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  • TWRS-61 - New Motorola RM Series Radios

    We preview the new RM Series business radios coming this year from Motorola. We'll also review the Motorola HKLN4433 CLP Series Magnetic Case Kit.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:07

    Topic Discussion 1:24
    Just when we thought there was nothing new to talk about, we found out Motorola has a whole new series of business radios coming out this summer. Radios discussed include the Motorola RMU2040, RMU2080, RMU2080d, RMM2050, RMV2080. For more information on the new Motorola RM Series, read New Motorola RM Series radios available this summer. For tips on using your two way radios, watch our Radio 101 video series hosted by Anthony.

    Commercial Break 9:52
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 10:53
    Today we review the Motorola HKLN4433 CLP Series Magnetic Case Kit.

    Questions and Answers 17:12
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 20:34
    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!

    © 2013 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.


  • Radio 101 - Motorola RDX Series Belt Clip Removal

    Attaching the belt clip to a Motorola RDX series two way radio is easy. Removing it is another project entirely. Fortunately, we're here to help. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios will show you how to remove the Motorola RDX belt clip accessory with minimum fuss and frustration. This removal method works for both display and non-display models in the RDX series, including the Motorola RDX RDU2020, RDV2020, RDU2080d, RDV2080d, RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100 business two way radios.

  • Radio 101 - How to reset a Kenwood ProTalk two way radio

    Do you need to reset your Kenwood ProTalk business radio back to its original factory configuration? It's really easy. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios will show you how to do it in two simple steps. This method works for Kenwood ProTalk 200, 300 and 400 Series business two way radios, including the TK-2200V2P, TK-2200V8P, TK-2300V4P, TK-2300V16P, TK-2400V4P, TK-2400V16P, TK-3200U2P, TK-3200LU15P, TK-3300U4P, TK-3300U16P, TK-3400U4P, and TK-3400U16P.

  • Buy 6 Motorola business radios, get 1 FREE!

    This promotion expired June 30, 2013 and is no longer available.


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    Motorola is offering special promotion on select business two way radios - Buy 6 radios, get 1 FREE!

    When you purchase at least 6 Motorola CLP, CLS, RDX or DTR Series business two way radios from Buy Two Way Radios, you can get another one FREE. This offer is good for up to 60 radios purchased for a total of 10 free radios! This Motorola free radio offer is valid through June 30, 2013. If your company is shopping for new radios or adding more to your fleet, this may be the deal for you.

    This is how it works: Purchase six Motorola CLP™ Series™ radios and you get one FREE Motorola CLP1060 radio with Bluetooth™ Wireless Headset. Purchase six Motorola CLS Series™ radios and you get your choice of one FREE Motorola CLP1060 radio with Bluetooth™ Wireless Headset or one FREE CLS Series radio of the same model number purchased. Purchase six Motorola RDX Series™ radios and you get one FREE Motorola RDX Series radio of the same model number purchased. Purchase six Motorola DTR Series™ radios and you get one FREE Motorola DTR Series radio of the same model number purchased.

    Every six radios purchased earns you an additional radio - with a potential maximum of 10 FREE radios on a maximum purchase of 60 radios. All six radios purchased must be within the same product series.

    To simplify, here is a chart with a break down of each eligible radio.

    Model Min Purchase Max Purchase Free Radio
    CLP1010 6 60 CLP1060
    CLP1040 6 60 CLP1060
    CLP1060 6 60 CLP1060
    CLS1110 6 60 CLP1060 or
    CLS radio
    CLS1410 6 60 CLP1060 or
    CLS radio
    RDX RDU2020 6 60 RDX radio
    RDX RDV2020 6 60 RDX radio
    RDX RDU2080d 6 60 RDX radio
    RDX RDV2080d 6 60 RDX radio
    RDX RDU4100 6 60 RDX radio
    RDX RDU4160d 6 60 RDX radio
    RDX RDV5100 6 60 RDX radio
    DTR410 6 60 DTR radio
    DTR550 6 60 DTR radio

    This offer is fulfilled by Motorola directly, so the free radio(s) will be shipped to you after Motorola receives your redemption form.

    NOTE: Redemptions must be postmarked on or before July 15, 2013 and received by July 31, 2013. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. Offer is good in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    Read the Motorola promotional flyer for full details.

  • Radio 101 - How To Reset a Motorola RDX Series Radio

    Do you need to reset your Motorola RDX Series two way radio back to its original settings? In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios will show you how. This method works for both display and non-display models in the RDX series, including the Motorola RDX RDU2020, RDV2020, RDU2080d, RDV2080d, RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100 business two way radios.

  • Radio 101 - How to reset a Motorola CLS Series two way radio

    There may be a situation in which you need to reset your Motorola CLS1110 or CLS1410 two way radio back to its original factory configuration. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios will show you how to do it in one simple step.

  • Kenwood Unveils New "400 Series" Protalk Radios

    It's been a busy year so far for new product announcements. Jumping into the mix now is Kenwood, who has released six new walkie talkies to "freshen up" their ProTalk lineup!

    Kenwood refers to these new models as the 400 series (because all of the models start with 2400 or 3400). Each new radio will replace an older 300 series model. Check out the following chart for a quick summary of what's new and what's going away.

    Model Frequencies Channels Power Replaces
    TK-2400-V4P VHF 4 2 watts TK-2300-V4P
    TK-2400-V16P VHF 16 2 watts TK-2300-V16P
    TK-2402-V16P VHF 16 5 watts TK-2302-V16P
    TK-3400-U4P UHF 4 2 watts TK-3300-U4P
    TK-3400-U16P UHF 16 2 watts TK-3300-U16P
    TK-3402-U16P UHF 16 5 watts TK-3302-U16P

    As you can see, each new model matches up very well with the model that it's replacing. The number of channels, output power and frequency range are the primary ways to differentiate between Kenwood ProTalk models and, with the exception of the TK-3402 moving from 4 watts to 5, nothing is changing with these features in the new series. The default supported frequencies and channel assignments are the same as well, so a TK-2400 and TK-3400 will talk right out of the box to the TK-2300 and TK-3300, respectively. The same goes for the TK-2402 and TK-3402 talking with the TK-2302 and TK-3302. This is welcome news! When the "300 series" was released a few years ago, the 2 watt VHF models had different default frequencies than the previous series. I'm sure you can imagine the chaos that ensued.

    Kenwood TK-3300 / TK-3400 Comparison - FrontSo, what is changing? Honestly not much. I called this a "freshening up" of the product line and I think that is a good way to put it - the 300 series was released in 2009 so it was probably time for an update. However, there's a reason Kenwood is number two in 2 way radio sales (behind only Motorola) - their products work exceptionally well and there is little need for major changes. That said, let's take a closer look at what is different.

    Audio Quality and Loudness
    The biggest and most noticeable change with the new Kenwood 400 series two way radios is the 1000mW speaker. These models are clearly louder than their predecessors and because of that will be better and more comfortable to use in noisy environments. This is a clear improvement over the 500mW speaker from the 300 series and now ranks Kenwood among the loudest radios available. Of the radios that we carry, only the Motorola RDX series (with a 2000mW speaker) eclipses them.

    Increased Output Power
    Kenwood TK-3300 / TK-3400 Comparison - Right SideAs I mentioned above, the TK3402 has a full 5 watts of output power, compared to 4 watts with the TK3302. While Vertex Standard has a number of 5 watt UHF models and Icom has a few, 4 watts is still the norm. It's nice to see Kenwood make this improvement. Don't expect the extra watt to significantly improve range, but it can make a difference.

    Changes to the Look and Feel
    Kenwood has made changes to the design of the radio with the 400 series. The speaker area on the front blends better into the body of the radio - gone are the rounded contours that "lifted" the speaker openings. The microphone has moved from the middle of the radio, below the speaker, to the area above the speaker. While the dimensions are identical to the 300 series, the front of the radio slopes into the sides more gradually, giving it a slimmer feel.

    The logos and markings have changed a little. The ProTalk sticker has moved from the middle of the radio to the bottom. Most significantly, the 400 series models are clearly marked on the right side with their exact model number - "TK-3400U16P" for example. Previously you had to remove the battery to find this information.

    The accessory cover has also undergone a transformation. Previously, accessories like port covers or locking brackets had to be attached with a screw. Now they slide down and clip into place via a plastic clip. This sounds like a good idea as screws are easy to lose or misplace, but I found the clip-on cover to be difficult to remove. I had to actually wedge a screwdriver between the cover and the radio to pry it off. While that worked out just fine for me, I have to wonder how many people will break a clip or scratch their radio attempting the same trick.

    Kenwood TK-3300 / TK-3400 Comparison - Left SideThe Push-To-Talk button and the two side buttons have changed slightly. The texture of the PTT is a little different and all three buttons are much easier to press. The force required to press the push to talk button is considerably less than before.

    Compatibility with Previous Series
    Perhaps the best news is that businesses that are already using 300 series two way radios can seamlessly move to the new 400 series. The channel frequency assignment is identical, so the radios will talk right out of the box. If you have changed your radio to frequencies other than the default, the same process will let you change the new radios.

    Worried about your batteries or headsets? Don't be. There were no changes there, either. The new models use the same KNB-45L battery and KSC-35S charger as before. The earpiece/headset connector is also identical, so all audio accessories are 100% compatible.

    Price
    So what about the price? Is Kenwood using this refresh as an opportunity to raise prices? Nope. At least not for now. The prices for the new 400 series models are identical to their 300 series counterparts.

    Bottom Line
    So what does this all boil down to? Kenwood has released some new, ever slightly improved walkie talkies. If you've never used Kenwood radios before, you're going to love them! If you've been buying Kenwood radios, chances are you aren't going to be able to find your old model anymore the next time you need one. However, Kenwood did make it super easy to find your replacement radio and they maintained 100% compatibility, so you don't have to think twice about making the switch.

  • How to Wirelessly Clone Kenwood Protalk Radios

    Kenwood ProTalk radios have a very nice and unique feature built right in - wireless cloning. This allows the settings of one radio to be wirelessly cloned to all other radios within range. In the event that a setting or feature mistakenly gets changed on one of your radios, this can be a quick and easy way to get your radio back to the setup you need to communicate effectively. Many other brands offer the ability to clone from radio to radio, but it usually requires a special cloning cable or a multi-charger. Kenwood makes this extremely simple - just follow the step-by-step instructions below for the radio that you have.

    Cloning Kenwood ProTalk 200, 300, and 400 Series Radios
    The following instructions apply to all ProTalk radios in what Kenwood calls the 200, 300 and 400 series, EXCEPT the TK-3230. This includes the following models: TK-2200, TK-2202, TK-2300, TK-2302, TK-2400, TK-2402, TK-3200, TK-3202, TK-3300, TK-3302, TK-3400, and TK-3402.

    Step 1: You will first need to determine which of your radios is going to be your master unit. This will be the one radio to which all of your other radios will match up to. Your other radios will be known as your slave units. Once you have determined which radio is your master unit and which radios are your slave units, be sure to separate them to avoid confusion.

    Step 2: On your master unit, be sure the radio is OFF. Hold down the PTT button AND the Side 2 Key (bottom side button) at the same time while turning the radio ON. Keep holding the 2 buttons simultaneously until the LED turns orange and you hear the radio announce "Clone". The radio is now in Clone Mode.

    Step 3: On your slave units, be sure the radio is OFF. Hold down the PTT button AND the Side 2 Key (bottom side button) at the same time while turning the radio ON. Keep holding the 2 buttons simultaneously until the LED turns orange and you hear the radio announce "Clone". The slave radios are now in Clone Mode.

    Step 4: Press the PTT button on the master unit to begin the cloning process. While cloning, the LED on the master unit will blink in red, while the LED on the slave unit(s) will turn green. When the cloning process completes, the master LED will once again turn orange and the LED will turn off completely on the slave units.

    Step 5: The cloning is complete! Turn the master unit off and back on to resume normal usage.

    Cloning Kenwood TK-3230 Radios
    The Kenwood TK-3230 is a small, lightweight radio with a display. It supports wireless cloning, but works a little differently than the models above. To clone the TK3230, perform the following steps.

    Step 1: All of the slave units will need to be put into the "cloning" mode. To do this, first make sure that the slave units are turned OFF. Take each slave unit and press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button AND the Monitor (MON) button at the same time. While both buttons are being pressed, turn the radio ON. If done correctly, you will hear a short beep and your screen will show that you have entered clone mode. If you have more than one slave unit, repeat this process for each radio.

    Step 2: Locate your master unit and repeat the process above to place this radio into the cloning mode.

    Step 3: Once all radios are in cloning mode, press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button on the master unit ONLY. At this point, the slave units should turn green and display the letters "PROG" for programming. The master unit will display the letters "CLON" for cloning. Once complete, the master unit will display "END" and all other slave units will return to their normal setting.

    Step 4: The cloning is complete! Turn the master unit off and back on to resume normal usage.

    If you notice any of the slave units with a blinking orange LED, this means that it was not done correctly and cloning was not complete, in which case you should start the process again. Once complete, be sure to check that each slave unit communicates with your master unit, and voila! You're back in business!

  • Midland announces GXT2000 Series and upgrades its two way radios in 2012

    gxt2000-package.jpgMidland announced exciting changes earlier this month to its line of FRS/GMRS two way radios for 2012. These changes both packaging upgrades across its entire product line and technical improvements for specific models, most notably the GXT2000 and GXT2050.

    According to Midland, the new GXT2000 series will sport a larger LCD display that is easier to read. This radios will also include a fast charging, higher capacity lithium polymer battery for longer periods of operation. The GXT2000 is designed primarily for outdoor enthusiasts who need longer battery life and the ability to recharge their radios quickly.

    Other features offered in the GXT1000 and GXT2000 series for 2012 include JIS4 waterproofing, backlit displays, an SOS Siren Alert, and weather alerts. All Midland two way radios include a 3 year warranty, reinforcing Midland's commitment to stand behind the quality of their products.

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