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.

 

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.

 

 

Two-Way Radio Repair – RCA or Motorola: Who Gives the Best After-Sales Support?

Hidden key factors you never think of when looking for the lowest bidder

When you shop for 2 way radios, price is often the top consideration. But I have seen it happen too often where it becomes the only consideration.

The hunt for a good deal can blind buyers to what REALLY makes a smart purchase, and as you can imagine it never comes down to just cost.

SUPPORT and TWO-WAY RADIO REPAIR SERVICES are huge factors, but ones hardly anyone think about until it is too late.

The last time you got terrible service, did you think “Well, I don’t care so much about the fact that I cannot get my device fixed, or even someone to return my call, because it was so CHEAP?” Probably not. Instead, you probably sat there with your blood boiling, wishing you had bought somewhere else, even if you paid more.

A Win-Win with RCA

With all that being said, there is a way to get the best of both worlds. When you buy your two-way radios from me (an authorized RCA distributor), you not only get superior after-sales support and repair services, but you are also going to save a lot of money when compared with Motorola radios.

I don’t mean just in the purchase price (and yes, RCA radios are more affordable). I mean in the hidden factors you hardly ever think about:

  • SHIPPING: How much will your Motorola dealer charge you for shipping when your unit is busted? I pay the shipping to service your radios, back and forth. It’s totally free to send in – if my techs cannot repair the unit I will send it back to you on my dime.
  • ALL BRANDS: Motorola fixes Motorola. That’s it. But my techs can fix most competitors’ two-way radios. It doesn’t matter which brand, they do most models even if you bought yours at another dealer.
  • SERVICE CHARGES: Remember to add the diagnostic fee to the price of your radio if you send it in to be serviced somewhere else. Most shops charge just to look at your radio if it is out of warranty, but not Discount Two-Way Radio. There is no charge to evaluate your repair job here, nor to ship it like I said before. It’s a very risk-free offer!
  • AVAILABILITY: Discount Two-Way Radio has the longest support hours of anyone in the industry: 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM Pacific Time, which is 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM Eastern Time.
  • IN-HOUSE TECHS: I don’t take your radios and ship them off to the manufacturer for them to deal with. I have six highly trained technicians with brand new, top of the line service monitors to get your job done right. The buck stops here.
  • FAST TURNAROUND: How would you like to wait two to three months for your walkie-talkies to be returned to you. You probably wouldn’t like that at all, but it happens a lot at other dealers. Well, we turn most jobs around in FIVE DAYS around here. Super fast. And did I mention the free shipping? : )

I could go on and on. But the moral of the story is this: consider the hidden factors related to support and repair service when shopping around for two-way radios.

Ben Burns

877-401-3659 call me or my staff any time for a quick quote on your 2 way radio repairs.

Discount Two-Way Radio – Which Brand is the Best (RCA BR200D, Motorola, Kenwood, etc.)?

When searching for an affordable two-way radio, buyers have a few choices. RCA, Kenwood, Motorola and Vertex all make models in the sub $300 range.

Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so which brand is the best?

Models come and go, but for the perfect combination of rugged dependability and affordability, you can rarely go wrong with an RCA two-way radio.

Right now, I am a huge fan of the RCA BR200D. I have sold hundreds of these radios and my customers don’t have any problems with them. In fact, they rave about them!

They work straight out of the box and fulfill the needs of most two-way radio users, including manufacturers, schools, security services, hotels and more. They simply do the job. When you’ve got a million other things to take care, of the last thing you need to worry about is dealing with a fussy, flimsy, static-filled radio you can barely hear. That’s why I recommend this one – it’s SIMPLE, LOUD and WORKS GREAT.

Before I discuss some of the features of the BR200D (and tell you about a special offer), check out what Erik Estrada (“Ponch” from CHiPS, and a real-life sheriff’s deputy) has to say about RCA 2way radios.

Features of the RCA BR200D 

  • Loud, Clear Audio – The RCA BR200D has amazing sound quality, producing crisp audio that is 50 percent louder than Motorola’s competing (and more expensive) radio.
  • 16 Channels– allows specific departments or groups to have their own channel.
  • 6 Inch Antenna – provides excellent coverage.
  • Analog/Digital Modes – You can save money by buying the radio in analog mode, and then upgrading to digital when you need it via a simple software upgrade.
  • Programmable Top Emergency Button – alarm button sounds emergency signal, and can be customized to transmit voice and/or radio identity… or other options.
  • Dual Programmable Side Buttons– place your favorite features at your fingertips.
  • Long Life Battery – the BR200D comes with a 1700mAh Li-Ion Battery standard which lasts approximately 14 hours.
  • Compact – lightweight design and small size make it comfortable to use during long shifts.
  • Privacy – scrambling/encryption protects from interception.
  • Voice Recording– records and stores messages up to 60 seconds.
  • Stun/Kill/Revive– this feature permits the radio administrator to disable radio to protect communications from prying ears if it is lost or stolen.
  • Signaling– 2-Tone, 5-Tone, DTMF Encode/Decode and MDC1200 Encode: PTT ID (identifies outbound calls), Individual/Group Call (receive/place calls from specific individuals or groups), Call Alert (tone indicates new inbound call), and Alarm (sounds alarm or notifies system administrator of emergency).
  • Compatible – currently using the Motorola CP200D? You’ll be happy to know the RCA BR200D is compatible with your system. In fact, it is compatible with any other DMR Digital radio on the market. Even your Motorola accessories are usable, thanks to RCA’s two prong right angle connector.
  • Warranty – industry leading three-year warranty.
  • Service – should you ever need your RCA radio serviced, we offer free shipping for both in-warranty and paid repairs.

Interested in buying the RCA BR200D two-way radio? We have them in stock right now. Call and place your order before 4 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 p.m. Eastern, and you could have your fully programmed and functional radio tomorrow morning!

Need to outfit a whole department? CALL ME NOW. I am running a special right now where you get a FREE RCA BR200D when you buy five.

Still not convinced? I believe so strongly that RCA has the superior radio that, if you qualify, I will send you a free demo unit for you to test and return when you are done – no strings attached. Call for details on this LIMITED TIME OFFER 877-401-3659.

Ben Burns

 

Two-Way Communication for Snow Patrol & Emergency Responders

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The holiday season is the time for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes. Although shredding the slopes can be fun for adrenaline junkies, winter sports have the potential to be very dangerous and sometimes serious injuries can occur. When this happens, snow patrols and emergency responders need reliable two-way communication to save lives and deal with hazardous conditions on the mountain.

Your snow patrols and emergency responders must use two-way radios to effectively communicate any issues they find on the slopes. The PRODIGI™ RDR3600 digital two-way radio is RCA’s durable, waterproof radio with a full keypad and display. It has emergency alarm features that snow patrollers can activate to immediately alert other team members that assistance is needed. This ensures a quick response which helps the injured get transportation to the bottom of the hill for emergency medical services.

Emergency responders and search and rescue teams can better coordinate their search efforts by using the RDR3600’s SelecTalk™ feature. This allows for private communication channels between specific users or groups without broadcasting over the entire system. The RDR3600 digital radio also has a wide coverage range that keeps your transmissions clear in rough, mountainous terrain. RCA digital radios even use 40% less power than normal analog radios. Your radio will last even longer during your search and rescue efforts without having to stop to charge your battery.

Two-way radios help your snow patrollers stay informed about changing conditions on the slopes. Any large obstructions such as fallen trees, broken equipment, and avalanche debris can be reported immediately, and the RDR3600 has an extra loud speaker so all of your team members can hear it. Plus the RCA digital radios can be equipped with chest packs and speaker mics to make it easier to use while wearing ski gear. You’ll never have to pull the radio off your belt to transmit and you won’t have to fumble around trying to press the PTT button with gloves on.

Your snow patrol and emergency response teams should be using reliable digital two-way radios to do their jobs quickly and efficiently. So give Discount Two-Way Radio a call now at 800-895-5122 and we’ll get your team the tools they need to keep your slopes and skiers safe this season.