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

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