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  • Comparing the Motorola RDU4160d and Kenwood TK-3402

    Whether you work in the hospitality industry, security industry, schools, warehouses, or in construction, high-powered UHF radios are almost always the recommended solution. Two of the "top dogs" in this type of radio are the Motorola RDX RDU4160d and the Kenwood TK-3402-U16P. Since these are the two top models from their respective brands, we often get asked about the differences between them.

    The reality is that they are actually very similar, and both work well in many different situations, but there are a few small differences that may sway your decision one way or the other. Starting with the similarities, they are both ultra-rugged units, built to the same military-grade durability specs. Water resistant, dust resistant, shock resistant, etc. They are also very similar in size and weight. External accessories such as headsets, speaker microphones, earpieces, and even VOX (voice-activated) accessories are available for both. Each model come included with a lithium-ion battery, belt clip, and removable antenna. Lastly, both of these units have 16 channel options to choose from.

    Now, for the differences. The one glaring difference when looking at these two models side-by-side is the presence of the LCD screen on the Motorola RDU4160d. This LCD screen can help the user quickly determine what channel they are on, or assist in programming the unit should you need to adjust any of your settings. While the Kenwood TK-3402 does not have an LCD screen, it CAN still be programmed by the end user by using a key sequence and audible voice prompts. If the LCD screen is not a necessity, but you still prefer to go with a Motorola model, you may want to check out the Motorola RDU4100!

    Another difference is the transmit wattage. The Kenwood TK-3402 transmits at 5 watts of power, which is the maximum allowed by the FCC for handheld units, and which is slightly more than the Motorola RDU4160d, whose max transmit wattage is 4 watts. This also means that the Kenwood model will get slightly further range than the Motorola. One other thing to consider is the warranty period of these units. Kenwood offers a 2-year manufacturer's warranty on all of their radios, while Motorola offers a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

    When it comes to high-quality business radios, you really cannot go wrong with either of these units! If you are still having trouble making a decision on what may work best for your application, please feel free to call our sales staff at 1-877-913-4392, and we will be happy to assist you!

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  • Recommended Two-Way Radios For Manufacturing Facilities

    Manufacturing plants are one of the most common industries in need of two-way radio systems. Radio communication can come in handy for a wide range of situations. Having a direct line of communication between employees and supervisors will help prevent against leaving a station unmanned to go locate a coworker when something is needed. Two way radios are also very beneficial in emergency situations, and could potentially be a life saver! Whether it be a smaller facility or a huge facility, using two-ways will improve communication throughout, and help your business run more efficiently. Studies have shown that facilities that use two-way radios have such improved productivity that the radios pay for themselves in a matter of months!

    When recommending specific two-way radios to our customers, we typically recommend UHF radios, as they will work better in indoor environments. UHF frequencies are much higher than VHF on the frequency spectrum, allowing them to easily penetrate through any concrete, brick, or steel obstructions that may be present.

    For small to medium-sized manufacturing facilities, one of our most popular and highly-recommended units is the Motorola RMU2040. These units are small, lightweight, and very easy to use. The exceptionally loud max volume of these units makes them ideal for high-noise environments as well. The Kenwood TK-3400-U4P would be another similar, highly-recommended model, but with a longer antenna, which means slightly better range.

    For large facilities, something with a little more power, or something with a higher frequency, will be recommended. One of our most popular models is the Kenwood TK-3402-U16P. Boasting 5 watts of transmit power, which is the maximum allowed by the FCC, this unit will be ideal for even the largest manufacturing plants! If you prefer digital radios, or if you simply want to bypass the FCC licensing process, the Motorola DLR1060 is also an excellent option. The 900 mHz frequencies used by this model will penetrate through even the thickest concrete or steel walls, providing crystal-clear digital audio!

    One problem that many plants have is loud machinery. In situations such as this, an external audio accessory is highly recommended. All of our radios have several options for headsets, earpieces, or shoulder-style speaker microphones. These types of accessories can be used to maintain reliable communication in even the loudest environments!

    No matter what type of manufacturing facility you may have, we can find something that will work well for you! If you have any questions concerning which products may be best for you, feel free to contact our sales team at 1-877-913-4392, and we will be happy to help!

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  • Kenwood TK-3230 and TK-3230DX Charger Compatibility

    With the recent discontinuation of the very popular Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230, we have had many questions about cross-compatibility with its replacement model, the Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX, and more specifically, questions concerning the compatibility between batteries and chargers.

    Although the new TK-3230DX model uses the same battery as the older TK-3230's, it was originally believed that the new model would have an updated charger, and that the older TK-3230 model would not be compatible with them. However, after doing some testing with these new units, we have good news to report. The chargers are actually 100% cross-compatible between the two models! This ensures a seamless transition between the two, as the TK-3230's are phased out.

    If you have any other questions concerning the compatibility between these radios, or if you would like to place an order, please contact our sales team at 1-877-913-4392, and we will be happy to assist you!

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  • The $40 Rebate Offer Has Been Extended By Kenwood!

    Kenwood has just announced that they are extending the dates for their best rebate ever on the ProTalk XLS TK-3230 radios! Now valid thru January 31st, 2017, every purchase of 6 or more radios will qualify for a rebate of $40 per unit and your choice of a free 6-unit charging station or 6 free earpieces.

    Kenwood TK3230 Rebate Promo

    Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before February 17, 2017 to qualify. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    This offer is valid for up to 60 radios purchased through January 31, 2017. This means there is a potential savings of over $4,000! You only have a short time left to cash in on this deal, so reach out to our sales team ASAP at 1-877-913-4392 for more details or to place an order!

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  • Comparing the Motorola RMU2040 and Kenwood TK-3400

    Two of our most popular business radios are the Motorola RMU2040 and the Kenwood TK-3400. Both of these units are very versatile and have many benefits. We often get asked which of these two units is better for a specific application, so I will compare these two units in this post.

    Let's start with some of the similarities between these two units. Both of these units are 2-watt, UHF handheld radios, meaning that the transmit range between them will be very similar. Both come with long lasting lithium-ion batteries included. They are also both built to the same military-grade durability specs, making them both very durable, and an excellent choice for daily use. These units are very popular in applications such as the hospitality industry, small to medium sized schools, and warehouses.

    When considering a two-way radio, there are many different features to keep in mind. Even with these two units being very similar in range and durability, there are also some differences that may sway your decision. One of the biggest differences is the number of channels. The RMU2040 comes with 2 operating channels on the factory default setting, with the option to add another 2, equaling 4 total channels. The Kenwood TK-3400 radio actually comes in two different versions - one with 4 channels and another with 16 channels. Keep this in mind when deciding on how many separate channels you need for your business.

    Another difference is the antenna. The Motorola RMU2040 has a shorter, fixed antenna. A "fixed" antenna means that it is not removable. The Kenwood comes with a longer antenna included, but DOES have the option to remove it. Stubby antennas are also available for the Kenwood, but please note that they are sold separately. While shorter antennas, such as the one on the Motorola RMU2040, can be more convenient and less intrusive, the longer antennas, such as the ones that come standard with the Kenwood TK-3400, can help improve the transmit range. These factors can make or break a decision of which radio may be right for you.

    With that being said, both of these units are excellent choices, depending on your individual situation. If you still aren't sure which radio may be best for you, give us a call at 1-877-913-4392, and our sales staff can point you in the right direction.

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  • Kenwood TK-3230 vs TK-3230DX: Key Differences

    For the past 10 years or so, the Kenwood Protalk XLS TK-3230 has been one of the most popular business radios on the market. On January 1st, 2017, Kenwood released their new version of this radio, the Kenwood TK-3230DX! We have had several questions concerning the differences between these two units, so we want to be the first to give our customers the low-down!

    The old TK-3230 model remained a very popular model for such a long time for a number of reasons - mainly because they were small, lightweight, durable, and easy to use. Kenwood has kept all of this the same with the new TK-3230DX! It is essentially the same radio, but with a few improvements.

    One of the biggest upgrades is the number of pre-programmed frequencies and quiet talk tones. The old TK-3230 gave users the options to choose from 56 preset frequencies and 122 quiet talk codes. The new TK-3230DX now gives you 99 preset frequencies to choose from, as well as 85 additional DPL quiet talk tones, bringing the total to 207. With even more frequencies and quiet talk codes, the 3230DX will now be an even better choice for use in hospitality, retail, restaurant, and education industries.

    The new TK-3230DX also has an upgraded speaker. The audio is now louder and clearer than ever before, and makes this radio an excellent choice for use in loud environments!

    Worried about compatibility with your existing fleet of Kenwood TK-3230's? Worry no more! The two models are 100% compatible. Just set them to the same frequency and quiet talk code, and you're in business! The accessories are still the same also. The compatible battery remains the Kenwood KNB-46L for both units. Headsets, earpieces, and speaker microphones are also cross-compatible between the two units. One thing that is different between the two is the charger. Because of a change in the radio body the 3230DX no longer fits in the old charger, so Kenwood has created a new model, the KSC-37S.

    The new TK-3230DX will allow for a seamless transition from your existing fleet of TK-3230's, and we expect them to be one of our most popular models for years to come. If you have questions or concerns about these or any of our other products, feel free to contact one of our associates at 1-877-913-4392, and we will be happy to help!

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  • Two Way Radio Licensing Services Now Available!

    Big news! www.2WayRadios.com is now offering FCC licensing services! Save yourself the time and hassle of dealing with the FCC directly, and let us do it for you. We offer several different types of licensing that can be purchased along with your new radios, or can even be purchased separately for your existing radios!

    Licensing your radios with the FCC can be a somewhat complicated and frustrating experience for two-way radio users who are unfamiliar with this process. For business radio, frequencies must be assigned by an FCC designated frequency coordinator. We here at 2WayRadios.com work hand-in-hand with these authorized FCC frequency coordinators, which makes this a seamless and stress-free experience for our customers.

    The licensing process typically works like this: the customer completes the FCC Form 601 and provides it to an FCC approved frequency coordinator. The coordinator then assigns frequencies and submits application to the FCC. Fees are paid to the FCC and to the coordinator. The FCC then either approves the application or requests more info. We've heard from customers that this process can be absolutely overwhelming, so we've designed our licensing process with simplicity in mind. When you purchase your license through 2WayRadios.com, we send you a much easier to follow form to complete with your basic company information. We then complete the more complicated FCC Form 601 for you, and remain in contact with the FCC frequency coordinator throughout the licensing process. You, as the customer, will be updated routinely as this process moves forward.

    All FCC fees, including coordination fees and construction filing fees, are included in the price. We are proud to offer a truly simple and stress-free licensing process for our customers.

    There are several different types of licenses that we offer. We have options for private frequencies, shared frequencies, and even repeater frequencies! If you are unsure as to which type of license is applicable to your situation, then please call our sales team, and they can point you in the right direction to ensure that your radios are 100% legal and licensed properly. Call 1-877-913-4392 today!

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  • Introducing the Kenwood Protalk TK-3230DX!

    Very exciting news from Kenwood - the new Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX is being released immediately! You heard it here first, one of the most anticipated radios of 2017 is available now at www.2WayRadios.com.

    Over the past several months, there have been rumors swirling about a direct replacement of the Kenwood ProTalk XLS TK-3230, one of the most popular UHF business radios on the market. Well, that replacement is finally here. The new units are in stock and available to ship out immediately. Here is a look at the new model:

    tk-3230dx

    The new TK-3230DX model has a sleeker, more modern look, with a few performance upgrades as well. It will still offer the same 6 channels, with 99 pre-stored frequencies to choose from. Worried about compatibility with your existing fleet of XLS TK-3230's? Worry no more, as they are 100% compatible with the previous model, and even use the same batteries and chargers as before to ensure seamless transition for our customers!

    If you have any questions, or if you would like to be one of the first to place an order for these new units, please contact our sales team at 1-877-913-4392, and one of our experts will be happy to help.

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  • Recommended Two Way Radio Accessories for Security

    One of the most common industries for two-way radios use is the security industry. There are many different types of security, and the recommended two-way radio can vary depending on each individual application. However, there are several accessories for these radios are almost always needed, no matter what brand of radio you are using.

    The most common audio accessory used for security is the surveillance earpiece. They are discrete, comfortable, and functional. Surveillance earpieces give you the capability to keep your communication private, while at the same time being unobtrusive. These types of earpieces will come with a PTT button and in-line microphone, which also allows you to keep the radio itsel hidden and out of the way.

    Surveillance earpieces come in a few different styles, but our most popular are the 1-wire surveillance earpieces, and the 2-wire surveillance earpieces. The single-wire surveillance kits will plug into the radio, and run directly up to the ear, with a PTT microphone in-line, which typically hangs by or clips to the lapel. See diagram below for an example of a single-wire surveillance kit.

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    A 2-wire earpiece will be similar, but is different in that the PTT microphone is located at the end of a separate wire. This style gives the user the capability to run the microphone down their sleeve, making for easy access to their hand. See diagram below for an example of a 2-wire surveillance kit:

     

    Another popular accessory for the security industry is the multi-unit charger. Most business radios have charging stations that will charge either 6 or 12 units at once. This keeps your fleet of radios neat and organized, and can even help prevent against lost radios! To learn more about these units, and decide if they are right for your business, take a look at my previous post - Are Two Way Radio Multi-Chargers a Good Investment?

    If you have any other questions concerning these accessories, or any of our other products, please feel free to contact us at 1-877-913-4392, and one of our experts will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

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