMRS467.6500-50W / 25kHz*
    RPT20GMRS467.6750-50W / 25kHz*
    PRT21GMRS467.7000-50W / 25kHz*
    RPT22GMRS467.7250-50W / 25kHz*

    *Note: 20kHz Authorized Bandwidth.

    FRS and GMRS Frequencies prior to 2017 Part 95 Reform

    ChannelTypeFrequency
    1FRS / GMRS462.5625
    2FRS / GMRS462.5875
    3FRS / GMRS462.6125
    4FRS / GMRS462.6375
    5FRS / GMRS462.6625
    6FRS / GMRS462.6875
    7FRS / GMRS462.7125
    8FRS467.5625
    9FRS467.5875
    10FRS467.6125
    11FRS467.6375
    12FRS467.6625
    13FRS467.6875
    14FRS467.7125
    15GMRS462.5500
    16GMRS462.5750
    17GMRS462.6000
    18GMRS462.6250
    19GMRS462.6500
    20GMRS462.6750
    21GMRS462.7000
    22GMRS462.7250
  • Getting The Most Range From Your Radio

    Hiking through the mountainsOne question that we are frequently asked is "how can I get more range out of my two way radio?" In the case of consumer (FRS / GMRS) radios the amount of range you can expect is usually not even close to what the manufacturers advertise. There are, however, several things that you can do to be sure you are getting the most range possible from your radio.

    If your radio supports GMRS channels, be sure that you are using one. Most consumer radios support 22 channels, some FRS and some GMRS. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not allow transmission on an exclusive FRS channel at more than half a watt of power. This means that if you are on an FRS-only channel, your radio will only transmit using "low power" mode. The FRS-only channels are 8 through 14. Channels 15 through 22 are exclusively for GMRS, and channels 1 through 7 are shared by both FRS and GMRS.

    Most consumer radios support two or more power modes. To get the most range, be sure that you are using high power mode. Lower power modes will not use all of your radio's possible output power and will reduce range.

    Be sure to fully charge your battery. The transmission power of two way radios tends to weaken if the battery is low. Always be sure your batteries are fully charged before using your radios, especially if you will need maximum range.

    Finally, if you still find yourself pushing the range limits of your radio you can try the "monitor channel" feature. Enabling this feature will cause the radio to open the channel, allowing you to hear static and transmissions too weak to be received by the radio in normal mode.

    Related Resources
    GMRS Radio Range Chart
    30 Miles? The Truth About Range
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-05 - Radios in Range
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-45 - The Truth About GMRS Radio Range
    Radio 101 - The truth about FRS / GMRS two way radio range
    How To Optimize Range for Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios

  • 30 Miles? The Truth About Range

    Midland GXT2000 Two Way RadioYou may have noticed that most of the consumer two-way radios you see around advertise a range of up to 30 miles. The truth is, consumer FRS/GMRS radios will not even provide close to the advertised "maximum range".

    The range that a two-way radio advertises is the range that the radio should get in "ideal" conditions. Ideal conditions are line of sight, such as from a mountaintop to a valley below -- no interference at all. Most likely, you will not be using the radios in these circumstances! You will probably want two-way radios for things such as hunting, skiing, malls, car trips or vacations. Under these normal conditions, the range of the radio will be limited because of obstructions, such as trees, hills, or buildings. These obstructions block the signal and dramatically reduce the range of a two-way radio.

    So what type of range can you expect from your radio? Usually half a mile up to two miles, depending upon your terrain and the power of your radio. In the same environment, a 2 watt radio with a long antenna would provide considerably more range than a half watt radio with a short antenna.

    When choosing a radio, it is very important to consider both the amount of range that you need and the environment in which you will be using the radios. Naturally, you wouldn't have as many obstructions in a football stadium as being in the middle of a heavily wooded area. For use in a stadium you would likely be fine with a small, one watt radio. In a wooded area, however, that same radio may not provide sufficient range. These are things that you need to take into consideration when choosing which two-way radio is right for you.

    Related Resources
    GMRS Radio Range Chart
    Getting The Most Range From Your Radio
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-05 - Radios in Range
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-45 - The Truth About GMRS Radio Range
    Radio 101 - The truth about FRS / GMRS two way radio range
    How To Optimize Range for Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios

  • Check It Out - A Two Way Radio Blog!

    Hi, this is Danny Feemster, owner of BuyTwoWayRadios.com. Thanks for checking out our new weblog!

    There's several reasons that we decided to start this blog. Most importantly, there's tons of  great information and advice that we provide to our customers on a daily basis via the telephone and email that simply doesn't exist on our web site. A blog will provide us with an easy way to make this information available. It's also going to give us a great place to make new product announcements and post other industry news.

    Over the next few days I hope to provide a few posts to address some of our more frequently asked questions, and to talk about some of our more popular products. Check back soon!

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