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  • Differences between the Motorola CP200 and Motorola CP200d

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200dThe Motorola CP200 was a very popular business two way radio for many years, and one of Motorola's best selling models. In 2017, Motorola discontinued the CP200 and replaced it with an updated model, the CP200d.

    On the outside, they are essentially the same radio. On the inside, there's more to the story.

    The CP200 is an analog only radio. The CP200d adds digital functionality. This digital difference alone gives the CP200d an obvious edge over its predecessor. But is that the only advantage? Let's compare the differences and similarities between these two radios.

    Compatibility
    The Motorola CP200d is a combination analog and digital radio, so it is backwards compatible with the older CP200 in analog mode. The dual analog and digital mode capability allows you to upgrade to digital gracefully through normal attrition instead of ditching analog entirely and going digital all at once. This makes the move to digital much more affordable, and much easier to manage.

    Audio Quality
    It goes without saying that digital radios tend to have a greater clarity than analog models, and the CP200d is no exception. Digital audio is cleaner, without a lot of the background noise and artifacts typically heard on an analog transmission. This helps minimize requests for re-transmissions of garbled or lost dialogue, thus decreasing response time and improving efficiency of communications between everyone in your group. As a digital radio, the CP200d improves on the CP200 with crisp, clear audio for higher quality sound.

    Features
    Both models support up to 16 channels, and both share the same physical characteristics, such as the rotary channel selector knob, tri-color LED, accessory connector, large push-to-talk (PTT) button and two programmable buttons on the side.

    Inside, both models include many of the standard features typically found on many analog business two way radios, but the CP200d includes a few more, such as analog scrambling, a password lock, vote scan, and Auto Range Transponder System (ARTS™). The CP200d also has voice announcements.

    The CP200d is a DMR digital radio, so it adds some unique features not available in an analog radio such as the CP200, such as Dual Capacity Direct Mode, private calling, and transmit interrupt (decode only). These digital features, combined with the added features in analog mode, give the CP200d a significant upgrade over the old CP200.

    The table below compares the features of both models.

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200d Features
    Feature CP200 CP200d
    (Analog)
    CP200d
    (Digital)
    Adjustable Gain
    Adjustable Power
    All Call
    ARTS™ Alert - -
    Call Alert
    Channels 16 16 16
    Channel Scan
    DMR - -
    Dual Capacity Direct Mode - -
    Emergency Alert - -
    Group Call -
    Low Battery Alert
    Monitor Channel -
    Nuisance Channel Delete
    One Touch Access - -
    Password Lock -
    Power Selectable
    Privacy - -
    Private Call - -
    Repeater Capable
    Scrambling - -
    Selective Call -
    Squelch -
    Talk Around
    TDMA - -
    Transmit Interrupt - -
    Trill Enhancement -
    Voice Announcement -
    Vote Scan - -
    VOX

    Battery Life
    The CP200d offers slightly longer battery life in analog mode than the CP200, and much longer uptime in digital mode. The CP200d consumes less power in digital mode than analog, and it's another advantage to going all digital.

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200d Battery Life
    Model Power 1400 mAh
    NiMH
    1600 mAh
    Slim Li-ion
    2200 mAh
    Li-ion
    2250 mAh
    Li-ion
    CP200 (UHF) 4W 10 Hours 12 Hours - 14 Hours
    CP200 (VHF) 5W 10 Hours 12 Hours - 14 Hours
    CP200d (UHF)
    Analog
    4W 9 Hours 10.5 Hours 14.5 Hours -
    CP200d (UHF)
    Digital
    4W 11.5 Hours 13.5 Hours 18.5 Hours -
    CP200d (VHF)
    Analog
    5W 9 Hours 10.5 Hours 14.5 Hours -
    CP200d (VHF)
    Digital
    5W 11.5 Hours 13.5 Hours 18.5 Hours -

    Footprint
    Both radios are roughly the same size, but the CP200d is slightly lighter in weight, by about an ounce. Of course, this depends on the battery used, but in every case, with the same battery on both models, the CP200d comes out ahead.

    Durability
    The Motorola CP200 and CP200d are comparable in durability, with solid construction. These radios are built with a rugged, die-cast chassis to withstand harsh environments. Both models are rated IP54 for dust and water intrusion. They are also compliant to Portable Military Standards (MIL-STD) 810C, D, E, and F. In addition, the CP200d is MIL-STD 810G. The CP200d includes a two year warranty from Motorola.

    Accessories
    The CP200 and CP200d share the same form factor, so the batteries, chargers, antennas and other accessories are fully cross-compatible. If you already have a fleet of CP200 radios and want to migrate to digital, going with the CP200d is ideal, since you can use all the accessories in your existing fleet to mix and match with both models. This is a real money saving value and is another reason consider the CP200d.

    Although they have important differences, the Motorola CP200 and CP200d are also very similar in the sense that they are compatible with one another in analog mode. If you already use CP200 radios in your work environment and need to replace a few or want to go digital, the Motorola CP200d is the logical choice.

  • TWRS-123 - TYT MD-UV380 DMR Radio Smackdown

    Two Way Radio Show
    We put the new TYT MD-UV380 in a three way match up against the popular TYT MD-380 and the MD-2017. We'll also tell you about updates to the Wouxun KG-D901 DMR radio and give you an update on the status of the proposed tariffs on Chinese transceivers.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:38

    Discussion Topic 1:56
    We talk about the new TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band DMR digital two way radio and put it in a three way match up against the popular TYT MD-380 and what is widely considered the first dual band DMR handheld on the market, the MD-2017. We'll compare the features of these three radios, respond to some of your comments and questions about the UV380 and tell you which model we think offers the best value for the price.

    Wouxun KG-D901 Update 17:58
    Response to a question about updates to the Wouxun KG-D901 DMR radio

    Status of Chinese tariffs on Transceivers 21:13
    We give you an update on the status of the proposed tariffs on Chinese transceivers

    Linking GMRS Repeaters 23:36
    We talk about an article in National Communications Magazine about connecting GMRS repeaters across the Internet. Could this be the next big thing for GMRS?

    Questions and Answers 30:53
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 38:52
    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.


  • It's National Hurricane Preparedness Week - Get Ready!

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    This week - May 27th through June 2nd - is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. With the coincidental arrival of Tropical Storm Beryl, we've already had a taste of what this 2012 hurricane season could be like. Beryl was not even a category one hurricane, yet this storm packed a considerable punch with wind and rain, causing power outages and cancelling Memorial Day events along the Florida and Georgia coasts.

    Tropical Storm Beryl is said to be the most powerful tropical storm in recorded history to hit the Atlantic coast of the US outside of hurricane season, which officially begins today, June 1. But it wasn't the first cyclone to jump the starting date. Tropical Storm Alberto, which formed off the coast of South Carolina, claimed that spot in mid May.

    The National Weather Service advises everyone to be prepared for hurricane season this week. Develop an emergency plan of action and/or evacuation in case of an emergency. Prepare an emergency disaster kit with basic provisions, including:

    Collecting everything you need to build an emergency kit can be time consuming and even a bit daunting, especially if you are someone who is always busy or on the go. For those who want to be prepared but don't have the time or patience to go on a scavenger hunt for emergency supplies, you can get one already prepared for you. Buy Two Way Radios now carries a complete line of emergency and survival kits, from the Basic Necessities Emergency Kit to the Four Person Survivor Kit.

    Of course, our specialty is radios. For the NWS Emergency Preparedness List posted above, we recommend the Midland ER102 Emergency Crank Radio or the Midland XT511 Base Camp Two Way / Emergency Crank Radio. The XT511 is also an FRS/GMRS two way radio, which could come in handy if land line or cell phone communications are out.

    For a complete overview of these and other emergency/weather radios, read the Weather Radio Buyer's Guide. To help you choose the best weather radio for your situation, check out our Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide.

    So far we've had two storms in one month, before the hurricane season has even begun. Is this just an anomaly, or a shadow of things to come? Does it really matter? The National Weather Service advises us all to get ready, always be ready, because you just never know until the next storm comes.

    For more information on emergency weather radios, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.

  • Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide

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    Hurricane Season is just around the corner and the National Weather Service has advised us all to be prepared. According to the NWS, one important item to have on your emergency preparedness list is an emergency weather radio.

    But which weather radio is right for you? There are a lot of radios available with a lot of features and options. Every radio may not be right for everyone or every situation. What is the best weather radio for your family or business? Which one should you choose?

    Not to worry. Buy Two Way Radios created the 2012 Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide to help you find the radio you need.

    This comparison chart includes all the current models we offer as an authorized Midland dealer, from the compact, easy to carry Midland HH50 Pocket Weather Alert Radio to the full-featured Midland XT511 Base Camp Two Way/Emergency Crank Radio, considered by some as the "swiss army knife" of emergency radios. The radios and their features are organized into a simple chart so you can compare them all easily.

    The Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide 2012 is FREE for download and ready when you need it.

    Here is a quick overview of some key features included with these weather radios.

    Emergency
    Weather Radios
    Weather
    Channels
    Weather/
    Hazard Alerts
    SAME Clock AM/FM
    Radio
    Backup
    Power
    Midland HH50
    Midland HH54VP SAME
    Midland HH54VP2 SAME
    Midland WR-120
    Midland WR-300
    Midland ER102
    Midland XT511

    For more information about choosing an emergency weather radio, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.

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