Things Have Changed

December 16th, 2016

Hi Friends,

Digital radios have only been around a few years. Most of the radios in use today are still analog radios.

Analog radios capture the physical aspects of sound and transmits this sound to other radios.

Digital radios convert the physical aspects of sound into a stream of data.

When digital radios were first introduced they were substantially more expensive….like 3 or 4 times mores expensive than analog radios. An analog radio that costs $200 would cost as much as $800 in digital format.

For most radio users, digital only offers a modest increase in range however the sound quality is crystal clear. And the sound quality stays crystal clear even when distance or interference causes a regular analog radio to lose its signal or become filled with static.

I never felt the additional cost was worth the modest increase in distance or the improved sound quality. After all we are talking about Louie in the shop talking to Mike  in shipping not Simon and Garfunkel singing Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Presto. Change-o. I have changed my mind. Introducing the Tekk Mini Digital. This is the smallest DMR radio available today. It is only 3 inches tall, 2 inched wide, 1 inch thick and weighs only 5 ounces.

The audio on this radio is superb and is perfect for coaching, churches, schools, restaurants, retail and dental offices. The new digital radios will work with your old analog radios.

Best of all at only $229 this radio cost the same as a similarly equipped analog radio. At the same price I love these radios. I have become a digital aficionado. If you order before the end of the year we will include one free radio when you buy 5 radios.

Call us for more information or to order your new digital radios today. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

New Appliances

December 16th, 2016

Hi Friend,

We bought new kitchen appliances last year. New refrigerator, microwave, washer dryer, stove and new dish washer.

The new refrigerator has a built in water filter for making ice and dispensing drinking water. The new refrigerator is a real game changer for us. Our old refrigerator dispensed water but there was no filter… just tap water dispensed through the refrigerator.

We have been hauling bottled water from the grocery for years. Now whether day or night we just pull up to the refrigerator and are delighted to find sparkling clear drink water.

The new dish washer is another story. I’ll be honest with you… I have no idea how a dish washer works or what goes on inside the washer after I push the start button.

The Princess knows. She can hear a malfunction from three rooms away.

After dinner I pack up the dishwasher and hit the start button. The machine makes some gurgling noises and by the time I get to my recliner the washer switches to a swishing sound.

I never hear it but the ever alert Princess discerns a small ping and is able to identify it as a teaspoon misaligned or a plate in the wrong position. I am dispatched to correct malfunction.

I wipe the steam from my glasses after opening the washer door and peer inside. I don’t see anything wrong. I never see anything wrong. I carefully close the door and restart the wash cycle. The errant noise immediately returns. I repeat this process several times before the Princess intervenes and points out the problem.

My question is, “Why was I dispatched to correct the problem in the first place?”

Problem solving should be apportioned to the person most talented for the specific issue. The Princess should be in charge of all mechanical issues emanating from the kitchen or laundry room and I should be assigned to operating our TV remote control.

Let us solve your 2 way radio problems. We can help you find the best 2 way radios and walkie talkies for your budget and specific application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

Do You Like Ice Cream?

August 3rd, 2016

Hi Friends,

I was raised a Catholic. During Lent Catholics deny themselves some pleasure as a demonstration of sacrifice and devotion to our faith. Since I remarried, after 20 years of marriage to my first wife whom I do not speak to anymore, I am not officially a Catholic. Catholics are not allowed to remarry. Rules are rules.

However, I still practice Lent. I truly enjoy a cocktail or beer or wine most every day. But during Lent I give up alcohol of any type. During Lent it is no booze for me. I have been doing this most of my adult life.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. Every year on Ash Wednesday I visualize myself 10 pounds lighter by the end of Lent. I do this every year but every year I weight the same on Easter Sunday as I did on Ash Wednesday.

I explained this phenomenon to my nephew Andy. Andy, who knows a thing or two about alcohol told me, “Uncle Manzie, the reason you don’t loose any weight is because you are substituting something else for the alcohol.” Andy challenged me with “I bet you are eating sweets during Lent that you don’t normally eat. Sweets are a common substitute for alcohol.”

Under my breathe I angrily muttered, “I suppose ice cream counts as sweets?”

That’s the problem! I like ice cream as much as I like a daily cocktail or two.

One of my earliest memories is eating vanilla ice cream out of a paper cup with a flat wooden spoon. This took place before I ever ate popsicles, drumsticks, dreamsicles or ice cream sandwiches. Ice cream in a paper cup was safe. There was no concern or danger  of the ice cream melting too fast. Even if it melted it was still safely contained in the cup. Conversely, it takes a more mature and skilled person to consume ice cream in a cone or on a stick. Rapidity is required to avoid peril.

Today my superior dexterity and speed allows for the consumption of ice cream served in cones, cups, sandwiches and bars. And that is why I weight the same on Ash Wednesday as I do on Easter Sunday.

Let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your needs and budget. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie

New Address

June 30th, 2016

Hi Friends,

We have moved. Our new address is:

Radio Express
4043 Skyway Drive
Naples, FL 34112

Our phone and fax numbers and email address are still the same. No changes there.

Florida has 70 air parks. Air parks are gated communities that have their own runways. Residents use the streets as taxi ways and most of the homes have attached hangars. Our new address is in one of these air parks.

Jay’s hobby is aviation.  He loves flying and working on airplanes and most recently moved into Wing South Air Park, here in Naples. Wing South has a 4400 X 100 foot newly paved and lighted runway. We have had offices in our homes for years but now Radio Express is based in Jay’s home and hangar.

My hobby is driving Uber. I don’t have a hangar and locating Radio Express in the backseat of my car would be completely inappropriate.

Let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application and budget.

Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy….and fun.

Best Wishes,

Thanks For Your Service

March 29th, 2016

Hi Friends,

Grayson is the youngest of our four sons. Grayson turns 33 years old this week. He use to work here at 2 Way Radio Express but recently enlisted in the US Navy. He was craving more adventure and travel in his life. He is currently living in Pensacola, Florida and is studying to be an Air Traffic Controller. We could not be more proud of him.

My Joy Ann (aka The Princess) and I going to drive to Pensacola to visit with Grayson this week. We want to see him to celebrate his birthday and also be with him on Easter.

The highly organized Joy Ann has put out a suitcase for me. She has instructed me to put my favorite clothes in the suitcase. I’ll be honest with you…I do not have favorite underwear or socks. My underwear is all pretty much the same. I named my bicycle Trigger. I refer to one of my guitars as Pearl. My car’s name is Betty. Naming these inanimate objects is a way of demonstrating preference and familiarity. I do not have any way of ciphering one pair of underwear from another. I may just refer to the clothes I choose to bring on the trip as my spring collection.

Of course I will be bringing Grayson a batch of home made cookies. I have been a cook since I was a little kid. I do all the cooking at home.  Somebody has to prepare The Princess’ lunch. I didn’t venture into baking until later in life. Cooking and baking are two different things.

I began baking oatmeal cookies in 2010. I use only the finest ingredients. I bring the eggs and butter up to room temperature before I blend everything together. I use dark chocolate M&M’s instead of raisins. I carefully chop the walnuts into precise pieces.  There are a lot of tricks to baking. Everyone that tries my oatmeal cookies declares them to be World Class. Grayson will be getting a double batch to share with his colleagues. Thanks for your service seaman all.

Let’s us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application and budget. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy. Call us today at 239-601-1969.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Everyone Has A Lemon Story

January 15th, 2016

Hi Friends,

Like most everyone else in America I think I make the best chili. My recipe has two secret ingredients. The first secret is “Wick Fowler’s 2 Alarm Chili.”

When I lived in Kentucky, Wick Fowler’s sister lived in our neighborhood. There was a fancy horse farm across the highway from where we lived. The Queen of England bought horses from that farm. John Y Brown was governor of Kentucky then and he would loan his helicopter to the Queen when she visited. Wick Fowler’s sister used to delight in telling her friends that the Queen came by today when ever the Governor’s helicopter flew over.

In 1967, in the town of Terlingua, Texas, the first world chili cook off was held. It was here that Wick Fowler won and established the standard for world class, authentic Texas-style chili.

Wick Fowler’s 2 Alarm Chili is available at most grocery stores and contains 7 individual packets of spices. These spices plus fresh ground beef, chopped onions and canned tomatoes produce a powerful mixture. It is powerful but not complete until I add the 2nd secret ingredient: a can of premium beer. I like Yuengling Light so I dump most of a can of it into the mix. I usually save one swallow. Whether it is 8 AM or 5 PM I save that swallow for just a taste. That taste of beer (that I refer to as Chili Beer) is the best beer I have ever tasted. It is good to recognize and savor the things that make you happy.

I have a Fresh Market within walking distance from home. Fresh Market is an upscale fresh meat and produce market. A lot of the fruits and vegetables are organic and the beef is grass fed only. I suspect the eggs come from individually housed and union organized chickens.

I was at the check out counter yesterday. Among my other items were 6 lemons. The cashier examined each of the lemons and told me, “I use to buy my lemons at Walmart or wherever. I bought some lemons here the other day and I can’t believe the difference. You’d think all lemons are about the same. The lemons from here are juicier, more flavorful and have less seeds. And the difference in price is really small.”

It is good to recognize and savor the things that make you happy. Everyone has a lemon story.

Give us a call and let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application and budget. Don’t forget we also offer full powered, rechargeable stun guns for only $40 each including shipping. Happy New Year.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Stun Gun

January 4th, 2016

Hi Friends,

I have never owned a gun. I never had much interest in guns. I am not a hunter and I never wanted the responsibility of gun ownership. When I was in the Air Force there was some minimal training in the use of firearms but during my 4 years of military service my job did not require me to carry a weapon.

Everyone is not suited to gun ownership. The civic responsibility  of gun ownership includes licensing, maintaining a level of proficiency and a commitment to safe use and storage.

If the purpose of gun ownership is self defense you have to also be willing to accept the consequences of using a lethal weapon.

None of this is to say I am against gun ownership. I am fully in favor of gun ownership. I believe in our Second Amendment Rights. I believe our country would be a safer place if every sane adult carried a weapon. However gun ownership is not for me.

Today in the USA someone is physically attacked or robbed every 6 seconds. Personal protection is becoming a necessity of life.

My son Jay has three beautiful and talented daughters. These girls are still in school but they have active lives and after school jobs. It is not unusual for them to be out at night and alone. Jay bought and trained his daughters in the use of stun guns.

Do you know about stun guns?

Stun guns work on the principle of high voltage and low amperage. This means that a stun gun will temporarily disable an attacker but does not produced lasting damage. The recovery from a stun gun shock is usually 30 seconds to a few minutes (long enough to call for help or to flee). Usually after being shocked an attacker immediately loses any enthusiasm he previously had for staging attacks or robberies.

If you think a stun gun is right for you and your family or if you just want more information give us a call. We sell a compact, easy to use and affordable stun gun. Our rechargeable stun guns sell for $40 each including UPS shipping. Our stun gun looks like and operates like a high quality flashlight but has the additional feature of 1 million volts of stopping power. When the stun gun is activated it makes a very loud crackling sound that in itself dissuades would be assailants.

Call us today and we can help you determine if a stun gun is right for you.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R. Lawfer

Learning to Fly

December 16th, 2015

Hi Friends,

My father is 93 years old. He is in excellent health, has his own teeth, ties his own shoelaces, still drives and enjoys a gin and tonic before supper…even when he doesn’t eat supper.

My father was a crew chief on B24‘s during WWII and earned his pilot license shortly after the war. He has flown off and on for enjoyment for most of his life. However during the past 20 years he has flown very little.

Recently my father’s grandson (my son Jay) has gotten involved with aviation and earned his private pilot license. This has rekindled my father’s interest in aviation.

Did you know that once you earn your pilot’s license you are licensed forever? A pilot has to prove his current competency and good health but once a licensed pilot always a licensed pilot.

In order to be current Dad is required to take: a physical, a refresher course in ground school and a check ride with an instructor. Yesterday we went to the flight surgeon for Dad’s physical.

The doctor is 85 years old and seemed very suspicious of a 93 year old that wants to fly. The doctor has a little bit of a German accent and seemed reminiscent of a character that Mel Brooks might play in a movie.

The doctor asks my father why he wants to fly at such an advanced age. My Dad tells him he does not plan on ever flying solo but wants to fly as his grandson’s a co-pilot. My Dad says, “It is fun to fly. You don’t stop wanting to have a good time just because you get old. I’m 93 and I still want to do enjoyable things.” The doctor shakes his head a little  but accepts my Dad’s response and after the exam hands him a medical certificate stamped,  “Approved”.

Do you find time to do something enjoyable everyday?

Let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your budget and application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy….and enjoyable.

If I don’t talk to you before the end of the year I want to thank you for your business and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Beer

December 1st, 2015

Hi Friends,

Do you like “craft beer”? The earliest beer served in America was an English Ale. This kind of beer was thick and syrupy and had to be consumed within a day or so because it would spoil. The popularity of this drink was due to nothing else being available. It’s nick name “bitters” tells the whole story.

When the Germans began to migrate to America they brought the recipe for Lager style beer. Lager had a clean and refreshing taste compared to ale and as long as it was kept chilled it needed no preservative. The Germans make good stuff.

When lager was introduced production couldn’t keep up with consumption. Because of the need for refrigeration (lager was stored underground or in caves with big chunks of ice that has been harvested in the winter months) all lagers were local and every town had it’s own brewery or several breweries if it was any more than a village.

Early on beer was not considered an intoxicant. Whiskey was America’s favorite intoxicant. The average American was consuming 7 to 8 gallons of whiskey per year. Some drank whiskey for medicinal reasons and some drank whiskey because there were insufficient medicinals at the time. Either way 7 to 8 gallons is a lot of whiskey.

All beer whether ale or lager consists of a grain (usually barley or corn), hops, yeast and water. The type of hops and the type of yeast determines the finished product.

In recent years there is a great resurgence in the production of local (or craft) beers. These craft beers often contain an extra ingredient: pumpkin or raspberry or wheat for example. I don’t think that pumpkin or raspberries or wheat are great addition to beer. The beer isn’t better but the names are more amusing. The names Old Milwaukee, Budweiser and Lone Star are ok….but better names are Pumpkinator, Fermentation Without Representation and Punkuccino. Isn’t craft beer fun?

Let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your budget and application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Spin Recovery

November 5th, 2015

Hi Friends,

Jay is my son and works in our tech support department. He has always been adventuresome.

During this past year or so Jay earned his private pilot license. He also became a ground instructor. He has nearly completed his instrument rating, his instructor’s certification and his commercial license. Quite an accomplishment in a short time. I am very proud.

One last obstacle in his training is “spin recovery.” Years ago every pilot was taught spin recovery. Today only instructors take this training.

A spin occurs when an airplane stops flying (stalls). When the plane stops flying the nose drops and the plane corkscrews towards the ground. This is normally accompanied by stark terror and loud gasping for air. But not for a trained pilot.

The trained pilot knows to recover:
1. set power to idle
2. turn the yoke to neutral
3. full rudder in the opposite direction of the spin
4. elevator full forward to break the spin
5. wait for the plane to recover

There is no other way to recover from a spin. The things you need to do to recover from a spin are simple but they are not intuitive. In order to break the spin you need to follow the procedure. It is the only way to get the needed result.

Every business, school and government agency wants to increase safety, efficiency and productivity. Two way radios can help.

Using 2 way radios on the school car line makes loading and unloading students quicker and safer. Using 2 way radios to coordinate patient and staff movement in a busy dental or medical office improves efficiency. Using 2 way radios for immediate communications in any business boosts productivity.

Two way radios are more effective than cell phones for on site communications. Just push the button and talk.

No other technology costs less and does more to improve safety, efficiency and productivity.

Two way radios will work for you.

Let us help you find the best equipment for your budget and application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer