Archive for March, 2014

The 2 Way Radio Walking Dead Zone

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Hi Friends,

Do you live near a tunnel? I use to live in Louisville, Kentucky and drove through the Cherokee Park Tunnel everyday on the way to work. Tunnels are cool but don’t try to listen to the radio while you are in the tunnel. No signal! AM or FM no signal. Fortunately the Cherokee Park Tunnel isn’t very long so unless traffic stops while you are in the tunnel you will only miss a few beats of a song.

Dead zones like the Cherokee Park tunnel or any area where radio signals are block due to obstacles or obstructions can be a problem. Basements are a typical radio dead zone. Hospitals have dead zones where specialized equipment or lead lined walls prevent radio signal penetration. Caves, mines and valleys are also radio dead zones.

Do you have dead zones in your 2 way radio environment? Here are two solutions that can help. The first solution is inexpensive and can be very effective. A passive antenna acts as a conduit for radio signals. A passive antenna is actually two antennas connected by a coaxial cable. One antenna is mounted in the area where there is no signal. The other antenna is mounted at the closest place where there is a signal (usually just a few feet away). This works great when there is a single room or a specific area that is not receiving radio signals.

The second solution is a low wattage repeater. Low wattage repeaters act as a booster for radio signals. One side of the repeater receives the weak signal and the other side rebroadcast the signal at a greater strength. A radiating cable can be connected to the repeater in order to “radiate signal” along a path. For example a radiating cable can be used in an underground mine to provide 2 way radio coverage in areas that would normally be dead zones.

Passive antennas typically cost about $200. Repeaters start at $1200.

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

Best Wishes,


13 Reasons

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Hi Friends,

It is tax season in the USA. People are filing their taxes and either getting a little money back or having to send more money to Washington, DC.

I hope you are but I am never one of those people who gets money back. It seems I always have to pay more.

H&R Block is a very popular tax preparation company that operates over 11,000 retail tax offices in the USA. Henry W. Bloch and his brother Richard Bloch founded the company in 1955. I guess they thought there was magic in spelling their name B-L-O-C-K instead of the original B-L-O-C-H spelling.

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s H&R Block had television advertisements featuring Henry Block. Henry was shown behind a desk sharing the 13 reasons to use H&R Block to prepare your taxes. I don’t remember any of the reasons but I do remember there were 13. Each advertisement featured a different one of the 13 reasons. As time marched on and the filing deadline got closer the reasons for using H& Block didn’t become any more or less compelling. The fundamental need to file before the deadline was the driver and the 13 reasons were justifications for choosing H&R Block.

I use H&R Block. My kids use H&R Block. My Dad uses H&R Block. Some years I have filed using online tax preparation services and some years I have used software that I picked up at Office Depot to prepare my tax forms but I prefer to meet mano-a-mano with a H&R Block trained preparer.

We have been selling 2 way radios for several years. We could put together a list of 13 reasons why you should buy 2 way radios from us. Heck I can think of hundreds of reasons why we would like you to buy 2 way radios from us.

More important is the reason for using 2 way radios at your school or business. The list of specific reasons to use 2 way radios could fill pages. But the compelling and fundamental reasons for using 2 way radio are:

2 way radios increase safety
2 way radios boost efficiency
2 way radios improve productivity

Give us a call and we will help you find the best 2 way radios for your application and budget. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,