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  • The best two way radio for mountains

    Two Way Radio on MountainWe get a lot of questions from customers that start with "what is the best radio" and end with a general description of a certain type of environment, scenario or application. Sometimes the question is specific enough to answer it with a short list of products that may fit the bill, or even a specific recommendation. More often than not, it's not. For example, what are the best two way radios for use in the mountains? This question covers a such a broad spectrum of variables and conditions, that the answer requires more than a just brand name or model number. It requires a basic understanding of the principles behind radio technology and the specific scenario in which it will be used.

    Recently, this question popped up in our Two Way Radio Forum. A new member needed a set of two way radios for use in the Himalayas with a priority on maximum range and battery life. His question was simple. He wanted long range two way radios for use in the mountains.

    Of course, he came to the right place to ask. We have several resources that specifically address the use of two way radios in mountainous regions. Many of them can be easily discovered in our forum. Had he simply searched the term "mountain", he would have quickly found numerous discussions on the topic, with helpful advice, explanations and recommendations from other members of the community. That is only the start.

    Within the forum, there are links to numerous articles from our blog that specifically address radio range and explain how to calculate the range in different environments and situations. There are video tutorials and product overviews embedded throughout the forum to provide a visual perspective on the options and choices available when considering a radio for use in such an environment. Then there is The Two Way Radio Show, one of the longest running podcasts about two way radios, highly rated and popular with two way radio users worldwide. Several episodes specifically discuss the use of radios in mountains and hilly terrain, presented in simple layman terms and in great detail.

    We even have a Buyer's Guide to help choose a radio for a specific application, such as camping, hunting or skiing in the mountains.

    With all of these resources available to address the question, one may think the solution is simple, with the recommendation of a single product. But it isn't. There are several factors to consider, and it would only be redundant to create a very long and involved mashup of all the other resources already in existence on this topic to address them. Instead, here is a brief list of the key points to consider, along with links to related resources for further explanation.

    When choosing the best two way radios for use in mountain regions, consider the following:

    The Terrain

    A radio operates by line-of-sight, which means that the radio signal needs a clear path with minimal obstructions in order to traverse the airwaves from one radio to another. buildings, trees, and other obstructions can potentially slow, diminish, deflect or block radio waves completely. Simply put, if the radio can't see it, you won't hear it.

    This is particularly true when it comes to something as large and dense as a mountain. Radio frequencies, especially when generated by a low power handheld, cannot penetrate through a mountain. The make and model you buy doesn't matter. Your handheld radio won't cut through a mile plus high, thick and wide pile of earth and rock with a few watts radiated power. Your signal will need to go around or over the mountain. It's the second thing to understand and one of the most important things to consider when choosing any radio for use in very hilly or mountainous areas.

    The Environment
    Weather conditions and other environmental elements also affect range. The weather conditions in mountainous areas can be somewhat extreme, and in some regions of the world, they can be particularly harsh. Extreme weather can negatively affect the transmission and reception of radio signals, and can also take its toll on the radios themselves.

    Extreme heat and cold can be brutal to electronic radio equipment, and can directly affect operation or performance. Batteries are particularly be sensitive to extreme temperatures, and can fail to charge or power the radio when exposed to temps outside their level of tolerance.

    The Location and position of the radio stations
    In mountainous regions, range will vary greatly depending on where you are. Remember, radio frequencies work on line of sight, and mountains can completely block radio signals. The range can be great between mountaintop to mountaintop, but will be quite limited valley to valley.

    If you are at the top of Mount Everest, you can get excellent range with a basic, low power FRS radio, provided the other station is positioned either on another peak or in a valley surrounding the great mountain.

    However, your high power base station won't get far at all if you are down in the valley and you are trying to communicate to a station in another valley. Even if both stations are on the same mountain, communication will be extremely difficult if the stations are on opposite sides. The radio signal may simply not be able to penetrate the mountain to reach the other side. As with the real estate business, the same is true with using radios in the mountains. It's about location, location, location.

    The Antenna

    The antenna is a critical component of any radio, and its placement is key to the successful transmission and reception of radio signals. This is especially when using radios in and around mountains, and is why antenna towers for cell phones and radio repeaters are often placed on mountain peaks. The higher the antenna, greater the line of site and the better the range. If you can see the tower, chances are good you can hit it with a signal from your radio, and vice versa.

    When using handheld radios in remote mountain ranges, your antenna needs to be positioned as high as possible to maximize line of site. This means you need to be elevated to a position high enough so that your antenna can acquire the signal and communicate with the other station.

    The Power Requirements
    Although location is key,  the wattage capability of the radio cannot be discounted. Handheld radios are designed for short range communications, and will have limited power. A typical handheld business or amateur walkie talkie operates at up to 5 watts or less, and most consumer models are a lot less. Most mobile radios are capable of up to 50 watts of power, often depending on the band they transmit on.

    Unfortunately, unless you are operating from a vehicle or permanent structure such as a cabin with ample power, the mobile or base station radio may not be practical for use in mountainous areas, especially in remote locations.

    When traversing the mountains on foot, handheld radios may be the only option, but they come with their own set of of challenges to keep them powered up.

    The Type of Radio
    The type of radio you choose does have some bearing on performance, and there are many options available, so you will need to research them to find the best fit for your needs in the high country. VHF radios work well outdoors in hilly terrain with relatively few unobstructions . UHF radios are typically preferred for use indoors and outdoors in areas with a lot obstructions. FRS, GMRS and MURS radios are the logical choices. If you have an amateur radio license, you will have even more bands available from which to choose, and a great selection of handheld ham radios to match.

    The Durability Requirements
    If you will be camping, hiking, hunting or other engaging in other outdoor activities in the mountains, you will want to consider the durability of the radio as well. Build quality, water resistance, dust protection and general ruggedness will be important, and vary greatly depending on the make and model of radio.

    Some low end consumer FRS and GMRS radios are not built to withstand a rain shower or a any sort of excessive drop. Many higher end radios can take serious exposure to the elements, shocks, drops and sometimes more. While it isn't likely any radio would survive a one-mile plummet from a mountaintop, there are many models specifically built for hiking, camping and other extreme outdoor activities that can handle necessary roughness. Tip: Look for radios that are rated IP54 or higher for dust and water protection, or are Mil-STD rated for dust, shock and water resistance.

    The Rules
    The rules or laws regarding the use of specific types of radios, bands and frequencies are different for each country, so research them for your area of operation before making a purchase. If you live in the US, the agency that governs the airwaves is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    If you purchase radios in the US for use in another country, it is very important to check to be sure your radios can be used legally in that country. If you are planning to take your radios on a trip to a mountain range such as the Himalayas, your radios may or may not be legal for use, depending on the country in which you will be using them. For instance, Mount Everest is located on the border between China and Nepal. The Himalayas border or cover a number of other countries as well, including India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Each has their own laws and rules regarding the use of radios, and it is wise to be aware of them before taking your two ways on such a trip.

    So, what is the best two way radio for mountains? The short answer is, there is no fast and easy answer to the question. It's going to depend on your specific location within the mountain range, what you will be doing, and how you plan to use the radios for your application. There is a lot to consider, and the question is too broad for a simple answer. You will need to invest some time and do some research based on your specific scenario before you buy a pair of two way radios.

  • July 4th sale on amateur radios and accessories!

    July 4th Sale

    NOTE: This promotion expired July 9, 2019 and is no longer available.

    Celebrate and save with our July 4th sale on amateur radios and accessories at Buy Two Way Radios! We have bundles, BOGOs and specials on handheld ham radios and other items for anyone in amateur radio. Whether your an old ham or new to the hobby, we are sure to have something on special to advance your hobby and enhance your shack.

    Here is a list of all our July 4th specials:

    Buy a TYT MD-UV380 For only $99.99 plus FREE SHIPPING!
    Searching for a dual band DMR with solid styling and performance? The TYT MD-UV380 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio is it! Plus, now you can take an extra $10 off our already low price during our July 4th Sale!

    The MD-UV380 regularly sells for $129, and we've already discounted it to $109.99, but for one week only, you can get it for only $99.99! FREE SHIPPING! No promo or discount code is needed. Simply add your radio to your cart and the savings will be applied automatically! This offer expires July 9, 2019 so take advantage of it while you can!

    FREE speaker mic with the purchase of a Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus!
    Buy a Wouxun KG-UV8D Plus Dual Band Two Way Radio and get a Wouxun SMO-001 Speaker Microphone ($17 value) FREE! The Wouxun SMO-001 is a genuine OEM speaker microphone for Wouxun portable handheld two way radios. The 22.5" coiled cord extends up to 5.5 ft. and the belt clip swivels 360 degrees. This speaker mic also works with other radios equipped with a two pin Kenwood (K1) style connector. No promo code is necessary. Your free speaker mic will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. FREE SHIPPING!! Offer valid until July 9, 2019 while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Get a FREE speaker mic & Bonus Pack with a Wouxun KG-UVN1!
    Buy a Wouxun KG-UVN1 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio during our July 4th Sale and get a Wouxun SMO-001 speaker microphone plus a Wouxun DMR BONUS PACK! This pack includes some fun extras, including a T-shirt, Amateur Radio Reference Card, DMR audio CD, string backsack, and more! the speaker mic and Bonus bag combined are over $50 in value, but are included FREE with your purchase of a Wouxun KG-UVN1!

    The Wouxun KG-UVN1 is is a 2 meter/70cm amateur radio with 3072 channels, a whopping 160,000 contacts and Wouxun's signature full color LCD display. It can operate in analog or digital mode. It has a 2600mAh battery pack for hours of operation and a solid, rugged construction that puts it in the same league for durability as many business class radios. There are too many features to list in this email. but you can find them all here. Best of all is the price. It's only $159.99! FREE SHIPPING!! Offer valid until July 9, 2019 or while supplies last.

    Plus, for a limited time, buy a KG-UVN1 and get the programming cable with software, FREE! You can buy your new Wouxun KG-UVN1 here.

    FREE Bonus Pack with a ham radio license study guide!
    Buy an ARRL or Gordon West Amateur Radio License Study Guide and get a FREE Ham Study Bonus Pack with your purchase! The BTWR Bonus Study Pack features the Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card. This handy guide for ham operators includes charts on amateur radio bands, frequency ranges, wavelength/frequency conversion formulas, the phonetic alphabet and common ham radio Q signals. It's a great study tool for new and aspiring hams and a valuable reference for seasoned amateur operators as well.

    The BTWR Bonus Study Pack also contains the Getting Started in Amateur Radio audio CD from The Two Way Radio Show Podcast. In this information packed episode, you will learn the basic steps to becoming an Amateur radio operator. You will hear what it takes to prepare for the Technician level amateur license exam, what to expect when taking the exam and what to do after you get your license to start off right as a licensed ham radio operator.

    Your FREE BTWR Bonus Study Pack will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid through July 9, 2019 or while supplies last.

    Get 25% off an XLT HS-250 Headset with Boom Mic!
    XLT Medium Duty Lightweight Headset w/ PTT and Boom MicrophoneThe XLT Medium Duty Lightweight Headset w/ PTT and Boom Microphone features a comfortable over the head design. The boom mic is flexible, and the headset also has a PTT switch. It features a plastic frame with padded speaker, has a lapel clip, and works with most amateur handheld radios using a two pin Kenwood (K1) style connector. During our July 4th Sale, you can buy the HS250 for 25% off our regular price - regularly $39.99, now only $29.99!

    Also available with a Motorola Talkabout (M1) connector! Offer valid until July 9, 2019 or while supply lasts.

    BOGO offer - Buy one EB210 earpiece, get one FREE!
    XLT EB210 Earpiece with PTT MicrophoneThe XLT EB210 Earpiece with PTT Microphone is lightweight and comfortable and remains in a stable position even while the user is mobile. Great for individuals who are constantly on the move, or where an earpiece is needed for long stretches of time. It works in the left or right ear, and is available in your choice of two-pin Kenwood (K1), Motorola Talkabout (M6) or Icom connector types. Regularly priced at $24.99 each, you can buy one, get one FREE during our July 4th sale!

    Offer valid until July 9, 2019 or while supply lasts.

    Power Buys on Battery Packs!
    Battery PacksStock up on extra batteries during our July 4th Sale at Buy Two Way Radios! Be prepared with spares for power outages, field days and extra hours when longer uptime is needed. These specials are only available from July 2 to July 9, 2019 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.

    These promotions and specials are valid from July 2 through July 9, 2019 or while supplies last. Void where prohibited.

  • Last chance for Motorola Buy and Multiply Free Rewards!

    Motorola Buy and Multiply Rewards Offer!The Motorola Buy and Multiply Free Rewards offer expires at Midnight Sunday, June 30, 2019. If you want to save big bucks on Motorola Onsite Business Radios, now's your last chance!

    Purchase at least six Motorola on-site business radios and choose one of three rewards: a free radio, a $95-$150 Prepaid Visa® card, or a free Multi-Unit Charger! Buy 48 radios or more and double the rewards! This rewards offer is valid on Motorola CLP, CLS, DLR, RD and RM series radios through the end of June. Remember: This offer expires June 30, 2019. Read our official announcement for details.

  • TWRS-138 - The Truth About Radio Accessory Connectors

    Two Way Radio Show
    We tell you about the different types of audio accessory connectors that are commonly used with two way radios. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:17

    Discussion Topic 1:35
    We talk about the different types of audio accessory connectors that are commonly used with two way radios. We’ll introduce some of the most common types of connectors used, explain the confusion that can result from the different labels used to identify them between different manufacturers, and discuss why adapters used to convert one type of connector to another are not easy to find.

    Questions and Answers 20:36
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 30:03
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • The Two Way Radio Forum gets a makeover

    Since its launch in 2007, the Two Way Radio Forum has served as an online, community based social and support resource for all types of radios and radio users. Now after 12 years, the forum is getting a complete upgrade and makeover!

    We've been planning to update the Two Way Radio Forum for awhile now and our first thought was to simply upgrade to the latest forum software, which in this case was vbulletin. However, to keep up with social media and the advances in web based community platforms, we began to consider other options. One of these is an open source discussion platform called Discourse. Danny did some research on it and we were very impressed with it. It offers many advantages and functionality over the previous forum software and a broader, more powerful arena for discussion between members of our forum community.

    Why switch platforms?

    We were running on a very old version of vBulletin (3.8) that no longer receives regular updates. vBulletin uses the PHP programming language and was built for a PHP version that is now out of date and no longer receives security patches. It is clear that sticking with our current forum version is just asking for trouble, and we need to either upgrade to the latest vBulletin (5.5) or switch to a new platform.

    Why not use vBulletin 5?

    Upgrading to the latest vBulletin was our first instinct. In fact, we initially purchased a license for it. However, as Danny was looking into the upgrade process he found out that going from 3.8 to version 5 is more of a migration than an upgrade. It would take some effort to get the data migrated correctly, and we would basically have to reconfigure the site and build a new theme. If we’re going to have to go through all of that work anyway it makes sense to see what other options are available.

    Sticking with vBulletin would have the advantage of a reduced learning curve for members, but there are definitely reasons to switch. vBulletin used to be a leader in forum software, but they seem to have really gone downhill. VB 5 itself is now 7 years old and doesn’t look like a modern platform. Also, it’s still not built to be mobile friendly. We considered that a big drawback.

    Why Discourse?

    While researching other options, Danny was repeatedly drawn to Discourse. He has a programming background and finds himself using Stack Overflow pretty often, so he likes the similar look and feel. It also helped that the co-founder of Discourse was also co-founder of Stack Overflow. That was good enough for him to consider it further.

    Here are a few things that we like about the new forum:

    • By default, the home page is a list of the latest updated threads. You don’t have to look at a list of forums that may not get new posts very frequently. There’s also a way for users to switch to category view if they prefer the old way.
    • Threads aren’t broken up into pages. Just keep scrolling and posts are dynamically loaded.
    • It is easy to use on phones and tablets
    • Users can earn badges as they use the site and the system is easy to setup.
    • The notification system is very in depth. You can receive notifications for a variety of things and it’s all configurable. You can also @ another user in a post
    • There’s an escalating trust system that helps prevent spam, but users automatically gain trust as they use the site.
    • We have the ability to turn on logging in with other services, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. This might simplify the registration process and encourage more users to sign up.
    • Automatically create a post by replying to an email notification.
    • Built-in support for a wiki could be a powerful tool for community driven content.
    • There’s a lot more, but why not experience it for yourself?

    Of course the Two Way Radio Forum community isn't here for us, it was created for you. We’re hopeful that you are as excited about Discourse as we are and it makes you want to spend more time there. We also hope it is more inviting for new users and helps grow the community. That said, we know change can be tough and there could be features that you want that aren’t here. That’s why we tested the platform first with a beta site and solicited feedback from our community members before we decided to jump in and make the move.

    We're excited about the new forum and we hope you like it too. We’d like to know if you see any formatting problems or other issues that look like bugs, but most importantly we want to know what you think of the platform. Is there anything about the forum we need to change or improve on? Is there anything missing that we need to include?

    If you currently have a Two Way Radio Forum account, your existing login credentials should work. You should also have the ability to login with your Facebook, Google or Twitter account. If you do have trouble logging in, please let us know, so we can fix it ASAP. If you don't have a forum account, we invite you to create one. The forum is free to use, and we encourage everyone with an interest or passion for radios to join the community.

    Feel free to check it out, "kick the tires" so to speak, and let us know what you think. Visit the all new Two Way Radio Forum now!

  • The Best deal on a Kenwood NX-340U16P digital radio

    Kenwood ProTalk NX-304U16P NXDN Digital Two Way RadioWe have a special buy on a certain Kenwood digital business radio that hasn't received much attention, but is most likely the best deal currently available from Buy Two Way Radios on a premium product from a major, name brand manufacturer. The radio in question is the manufacturer authorized, factory reconditioned edition of the Kenwood ProTalk® NX-340U16P digital two way radio. The offer? The NX-340U16P is normally $329.00, but for a limited time, you can purchase a factory refurbished NX340U16P for only $229.99 with all the standard included components, free shipping, a full two year manufacturer warranty, and you get a $200 rebate from Kenwood when you buy six!

    This isn't a promotion for a few bucks off a high priced business radio. This is an opportunity to purchase a professional grade, high end Kenwood digital business two way radio without the high end cost.

    However, there is some good news and some bad news about this special buy.

    First, here's the good news. This radio qualifies for the currently active Kenwood rebate. Buy 6 radios, get a $200 rebate. Doing the math, it all comes out in your favor. When you buy the refurbished model, you automatically save money. Add in the $200 rebate and you save a total of $794.06 on six radios. That's more than a 40% discount on a fleet of radios from a major manufacturer - with a full manufacturer warranty.

    Now for the bad news. We have a very limited number of these refurbished radios left in stock, and we are not likely to receive any more. This is a one time deal. When these sell out, that's it, they are gone. This is not a high pressure sales pitch. It's simply a fact. We have no plans to get any more, and at this time, it is not likely we ever will. So, if you want Kenwood radios capable of both analog and digital NXDN® operation, and you don't want to pay full price, this is your chance to pick up a factory reconditioned model with all of the benefits of a brand new radio at a very discounted price, free shipping, and the maximum cash rebate offered by Kenwood.

    If you want or need to stay with analog radios and moving to digital is not an option, this is still a great deal. The NX-340U16P is a fully functional analog radio, and can communicate well with any other Kenwood ProTalk series radio operating on business band frequencies. In fact, it matches up to the Kenwood TK-3402, with the same wattage, number of channels and feature set to boot. Plus, the NX-340 can talk to other ProTalk digital NXDN radios as well. The TK-2402 can't do that. If that isn't enough, these factory reconditioned NX-340U16P radios are $44 less than the TK-3402. More radio, lower price point and a rebate? You can't do much better than that.

    Oh, one more thing. As far as migrating from analog to digital radios, for most industries, it's not a matter of if, but when. And when you do decide to go digital, you're already there. All you need to do is switch your NX-340 radios from analog to digital mode, and your business is set. There's no need to invest in all new digital radios to replace your existing analog models. The NX-340U16P already has your digital communications covered.

    All things considered, the factory reconditioned NX-340U16P is a great buy on its own, and if you take advantage of the Kenwood rebate, it's nothing short of phenomenal. But, it's also available for a limited time, and only while we have them in stock. So, why buy a TK-3402 when you can get one of these? It isn't just a smart buy, it's actually common sense.

  • The Wouxun KG-UVN1 is a DMR Dual Bander for the serious ham

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way RadioA few years ago, Wouxun entered the digital radio market with the KG-D901 DMR radio. Now the company is adding a new, improved DMR model to its product line. It's the Wouxun KG-UNV1, and it could just be the next disrupter in the DMR radio world.

    This isn't a dinky little digital transceiver on a chip. It's a real, professional grade radio designed for business use, with the power and features to match.

    At first glance, the KG-UVN1 looks like a cross between the KG-D901 and a KG-UV9D, with a little of the KG-UV899 keypad thrown in. On closer inspection, it's definitely different from all three. It lacks the bulging curvature of the D901, has a wider horizontal display than the 9D, and is considerably larger than the 899. That's not to say it isn't aesthetically pleasing. On the contrary, it is quite a handsome radio. It just has its own style, and considering its intended functionality, it fits in well.

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 Left SideThe KG-UVN1 is a powerful dual band handheld, with a powerful set of features to match. What we have is a 4 watt UHF, 5 watt VHF radio capable of operating in both digital and analog modes. It supports 3,072 channels, 250 zones, 255 receive groups, and 1,024 contacts. it has a full DTMF keypad, programmable buttons, and Wouxun's signature full color LCD display. It features Private Call, Group Call and All Call, Direct Mode and Repeater Mode, Text Messaging in Digital Mode, an ARTS function, and digital voice encryption. It has CTCSS and DCS in analog mode, remote monitor, remote check and remote enable/disable functions.

    And, like many import radios, it also has a built-in FM radio and a flashlight. Apparently Wouxun considers these last two as standard features for a commercial grade business radio, because they make it a point to build them into many of their models.

    The biggest feature, however, is the number of contacts. It's a huge number. The TYT MD-2017, the TYT UV380, and Anytone AT-D878UV are popular dual band DMR digital radios, each capable of storing over 100,000 contacts. The KG-UVN1 supports one hundred and sixty thousand contacts. This is the most of any radio on the market to date, including the Anytone and TYT models. This is the single greatest advantage of the KG-UVN1 for hams and is why we think this radio could cause some disruption in the amateur arena.

    Now, Wouxun did not particularly build the KG-UVN1 for the amateur. This radio was intended for business users. It was designed as a commercial radio, and if you look at Wouxun's web site, you're going to find it advertised with 1,024 contacts and an eight hour recording function.

    But not our KG-UVN1. At our request, Wouxun modified the firmware to create an amateur version of this radio with 160,000 contacts, just for hams. To do so, they had to make some room in the radio by eliminating the recording feature. So you don't get the eight hour record time, but that space is dedicated now to contacts.

    Why is that important? If you're using the radio for amateur operation, you're going to want to load in all of the contacts for the area or region in which you are using the radios. If you're hitting a wide network of DMR repeaters, you will see the call sign of anyone who is transmitting, right on the radio. There is a global database of contacts online at radioid.net, there are over 130,000 contacts worldwide listed in their database. The kicker? You can load every contact from that database into the KG-UVN1.

    But it gets even better. As a bonus, Wouxun has preloaded the radio with these contacts. Yep, that's right. The KG-UVN1 comes pre-loaded with every contact listed in the RadioID.net database. At last count, that was nearly 130,00 contacts, or 128,948 contacts, to be exact.

    So, right out of the box, if you buy the amateur edition of the Wouxun KG-UVN1 from Buy Two Way Radios, you're going to have all the contacts in the system, and quite possibly, all the contacts in the world preloaded into the radio, at the time the radio was loaded!

    Now, as mentioned, this is a dedicated amateur version of the KG-UVN1. At the time this article was written, this radio is not Part 90 type accepted or approved by the FCC for business use. So if you buy this radio now, what you're going to get is a radio that's locked to the amateur frequencies.

    The amateur version of the KG-UVN1 operates on 420 MHz to 450 MHZ UHF and 144 MHz to 148 MHz VHF. Once the radio receives its commercial approval and its FCC ID number, it can be updated for a wider frequency range within the approved specs. So, if you buy it now, you won't be getting a radio that's going to be obsolete in awhile, you're getting a radio that can be updated in the future to open it up to commercial frequencies. At the moment, it will work just fine on the amateur frequencies only.

    But then, if you're a licensed amateur radio operator, and you're buying this for amateur use, you really shouldn't need it to operate outside the ham bands anyway. Just sayin'.

    Some of the less prominent features are also somewhat interesting. These are all security related. Wouxun considers security and privacy important for business communications, so it added a few extra features to ensure the radio itself is secure for use in the field. These include the ability to set a security password for programming the radio and the ability to hide the menu or selected menu items from the end user. Wouxun also lists a feature called Menu Encryption, although at the time this article was written, it did not seem to actually exist in the list of menu options. It's no deal breaker, and probably not anything most hams would use anyway, but since Wouxun printed it in their manual and on the box, it's worth noting.

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 with battery packThe Wouxun KG-UVN1 is powered by a high capacity 2600mAh (19.24Wh) Lithium-ion battery pack. It is similar to the optional high capacity battery pack available for the KG-UV8D, although taller and heavier in weight. It weighs in at 4.41 ounces, compared to the 4.23 ounce battery for the 8D. It does make the radio seem heftier, but it also provides the N1 with substantial uptime on a full charge.

    Although the batteries and chargers are different, the KG-UVN1 is still easy to accessorize. it uses an SMA Male antenna connector, so, there are a plethora of OEM and third party antennas available that will work for it. Unlike the MD-2017, which uses a multi-pin connector, The KG-UVN1 uses the Kenwood two pin (K1) style connector commonly found on most import handheld radios such as the Baofeng UV-5R, Wouxun KG-UV8D, and TYT-MD-380. If you already have audio accessories for one or more of these radios, chances are they have this connector and they'll work with this Wouxun. That's definitely a plus for the KG-UVN1.

    Durability has never been an issue with Wouxun. This manufacturer produces high quality, business grade radios, and the KG-UVN1 is no exception. This isn't your twenty dollar disposable dual bander. The UVN1 is a professional grade two way radio with the solid, stout look and feel expected of such a device.

    Wouxun KG-UVN1 in chargerWouxun does understate the weight of this radio. According to the specs in their manual, it's 300 grams, or 10.58 ounces. It's actually over 11 ounces, or 11.71 ounces, to be exact, and that's including the high capacity battery. It may be a stout dual band DMR radio, but it's certainly not a full pounder.

    Then there is the price, and that's the best part. For all that's packed into this radio, the Wouxun KG-UVN1 is priced at only $159.99. That's a heck of a deal. It's the same price point as the MD-2017, and significantly less than the Anytone AT-D878UV. All things considered, it's a great price for this radio.

    In fact, this radio matches up very well to the MD-2017, but the UVN1 has some advantages that put it on top of the TYT and all the other amateur DMR radios on currently the market. The number of contacts, solid construction, high capacity battery, powerful feature set, compatibility with existing audio accessories and budget friendly price all combine to make the Wouxun KG-UVN1 a DMR Dual Bander for the serious ham.

    Want to learn more about the Wouxun KG-UVN1? Listen to an in-depth discussion about this new dual band DMR radio in Episode 137 of The Two Way Radio Show podcast!

  • TWRS-137 - The New Wouxun KG-UVN1 and Blackbox Digital Base Station

    Two Way Radio Show
    We tell you about a new digital two way radio from Wouxun and a new DMR base station from Blackbox. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog, our YouTube channel and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:08

    Discussion Topic 1:26
    We introduce the new Wouxun KG-UVN1 dual band DMR digital two way radio and the new Blackbox Digital DMR Dual Band Base Station. We'll give you an overview of their features and specifications, and compare them to their analog counterparts.


    Questions and Answers 40:19
    Comments and questions from readers of our
    Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 48:19
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • The differences between the Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410

    Motorola CLS Series radios are popular with many onsite businesses, and it's no secret why. They are compact, comfortable to carry, easy to use and a great value.

    The Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410 seem very similar, but there are some differences. In this video, Danny explains what those differences are and tells you how to figure out which one is best for your application. The CLS1110 and CLS1410 are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

    Want more videos? Browse our video blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

  • TWRS-136 - A Doctor and a Ham

    Two Way Radio Show
    We talk with a physician who is the Chief Medical Officer of a large healthcare system and who is also a licensed amateur radio operator. We’ll also take comments and questions from our blog, our YouTube channel and our forum.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:20

    Intro to Interview 1:38
    We interviewed Dr. Norman Chapin, the Chief Medical Officer of a large healthcare system and who is also a licensed ham. He will tell us how started in amateur radio, how he got several other members of his family into the hobby, how he became involved with emergency response and how his involvement in ham radio helped his career as an emergency physician.

    Interview with Dr. Norman Chapin 2:27

    Questions and Answers 17:32
    Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog, viewers of our YouTube Channel and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 32:13
    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!

    © 2019 Cricket Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

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