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  • A Radio for my Boat, Part 1

    Now that spring is here, it is time to talk about radios for your boats. Our current line of VHF Marine Radios is great for the majority of boaters, and we are planning a few articles about them right now.

    Today though, we are going to look at a slightly different segment of boaters. The ones that may not realize they could utilize two way radios, thought they had to use VHF radios only, or have special equipment.

    There are a lot of avid boaters out there with houseboats, pontoon boats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft. Most of these are used in small lakes and rivers and seldom taken far from a base camp or boat landing. Well then, why not use an FRS or GMRS radio? That way you can use them on shore at the camp site, boat landing, etc... where you cannot legally use a marine radio. Also, anyone can use an FRS radio, and family members are included in the GMRS license.

    For a houseboat, two way radios are a great addition. When family and friends want to use some of the personal watercraft you brought along, two way radios will enable them to stay in contact with the houseboat and each other. This would also be great for those on overnight campouts on shore to stay in contact with those on the boat.

    Do you like to take your fishing boat with you when you go camping? Two GMRS radios will provide extra convenience and a lot more security when you are able to communicate with others back at the camp.

    With the NOAA weather alert ability of some radios, you can also be warned of any sudden changes in the weather.

    Are you in a small marina, or a houseboat community? A repeater and a few GMRS radios may be a perfect addition. This would give you extended communication range, and provide a simple safety feature for everyone that cell phones may not provide.

    In no way should you substitute a couple of FRS or GMRS radios for a true marine radio for most uses. They do not have the range or features needed. However, for a weekend boater on a small lake, they may be a good option. A two way radio that can also be legally used on shore is an attractive addition.

  • Kenwood $30 Rebate Offer

    Note: This promotion expired April 30, 2009 and is no longer available.

    Kenwood Rebate
    Kenwood Rebate

    Kenwood has just launched a great new promotion! Through April 30th, 2009, you qualify for a $30 rebate per radio when you purchase six or more Kenwood ProTalk TK-3200L-U2P or Kenwood ProTalk TK-2200L-V2P radios! Click here for full details and redemption form.

  • Motorola's 2009 Talkabout Lineup (Updated!)

    Motorola MR355R
    MR355R

    Here at Buy Two Ways Radios we are excited to have some news on the new 2009 Motorola Talkabouts. There are some interesting new models and features this year, starting with the MR350 and MR355R.

    Top of the Line
    The Motorola MR350 and MR355R have some interesting features that have been added. The most obvious changes made to previous top of the line models include larger buttons to make operation easier while wearing gloves and a built in LED flashlight. There is also a new emergency alert feature. Pressing the alert button sends out an alert signal and a spoken message to other radios. The "claimed" range for both radios is 35 miles. The MR350 is black with sliver highlights and an MSRP of $79.99 (per pair) The MR355R has a Realtree® AP HD® Camo pattern faceplate, 8 repeater channels (When used with a repeater, this will greatly extend the range of the MR355R. Great for hunters, or anyone needing a large transmission area.), and an MSRP of $89.99 (per pair). Now in stock for $79.99!

    Some Great Features
    The Motorola MJ270R, while not having all of the options of the top of the line models, still has some great features. With a "claimed" range of 27 miles, 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, NOAA weather channels, LED flashlight, and the emergency alert, the MJ270 is a great radio for the outdoor enthusiast. The rugged case is back with a silver faceplate and an MSRP of $69.99 (per pair). Now in stock for $59.99!

    Still Yellow!
    Slightly less costly, but still loaded with features and looks, the MH230R is a good option. With a "claimed" range of 23 miles, 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, and NOAA weather channels. The MJ230R is a very good multi-use radio for everything from a camping trip to a trip to the mall. And yes, it has a disctintive yellow faceplate. The MJ230R has an MSRP of $59.99 (per pair). Now in stock for $49.99!

    Easy to Charge
    One of the things we like about these radios is the ability to charge off of a mini-USB cable and not just a desktop charger. Being able to charge from a desktop charger, in a car using a mini-USB cable, or even off of a notebook computer with a mini-USB computer cable is a great convenience.

    Here is a complete list of all of Motorola's 2009 models:

    MR350R - NOW IN STOCK! ($69.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA) with Alert Feature , LED Flashlight, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter/Save Feature, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    T9680R - (MSRP $79.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA) with Alert Feature and SAME, LED Flashlight, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    MJ270R - NOW IN STOCK! ($59.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA), Emergency Alert Button, LED Flashlight, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    EM100R - (MSRP $69.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels (7 NOAA), Emergency Alert Button, LED Flashlight, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    MH230R -NOW IN STOCK! ($49.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) Interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter. YELLOW!
    SX600R - (MSRP $39.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, iVOX, QT (Quiet Talk) Interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Mini USB Charging Port, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter.
    FV300R - (MSRP $29.99) 22 Channels, Priority Scan, Keypad Lock, Battery Meter, 10 Call Tones, Plug In Charger
    FV300 - (MSRP $19.99) 22 Channels, Priority Scan, Keypad Lock, Battery Meter, 10 Call Tones.

    The following feature the Realtree® AP HD® Camo pattern:

    MR355R -- NOW IN STOCK! ($79.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 8 Repeater Channels, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, Emergency Alert Button, LED Flashlight, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Replaceable Faceplate, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Mini USB Charging Prot, Drop-in Charger, Digital Signal Processing , Charging Adapter, 2 PPT Earbuds.
    T9650XLR - (MSRP $119.9) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Replaceable Faceplate, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones (5 Animal), Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Drop-in Charger, Digital Signal Processing , Charging Adapter, 2 Earpiece with Boom Microphone, 1 Car Charger.
    T9550XLR - (MSRP $79.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Replaceable Faceplate, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, PTT Power Boost, Drop-in Charger, Digital Signal Processing , Charging Adapter, 2 PPT Earbuds.
    8550XLR - (MSRP $69.99) 22 Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 11 Weather Channels with Alert, iVOX, VibraCall Alert, QT (Quiet Talk) interruption Filter, Backlight Display, Battery Meter, Keypad Lock, 10 Call Tones, Priority Scan, Digital Signal Processing, Drop-in Charger, Charging Adapter, 2 PPT Earbuds.

  • Midland's 2009 FRS/GMRS Radio Lineup

    GXT1000.jpg
    GXT1000

    Buy Two Way Radios is excited to announce the 2009 lineup of Midland two way radios. Midland has added a number of new features and a few notable improvements to their 2009 radios. With so many changes in 2008, we were very interested in what other changes Midland would introduce in 2009 to the rest of their GMRS products.

    Even More Channels and Privacy Codes
    In 2008 Midland added extra channels. While we were skeptical originally about what these channels were, the added privacy, or more accurately filtering, feature was an interesting addition. In 2009 some models now have up to 8 more privacy channels (for a total of 28 privacy channels). There is a much more useful change though. They have upped the number of privacy codes on some models (all of the way up to 387 privacy codes on the GXT1000). This is more than twice the number previously available on consumer grade radios!

    A Surprise
    Regular readers of this site know that for years now there has been a steady increase in the claimed effective communication range of radios being made by many of the manufacturers. While the stated maximum range is technically accurate, we are very impressed by Midland's decision of keeping the advertised range unchanged. While the claimed ranges are still only possible under very specific conditions, the fact that the claimed distances have not again increased is a great move by Midland.

    More Safety Features
    The NOAA weather alert feature was already a great addition last year. A new feature is the new ability to automatically lock onto the local weather channel. Combined with this, some models will also now have an SOS Siren. If you are in an emergency situation, you will now be able to easily send out a distress signal.

    More than just Camouflage
    The backlit LCD screen for the radios has also been changed to a new hunter orange color. This should especially look good on radios with the new Mossy Oak Breakup camouflage faceplates. All of the models have a new updated look with more rugged looking cases, and less silver colored plastic on some of the faceplates.

    New Model Specifics
    Here is a look at the highlights of each new GMRS model. The new models will be available in May/June (subject to change). Pricing information is not yet finalized.

    GXT1050 - Camouflage, "50" Channels, 387 Privacy codes, SOS Siren, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Group Mode, Direct Call, Vibrate alert, VOX, IP4 Waterproof, DC Adapter, Headsets, 5 Animal Calls.
    GXT1000 - "50" Channels, 387 Privacy codes, SOS Siren, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Group Mode, Direct Call, Vibrate alert, VOX, IP4 Waterproof, DC Adapter, Headsets.
    GXT 785 - Camouflage, "42" Channels, 142 Privacy Codes, 10 Call Alerts, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Vibrate Alert, VOX, 5 Animal Calls.
    GXT740 - "42" Channels, 142 Privacy Codes, 10 Call Alerts, Weather Scan, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Vibrate Alert, VOX
    LXT480 - "42" Channels, 121 Privacy Codes, 5 Call Alerts, NOAA Channels/Alerts, Vibrate Alert, VOX
    LXT365 - Small Camouflage Faceplate Section, "22" Channels Hi/Lo Power Settings
    LXT360 - "22" Channels, Hi/Lo Power Settings
    LXT112 - "22" Channels

  • MURS: Unlicensed VHF

    Motorola RDV2020 MURS RadioDo you need a high powered two way radio, but don't want to deal with the hassle of licensing? MURS may be the answer, particularly if you plan to use the radio outdoors where VHF frequencies are most effective.

    The Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) is a two-way radio service consisting of five frequencies in the VHF spectrum. Established by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the fall of 2000, MURS is a radio service allowing for "licensed by use" operation, meaning that a FFC issued license is not necessary to operate a MURS transmitter. The FCC formally defines MURS as "a private, two-way, short distance voice or data communications service for personal or business activities of the general public".

    There are some limitations to MURS: radio power is limited to 2 watts, MURS stations may not be connected to the public telephone network, radio repeaters are not permitted, and the highest point of any MURS antenna must not be more than 60 feet above the ground or 20 feet above the highest point of the structure on which it is mounted.

    Since MURS exists within the VHF spectrum, it has the potential to become very popular among the traveling community and outdoor enthusiasts. VHF characteristics are ideal for short-distance ground communication, with a range generally somewhat farther than line-of-sight. Although there are limitations on transmitter power output and antenna height, there are no restrictions on the use of external antennas. The range for vehicle-to-vehicle communications with MURS can be much greater than that for the Family Radio Service (FRS). Outdoor activities are benefited by the increased range over the FRS, allowing for base camps to utilize antennas to stay in contact with campers and emergency personnel.

    MURS operation is authorized anywhere a CB station is authorized.

    • Within or over any area of the world where radio service are regulated by the FCC
    • Any other area of the world, except within the territorial limits of areas where radio services are regulated by either an agency of the United States other than the FCC or any foreign government (Subject to either parties rules)
    • Aboard any vessel of the United States, with the permission of the captain, while the vessel is traveling either domestically or in international waters

    MURS operation is not authorized aboard aircraft in flight.

    MURS stations may transmit voice or data signal as permitted in FCC regulation Section 95.631.

    Determined quickly whether a radio is legal to use on MURS:

    • If the radio is Part 95 certified and operates on MURS frequencies
    • If the radio was Part 95 certified prior to November 12, 2002 and transmits no more than 2 watts, and has no external control to increase power above 2 watts and only operates wideband on the 154 MHz frequencies (all parts must be true)
    • If the Radio was Part 90 certified prior to November 12, 2002 and transmits no more than 2 watts and has no external control to increate power above 2 watts and does not narrowband on the 151 MHz and 154 MHz frequencies or narrowband on 151 MHz and wideband on 154 MHz frequencies (all parts must be true)

    The following are the frequencies authorized for use by the MURS:

    Frequency Authorized Bandwidth
    151.820 MHz 11.25 kHz
    151.880 MHz 11.25 kHz
    151.940 MHz 11.25 kHz
    154.570 MHz (also part of business band) 20.00 kHz
    154.600 MHz (also part of business band) 20.00 kHz

    Click here for a list of radios that we currently offer supporting the MURS frequencies.

    Related Resources
    Looking for a MURS Compatible Radio?
    MURS Capable Two Way Radios
    Motorola Releases Two New MURS Radios
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-11 - All About MURS

  • Radio Compatibility: Which Models Will Work Together

    One of the questions that we are asked frequently is if a new two way radio that a customer is considering purchasing will be compatible with older radios that they already have. This compatibility question is best answered based on the type of radio (consumer vs. business), as the answer is very different.

    Consumer Radios
    Midland GXT2000 Two Way RadioConsumer radios operate on a standard set of frequencies, either the GMRS or FRS services or a combination of both. Most newer consumer radios are "dual service" radios that support both FRS and GMRS. These radios will typically have 22 channels. Older consumer radios may only have 14 channels, operating only on FRS.

    Regardless, all of these radios that support FRS and/or GMRS use the same frequencies and are compatible with one another. Simply set all radios to the same channel number and privacy code, and you will be able to communicate. Popular manufacturers of consumer radios are Audiovox, Cobra, Garmin, Midland, Motorola (Talkabout series), and Uniden. Kenwood used to make GMRS models (the TK3101 and TK3131, for example), but have moved away from consumer radios and no longer produce them.

    Business Radios
    Kenwood TK-3402 Two Way RadioCompatibility is not nearly as straightforward when it comes to business radios. First of all, there are several types of frequencies that business radios are made to support: VHF, UHF, and 800/900 Mhz frequencies, for example. The first step in finding a compatible radio is choosing a model that supports the same frequency type as your existing radios.

    These frequency types refer to an entire range of actual frequencies, and just choosing the same frequency type does not guarantee compatibility. If you purchased your existing radios from a true two way radio dealer, there is a possibility that the dealer could have programmed special custom frequencies into the radio. If this were the case, your radios may not be compatible with a new radio even if you purchased the exact same model.

    Usually most compatibility issues arise with 4 or 5 watt radios, which are much more likely to support custom programming. With one or two watt business radios, it is a little easier to ensure compatibility. The Motorola CLS series of radios and the two watt RDX series models will always be compatible, and two watt Kenwood radios that are marked with a ProTalk label will always be compatible, provided you purchase the same model.

    If you have any questions or concerns about business radio compatibility, the easiest option is to simply contact us and we can recommend a compatible solution. For older radios or radios that could have been custom programmed, we may ask that you send in the radio so that we can read the actual frequencies from the radio before making a recommendation.

    Related Resources
    Looking for a MURS Compatible Radio?
    It's Official: Vertex Digital and Motorola TRBO Radios Now Compatible
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-07 - Comparing Small Business Radios
    Radio 101 - The facts about GMRS two way radio compatibility

  • UHF or VHF: Which Is Right For You?

    UHF or VHF?Customers that are new to business radios are confronted a several confusing options, one of which is the type of frequency to choose: UHF or VHF. These abbreviations make no sense to most people and without some research it is easy to choose a radio that is not right for your situation.

    The quick answer is: choose VHF if you plan to only use the radios outdoors and in an area that is relatively free of obstructions, such as buildings. If you plan on using the radio indoors, both indoors and out, or outdoors but around buildings, choose UHF. UHF is the better all around signal and is by far the most popular, so if you are in doubt, choose UHF.

    UHF signals don't travel quite as far outdoors as VHF signals, but they do a better job of penetrating wood, steel, and concrete, giving you better range and performance in urban environments and around buildings. VHF signals travel farther, absent obstructions, and tend to "hug" the earth better, providing better performance outdoors or in hilly terrain.

    Related Resources
    Buyer's Guide - VHF Business Radios
    Buyer's Guide - UHF Business Radios
    Two Way Radio Basics
    MURS: Unlicensed VHF
    Radio Compatibility: Which Models Will Work Together
    The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-02 - An Introduction to Business Radios
    Radio 101 - The difference between UHF and VHF radios

  • How Midland's "Extra Channels" Work (Updated!)

    When we first announced Midland's 2008 FRS/GMRS radios, we found it interesting that most new models were offering "extra channels" as a feature. Previously it was an industry standard that all dual service (FRS/GMRS) radios supported 22 channels, each channel representing one of the 22 FRS and/or GMRS frequencies. If they were to remain consistent, the new channels would use different frequencies than existing channels. Only 22 frequencies have been approved by the FCC for FRS/GMRS usage, however, and those 22 frequencies are already represented.

    So how do these new channels work? It turns out that these new channels are not channels in the sense that we have been historically used to (where a channel represents a frequency). These "extra channels" use a frequency already used by a standard channel, but have a pre-set privacy code that cannot be changed. This provides the illusion of a new channel, but has some side effects that could cause confusion. For example, if you transmit on Midland channel 24 a typical radio left in scan mode would receive your transmission as if it were sent on channel 3.

    While these "extra channels" may make it a little easier for a novice to find an interference free channel, I feel like this is more marketing hype than anything else. A standard 22 channel Motorola or Cobra radio is 100% compatible with every channel of a 42 channel Midland GXT900 (cross reference chart below). Midland makes great radios and there are plenty of reasons to buy their products, but "extra channels" shouldn't be one of them.

    The following is a cross reference chart that lists Midland's "extra channels" and the standard channel / privacy code that it matches up with. We have now updated the chart to show all 42 of these channels.

    Midland Channel Frequency Actual Channel CTCSS DCS Code
    23 462.5625 1 250.3 n/a 38
    24 462.6125 3 225.7 n/a 35
    25 462.6625 5 203.5 n/a 32
    26 462.7125 7 179.5 n/a 29
    27 462.5500 15 162.2 n/a 26
    28 462.6000 17 146.2 n/a 23
    29 462.6500 19 131.8 n/a 20
    30 462.7000 21 118.8 n/a 25
    31 462.5875 2 n/a 23 1
    32 462.6375 4 n/a 32 4
    33 462.6875 6 n/a 47 7
    34 467.5625 8 n/a 65 10
    35 467.6125 10 n/a 73 13
    36 467.6625 12 n/a 115 16
    37 467.7125 14 n/a 131 19
    38 462.5750 16 n/a 143 22
    39 462.6250 18 n/a 156 25
    40 462.6750 20 n/a 172 28
    41 462.7250 22 n/a 223 31
    42 462.5625 1 107.2 n/a 14

    With some radios such as the Motorola Talkabout you will need to add 38 to the code listed above. (Example: For channel 32, the code would be 4 + 38 = 42)

  • Midland's 2008 FRS/GMRS Radio Lineup


    GXT900

    Buy Two Way Radios is pleased to announce the 2008 lineup of Midland two way radios. Midland made tremendous gains in 2007 by improving their range and voice clarity across the board. Their flagship product, the GXT800VP4, has been extremely popular due to its performance, IP4 waterproofing, and group mode functionality. With so much success in 2007, we were excited to see what 2008 would bring! Their new models have enhancements that are interesting, to say the least.

    More Channels (?)
    Five of the eight new models have what Midland is calling "extra channels". The specific number of extra channels range from 6 with mid range models up to 20 with the new GXT900. Since the FCC only has 22 frequencies allocated to the FRS and GMRS services, we were quite curious to find out how these new channels are going to work. Midland wouldn't reveal much at this time, only saying that the "extra channels" would be fully compliant with GMRS.

    One thing that I find particularly interesting about these new "channels" is the way it is being marketed. Instead of saying the GXT900 has 42 channels, the marketing materials say that it has "22 channels plus 20 extra channels". I also found it interesting that the manual leaves the frequencies for these "channels" blank. I guess that until the new products are actually available, we can only speculate as to how this will work.

    More Power (?)
    The most exciting (potential) enhancement is the power improvement in the higher end models. According to the FCC grant, the GXT950 has an output power of 5.33 watts (ERP). This would be a tremendous advance. Last year, the GXT850 was the most powerful radio in this class at 1.63 watts. I would normally take an FCC document at face value, but this is such a major difference that I am going to remain skeptical until we can validate this improvement with an actual performance test. Stay tuned!

    Marketing Hype
    As usual, the fantastic range claims continue to expand. This year, we're up to "30 miles range" on the high end models. In the meantime, we will continue to educate our customers as to the actual range that they can expect from their radios.

    Certified Lead Free
    Recently the public as soured toward Chinese imports due to high lead content being found in some toys. Midland has responded to this by removing lead from their products, and having them certified as Lead Free. They will be the only manufacturer in this class advertising lead free products, so that should win them some customers.

    New Model Specifics
    Here is a look at the highlights of each new model. Pricing information is not yet finalized. LXT models will be available in May, GXT models in June.

    GXT950VP4 - Camouflage; 42 "channels"; Voice scrambling; NOAA channels/alerts; Group mode; Direct call; Vibrate alert; VOX; IP4 waterproof; 142 privacy codes; DC adapter; Headsets.
    GXT900VP4 - 42 "channels"; Voice scrambling; NOAA channels/alerts; Group mode; Direct call; Vibrate alert; VOX; IP4 waterproof; 142 privacy codes; DC adapter; Headsets.
    GXT775VP3 - Camouflage; 36 "channels"; NOAA channels/alerts; Vibrate alert; VOX.
    GXT720VP3 - 36 "channels"; NOAA channels/alerts; Vibrate alert; VOX.
    LXT460VP3 - 28 "channels"; NOAA channels/alerts; Vibrate alert.
    LXT345VP3 - Camouflage; Low end model.
    LXT340VP3 - Low end model.
    LXT110 - Basic model, no charger, low power.

    We look forward to providing you with more information once these models become available.

  • Motorola's 2008 Consumer Radio Lineup

    Most of Motorola's new 2008 consumer (FRS/GMRS) radios are now in stock and ready to ship! There are a couple of unique innovations within this series that I think will win Motorola quite a few new customers this year. Let's take a closer look at the two biggest advances.

    Emergency Kit Radios
    The biggest innovation is the Motorola EM1000R and EM1000 radios. These radios have features designed specifically to be of use during an emergency. When held for 3 seconds, an Emergency Alert Button will send an 8 second distress alarm alert to all other radios within range. If there are other EM1000 radios within range, they will increase their volume level to the maximum upon receiving a distress call. The radio will then automatically go into hands-free transmit mode for 22 seconds.

    The EM1000 also has an LED flashlight built-in. The LED for the flashlight is on the bottom of the radio with the button to turn on the light located under the push-to-talk (PTT) button.

    This model supports NOAA weather channels and weather alerts, as well.

    With these features the EM1000 or EM1000R will definitely become the logical choice for those putting together an emergency kit. They will also be a consideration for anyone looking for radios for a typical use, such as a cruise or a road trip, but want to keep the radios handy in case of emergencies after their primary use is over.

    USB Charging Port
    Except for the very low end FV300 and FV300R, all of the new Motorola radios are equipped with a mini-USB port that can be used for charging the radio. There are over 100 million USB cables in use now, and most everyone has on charging a cell phone, MP3 player or some other small device. This same cable can be used to charge your new Motorola two way radio! This is a definite convenience, but it also gives people who need to keep both radios in a different location a charging option. A single two pocket charger doesn't help much when you need to keep one radio upstairs and another down! A cheap USB cable now solves this problem.

    New Models
    Here is a list of all of the new models, with the top features of each.

    T9650RCAMO - Value pack that will include two T9650 radios (similar to T9550), two earpieces with boom mic's, and vehicle charger. Available in May.
    T9680R-SAME - Top of the line model. Replaces the T9580R-SAME but adds the USB charging port. Supports advanced S.A.M.E. weather alerts. Available in June.
    EM1000R - Emergency alert button, flashlight, USB charging port, VOX hands-free use, NOAA weather channels and alerts.
    EM1000 - Identical to the EM1000R, but doesn't include rechargeable batteries/charger. Each radio requires 3 AA batteries.
    SX900R - NOAA weather channels and alerts, VOX hands-free use, USB charging port.
    SX600R - VOX hands-free use, USB charging port. The packaging claims this model has less power than the SX900R, but this does not appear to be the case.
    FV300R - Small and lightweight. Includes pig-tail charging adapter (no charging cradle).
    FV300 - Small, low cost radio. No charger is included. Each radio requires 3 AAA batteries.

    Discontinued Models
    As new models are brought in, old ones are phased out. The following models are no longer being produced by Motorola: T9580R-SAME, SX800R, FV800R, T5000R, T5500AA, FV200.

    Congratulations to Giant International, manufacturer of Motorola consumer radios, for some great innovations in this 2008 lineup!

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