Which Affordable DMR Digital Two-Way Radio System Gives You the Best Bang for the Buck?

In various industries from manufacturing to law enforcement to education, timely, reliable communication is not a luxury but an absolute necessity. Despite everyone owning a cell phone, two-way radios are the gold standard in communication equipment for professionals — and this isn’t changing in the foreseeable future.

Given that technology is always advancing, it pays to keep your equipment up-to-date. You want to invest in a system that meets all of your important criteria and will perform at that level for years to come.

For the most bang for your buck, I recommend the RCA BR200D.

Let’s see how it stacks up to the competition.

A much cheaper alternative to the Motorola CP200D

Motorola recently pulled a fast one on its customers by discontinuing their very popular CP200 model and replacing it with the more expensive CP200D. So if you are used to buying the CP200, any new radios are going to cost you a lot more if you buy from Motorola — even if you have no intention of going digital any time soon.

However, RCA has a solution in the BR200D, which operates in both analog and digital modes and is compatible with every other DMR digital two-way radio on the market.

Packed with features

The BR200D is a compact, durable digital two-way radio that is a smart solution for your communication needs. The first thing you need to know is that it comes with a 3-year warranty — the longest in the industry — which demonstrates how durable the radio is.

It weighs in at a mere 9.5 ounces with a standard battery, less than the average 14-plus ounces of the competition. At 4.5” x 2.1” x 1.3” it is a light and compact radio that won’t feel like you’re carrying a brick on your belt and doesn’t sacrifice durability to do it. That small frame holds a 1 watt speaker that provides crisp, clear audio and is significantly louder than most other two-way radios. It also has a healthy battery life of 13 hours with moderate usage — more if you opt for the high-capacity battery.

RCA has been designing and producing two-way radios for military and industrial purposes for over 90 years, and makes its radios to last. The BR200D is dust proof, water resistant and shock resistant. It works right out of the box and is compatible with all major two-way radio brands like Motorola, Vertex, Icom, Kenwood and more so you can get off to a running start.

A few more bells and whistles:

  • programmable side buttons
  • monitor function
  • private and group calls
  • encryption
  • stun/kill/revive feature to ensure no prying ears will be privy to your conversations due to a lost radio
  • large 1” PTT button works even with gloved hands
  • 16 channels
  • crystal clear audio
  • plus lots more (call and ask!)

To sum up, the RCA BR200D is not only one of the best pound for pound two-way radios in its class, but it’s also one of the most reasonably priced.

When it comes to picking the right model for your organization and really getting the biggest bang for your buck, you can’t go wrong with this model — it’s an excellent workhorse radio and won’t let you down. Take advantage of the BR200D special bundle pricing Discount Two-Way Radio.com is offering for a limited time only.

 

How an Arizona Fire Department Got New P25 Radios Without Grant Money

With the millions of things that emergency responders have to worry about, having clear and reliable communication while on the job should be the last thing they fret over.

That’s why buying two-way radios which meet the P25 CAP standard is a must. The problem is, the federal grant money to buy them is all but gone – and these P25 two-way radios are much more expensive than regular ones.

That was the dilemma facing one Arizona municipality whose fire department needed P25 radios, but was being quoted outrageous prices of up to $5,000 per radio by Motorola salesmen.

They simply could not afford the amount of radios they needed at those prices.

Until they found us.

“You don’t need to spend a fortune for your P25 two-way radios.”

When this was communicated to the fire chief, the sense of relief was palpable – but he still had his doubts.

Motorola had so thoroughly entrenched itself with government officials nationwide over the years that it was practically the only brand anyone knew, capturing an estimated 80 percent of the market. So when we started talking about RCA, he was a little skeptical at first.

To convince him to switch, we programmed a couple of our RCA RPX4500 radios to work with his existing ones and shipped them off the same day for him to test them out as loaners.

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Flawless operation at the best price

When he saw how flawlessly the RCA radios worked with his current setup, and how these were actually louder and sounded clearer than the comparable Motorolas, he was hooked. All we had to do was talk price and seal the deal.

Well, he was in for a big surprise, because we were able to put together a package which got him SIX TIMES as many radios as he could have gotten had he stuck with Motorola.

The fire department was able to get all of the new P25 radios it needed while saving a LOT of money – we are talking tens of thousands of dollars.

To this day, this fire department remains a happy customer.

All the features you need

Unlike Motorola, RCA does not put useless features in its radios to drive up costs and block out competitors. In some states Motorola installed proprietary encryption on its radios which prevented compatibility with other brands, for instance.

Instead, our radios only have the features you really need. For example, our P25 two-way radios are interoperable, as they should be, to communicate with other companies’ radios in emergency situations.

Also, the sound on the RPX4500/4600 is loud and clear, and the battery life is long. Military-grade strength ensures your radios will be around for years – and our four-year warranty reflects that (the longest in the biz!)

It’s just a great radio, and we offer it at a great price.

If you would to test a unit out, no strings attached, just call me at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time to see if you meet our requirements. If you decide to buy, for large orders, we can even set you up with credit terms if you qualify.

I want to make switching to RCA a no-brainer and painless for you. Call me.

Ben Burns

How to Get the Best Deal When Buying an Affordable Two-way Radio

 

Whether you are in one of the many industries that rely on two-radios for their communication needs already or you are looking to transition from cell phones/older radios, you are going to be looking to save some money.

With increased productivity, two-way radios will add to your bottom line in the long run – but saving money on upfront costs can increase your overall savings.

Here are some cost-cutting tips to consider when looking to affordable purchase two-way radios.

 

Get a deal on the accessories

A fair price on the radios themselves is great, but any retailer willing to include some quality accessories is something to look out for. Items like charging stations and replacement batteries are always going to come in handy — and you’ll be purchasing them later anyway.

Specialty items like headsets and skull microphones are usually not discounted on a piece-by-piece basis, but some shops offer price reductions on these items if you buy your radio as part of a multi-unit package.

Check the service plans

While a slightly lower unit price might seem appealing, if that translates to problems when you need service, then it sure isn’t much of a bargain.

Ideally, the radio dealer won’t charge to have a look at the radio in question and will turnaround the equipment in about a week’s time. Whether or not the retailer repairs radios in-house with trained techs and a large inventory of parts is another important consideration. Some dealers do not have the ability to repair a unit themselves, so have to ship back to the factory. This can mean BIG delays in getting your radio back.

Investigate for trade-in credit

If your business is already using two-way radios, but perhaps the models have grown outdated, then a partial buy back or trade-in credit is something you’re going to want to look into. Discount Two Way Radio has created the nation’s only Cash 4 Clunkers program designed to assist businesses reduce upfront costs and upgrade to excellent new digital radios like the RCA BR200D. As long as it was made in the last ten years, bears all the original accessories and your organization is based in the US or Canada, they are eligible for trade-in credit toward the purchase of new equipment.

Buy the right radio

Depending on your business and its particular needs, you’re going to require certain functions for your radios over others. Weatherproofing might be a must. Or perhaps you require an interoperable radio which meets the P25 standard, like the RCA RPX4500.

Beware of the extra bells and whistles which you will never use, however, because they might cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars for no good reason. Does your two-way radio really need Bluetooth? Probably not. Does it need the ability to text? Again, depending on your company’s needs…not likely. So save money and get only what you need…a two-way radio with clear, reliable communication.

By following these tips you can ensure you are not only getting the right radios for your situation but also the most bang for your buck. If you are in the market for two-way radios, please contact us and let us show you the most cost-effective way to do it.

Got an Old Two-Way Radio? Trade it in for CASH with our Cash 4 Clunkers Program

Let’s say you’re a school administrator who wants to update the two-radio system at their school but doesn’t have the funds in the budget to spend on it. What happens? It gets put on the back burner and forgotten.

The same thing goes for factory settings or law enforcement situations: if you can ‘make do’ with what you already have, you don’t spend the money. Updating the radio system, even though your equipment is obsolete and you badly need to get new gear, sometimes ends up lower on the priority list than it should be. That, my friends, is a mistake, because fast, clear communication is a vital part of any operation.

However, there is great news for government, business or public safety departments looking to finally trade up their ‘clunkers’ for radios they don’t have to bang on a desk or scream into to be heard.

Get money for your used two-way radios

Discount Two-Way Radio proudly offers the only two-way radio Cash 4 Clunkers program in America!

We’ve partnered with RCA to help businesses trade up and improve their equipment. Just as the name suggests, by trading in your used radios and chargers, you can earn credit toward the purchase of a new radio system for your work place and staff.

As long as the radios were purchased within the last 10 years and your base of operations is located in the US or Canada, they are eligible and will be accepted in nearly any condition. Radios must include antenna, belt clip, charger and battery, and a few other conditions apply.

You will receive a credit amount based on the condition of the traded-in radios that can be applied to new radios that meet and exceed 2013 mandatory narrowbanding guidelines. Your staff will be able to rely on their devices and communicate with confidence, while you minimize out-of-pocket costs. It’s a win-win!

Here is all you have to do to get the process started:

  1. Go to the Cash 4 Clunkers page on Discount Two-Way Radio.com.
  2. Fill out the two-way radio trade-in form with your information to find out what your trade-in value is. Credit value depends on the model and condition of your radios and chargers.
  3. Print out a copy of the form, sign it and fax it to 877-291-9565 to have that credit applied to your purchase of new radio equipment.
  4. Recycle your old radios by sending them to: Discount Two-Way Radio Cash 4 Clunkers, 1430 240th St., Harbor City, CA 90710

(Please visit the two-way radio trade-in page for more details, terms and conditions)

This program was started to help make sure that regardless of budget cutting and belt tightening measures, businesses and public safety personnel would have ready access to the radio communication systems that work for them. The Cash 4 Clunkers program so far has been doing just that.

If you are using old two-way radios, there is no reason to put off trade-ins any longer — swap your old clunkers for state of the art equipment today!

7 Tips to Improve Your Two-Way Radio Battery Life

Those of us in businesses that use two-way radios as opposed to cell phones know the reasons why. There is a durability and a reliability that you just can’t get with conventional cell phones, not to mention most modern smartphones have plenty of apps that distract more than assist. In addition, those apps also drain the battery. While longer battery life is a benefit to two-way radios, even the best digital two-way radio is going to have its limitations.

As with most things, there are right and wrong ways to store and care for your radios to get the maximum use from your batteries. Here are seven different two-way radio battery saving tips to get the most use out of your radio.

Fully discharge your batteries

You’ve likely heard a similar tip for use in extending the life of smartphones as well, and the same holds true for two-way radios. The reason has to with a phenomena known as the ‘memory effect.’ Basically, if you usually charge your battery at 20%, it may begin to only hold a charge up until that point, “remembering’ that position. By fully discharging the battery before recharging, you ensure getting the best charge. Charging your battery overnight for the first time is also a good idea. (This is called initializing.)

 

No extreme temperatures

It goes without saying extreme temps aren’t great for technology in general. Batteries do best when charged at temps above 40 degrees and below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range is the best for extending battery life.

Don’t leave radios in chargers

A radio should not be left in its charger for long periods of time. Not only does the constant charge degrade the ability of the battery to hold a charge, but it can heat up the battery which also decreases its life span. It’s also a good idea to cycle batteries out on the same radio so one is always fully charged and so you can fully discharge the first battery with confidence.

Digital is the way to go for extra battery life

While there are plenty of reasons to upgrade from analog, battery life is yet another one. Analog radios send out a continuous signal which drains the battery faster. The best digital two-way radios like RCA BR200Ds use tech known as Time Division Multiple Access which cycles the signal on and off rapidly, effectively saving about one-third to one-half of the battery of an analog.

Keep it brief

A relatively straightforward tip — use your radio less! Obviously not applicable in all situations but the more time spent on the radio will eat up more battery life. Keeping it short and sweet on a regular basis can add up, so maintain discipline and cut back on the chatter and jokes.

Use the right battery

Even with the best battery care, you will need to replace the batteries for your radios every 18 to 24 months on average. Lithium ion batteries hold the longest charge, weigh the least and produce the least amount of heat of conventional battery options. Two-Way Radio Battery

Turn off the junk you don’t need

Some sophisticated digital two-way radios have features like GPS, text and display functions and the like — and they all drain the battery. Most people don’t even need them. Disabling these functions and dialing back the screen lighting can help reduce battery usage.

When applied in concert, you can achieve many more hours of usage on your radio and improve overall battery performance.

Please visit our main website If you need a spare two-way radio battery.