Archive for September, 2012

2 Way Radio Texting

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Hi Friends,

I am a child of the 50’s and 60’s. I had a long childhood. Typing was a course offering at my high school. Mrs. Francis taught the touch method of typing. A passing grade was attained only by typing about 30 words a minute without looking at the typewriter keys (the keypad is the modern equivalent to typewriter keys).

The touch method was based on the notion that each of your ten fingers is responsible for their specific part of the alphabet. For example, the finger best known as the little pinky of your left hand is totally responsible for all the Q, A and Z’s used in words. As you may surmise Mrs. Francis was a stickler for procedure and was not the kind of professional interested in my loosey-goosey casual approach to typing.

Mrs. Francis would have no place in today’s totally reckless two thumb style of keypading to family and friends. I am sure she would even scoff at the term “texting.”

Two thumb texting is what most everyone in the modern world is doing. Texting is a terrific way to communicate. It lets people stay in conversation with several people simultaneously and continues a discussion throughout the day.

I was resistant at first but my always modern wife (Joy Ann) encouraged me sighting the efficiency of texting. I was less than successful at first. My fingers were too big. (I had never noticed the extraordinary size of my fingers before attempting to text.) Once I made a few adjustments I took too texting like a duck takes to water.

Texting is the wave of the future. But not so much with two way radios. While digital radio manufacturers tout “talk-text-track” the reality is either too expensive, too cumbersome or too limiting (100 – 200 characters). It really takes a compelling need to text in order to justify the additional expense. On the bright side the issue is more of a marketing limitation or decision rather than a technological limitation. I suspect a creative radio manufacturer will make an offering soon.

In the meantime let us help you find the best 2 way radio equipment for your application. Give us a call at 239-601-1969 today. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Waterproof Verses Water Resistant 2 Way Radios

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Hi Friends,

Metaphorically electronic equipment and water have never mixed well. The problem resides in the conductive nature of water and the need for electronic components to be isolated. Because water conducts (or connects) all the components become connected instead of isolated and then, kaboom! Sparks begin to fly.

Military Specifications and Intrusion Protection Standards designate that a piece of equipment is able to endure and continue to operate under specific conditions. The standards and testing range from being able to endure high humidity to full submersion.

The tests also designate time. For example a radio that can withstand 1 meter submersion for 30 minutes has a different rating than a radio that can withstand submersion for longer periods or at a greater depth.

If your use of a 2 way radio is likely to involve complete submersion (even for a few seconds) then water resistant is not sufficient for your application. If your use of a 2 way radio is likely to be around spraying water or rainy conditions, water resistant should be adequate.

The cost for a commercial grade full powered radio that meet the criteria for full submersion is over $600. Six hundred dollars seems like a lot of money until you reach in the pond and pull out your perfectly operating 2 way radio. After one or two of these incidents the $600 seems well spent.

A less expensive alternative is using a water resistant radio equipped with a speaker mic. The speaker mic allows the user to leave the radio on his belt and operate just the speaker mic. By not taking the radio on and off his belt there is less danger of dropping the radio into water. The seal between the audio port and speaker mic plug is typically greater than the audio port cover alone.

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

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

No Rollover Minutes on 2 Way Radios

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Hi Friends,

Do you remember S&H Green Stamps? Green stamps were given out at grocery stores,  gas stations and retailers all over the country. Green stamps could be redeemed for fabulous prizes. (Not really.) Business owners offered the stamps as an encouragement for folks to continue shopping with them. Double stamp days were big events at many stores.

The Green Stamp Catalog featured pictures of televisions and clock radios, bicycles, go carts, automobiles and all sorts of wonderful prizes. In reality I doubt if anyone ever saved enough stamps to get anything more than an electric razor or flashlight.

Green Stamps weren’t a scam but they built your belief on false hope. Towards the end of the Green Stamp era some churches, communities and neighbors were pooling their stamps in hopes of salvaging something. Even still Greens Stamps went the way of Raleigh Cigarette coupons.

The modern version of Green Stamps are roll over minutes offered by the cell phone companies.

Our office uses iPhones with service through AT&T. Jay takes care of our accounting  but he showed me the most recent bill with 16,000 roll over minutes. “Doesn’t 16,000 seem like a  lot of roll over minutes?” he asked me. “I wonder if we can use these minutes to pay for our current bill?”

Jay calls AT&T and learns we have accrued the roll over minutes because we don’t use all the minutes we are paying for. We paid for them. We just didn’t use them. Jay asks if we can apply the minutes towards the current or future bills. They reply, “No.”

Jay retorts, “We paid for them but we can’t use them? How about if we reduce our plan and then use them to make up any difference if we go over?”

They reply, “No. You can’t carry minutes forward to a new plan.”

Jay tells them, “It seems like they are your roll over minutes not our roll over minutes.”

Jay has always been clever with words but the folks at AT&T were unmoved.

Roll over minutes that you can’t use are worse than Green Stamps that you can’t redeem. Fortunately there is no limit to using 2 way radios. There are no minutes or roll over minutes. Let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

2 Way Radios Prove Evolution

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Hi Friends,

First let me say that this is not about the Darwinian theory and man morphing from monkeys type of evolution. While that is an interested subject (and by the way I can prove conclusively that man is God’s creation) this is about the evolution of 2 way radios.

Nearly 10 years ago when I got involved in the two way radio business a full powered (4 watt UHF) radio cost around $500. This $500 radio had a 1100 milli amp nickel cadmium battery with a duty cycle of 8 to 10 hours. The life expectancy on the battery was maybe a year or two. These radios were durable but they were also heavy. Typically these radios weighed a hefty 14 to 16 ounces. They could withstand shock and vibration but were no where near as water resistance as today’s radios. Radio manufacturers did not start using the IP scale to declare water resistance until much more recently.

Most of the older radios used crystals to determine the radio’s transmit and receive frequencies. Crystals were permanent. If you want to change the frequency you had to change the crystals. Today, silicon chip technology let’s radio users control frequency and frequency changes with software and a cable between a computer and the radio.

Ten years ago most 2 way radios had 2 or 4 or maybe 8 channels. Today most commercial grade radios have 16 programmable channels and some specialized radios have 128 to 512 channels.

Today’s radios have advanced signaling that can open or close a switch, send a text message, provide emergency alert, announce a man down or a thousand other tasks.

Today’s radios are more water resistant, have more optional accessories, batteries with longer duty cycles and life expectancy, weigh less, have better warranties and cost about one third less.

Today’s radios have dramatically evolved over the last 10 years. Radio evolution is taking place constantly and consistently.

Let us help you find the best radio equipment. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Two Way Radios for Horses and Dogs

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Hi Friends,

2 Way Radio Express is an internet business. Our office is in Naples, Florida but have customers in all 50 states.

Our office is in a building complex that is occupied by physicians, dentists, lawyers, a yoga studio and one upscale European cuisine restaurant. All these professionals and their patrons are well dresses and present themselves in the finest most refined manner. Not so much us. Our dress code includes tee shirts, shorts and flip flops. We enjoy a casual business model. We seldom meet face to face with our customers or the general public. Some might describe us as the thorns among the roses at our office complex.

We spend most of day sending emails and on the telephone talking to our customers. Because we have excellent internet presence the phone is ringing all the time. Our customers and prospect are a diverse group. We never know who will be calling until we answer the phone.

Our typical prospects are calling for school 2 way radios, business and retail store 2 way radios and government agencies looking for 2 way radio equipment.

We enjoy talking to everyone that calls but we especially like talking to those that have a unique problem they are trying to solve with 2 way radios.

About a year ago a fellow called looking for 2 way radios for his dog training business. I asked if he was going to equip the office staff and the trainers with radios. He said, “No.” he wanted to put a radio in his dog’s harness so he could issue commands from a distance. This guy was serious and I didn’t ask about his dog’s ability to push the talk button on the radio. He bought radios and his plan worked flawlessly. Two way radios for dogs. Hooray!

We also have several customers that use 2 way radios in their equine operations. They don’t issue horse instructions but they do use the radios to keep trail riders in touch with instructors. Two way radios for horses. Hooray!

Give us a call at 239-601-1969 and let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your business. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Back To The Future 2 Way Radios

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Hi Friends,

We recently discovered Jay’s friend Greta had only seen “Back to The Future Part 1.” Can you imagine at this late date having only experienced the first episode of one of the greatest trilogies of all times? In a way it is a fabulous thing. It is this sort thing that makes it worth going back in time.

Think about going back in time to experience your first bicycle ride without training wheels, first ice cream cone, first time you drove a car alone, first pork rind and so on.

Of course Jay has the full trilogy on DVD with director comments, behind the scene photos and never before seen footage.

Greta wasn’t as excited as we were because she didn’t know what she didn’t know. I guess you could say this adventure was akin to the anticipation of a new Star Wars or Harry Potter movie. Except we weren’t waiting for a movie we were anticipating Greta’s reaction to the movie.

Every one has their favorite scene. My favorite scene is when Marty is incognito back in Hill Dale and is calling Doc on a hand held 2 way radio. Marty looks comedic in a fedora hat, sunglasses and leather jacket. I am not sure of the specific model 2 way radio but I am delighted to see him using a radio.

Grayson reports in a later scene Marty has beefed up his 2 way radio performance by adding a larger battery pack. I don’t recall the scene but I do endorse performance enhancing battery packs.

Jay loves air cooled VW’s. He is particularly fond of VW buses. Needless to say his favorite scene is when the terrorist arrival at the Twin Pines Mall in a blue VW bay  window bus.

We are waiting for Greta to fully digest the enormity of her experience before we ask for a report on her favorite scene. We will keep you posted.

In the meantime if you need help in finding the right two way radios for your mission just give us a call at 1-239-601-1969. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Cell Phones vs. 2 Way Radios

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Hi Friends,

Why would any one use a 2 way radio instead of a cell phone? Cell phones have obvious advantages and we use our cell phones everyday. But in the right circumstances 2 way radios are far superior to cell phones.

Two way radios are easier to use. Push a button and start talking. There is no need to dial a number or scroll through a list of contacts. You can immediately reach everyone with two way radios. Cell phones require a separate number to call each person individually. In an emergency having to call everyone individually is completely inappropriate.

Two way radios are more durable. A commercial grade two way radio meets or exceeds military specifications guarantying that it won’t fall apart the first time it gets dropped or banged into something on a construction site. Two way radios are more water resistant too.

Two way radios (intrinsically safe versions) can be used in highly flammable or explosive areas with out fear of sparking.

Two way radios are loud. In a noise environment 2 way radios can be heard above the noise. Two way radios can also be equipped with speaker mics and other audio accessories to make hearing easier.

Have you ever noticed how people have to go outside the mall or grocery store to make or receive a cell phone call? Two way radios provide better reception in hard to reach areas of your buildings or property.

There is no monthly fee to use a 2 way radio.

Two way radios are easy to use, durable, are effective in all locations and cost less to operate.

Let us help you find the best two way radios for your application. Call us today at 239-601-1969. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

2 Way Radio Etiquette

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Hi Friends,

I am not Miss Manners however I do promote good 2 way radio etiquette. Two way radios  are simplex devices. Simplex is the protocol of “You speak, I listen. I speak you listen.” This is as opposed to duplex where we both speak and listen nearly simultaneously (think telephone or in person communication).

Early on in radio time, radio users would announce “Roger” or “Over” or “Over and Out”. “Roger” meant I understand what you just said or I hear you and you can go on talking. “Over” was announced after the user spoke to indicate completion of a thought and now it’s your turn to speak. “Over and Out” meant not only am I finished speaking but I am also finished with this conversation.

Modern radios have programmable features like opening and trailing beeps. Opening beep is a sound the radio makes at the beginning of a broadcast to indicate someone has opened their radio and is about to speak.

A trailing beep is a sound the radio makes at the end of a broadcast to indicate someone has released their push to talk button.

These opening and closing beeps replace the need for the use of roger, over, over and out and all the other radio vernacular of the past.

So you can pretty much forget about learning any special language in order to meet or exceed the etiquette requirements for modern 2 way radio. Instead remember the lesson that Howard Stern taught to public broadcasters and that is “no potty mouth”. Also do not hog the airwaves. As long as you have your push to talk button pushed in no one else can talk. Take a breath and let go of the button.

Using two way radios at you business, school or government agency will increase safety, boost efficiency and improve productivity. Let 2 Way Radio Express help you find the best equipment for you application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

2 Way Radio Free Trial

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Hi Friends,

Our customers are schools, businesses and government agencies. Many of these folks come to us with either no experience in using two way radios or they have used radios but their experience was no good.

Our customers that had bad prior experiences with 2 way radios tell us, “the radios didn’t broadcast far enough.” Or, “the sound was so bad we couldn’t understand each other.” Or, “all we could hear we construction workers in our area and their language was terrible.”

Our customers that had no prior experiences also reported they never nothing about 2 way radios and were not sure what to even look for when shopping.

We know that every location is unique. Power lines, buildings and electronic equipment are just a few of the factors that effect 2 way radio performance.

Our customers tell us that our 7 day “free trial” is very helpful in choosing the right 2 way radio equipment.  By taking advantage of our free 7 day 2 way radio trial you’ll know how well our equipment works before you spend a dime.

The 7 day free trial also helps our customers choose the right features and accessories for their application. The trial answers the question of which frequency is best, how much power do I need, how many channels are right for our business and will the radios perform to our expectations.

Our free 7 day two way radio trial is available to businesses, schools and government agencies operating in the USA. Give us a call now at 239-601-1969 and we will email or fax our short “Free Trial Form” for you to complete and return. We usually ship your trial radios no later than the next business day. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Two Way Radios are Wheat Free

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Hi Friends,

I do not drink soda pop very often. I am probably good for about 2 cans of soda a year. I seldom visit New York City so Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on big sodas will have no effect on me. It won’t make me healthier and it won’t curb my soda consumption. It won’t even offend my sensitivity to government intervention. Out of site. Out of mind.

A few years ago I became convinced that high fructose corn syrup was the cause of my  weight gain. High fructose corn syrup is an added ingredient in everything from cereal to canned beans. High fructose corn syrup is used to sweeten things that don’t need to be sweetened. Did you know that bread is sweetened?

In a bold and broad gestured to prove a point, I declared that I would bake my own bread and that I would not use high fructose corn syrup or for that matter any sweetener.

Most interesting about baking bread is the simplicity. Bread is flour, yeast and water. Maybe a little salt or just a pinch of sugar or honey to feed the yeast. Loafs of bread are like snowflakes. So simple yet no 2 loafs are the same. (I may have been spending too much time thinking about bread.)

I didn’t lose an ounce. In fact I gained weight. Looking back I think the problem was the quantity of bread I was consuming rather than the content of high fructose corn syrup. When we were buy bread with high fructose corn syrup a loaf would last a week to 10 days. When I was baking my own bread a loaf seldom lasted 2 days. Home baked bread is the bomb! I don’t bake bread any more and I’ve lost a few pounds. Out of site. Out of mind.

Coffee, farm raised fish, genetically engineered vegetables, beer and bunch of other stuff has been deemed a culprit and then a hero and then a culprit and so on.

I just want to take this opportunity to say that 2 way radios are wheat free and do not contain any high fructose corn syrup. Two way radios will improve your financial and physical well being by improving safety, boosting efficiency and increasing productivity.

Give us a call and let us help you enjoy the benefits of 2 way radios. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer