Discount Two-Way Radio is the Official Radio Sponsor for USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation

Discount Two-Way Radio today announced a four-year partnership with the USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS), and will support the USABS teams through the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Effective immediately, Discount Two-Way Radio will serve as an official sponsor and the Official Radio Supplier to the USABS.

 

Discount Two-Way Radio will supply the USABS teams with P25 two-way radios, batteries, chargers, and accessories. In addition to equipment Discount Two-Way Radio will coordinate programming, repair radios, and provide support to the USABS teams.

“One of the most important components to success in bobsled and skeleton is for coaches to have the ability to communicate effectively at the track in training and in races so that we can provide feedback to our athletes and maximize their potential to represent Team USA on the podium,” bobsled coach Mike Kohn said. “Discount Two-Way Radio is going to be a game-changer for USABS staff and coaches, but more importantly for our athletes.”

“Partnering with the USABS is a perfect fit for a growing American company like Discount Two-Way Radio. We’re proud to support the USABS with communications equipment that works so they can focus on following their dreams” said Ken Klyberg, COO of Discount Two-Way Radio.

About Discount Two-Way Radio
As an RCA award-winning distributor known for our superior technical and sales expertise, Discount Two Way Radio proudly offers our line of durable and reliable RCA radio products and accessories with faster service and better prices than our competitors. We carry the most dependable radios available with long life batteries and superior volume. Calling Discount Two Way Radio puts you in touch with live customer service and solution specialists who can knowledgeably resolve your radio needs. Our motto is, “We know radios so you don’t have to”.

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.

The Best P25 Two-Way Radios for Emergency Preparedness

When an emergency strikes, instant and dependable communication is the best way to get crews organized and the situation under control with minimum risk.

Radios which meet the P25 CAP specifications fit the bill, and are the de facto standard for fire, police, and ambulance departments nationwide due to their ruggedness and interoperability regardless of the manufacturer. There is only one problem: because these radios are expensive, most municipalities have relied on federal grant money to acquire them…and this grant money has dried up.

P25 radios are in reach of everyone’s budget, however, if you know how to buy smart.

 

Why the RCA RPX4500/4600 are the best P25 radios for emergency preparedness

RCA’s biggest P25 competitor is the Motorola APX Series. At costs of up to $5,000 per radio, or even more, this places them out of the realm of reality for many buyers.

Fortunately, the RCA RPX4500 and RPX4600 are just as good as the Motorola APX series in my opinion, but the huge difference is that you can get five or six P25 radios for the price of one Motorola! That is a BIG DEAL for those on tight budgets.

The RCA RPX4500/4600 compete head to head with other P25 two-way radios in the following categories:

  • Clarity
  • Encryption
  • Dual-mode operation
  • Ease-of-use
  • Durability
  • Waterproofing
  • Great battery life
  • Warranty

As you can see, RCA has all the bases covered.

Where we definitely “got ‘em beat”

On the last bullet point above, “Warranty,” buying a P25 radio through us has a definite advantage. We offer a 4 YEAR WARRANTY on the RCA RPX4500/4600 radios, and we service them with our own highly trained, in-house technicians.

Our average turn around? 5 business days. With free expedited shipping both ways.

What happens if your P25 CAP compliant radio needs servicing through our competitors? First of all, Motorola only gives you a two-year warranty. Ours is double that. Second, when you ship back to your dealer, they don’t have the parts on hand and the techs on staff like we do.

So guess what? They have to ship to the factory for your repair — which can take as long as NINETY days to get your two-way radio back. Jeesh.

I do have good news for you though. Even if you buy the competing brand at another dealer, we can fix it here for you at the same great terms, free shipping and everything.

Test one out with no strings attached.

For serious buyers who meet our qualifications, I can send a test radio for you to try out. I am positive that when you use it for a while, you are going to want to keep it and buy more for your department.

Here is a testimonial from one satisfied customer:

“Wanted to let you know we’ve been using the radios we purchased from you guys and we are extremely happy with the product. These are by the far the best radios amongst the Minesweeping ships out here forward deployed. We truly appreciate it. ” — Lt. Danny Nin, USS Defender

Please call me, Ben Burns, at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for more details or any questions.