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I Really Like My Job

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Hi Friend,

I really like my job. Everyday I get to talk to people from all over the country. I talk to school administrators, business owners and managers and government employees.

The people I talk to are trying to solve communication issues but these issues are really about safety, efficiency and productivity.

Our little family business is independent from any single manufacturer. We are not just a Motorola or Kenwood or ICOM shop. We are dealers and resellers of most every brand of 2 way radio equipment.

When we make a recommendation we are recommending the product we feel will best solve our customers problem. We are not making a recommendation to satisfy a sales quota or to make some sales manager happy.

Being independent and getting to talk to old and new friends everyday…what could be better. I really like my job.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

How Much Do 2 Way Radios Cost?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Hi Friend,

Two way radios are a great convenience. Push the button and talk. Two way radios save time and steps. Instead of walking all over to find someone just push the button and talk. Two way radios improve efficiency and productivity.

The best part is how little commercial grade radios cost. Typically a good quality 2 way radio sells for about $300. This includes radio, battery, charger and belt clip.

Our customers tell us that their 2 way radio saves about an hour a day in walking around time. Everyday they use their 2 way radio they get about one more hour of work done.

Even at just $10 an hour you can see that a radio would pay for itself in just 30 hours. Considering 1 hour a day for 5 days a week, a two way radio would pay for itself in just 6 weeks.

Two way radios don’t cost money, they save money. Give us a call and let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Automatic External Defibrillator

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Hi Friends,

Defibrillators save hundreds of lives every year. Golf courses, schools, public buildings and factories have used on site Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to save the lives of patrons, employees, students and other workers.

We do not sell Defibrillators but we do sell replacement and spare batteries for these devices. We warranty our defibrillator batteries for a shelf life of 5 years or for 2 years  from the date of installation into an AED.

It really makes sense to have a spare defibrillator battery on the shelf right next to your defibrillator.

Let us know the brand and model AED you have at your location and we can provide the all the details on the appropriate replacement battery.

Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Going On A Cruise?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Hi Friends,
Straight Talk iWalkie is a push to talk (PTT) software application for iPhone, Blackberry and Androids. Straight Talk iWalkie let’s you use your smart phone like a 2 way radio.

There are several advantages to using the iWalkie app instead of making an actual phone call. Because it is PTT, iWalkie communications tend to be quicker and more to the point. This is ideal for on going business talk in a retail, office or school environment. iWalkie uses less costly data time not talk minutes. iWalkie is immediate. You don’t need to dial a number or wait while the phone rings. You can talk to just one person or everyone in a group.

Unlike Nextel, Straight Talk lets AT&T customers use PTT to talk to Verizon users and Sprint users talk to T-mobile customers. There are no in network requirements and there are no device limitations. Blackberries talk to iPhones or even computers. You can download Straight Talk on your child’s tablet and talk to them from your Android.

Family or friends that are traveling or living overseas can use iWalkie. The iWalkie signal is data any can be used from a wifi area for free. Using iWalkie on a cruise ship doesn’t incur a roaming fee and is the best way to call home.

Straight Talk iWalkie PTT is the most economical way to communicate across town or internationally to other Straight Talk iWalkie users. Straight Talk iWalkie is available as a $4.99 download from itunes.

Click on the link to sign up for Straight Talk or give us a call to learn more. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Save the 2 Way Radio

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Hi Friends,

Commercial grade two way radios are built to meet or exceed Military Specification. This means a typical day in the life of a two way radio can include getting dropped, shaken, vibrated, heated to over 100 degrees and cooled below minus 30. In spite of these rigors the radio will survive.

Commercial grade two way radios are tough. They are built to take a beating and continue to perform.

Something a radio can not survive. Being dropped from more than just a few feet can kill a radio. Too much water or moisture kills radios. Getting run over by equipment has destroyed more than one radio. And the most heartbreaking death for a radio is abandonment. Thousand of radios are simply lost on the work site every year.

Fortunately man invented the speaker mic. Speaker mics plug into the audio port on the side of a radio and are clipped to a lapel, shirt pocket or collar. Because the radio user talks and listens through the speaker mic there is no need to remove the radio from the user’s belt or waist band.

When speaker mics are used nearly all the dangers a radio might become victim to are removed. This is particularly true of abandonment.

We would like to encourage the use of speaker mics. When you purchase new commercial grade radios from 2 Way Radio Express we will include speaker mics at half price. Speaker mics sell for $55 to $125 each but for a limited time they are half price when you purchase new radios.

Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

How Far Do Two Way Radios Broadcast?

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Hi Friends,

The distance two way radios broadcast is determined by radio power (measured in watts), antenna height and environmental factors.

Generally speaking more wattage means more distance. Hand held two-way radios have between 1 – 5 watts. Mobile radios, the kind you might find in a fleet of delivery trucks, broadcast between 25 -100 watts.

A general rule is to expect a 1 watt radio on flat land to provide about 1 mile of coverage. Doubling the power increases the range by about a third. A 2 watt radio on flat land provides about 1.3 miles of coverage. A four watt radio broadcasts about 2 miles.

The need for power is negated by the height of the broadcasting antenna. It does not take much power if there is little between the sending and receiving radios. For example the radios that the astronauts used on the moon to successfully talk to earth had less than 1 watt. This is because there is nothing between the moon and earth to block the signal. In effect the height of the Moon acted as an antenna.

The third factor in determining distance is the broadcast environment. If a radio signal is blocked by buildings, electrical interference, trees or mountains the signal will not reach the receiving radio.

A combination of power and antenna height solve most of these problems.

You may have seen radios at a discount store or the local sporting goods store advertising radios with talk distances of 10 miles or 12 miles or 18 miles. This is purely bogus. If bogus sounds too harsh to you, just ask the seller to demonstrate the advertised coverage. He will not be able to do it.

Give us a call to help you determine the best 2 way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Get The 2 Way Radio Equipment You Need Today

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hi Friend,

Leasing is a great way to get the 2 way radio equipment you need today when you don’t have the budget today. Leasing is an easy way of financing 2 way radio equipment over a few months or several years.

Our leasing partner is Marlin Leasing. Marlin specializes in 2 way radio equipment leasing. Usually Marlin can take the lease application over the phone and approves the lease within a few hours. Most schools, businesses and government agencies are eligible.

The lease rate is low and our customers own the equipment at the end of lease with a $1 buy out provision. Radios can be leased for 12, 24 or 36 months. Our commercial grade radios come with a full 4 year warranty. Even the batteries are guaranteed for 4 years. So your radio equipment is under the warranty the whole time you are making lease payments.

Leasing is an alternative to buying one or two radios per month until you have all the radios you need. Instead leasing lets you have all the radios you need today and you pay over a period of time.

Straight Talk long distance radio equipment can also financed through leasing.

Give us a call and we will give you all the details on the Marlin Lease program. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

More Straight Talk

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Hi Friend,

When you talk in person (or on the phone) with someone; you and the other person can both talk at the same time. This is called full duplex communication.

Push to Talk (PTT) is half duplex communication. Think walkie talkie or 2 way radio. You talk and the other person listens. Then the other person talks and you listen. Half duplex is a very efficient way to communicate. A regular phone calls requires dialing a number, a phone ringing, someone answering and the caller identifying themselves all before the actual subject of the call is announced.

PTT phone conversation starts with the subject of the call being announced. For example imagine you operate several greenhouses with workers scattered around the property. Each worker is carrying a PTT equipped cellphone. You need more potting soil in front of greenhouse #6. You simply push the button and announce “more potting soil in front of #6.” Someone responses, “I am on the way boss.”

Oh, by the way distance is not a factor. Because this technology combines PTT and cell phones, this system works anywhere cell phones work. One greenhouse can be in Ohio and the other in California.

We call this system “Straight Talk.” It is not only efficient, it is inexpensive. Straight Talk can be added to any Smart Phone, Tablet, PC or even 2 way radio system. Straight Talk can also be used between different phones and carriers. So some of your workers can be using iPhones on ATT while others are using Blackberries or Androids on Verizon.

Straight Talk cost only $5 per month per user and can connect just 2 people or 100’s of people at the same time.

To learn more about Straight Talk give us a call. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Grasshopper Manual

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Hi Friend,

The Grasshopper 2 way radio is a consumer grade radio that’s loaded with features. The Grasshopper talks and texts. You can clone multiple Grasshoppers instead of having to program each radio individually. Grasshopper can be used in a Voice Activated Mode (VOX). You can talk to just one other Grasshopper user or to all of the users in your group at the same time. In order to help Grasshopper users take advantage of all the features we have posted the Grasshopper Instruction Manual on our website. Click here and go directly to the  Grasshopper Manual.

You’ll find the manual on the bottom of the page. And you’ll find doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Straight Talk

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Hi Friend,

Two way radios improve safety, boost efficiency and increase productivity. Unfortunately 2 way radios have a limited broadcast area and can only talk to other 2 way radios….until now.

Introducing Straight Talk! Straight Talk connects any two or more broadcast areas and let’s you use your cell phone to talk to 2 way radios…from anywhere in the world!

For example you have a concrete lawn ornament business. Your lawn ornament factory is on the west side of town. Your retail store that sells the lawn ornaments is on the east side of town. Both locations use 2 way radios however the factory can’t talk to the retail store because of the distance. Straight Talk can connect your two locations. Actually your facilities can be across town or across the country. Straight Talk can connect any 2 way radio or group of radios to another 2 way radio anywhere in the world.

Here’s another example of Straight Talk. Suppose you are the General Manager of a big hotel in Las Vegas. All of your housekeeping and maintenance staff carry two way radios. When you are on site you also carry a 2 way radio but when you leave the hotel you can no longer communicate with your key people. Straight Talk can connect your personal cell phone with the 2 way radios back at the hotel. From anywhere your cell phone works you can talk to the 2 way radios at the hotel.

Straight Talk lets similar (any 2 way radio anywhere) talk to other similar devices (any other 2 way radio anywhere else). Straight Talk lets dissimilar devices talk to each other (cell phones can talk to 2 way radios, 2 way radios can talk to iPads, cell phones can talk to computers, the list is pretty much unlimited).

Straight Talk is a software and hardware solution that lets similar and dis-similar devices talk to each other near and far.

Straight Talk is ideal for schools, businesses and government agencies. Straight Talk is also very affordable. (Typical costs are as little as $1499 per location.) To learn more about Straight Talk give us a call. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer