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November 26, 2017

List of Holiday Specials for 2017!

Holiday Deals Many of our Cyber Monday deals are still available! Check below for details, we'll be updating this list as the deals expire!

Cyber Monday 2017 is November 27, and this year the deals are bigger and better than ever at Buy Two Way Radios! We're pulling out all the stops this holiday season, with sales, bundles, rebates and value added extras on radios and radio accessories to make shopping and gift giving a lot easier on you and your wallet. Whether you are searching for business, FRS/GMRS, CB or ham related items, we're sure to have a great deal for you.

But why hunt around to find a great deal? We've already done it for you. We've compiled a list of everything on sale at Buy Two Way Radios for Cyber Monday, right here. So relax, grab your favorite beverage, and check out our list of Cyber Monday Specials for 2017 at Buy Two Way Radios!

DMR Deals
  • FREE mag mount antenna with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio ($20 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is a dual band 144-148/440-450MHz amateur radio antenna with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

    Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is valued at $20. No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid until December 24, 2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with any other promotions or promo codes. No rain checks.

  • FREE TYT MD-2017 Speaker Microphone with the purchase of a TYT MD-2017 ($19.99 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The TYT Speaker Microphone for MD-2017 (TYT-SM-MD2017) is a genuine TYT accessory with a belt clip that swivels 360 degrees. It is designed to work with the TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Two Way Radio equipped with a multi-pin Motorola (M3) connector. Your free microphone will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Supplies are limited. Offer valid from November 27 until December 3, 2017 or while supplies last. No rain checks.


  • FREE Baofeng UV-5R radio with the purchase of a TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR radio ($29.99 value).
    No longer available!

    For ONE WEEK ONLY, get a FREE Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band UHF/VHF Radio when you buy a TYT MD-2017!

    You read that correctly. For every TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio you purchase during the week of December 4-10, 2017, we'll give you a Baofeng UV-5R radio, FREE! Click here for more info.
  • FREE mag mount antenna and power supply with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio ($95 value)

    This offer is no longer available!

    The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is a dual band 144-148/440-450MHz amateur radio antenna with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

    The TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply has an output voltage of 13.8V DC and is adjustable between 9V and 15V! It offers automatic current limiting within 30A for protection from short-circuits and and includes a built-in backlit single volt/current meter to keep you informed of current power levels.

    Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is valued at $20 and the TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply is valued at $79.99. The Total value of this free bundle is $99.99!

    No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna with mag mount and power supply will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid until December 3, 2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with any other promotions or promo codes. No rain checks.

  • Buy one TYT MD-380 Battery Pack, Get 1 FREE!
    This offer is no longer available!

    Purchase a Lithium Ion Battery Pack for MD-380 DMR Radio (2000 mAh) and you get one FREE! Every battery purchased earns you one additional battery - with no limit of the number of battery packs you can purchase on this offer! This BOGO (Buy One, Get One) battery offer is fulfilled by Buy Two Way Radios, so the free battery pack is sent with your order. This is a great deal and is available for a limited time only or while supplies last. No rain checks. When we're out, we're out. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

Go Ham for the Holidays
  • Limited Edition Wouxun KG-UV8E Holiday Bundle! ($299 value)
    This special holiday version of Wouxun's amazing Tri-band two way radio takes their 144MHz, 222MHz and 420Mhz band transceiver, adds a full complement of accessories and add-ons, and puts it all into one big festive package at a super special holiday price! The entire kit is only $189.99!

    This Limited Edition is loaded with almost every 8E add-on available, including a standard 1700mAh and a 26000mAh Li-Ion battery pack, belt clip, tri-band antenna, wrist strap, desktop charger, AC power cord, 12V DC power cord, battery eliminator, speaker microphone, silicon case, USB programming cable, programming software, owner's manual.

    The Wouxun KG-UV8E Limited Edition (regularly $229) is now available for the holidays in limited quantity.

  • 5% off a ham radio or accessory with Promo Code: HOLIDAYHAM17
    Enter the promo code at checkout and get an extra 5% off the purchase of an amateur (ham) radio in our store! No purchase limit. Offer valid on Cyber Monday, 2017.
    This offer is no longer available!


  • FREE Leixen Camo Back Pack Bag with purchase of a Leixen VV-898P or VV-898SP backpack radio ($30 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The Leixen VV-BP-CAMO Back Pack Bag is designed exclusively for VV-898 dual band mobile backpack radios, with a large, interior pocket to hold the radio housing and eyelets on top of the pack to let the antenna and speaker microphone cable out of the bag. No promo code is necessary. Your free Leixen Back Pack Bag will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE XLT Universal Carrying Case with the purchase of a Wouxun KG-UV8D ($18 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The XLT Communications CS200G is a solid case made with Cordura® fabric for stylish durability and lightweight strength. It is coated with DuPont™ Teflon® to repel water and oil based spills. This case is designed to work with many makes and models of two way radios, including the Wouxun KG-UV8D. Your free case will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE T-Shirt with purchase of any Wouxun mobile radio ($10 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    Our stonewashed blue 100% cotton t-shirt goes great with your favorite jeans or other casual wear, so you can wear it with frequency while on the go or just lounging around. Your free T-Shirt will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid on Wouxun KG-UV920P-A, KG-UV950P, KG-UVR5 or KG-UV980H mobile two way radios while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card with purchase of a Baofeng UV-6RA ($4 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    This handy guide for ham operators includes charts on amateur radio bands, frequency ranges, the phonetic alphabet and more! It's laminated, making it a durable, weather resistant and waterproof companion when operating inside your ham shack or outdoors. Your free amateur radio quick reference card will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card with purchase of any ham radio starter kit ($4 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    Offer valid on all ham radio starter kits, including the Ham Radio Starter Kit - HT, Ham Radio Starter Kit - Mobile/Base Station, Digital Ham Radio DMR Starter Kit - HT and Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Digital Radio Value Kit. Your free amateur radio quick reference card will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • Seasonal Special
    • Buy 6 Baofeng UV-5R Radios, Get 1 FREE!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Baofeng UV-5R dual band two way radios and you get one FREE! Every six radios purchased earns you one additional UV-5R radio - with no limit of the number of radios you can purchase on this offer! This is a great deal and is available for a limited time only! This offer is fulfilled by Buy Two Way Radios, so the free radio is sent with your order. A minimum of 6 UV-5R radios must be purchased to qualify for a free radio. Limit of one FREE radio per six radios purchased. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    CB Holidays
    • FREE CB DAY Starter Kit with purchase of a Galaxy or Uniden CB Radio ($14 value)
      Buy a Galaxy or Uniden CB radio and get a FREE CB Day Starter Kit! The kit includes a Two Way Radio Frequency T-Shirt, CB Radio Quick Reference Card and a CB Radio audio CD. Your free CB Starter Kit will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Winter Weather Preparedness Promotion
    • Special sale price on Motorola weather radios!
      Buy a Motorola MWR839 AM/FM Weather Alert Radio for only $69 on Cyber Monday!
      The Motorola MWR839 is a feature-rich, public alert certified weather radio with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology. the MWR839 provides early warnings when severe weather strikes or a civil emergency occurs. It also features a built-in AM/FM radio alarm clock, a connection for an external trigger for an optional strobe light or bed shaker, and an auxiliary port. Available at this price in a very limited quantity. No rain checks.

    Family Recreation Sale on FRS Radios
    • 5% off select FRS radios and accessories with Promo Code: CAMP17
      This offer is no longer available!

      Enter the promo code at checkout and get an extra 5% off the purchase of Olympia and Uniden FRS radios and accessories in our store! No purchase limit. Offer valid on Cyber Monday, 2017.

    • Get a $10 Rebate on Midland GXT1000VP4 radios
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase this set of Midland GXT1000VP4 radios and you qualify for a $10 Mail-in Rebate! This great deal from Midland is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so your rebate will be mailed to you after Midland receives your mail-in rebate redemption form. Offer valid on products purchased from November 20 through December 20, 2017 only. Limit of two (2) GXT1000VP4 value pack rebates per household (each value pack includes two radios, for a total of four radios). Rebate will be issued in U.S. funds. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

    • Save $5 on the purchase of Motorola T100 and T107 Talkabout radios
      This offer is no longer available!

      The affordable Motorola Talkabout T100 and T107 two-way radios are the perfect gift for kids this holiday season. They are compact, easy to hold and easy to use. Available in neon blue or bright pink. Offer valid November 25 through December 9, 2017 on a minimum purchase of one pair of T100 or T107 radios.

    • FREE pair of lanyards with purchase of Olympia R100, R300 or R500 FRS/GMRS radios
      Offer valid for a limited time only while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Manufacturer Rebates and Specials on Business Radios
    • Up to 20% discount on Kenwood radios with promo code KW17!
      This offer is no longer available!

      This Cyber Monday, take advantage of the best deal ever on Kenwood two way radios! For a very limited time, use promo code KW17 at checkout and save 20% on any Kenwood radio with a regular price over $200! The same promo code will also allow you to save 10% instantly on any radio with a regular price under $200!

      This offer can also be combined with Kenwood's current "Buy Six" specials that are described below. This is the best offer we've ever seen for Kenwood radios and it ends at midnight on Monday, November 27th! Don't miss it!

    • Buy 6 Kenwood Analog Business Radios, Get 1 FREE!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase at least six Kenwood PKT-23, TK-2400V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2402V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2360ISV16P or TK-3300ISU16P radios and you qualify for one FREE radio of the same model!

      This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the free radio will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios purchased from October 1 through December 31, 2017. Limit of one FREE radio per six radios.Click here for full details and register online with Promo Code PRO-27115 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

      NOTE: Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before January 14, 2018. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Select Kenwood ProTalk® Radios, Get 1 FREE Radio PLUS a FREE Multi-Charger!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase at least six Kenwood TK-3230DX, NX-240V16P, NX-340U16P, NX-240V16P2 or NX-340U16P2 radios and you qualify for a FREE radio of the same model INSTANTLY (at time of purchase) plus a FREE Multi-Charger!

      The FREE radio is sent with your order. The FREE multi-charger is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the free mutli-charger will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form. Offer valid on up to 90 radios purchased through December 31, 2017. Limit of one FREE radio and multi-charger per six radios. Click here for full details and register online with Promo Code PRO-27116 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

      NOTE: Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before January 14, 2018. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Midland BizTalk™ BR200 Business Radios, Get 2 FREE!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Midland BizTalk™ BR200 business two way radios and you get TWO FREE! Every six radios purchased earns you not one, but two additional BR200 radios - with a potential maximum of 20 FREE radios (on a maximum purchase of 60 radios)! This is an incredible deal from Midland and is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so the free radios will be shipped to you after Midland receives your online submission form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios per customer/company purchased from September 1 through December 31, 2017. Click here for details. A minimum of 6 BR200 radios must be purchased to qualify. Midland's rebate terms and conditions apply.

      NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm CST on Monday, January 15, 2018 to qualify. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. All transactions are subject to validation. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Motorola Business Radios, Get a FREE Multi-Unit Charger PLUS a Prepaid Card!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Motorola business radios and you qualify for a FREE multi-unit charger plus a prepaid card! Every six radios purchased earns you an additional multi-unit charger and prepaid card - with a potential maximum of 10 FREE multi-unit chargers and 10 prepaid cards (on a maximum purchase of 60 radios)! This is a great deal from Motorola and is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is valid on the following models: CLS1110, CLS1410, CLP1010, CLP1040, CLP1060, DLR1020, DLR1060, DTR410, DTR550, RMM2050, RMU2040, RMU2080, RMU2080d, RMV2080, RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100 radios.

      This offer is fulfilled by Motorola directly, so the free multi-unit charger(s) and prepaid card(s) will be shipped to you after Motorola receives your online submission form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios per customer/company purchased from September 1 through December 31, 2017. All six radios purchased must be within the same product series. Click here for details. A minimum of 6 radios in the same series must be purchased to qualify. Motorola's rebate terms and conditions apply.

      NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm EST on Monday, January 15, 2018 to qualify. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. All transactions are subject to validation. Offer is good in the U.S. and Puerto Rico only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy the Vertex Standard EVX-S24 (Yellow) for only $199.99!
      This offer is no longer available!

      The Vertex Standard EVX-S24 Yellow Version is regularly $269.99, but through the holidays you can get them from Buy Two Way Radios for only $199.99! There is no maximum allowable purchase, but they are in limited supply, so if you want to take advantage of this special price, you may want to act now. When they're gone, they're gone!

    • Get a $20 rebate on Icom F1000S/F2000S radios!
      Purchase at least five (5) Icom F1000S or F2000S Radios (display/4 key models only) and you qualify for a $20 rebate per radio! This is a great deal from Icom exclusively for our business customers with a maximum savings of up to $1000!

      This offer is fulfilled by Icom directly, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Icom receives your online or mail-in rebate form. Offer valid on up to 50 radios purchased between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. To redeem your rebate, go to Icom's rebate page, download the Mail-in Rebate Form, fill out the form and mail it to Icom with the items requested on the form.

      NOTE: Purchases must be made between 9/1/2017 and 3/31/2018. A minimum purchase of 5 radios is required. All radios must be the same model. A maximum purchase of 50 radios is allowed. All claims require a proof of purchase from an Authorized Icom dealer and a copy of a UPC code per radio model. All Rebate claims must be sent in by April 15, 2018. Allow 8-10 weeks from submission of rebate request for delivery. Rebate applies to models with displays and 4 key column. Offer valid in US for commercial or business end users only.

    Of course, if you have any questions or can't find the special you are searching for, contact us. Give us a call, send us an e-mail or enter our live chat online. We'll be open from 8 AM to 6 PM ET during Cyber Monday!

    November 1, 2017

    XLT Communications Launches Affordable RC6 Series Multi-Chargers

    We've been selling business radios for quite a while now. One thing that we hear pretty often from customers is that they like the idea of the 6-unit multi-charger. After all, most businesses have a central location for charging radios and adding dozens of individual chargers quickly turns into a disorganized heap of plastic and wires. The problem is, some radio manufacturers have multi-chargers that tend to break the bank (I'm looking at you, Icom and Vertex Standard).

    Fairly regularly, we'll have a customer with Icom or Vertex Standard radios ask about a multi-charger, only to change their mind when they hear the $300-$400 price. Motorola and Kenwood, on the other hand, have much better options with their on-site business radio series, providing chargers that generally retail in the $150-$200 range.

    RC6-I232

    Well, there are now some lower priced options available! XLT Communications has released five new chargers as their RC6 Series. These chargers work with popular low cost Icom and Vertex Standard radios. They are rapid chargers, fully charging a dead battery in around two hours. They also are capable of charging a battery separate from a radio, and can be wall mounted.

    Kenwood has taken a different route with their multi-chargers, so they are a different situation. Their multi-chargers are reasonably priced, but they are more of an organizer for the individual chargers than an all encompassing multi-charger. The KMB-28, for example, is a tray with a power cord. You snap in your individual KSC-35S chargers (that were included with the radios) and create a multi-charger. Power cords are built into the KMB-28, so it does provide the organization most businesses need. If you're looking for an all-in-one solution, however, the XLT RC6-K45L does provide it and even at a slightly lower price.

    The following are the models available, their prices, and compatible radios.

    RC6-I232 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-232H battery, including the Icom F4011, F3011, F24, and F14.

    RC6-I265 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-265 battery, including the Icom F4001, F3001, F4210D, F3210D, T70A, and V80.

    RC6-I279 ($169.00) - Works with Icom radios using the BP-279 or BP-280 batteries, including the Icom F1000, F2000, F1000D, and F2000D.

    RC6-K45L ($149.00) - Works with Kenwood radios that use the KNB-45L battery, including the Kenwood NX-240, NX-340, TK-2400, TK-2402, TK-3400, TK-3402, TK-2300, TK-2302, TK-3300, and TK-3302.

    RC6-VSUNI ($169.00) - Works with the Vertex Standard UNI battery system, including radios that use any of the following battery models: FNB-V127LI-UNI, FNB-V128LI-UNI, FNB-V129LI-UNI, FNB-V129LIIS-UNI, FNB-V130LI-UNI, FNB-V133LI-UNI, FNB-V134LI-UNI, FNB-V134LIIS-UNI. Works with the following Vertex Standard radios series: EVX-260, EVX-530, VX-260, VX-450, VX-820, VX-920.


    June 28, 2017

    Kenwood Announces New 2-Watt Digital Radio

    We just received word that Kenwood is planning to launch a 2 watt version of their NX-340U16P and NX-240V16P digital two way radios. The current radios are 5 watts, 16 channels, and operate using Nexedge FDMA digital technology, or conventional analog.

    The new models will be the NX-340U16P2 (UHF) and NX-240V16P (VHF), and are expected to be identical to the current models other than the difference in wattage. The new radios are expected to sell for $299, which will make it a definite consideration for current TK-3400 and TK-2400 users who are looking to go digital.

    Is it worth the extra cost to get a digital radio? Over the past few years there has been a significant price drop in digital radios. At this point, the benefits clearly outweigh the extra cost. While there are many benefits, the improvement in audio quality alone is worth the price of admission. With analog radios, the audio quality gets worse as the radios get further apart. With digital, the audio is always crystal clear. No more static, no more choppy audio.

    So who is the right customer for these two new models? Based on the performance of Kenwood's current 2-watt radios, the range is sufficient for most short to mid range applications. We have customers using the TK-3400 for applications such as warehouses, manufacturing, schools, retail stores and more.

    When can you purchase the new models? We expect to have them in stock in mid July.

    This post was updated on 6/28/2017.

    December 15, 2015

    Hytera HYT OBR Series Onsite Business Radios

    Hytera just released a new series of analog business radios that are compact, durable, and very price competitive. The Hytera HYT OBR Series Onsite Business Radios are specifically designed to compete with popular Motorola and Kenwood radios in its class. There are two basic models, the TC-310 and the TC-518.

    Models
    TC-310-OBR.jpgHYT TC-310 - This is the lower end model with 16 channels. It operates on UHF business frequencies with 1 watt of output power and can cover up to up to 200,000 square feet or 15 floors. Features include channel scan, priority channel scan, scrambler, Voice-operated Transmit (VOX),compander, battery save feature, timeout timer, talk back, busy channel lockout and a mini-USB interface. It's also PC programmable with an optional programming cable and software for even greater versatility. The first 7 UHF Frequencies on HYT TC-310 will match the UHF radio factory default frequencies of the Motorola CLS, CLP and RMU series analog business radios. Price: $129.99.

    TC-518-OBR.jpgHYT TC518 - This is the higher end model with 16 channels. There are four variations of this model. These include the 2 watt TC-518-U1-LP (UHF) and the TC-518V-LP (VHF), the 4 watt UHF TC-518-U1-HP and 5 watt VHF TC-518V-HP. Features include channel scan, priority channel scan, Voice-operated Transmit (VOX),compander, battery save feature, timeout timer, talk back, scrambler, and busy channel lockout. It's also PC programmable with an optional programming cable and software. The 4 and 5 watt TC-518 models match well with the 4 watt Motorola RDU Series and Kenwood ProTalk radios. Price: $149.99 (2W), $169.99 (4W/5W).

    Accessories
    The TC-310 uses the Motorola single pin M6 connector and is compatible with Motorola audio accessories that use this connector.
    The TC518 uses the two pin M1 connector and uses the same standard audio accessories as the Motorola CLS and RM Series radios., so there is an instant plethora of audio accessories to choose from.
    Each model uses a different Hytera Lithium-Ion battery pack, charger, belt clip, and case specifically designed for that model.

    This chart lists the radios in the Hytera OBR Series and highlights some of their key features. Click on the name or image of each model for details and more specifications on each radio. All models listed in the chart are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

    Hytera HYT OBR Series Onsite Business Radio Comparison Chart

    Model Output FRS/GMRS
    Channels
    Band Frequency USB VOX
    HYT TC-310 16 1W UHF 400-470 MHz
    HYT TC-518-U1-LP 16 2W UHF 400-470 MHz
    HYT TC-518-V-LP 16 2W VHF 136-174 MHz
    HYT TC-518-U1-HP 16 4W UHF 400-470 MHz
    HYT TC-518-V-HP 16 5W VHF 136-174 MHz

    Additional resources:
    TWRS-98 - New Hytera Business Radios


    December 19, 2014

    Two Way Radios vs. Cell Phones

    The convenience of the typical cell phone is irrefutable. It allows you to send a photo, text a message, or dial a number and speak to almost anyone, almost, anytime, almost anywhere in the world.

    While not as widely used by the public as cellular telephones, it is not uncommon to find many people using two way radios for both personal and business applications. Consumer FRS/GMRS walkie talkies are widely used for home and recreational uses. Business radios are used extensively in many commercial, industrial, municipal and government agency operations, and in some cases are used exclusively.

    But wait. If cell phones are as powerful, popular and easily accessible as they are, why not just use a phone instead of a radio? For that matter, why use two way radio at all?

    The truth is, there are many advantages to using two way radios over cell phones in many applications and situations. In fact, considering the options, it is rather astonishing how many businesses, particularly smaller companies, don't consider using radios at all and instead opt to use cell phones for one-to-one short range communications between employees.

    To find out which option you should choose, let's compare the two.

    Cell Phones:
    • are best for long distance communications
    • are in use almost everywhere; Almost everyone has a one
    • are expensive require a service subscription with a monthly service fee
    • cannot operate without active cell towers and service within range of the phone.
    • do not require a license to operate
    • typically require a one or two year contract for service
    • may incur additional fees when monthly usage is exceeded
    • incur roaming charges when out of the home area of service
    • are generally not impact resistant, waterproof or otherwise sufficiently durable for many business uses
    • may not work well or at all in some rural or remote areas
    • include text message capabilities
    • require you must dial a number and wait for the call to connect, which can take thirty seconds or longer
    • feature group calls which involve dialing multiple numbers and establishing multiple connections.

    Two Way Radios
    • are best for short range communications
    • are not as commonly used as cell phones, but very easy to obtain and use
    • are typically more rugged and durable than cell phones and many are fully waterproof, submersible and even float!
    • usually cost much less than cell phones
    • do not require contracts
    • do not incur monthly usage fees
    • do not have over limit usage fees
    • do not have roaming charges
    • Airwaves are free
    • may require an FCC license to operate on some frequencies or bands. Some are "licensed by rule" and do not require the purchase of a license. Read Types of Two Way Radios for details.
    • only requires a one-time purchase of the radio (and a license, if required)
    • require line-of-site transmission and reception
    • work well within a limited line-of-sight range in rural or remote areas
    • Some digital radios have text message capabilities
    • provide instant communcation with no wait time. Press the PTT button and transmit instantly. Simply turn the radio on to listen.
    • group calls are simple. Turn on the radio to listen. Simply press the PTT button to talk to the group.

    Comparing the two, it isn't difficult to determine two distinct advantages two way radios have over cell phones for many recreational activities and commercial applications. One huge difference is the cost. Even considering the cost of obtaining the most expensive license to operate a GMRS or business radio, cell phones can cost more to own and operate, a lot more.

    For instance, consider the family that takes frequent hiking trips out of their home cell service area. Roaming charges can add up fast, even on a family plan, and there is no guarantee of service in the area of their hiking excursion. Taking a couple of $200 to $400 cell phones out on the trail and into the elements is also a risky proposition, unless of course, money is no object.

    However, a GMRS license currently costs $85 and covers the entire family. A pair of high end Midland GXT1000 radios cost considerably less than one $200 cell phone. These radios are also a lot more durable and can take more punishment from the outdoors. Their chances of survival are considerably higher than the phone. If the hikers are using FRS frequencies, the cost is even lower, because no license is required to operate on the Family Radio Service. In this scenario, using two way radios for short range communications between members of a group just makes more sense.

    This is particularly true in a commercial environment. In fact, based on the comparison above, businesses and organizations that require employees to use cell phones for localized, short range two way communications within relatively close proximity to one another instead of business radios can actually reduce or impede the efficiency of their operations very quickly, ultimately wasting time, resources, and, of course, money.

    One of the greatest advantages of using two way radios over cell phones in any environment is the ability for simple, instant communication. Instant means just that. You simply pick up the device, press one button and talk, or even simpler, just listen. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

    There is an old axiom about using the right tool for the right job. In the case of cell phones and two way radios, this is especially true. Each has their place, to be sure.

    However, while a cell phone is useful for one-to-one, full duplex conversations across great distances, It isn't usually the best choice for instant, "always on" group, team or one-to-one communications over short distances or within a limited, confined area. In such situations, the two way radio is usually a more efficient, economical and overall practical choice.

    December 16, 2014

    Mixing intrinsically safe radios with regular radios

    If you work in a hazardous environment or around flammable or explosive materials, the use of a standard cell phone or radio is out of the question. Such a situation requires an intrinsically safe two way radio. This type of radio is specially designed to prevent the emission of heat or sparks that could potentially ignite fuel, gasses, sawdust, or other hazardous, combustible materials and cause a fire or sudden explosion.

    Companies and organizations that operate in hazmat environments every day typically do (or should) use intrinsically safe radios exclusively. Others include intrinsically safe two way radios in their fleets of radios for the occasional situation in which such a need may arise.

    If your entire fleet consists of only two way radios manufactured as intrinsically safe, no worries. You're covered whether they are used in hazardous situations or in regular, safe environments.

    However, if you have both types of radios together in your fleet, is this a good idea? Should you mix intrinsically safe radios with radios that are not intrinsically safe?

    The simple answer is a resounding NO. You should never mix the two. It's a very risky practice, and here's why.

    An intrinsically safe two way radio generally looks about the same as regular version of the same make and model. While there may be an occasional cosmetic difference, it usually isn't very noticeable.

    For instance, An Icom IC-F4161 comes in both a standard and intrinsically safe version. So does the Vertex Standard VX-451. The intrinsically safe version of each radio looks almost identical to the standard version when visually inspected, until you read the labels on the battery packs or backplates of the radios themselves, which requires removal of the battery packs. This can cause a lot of confusion, because unless you closely inspect the radios, it is difficult to tell them apart.

    In a hazmat situation, this sort of confusion can become hazardous in itself, as it increases the chance of the wrong radios being used.

    It isn't just the radios, either. Intrinsically safe radios require the use of intrinsically safe accessories. The most obvious, of course, are the batteries, but speaker microphones with PTT (Push-To-Talk) buttons and a few other accessories that can cause a brief spark are potentially dangerous to use in a hazmat environment as well, and should be replaced with their intrinsically safe counterparts.

    So, if you can't mix the two, what should you do? What are the options?

    If you use radios frequently in both a hazmat and a non-hazmat environment, the obvious solution is to simply go intrinsically safe all the way. It's more expensive, but in the long (and short) run, it's safer and provides peace of mind.

    However, if your radios are primarily for use in a safe operating environment but are occasionally used in hazardous situations or brief encounters with potentially hazardous or flammable materials and you need to have both types of radios handy, there is a solution.

    Create two separate fleets of radios and keep both types of radios away from each other. This goes for the accessories, too. Keep one fleet or the other stored away or otherwise secured until it is needed, then completely swap out the two types of radios with all of your users.

    Also, mark or color code the radios and affected accessories to clearly distinguish between the two types, so just in case something gets mixed into the wrong fleet, you will know right away.

    An intrinsically safe radio is a good idea to have when working around hazardous materials, but mixing them in with standard, non-intrinsically safe radios is a bad one. Do it smart and keep intrinsically safe radios and their intrinsically safe accessories separate from regular radios and you will help to minimize the chances of making a hazardous situation worse.

    For a more in-depth discussion about intrinsically safe two way radios, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Podcast TWRS-18 - Intrinsically Safe Radios

    December 10, 2014

    Don't Let Your Two Way Radio Dealer Hold You Hostage

    When a two way radio dealer can't earn his customer's loyalty by offering great prices and service, he's often got a different tool at his disposal: locking the radio so that it's difficult for other dealers to read. Some manufacturers have an option in their programming software that allows a dealer to mark a radio as unreadable, preventing other dealers from easily determining the frequencies and other setup information. The goal could only be to hold the customer hostage, preventing them from taking their business elsewhere. This is a terrible practice and is unethical. On top of that it doesn't work, so I'd like to encourage all of our competitors to join us in leaving radios unlocked.

    I probably shouldn't be giving advice to the competition, but in this case I can't help myself: This tactic does not retain customers! Therefore, speaking to other dealers, I ask that you consider the consequences and put the customer first. Once a customer finds out that you've locked their radio, they've already gone to another dealer! Maybe they thought they really liked you, and they only went to a different dealer just this once because you were out of stock, or out of town, or some other reason that makes a lot of sense. What do you think are your chances of seeing this customer again after the new dealer tells them you locked their radio and are trying to hold them hostage? Locking the radio doesn't accomplish what you would like it to, anyway! We've been in business since 2002 and have never had a situation in which we were not able to eventually determine how a radio is programmed; you just make it more difficult and further inconvenience your former customer.

    Speaking directly to our customers, let me assure you on this. Here at Buy Two Way Radios, we will never prevent you from reading a radio that you have purchased from us. In most cases we will even include a printout of your programming information when we ship your radios, which makes it even easier for you to go to a competitor. We do our best to offer great products at great prices with great service, but if we haven't earned your repeat business then we don't deserve it.

    December 3, 2014

    Small and Discreet Radios For Hard-To-Install Vehicles

    Effective communications while on the road is important to a radio operator, which is why there are so many mobile radios on the market today. However, as newer vehicles become more compact, the installation of a full-featured mobile radio is becoming more of a challenge. Large RVs or trucks usually offer more room to install a mobile unit without too much trouble, but many modern sedans and small compact cars offer little room and few options for adding another device to the dash. If you want to put a mobile radio in your car, but space on or under the dash is very limited or almost non-existent, what can you do?

    Fortunately, there are options, and they are not only sensible, they are often more affordable, as well.

    The most obvious choice, of course, is to find a mobile radio that is small enough to fit within the confines of your vehicle. This is easier said than done, since the radio needs to be large enough to provide the range, wattage and full feature set most radio operators generally expect from a typical mobile transceiver. Mobile radios come in different sizes, but even the smaller models may still be too big to mount in some newer vehicles. However, there is now one radio that may resolve the issue for many mobile users - the Leixen VV-898.

    The Leixen VV-898 is an ultra-compact dual band UHF/VHF radio that can fit inside almost any small vehicle. It's tiny, about the size of a handheld, and is very lightweight compared to other mobiles, which also makes it easier to mount. It's so small and light weight, it may even be possible to mount the VV-898 with hook-and-loop strips if necessary, although the included lightweight mounting bracket is recommended. (we haven't yet tried to use hook-and-loop to mount it, so we don't currently recommend it). It includes many features found on most standard mobile radios, plus one or two that aren't, such as the ability to change frequencies wirelessly.

    The VV-898 uses a standard SO-239 (UHF female) antenna connector for easy compatibility with many dual band mobile radio antennas and is powered with the standard 12 volts provided by most vehicles. It operates on up to 10 watts of transmit power. Of course, 10W is considerably lower than your standard 40w to 50w mobile radio, however it is still sufficient to reach local repeaters in many cities and suburban areas across the US, and is double the wattage of the typical amateur or business handheld radio. Considering the increased popularity of using handheld radios as mobile transceivers in vehicles today, the VV-898 is a definite upgrade.

    The best part is the price. At around $150 MSRP, The VV-898 costs considerably less than other mobile radios and is comparable to the cost of a decent handheld.

    If size matters but wattage is critical, another option is to find a full size mobile radio that can operate from the dash but install somewhere else. Some radio manufacturers, aware of the space issue in modern vehicles, are now using this method as a primary solution. An increasing number of mobile two way radios are now manufactured with a detachable front panel. The chassis of the radio can be discreetly installed somewhere else in the vehicle, such as under the dash or under a seat where there is more room, and the front panel can be mounted on the front of the dash or anywhere else more convenient for the driver.

    The Wouxun KG-UV920P-A and KG-UV950P offer this option and go even further, providing not one, but two front panel mounting plates, one angled and one straight. Both models also include an extension cable so the radio can connect to the front panel from almost anywhere inside the vehicle. Some Icom and Vertex business mobile radios offer such an option as well. This split installation allows you to find more space to mount your radio more securely and still be within your reach while driving.

    Whether you choose a tiny transceiver or a unit that can be split in two, there are ways to effectively install a mobile two way radio into a vehicle with very limited available space. We're always searching for more options. Any other ideas? Post a comment below!

    June 26, 2013

    How To File A Construction Notification For Your FCC License

    When you apply for an FCC license to obtain frequencies for your business radios, you may think the process is complete once you submit your application. Not so fast! After the FCC has granted your license, you are required to let them know when you begin to use the frequencies. This is called a Construction Notification. You have one year after the license is granted to file the construction notice, and failure to do so will result in the loss of your license.

    Most of the time, dealing with the FCC's processes is complicated and confusing. Fortunately, filing a construction notice is somewhat simple and straightforward. We will walk you through the process of filing a construction notice in 8 simple steps as outlined below.

    Important! If you used our FCC License Service to get your frequencies you do not have to complete these steps. As part of our service, we file the construction notification on your behalf once your license has been granted.

    Filing a Construction Notification

    1. Login to the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS). Use the FRN and password that you created when you applied for your license.

    2. If you have multiple licenses, click to view the license that needs the notification.

    3. In the "Work on this License" section to the right, click "Notify the FCC"

    4. Application Purpose. Choose "S - Construction requirements for the referenced system have been met" and click the Continue button.

    5. Buildout Information. For each frequency in the list, enter the date that you began using the frequencies in the "Actual Construction Date" field. Click Continue.

    6. Fees and Waivers. If you are exempt from application fees or are requesting a waiver of commission rules, indicate that here. Usually the answer will be "No" to each of these questions. Don't worry, there are no fees for filing a construction notice. Click Continue to proceed.

    7. Summary. This page is simply a review of your previous selections. If everything is correct, click "Continue To Certify" to move to the final step.

    8. Certification. Read the information under the Certification Statements. Assuming you agree, enter your name and title in the Signature section below. Click Submit Application to complete the process.

    June 7, 2013

    New Motorola RM Series radios available this summer

    RM Series XT400 Series RVA50 family front_270.pngMotorola is a big name in world of business walkie talkies, and their RDX series is a staple among businesses, agencies, organizations and industries that rely on portable handhelds for communications. Now the company is about to update their product line with the new Motorola RM Series two way radios, due for launch this summer.

    The RM Series is expected to debut in July or August 2013 with five new models operating on 2 Watts. All are updated versions of 2 Watt RDX Series radios currently on the market. Details from Motorola are still sketchy but here are a few general notes on these new radios:

    RMU2040 - This is a UHF radio with 4 channels and without a display that will replace the RDX RDU2020. MSRP: $245.

    RMU2080 - Essentially the same radio as the RMU2040, but with 8 channels and no display. It will also replace the RDU2020. MSRP: $290.

    RMU2080d - This model operates on UHF business frequencies and has 8 channels. Think of an RMU2080 with a display and this is it. Replaces the RDX RDU2080d. MSRP: $310.

    RMM2050 - One of the most interesting of the series, as it is a MURS radio. It supports all five VHF MURS frequencies and, unlike the 2 channel RDM2020, the RMM2050 has five channels, enough for each frequency. It does not, however, include a display. The RMM2050 replaces both the RDM2020 and RDM2080d, the latter of which is a display model. So if you specifically want a MURS radio with a display, you may want to consider the RDM2080d while they are still around. MSRP: $225.

    RMV2080 - The VHF version of the RMU2020 and RMU2080 has 8 channels and no display. It replaces both the RDV2020 and RDV2080d. MSRP: $245.

    Although these new radios will eventually replace 2 Watt models in the current RDX Series, the 4 and 5 watt models, such as the RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100, are not scheduled for replacement, at least not yet. In addition, all RDX radios will continue to be available until early 2014. We will have more details on the new Motorola RM Series two way radios as they become available. Some model specifications and features may be subject to change. Subscribe to our blog at Buy Two Way Radios for the latest updates!