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

Simple Tips to Improve Poor Two-Way Radio Coverage

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Have you noticed your radio coverage area is not what it used to be and you’re getting static transmissions and “dead spots”?

Here’s a few things you can try that might help improve your radio’s effective range:

Batteries – One of the easiest ways to make sure your radio transmits as far as possible at all times is to use fresh batteries and to make sure that your batteries are fully charged. After about 1.5 to 2 years of normal usage you may start to see some degradation in your battery’s ability to take and hold a charge. This is a natural and expected occurrence in all rechargeable two-way radio batteries. If you start to notice that your two-way radio signals are not reaching as far as they used to, it may be time to get new batteries. Just give us a call for the best prices on fresh, new batteries.

Antennas – Is your antenna cracked, bent or broken so much that the metal coiled antenna piece is completely exposed? Is your antenna screwed on well to the antenna connector of the radio? Damaged or improperly attached antennas can reduce your coverage dramatically. Replacing these old, damaged antennas is a very simple, cost-effective solution that will help improve your radio’s communication range.

Old, Tired Radios – How old are your radios? Are they older than 5-6 years? Have they been serviced recently or at all? We all know that business environments can sometimes be very rough on their equipment. Radios get dropped or bumped into things regularly, which over time may cause some internal components to go bad. To ensure maximum performance, just like your car needs regular maintenance, oil and filter change, your two-way radios need to undergo minor maintenance and tuning, especially after they’ve been in service for a while.

Your Location – If at the moment of the transmission you are inside a building or even just a room with really thick concrete and steel walls you will most likely see a reduction in the strength of your transmissions. The metal of a car or a building can block the signal from getting out to the person you are contacting. This is especially present when you are in the “bowels” of a building such as a HVAC area or parking structure. If this is a location where you need coverage just temporarily, the simplest solution will be to just step outside or get near a wall opening or a window. Additionally, the higher you can go with your handheld when transmitting, the farther your signal will travel. So, if you’re needing to transmit to someone that is outdoors and maybe a bit out of range, get to the top of an exterior staircase or the roof of the building. Transmitting from the highest point of a natural or manmade structure can noticeably increase the range of your handheld radio. If this is a location where you need coverage at all times you will need additional equipment such as a repeater to boost your signal strength and help go around the thick walls.

If you’d like to know more two-way radio tips or if you are having a specific problem with your current two-way radios, just call our knowledgeable radio experts right now at 844-438-3897. No question is too small and no problem is too big. We’re always standing by to help you!

Why Choose Digital DMR Two-Way Radios instead of Analog?

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Improved Audio Clarity

The DMR Digital technology provides improved noise reduction and protects voice quality over a longer distance than analog, especially noticeable towards the end of the transmission range, where analog radios will have a lot of static and background noise. The digital processing of the signal allows the receiving radio to screen out the background noise and reconstruct the signal even when it is very weak. This keeps the transmission clear and increases the effective range of the digital radios over analog radios where the signal clarity and strength drops off dramatically at the end of the coverage zone.

 

Better Battery Life and Power Usage

Getting through a full 10-12 hour work shift on a single battery charge has always been a challenge for the analog handheld two-way radios. The DMR technology uses the transmitter of the radio only half of the time compared to a narrowband analog radio, which reduces the drain on the radio’s battery almost by half. This increases the actual talk time of a single battery charge by up to 40 percent. Overall battery consumption per call is reduced, and longer usage time in the field will be noticed between recharges.

 

DMR digital radios double the capacity over existing analog equipment

A Regular analog two-way radio system uses an entire 12.5KHz narrowband channel to provide a single talk path for communication. However, the benefit of using a DMR digital radio system is that it supports two simultaneous and independent calls over the same narrowband 12.5kHz channel. This results in doubling the channel capacity of the radio system which allows businesses to split departments and users into different completely independent and private talk groups.

 

Do I need to switch all my analog radios to digital?

Digital radios work in either analog or digital mode.This digital technology allows you to migrate your analog radios to digital one radio at a time, one channel at a time or switch out the whole system at one time.

 

A Final Word On DMR

DMR technology offers Professional Two-Way Radio users the possibility to upgrade their analog equipment to digital at their own pace and improve the coverage, system capacity and audio clarity of the transmissions. The DMR standard provides a versatile platform and wide range of two-way radio equipment that can be used in virtually any business environment.

Two-Way Radio Solutions for the Construction Industry

Having a durable, reliable two-way radio will increase the safety and productivity of your jobsite. But even more, having a professional, industry leading supplier for your two-way radios will save you lots of time and headaches in the future.

Discount Two-Way Radio has been supplying the Construction Industry with affordable, dependable communication solutions since 1997. We have top notch customer service representatives, a fast in-house repair department and a giant selection of products ready to be shipped to you immediately!

So give our helpful radio experts a call at 800-895-5122 or visit us online at: http://www.discounttwo-wayradio.com.