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  • I Blog about the FCC, They Blog Back!

    Ok, regular readers of our two way radio blog know that now and then I pick on the FCC. Well it would seem they got tired of this behavior, and are now according to this news story going to blog back. So next time I mention that they may be bloated and obsolete, they are going to counter with the fact that I need a haircut and should get more exercise. That should keep me in line.

    This would be interesting news, the FCC having a blog and all, if it were say, uhm 1999. I like that the FCC wants to be relevant and open, but this is a bit late. They should be involved in social networking in about 10 years at this rate. I am also not sure what they plan to accomplish with any of this. All news stories will be heavily edited and all comments carefully screened.

    If they want to be truly open, then they should have forums with very mild moderation. I do not think an FCC blog will help solve the number of problems the agency faces, and may make them look even more backwards and confused.

  • Not Two Motorola Two Way Radios but Three!

    We now have in stock the Motorola TALKABOUT MD200TPR two way radio three pack. If you have been looking for a set of radios, but two is not enough and four is just way too many, then we have the item for you.

    The MD200TPR three pack includes three Motorola MD200 two way radios, one dual connector charging adapter, and NiMH rechargeable batteries for each radio. The MD200R two way has all 22 FRS and GMRS channels with 10 call tones. This is a great deal on an affordable set of PI-51 weather resistant, rugged walkie talkies. We have them here and ready to ship out today for $35.99.

  • The FCC is Still Wanting an Open Relationship

    This post covered some of this already, but there is a bit more information in this news story. Over at the FCC they are still pushing to overhaul their processes and also make everything more open to the public. They are also probably going to do some restructuring along with making what they do more accessible. According to the WSJ news story:

    Genachowski repeatedly says he wants the FCC under his watch to be more "data-driven," "fact-based," and "transparent" than ever before.

    I think anyone that has been involved in getting a business radio license would love to see the process improved. Also, for the hobbyist, having more direct dialogue with the FCC about common concerns (GMRS pricing) may lead to a more common sense approach in fees. This may even help the radio manufacturers avoid certain, er, events.

    Many have stated that the FCC is backwards, bloated, and perhaps absolutely meaningless now. I am not sure if Genachowski is trying to justify the agencies existence, or is genuinely interested in making it into a lean, effective regulatory agency. At the minimum I hope we at least get a more communicative organization that is easier to work with.

  • More Midland Camo Radios Now Infiltrating Our Warehouse!

    The new Midland GXT-785-VP3 Two Way Radios are now in stock. These walkie talkies are made with the outdoors enthusiast in mind with vibrating alert, NOAA alerts, and even animal call sounds. They are water resistant and have a Mossy Oak camo pattern. The GXT785 radios also have 42 "channels", 142 privacy codes, and a 3 year warranty. We have then ready to ship out for $64.99!

  • How To Get in Trouble With a Kenwood Radio in Chicago

    A news story just popped up about a person in Chicago using a radio to impersonate transit workers and causing bit of trouble for people using Chicago trains. No one was hurt by his pranks, but this could have been a much more serious story very easily.

    Now some may try to use this as a reason to have radio licensing more heavily enforced, but that would not have stopped any of this. However, if you wonder why two way radios are often limited in broadcasting power, this is one of them.

    There are always going to be people like the one in the story. If you misuse radios in this manner you probably will be caught eventually. When someone does something like this it does have ramifications on everyone in the radio community. So people, use some sense when you operate a radio.

  • Rugged Business Radios That May Be Tougher Than You

    Are you looking for two way radios that are loaded with features such as a display screen, CTCSS/DCTS tone filtering, MDC signaling capabilities, 128 channels and 8 memory banks, and are mil spec and very tough. Then you might want to look at these two way Icom radios:

    The Icom IC-F3021S-41-DTC two way radio is a VHF radio that is 5 watts and meets IP54 dust and water resistance. The F3021S is mils pec tough, and comes with a large capacity 2000mAh Li-Ion battery pack for an average of 15 hours of operational time. Ready for the demanding job site, we have them ready to ship for $256.99.

    The Icom IC-F4021S-41-RC two way radio is UHF, 4 watts, and also meets IP54 dust and water resistance. The F4021S is also mil spec and includes a large capacity 2000mAh Li-Ion battery pack for an average of 15 hours of operational time. These radios are great for just about anyone, and we have them for $266.99.

    So, if you have been looking for some very durable radios, with a lot of features not to mention long battery life, you may have found what you need. Call us with any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!

  • How Can You Replace Midland GXT720VP3? With a Better Radio, the Midland GXT740VP3!

    We now have the replacement for the near venerable Midland GXT720VP3 here at Buy Two Way Radios. We like the 720, a lot, and will miss it. There was a going away party and everything! But times change, and the new Midland GXT740VP3 Two Way Radio is a nice upgrade.

    The Midland GXT740VP3 keeps the all of the things we liked about the GXT720, but adds some minor refinements such as a new display, and a few more channels. While it claims to have more range, who cares! It is a 5 watt radio, that is reliable and loaded with features for a very nice price.

    The Midland GXT740VP3 value pack includes two Midland GXT740 radios, two NiMH rechargeable batteries, a desktop charger, and two belt clips. We have them here, ready to ship out for $59.99.

    Do you have stories you would like to share about the GXT720? Give us a call, or leave a comment. I was never good at goodbyes. Sorry, I am a bit choked up. Sniff.

  • The FCC Wants To Know What You Think, Just Not Yet

    Things recently have been are all exciting over at the FCC. Now that they have some new people in charge, they want to improve how the agency works. According to this article, the FCC is implementing a new website that will be used for receiving feedback. For now it is internal, but they want to make it available to everyone. So what are you going to tell the FCC if given the chance? Will they even care, or is this just some hand waving distraction?

  • The Midland GXT1050VP4 Two Way Radio is Wearing Camouflage, The Midland LXT480VP3 is Wearing Nothing!

    We now have the Midland GXT1050VP4 Two Way Radio in stock and ready to ship out. The GXT1000 has 5 watts of power, 50 Channels (22 Standard, 28 Extra), NOAA weather alerts and more! the GXT-1050 also has "Mossy Oak" camouflage and 5 animal call alerts. This Midland GXT-1050-VP4 value pack includes two Midland headsets with boom microphones, a two pocket desktop charger, two rechargeable batteries, two belt clips, and both home and vehicle charging adapters! Get it now for $79.99.

    Next up, the Midland LXT560VP3 Two Way Radio has 36 Channels (22 Standard, 14 Extra), NOAA weather channels, and high and low power modes. The LXT560VP3 value pack includes two Midland LXT-560 two way radios, two belt clips, a two pocket desktop charger, and rechargeable batteries for each radio. Get them for $44.99.

  • Stop Lying About Range!

    Ok, many of you by now have noticed that then new Midland radios are saying they have a 36 mile range. That leads many to believe that you can give one to a friend, jump in your car, drive straight down the road across a large city for one hour, stop, and still be able to talk with them.

    We all know that two way radios are typically only usable for 1-2 miles without using a repeater. Then, you might get 20 miles or more. So why are many of the manufacturers such as Midland, Cobra, Garmin, Uniden and Motorola telling people they will work for 10, 15, 20, 36 miles? Look on the box, in giant print, they say something like 36 MILE RANGE! If they could put blinking lights around it they would.

    They are misleading you.

    They place (often in small print or with a misleading diagram) on the box something about "maximum range achieved only under certain conditions". Those conditions involve being at the top of a mile high dormant volcano in the middle of the ocean, and sending a burst of static to a person on a deserted bare island 30 miles away. I know we have a lot of customers who need radios for just that situation! In equally small print, something is stated that in most cases the radio only has about one mile of usable range.

    So they want to deceive you about the range, and they are creating a false or misleading impression as to the capability of the radio. Then we get stuck having to put that in the description of the radio, and then explaining to customers the truth. Thanks. The only manufacturer that is honest about range it would seem is Trisquare.

    The sad thing is, they make perfectly good radios for the money. They have no need to do this. If you buy a set of FRS/GRMS radios from Midland, Cobra, Garmin, Uniden or Motorola, they will give you years of affordable and reliable use. They only work for about one mile, but they will do so consistently.

    If they think they have to do this to compete with each other, all they are doing is making themselves look like idiots. How many repeat customers have they lost from this? The best kind of advertising is word of mouth, way to ruin that guys! You would rather insult your customers just to try and stand out on a store shelf.

    Related Resources
    GMRS Radio Range Chart
    30 Miles? The Truth About Range
    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

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