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Loudness verses Volume

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

“Loudness” is a subjective term that describes your ear’s perception of a sound. On the other hand, “Volume” is an objective term that describes the amount of air that is being effected by sound. For example, if someone snapped their fingers close to your ear it would seem loud. However you would not be able to hear this sound in the next room. This is loudness not volume.

Volume is demonstrated in a movie theater when Leo DiCaprio whispers “I love you,” in Kate Winslet’s ear. The whisper is not loud but it fills the entire theater (it moves a large volume of air). Here we have lots of volume but very little loudness.

Earpieces fit around the ear like eyeglasses fit around your ear and have a small microphone that clips to your collar. Some earpieces actually fit in the ear canal. These 2 way radio accessories provide loudness. The sound coming through the earpiece is greater than other sounds in the area. There is very little volume. No one else in the area can hear the sound. Loudness in an earpiece is used to over come volume in a specific area. People that work in a noisy factory use earpieces with their 2 way radios because the earpiece overcomes the volume of sound in the factory.

A shoulder style speaker mic produces volume. The shoulder style speaker mic (like the police use) is attached to an epaulet or shirt collar close to the users ear. The speaker mic moves a column of air directed to the user’s ear. The more air it moves the less it needs to be loud.

One of the considerations in choosing an earpiece or speaker mic is to determine if you are trying to overcome loudness or volume.

We can help you find the best 2 way radio audio accessories for your application. Give us a call at 239-601-1969. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie  R Lawfer

Free Trial

Friday, August 12th, 2011

We offer a free 7 day trial. Schools, businesses and government agencies can try our radios at their location risk free for 7 days.

The free trial is usually not to compare radios but instead is to try 2 way radios. Most of the organizations that take us up on our free trial offer have never used 2 way radios or have never used commercial grade 2 way radios.

The most frequent comparison is between cell phones and 2 way radios. Cell phone are great if you need to talk further than just a mile or two. But for on premise communications nothing is easier to more efficient than 2 way radios.

We sent a pair of radios to a hotel in Iowa a few days ago. When I called the manager to see how the trial was progressing the desk clerk took my call. The manager was out and the clerk ask me to leave a message. As soon as I announced I was from the 2 way radio company the clerk had to tell me, “These radios are terrific. I push the button and can talk all over our property. This is so much easier than using a cell phone. We have area on the property that cell phones can’t reach but these radios reach everywhere. I’m saving an hour a day just by not having to chase people down. I’m telling our manager to buy a radio for everyone that works here.”

This story plays out over and over as people learn the ease and effectiveness of 2 way radios. If you haven’t already may be you should try 2 way radios at your location.

Give us a call. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,
Manzie R Lawfer

Take a grasshopper to school.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The Grasshopper is a truly revolutionary radio. The Grasshopper is a one watt light duty radio that lets you talk or text. These radios also have a vibrate feature to alert the user of an incoming text message. Silent messaging is the best.

The Grasshopper is digital and uses stealth military technology that has been adapted for commercial use. No license is require to use this radio.

The Grasshopper is a fabulous radio for schools, churches and other applications where maximum distance and durability are not required.

The Grasshopper costs only $79 each and comes with a rechargeable battery and charger. The Grasshopper has unlimited channel selection and let’s you call everyone at the same time or just one person at a time. You can also send group or individual texts.

We warranty the Grasshopper for 1 full year. Additionally we offer a 100% credit if you decide to trade in your Grasshopper radios on any commercial grade radio we sell.

If your school needs 2 way radios consider our special School Lease Program. Your school can lease to own Grasshopper radios for only $10 per radio for 9 months. At the end of the school year the radios are paid in full. The lease application only takes a minute to complete and we can get your Grasshopper radios to you before school starts.

Learn more about the Grasshopper at 2wayradioexpress/Grasshopper.

Give us a call at 239-601-1969. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Limited Time Free Accessories Offer

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Two way radio accessories extend the life of your equipment, let you talk further, help you hear better, provide more privacy and help you be more productive and efficient.

Our shoulder style speaker mics (like the police use) are durable and ideal for use in loud in environments. Earpiece and lapel mics are comfortable enough to wear all day and provide privacy and great sound quality.

Extra batteries extend the daily duty cycle on radios and provide a back up in emergency situations.

Our 2 way radio accessories are durable and easy to use and for a limited time are free with the purchase of a new radio. When you buy any new radio from us we will include your choice of an audio accessory or battery at no additional charge.

Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Doing business with us is easy

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Marlin Business Services is a nationwide provider of commercial equipment financing focused on small and medium sized businesses. Since 1997 more than 250,000 businesses have used Marlin’s services.

Marlin specializes in equipment leasing. We use Marlin as our lease partner. For example you need $5000 worth of radio equipment at your business. Instead of tying up your cash you can lease the 2 way radio equipment with a monthly payment of $185 per month for 36 months with $1 purchase option at the end of the lease. It is better than financing because in most cases you can deduct the whole lease payment. Marlin offers leases starting at $1000 of equipment.

Marlin has a lease calculator on their website. If you know the price of the 2 way radio equipment you need you can visit their website and calculate your payment. This is the link to their website: MarlinLeasing.

Two way radios increase safety, boost efficiency and improve productivity. Two way radios don’t cost, they pay for themselves. Leasing is an easy way to gain all the benefits of 2 way radios without having to come up with the cash today.

Let me know how we can help. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Are you a wide bander?

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Every channel of a two way radio operates on a specific frequency. In order to prevent one channel from spilling over and interfering with another channel, radios have traditionally been made with a 25 kHz frequency spread between channels. More recently modern manufacturing techniques have allowed radios to be built with a 12.5 kHz spread. The old 25 kHz spread is called wide band. The newer 12.5 spread is called narrow band.

Narrow banding allows for twice as many channels without interference. Starting in about a year the FCC has mandated that radios will not be allowed to operate on wide band.

Most radios that have been built in the past 15 years have the ability to be programmed in either wide or narrow banding.

A customer sent us a radio this week. The customer is a school out in California. They are buying new radios from us but want their existing radios to work with their new radios. So they sent us one of their existing radios so we could copy the frequencies.

Once we scanned their frequencies we discovered they are using wide band. Their old radio has the capability for narrow banding but the change must be programmed into the radio.

As part of our service we asked the customer to send all their radios to us for reprogramming to narrow banding. It’s a school so they immediately asked, “How much is this going to cost?”

“It is free!” we told them. “We do not charge our customers for programming or re-programming.”

Yippee! Free radio programming. Another reason to do business with 2 Way Radio Express. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

A fellow in Alaska is using radios

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

I spoke with a fellow from Alaska last week. He was using dinky little 2 way radios he bought at a sporting goods store. This fellow pays his workers about $50 an hour. (This is because everything in Alaska is expensive. In Alaska a six pack of beer or a loaf of bread cost ten bucks and a tomato sandwich requires monthly payments.)

My Alaskan friend said his workers are spread out over several acres. It is not easy to keep everyone focused on the most important tasks. Being able to successful use radios is a critical element in his management. It does not take long for effective commercial grade 2 way radios to pay for themselves when your workers are making $50 per hour.

Two way radios don’t cost money…they save money! Two way radios increase safety, boost efficiency and improve productivity.

Here’s an idea: if you want to put the power of 2 way radios to work for you today but you can’t afford to pay for the equipment today consider leasing.

Leasing allows your business to spread the cost of equipment over 1, 2, 3 or 4 years. There may be some tax benefits and typically you will own the equipment at the end of the lease.

Give us a call If you’d like to learn more about how leasing can help you. Doing business with 2 way radio express is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Where’s Joe

Friday, May 6th, 2011

How much time do you spend just trying to find the people you work with? How many times a day do you say, “Where’s Joe? Where’s Pete? Where’s Jennifer?” Trying to track down the people you work with is a time waster.

Not only does it waste your time but it wastes the time of the people you are trying to track down (because without your communication and direction they aren’t up to speed).

Two way radios let you talk to every one on your staff instantly. Push the button and immediately talk to everyone or just one of your staff members. Two way radios save time and steps and make you and the people you work with more efficient.

That’s why we say 2 way radios don’t cost money they save money.

If you are not using 2 way radios give us a call and let us arrange a free trial. You can try our commercial grade radios at your location for 7 days. Give us a call and let us help you start saving money today.

If you are using 2 way radios…bless your heart. WE LOVE YOU!

Two way radios increase safety, improve efficiency and boost productivity. Doing business with us is easy. Give us a call.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Pattison’s Family Skate Center

Monday, April 18th, 2011

At 2 Way Radio Express we get to meet other business people everyday. I thought you might enjoy hearing about some of them. We might make this the first episode in a continuing series.

It  was early December of 1979. Eleven people are killed during a stampede for seats before The Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio. The premiere for Star Trek: The Motion Picture is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all oil imports into the USA from Iran. Mike Pattison and his wife Kay are watching the finishing touches being completed on their new skating rink in Federal Way, Washington. Federal Way is situated just off Interstate Highway 5 between Seattle and Tacoma.

The skating rink is being built with help from Mike’s dad and a million dollar variable rate loan from the bank. A small sign by the curb announces “Pattison’s West Family Skate Center Coming Soon.” Mike’s brother, Larry is also a partner in the new business. It is  Wednesday and without a formal grand opening the brothers decide to turn on the lights and quietly open the new rink. Six hundred paying customers show up on the first night. The next friday night 1000 people show up to skate.

Mike knew the rink was going to be a success. He had been in the skating rink business since age 11 when he began working for his Dad. Mike remembers, “Climbing up the shelves to reach the skates because I wasn’t tall enough to reach the top. It’s hard to believe but I was driving a bus when I was 16. We had a 60 passenger bus and I’d pick up about 120 kids and drive them to our rink. This was in snow and all kinds of weather. Today they’d throw you in jail if you let a 16 year drive a bus. I never crashed. I spun out once. I was playing around in the snow and the next thing I knew the back of the bus was coming around. Luckily I didn’t hit anything.”

Mike’s dad and Mike’s grandpa and Mike’s sister were all in the skating rink business. Mike‘s grandpa started the family tradition with a skating rink and other amusements in Redondo, Washington right on Puget Sound. His grandpa had a carousel that is still on display. Rumor tells the story that generation before, a teen-aged Dwight D. Eisenhower sanded and prepared the carousel for its decorative painting. Mike’s grandpa always made a good living.

Mike says the skating business is simple, “Be on time and be nice to the customers.” Mike has taught these principles for over 30 years to the young people that have worked at his rink. “Working at a skating rink is a terrific job for a high school kid.”

“We have a terrific facility,” Mike says. “Our rink is solid maple hardwood. The boards are curved so you are always skating with the grain of the wood. It is too expensive to build a rink that way today but it is the best. Our rink is considered to be one of the best in the country.”

There was another skating rink a few miles away from Pattison’s West Family Skate Center that had closed just 2 years before Mike opened his rink. “I never thought we wouldn’t make it. It’s the only thing I know how to do.  My family always had a successful rink. I know how to operate a skating rink,” Mike said. “A few years after we opened the interest rate on our loan jumped to 16%. One percent increase was equal to about $1000 per month. My wife and my brother’s wife had to cut back and not take a  paycheck. It was really our only hard time.”

Mike learned how to run the business from his Dad. Mike remembers, “Every time the rink was open my Dad would be there and that’s the way it is for me today. He was a hard worker. In the summer my Dad cut the grass around the building with a sickle. It was very strenuous work. Dad worried that some kid would throw a cigarette into the weeds and burn down the building. I’d ask him, why don’t you just hire somebody? He’d tell me, If you hire somebody to do all your work you won’t have any money. Dad drove Cadillacs and Lincolns. My Dad was tough on me when I worked for him. I used to get fired during the week almost every week. Then the weekend would come and he needed me to drive the bus and he’d hire me back. He taught me if you put a lot of hours in you’ll make a good living.”

A few years ago Mike bought his brother’s share of the business. He had to borrow nearly a million dollars again but this time it is on a proven business that is worth much more than the loan.

Mike’s son, Darin now works full time for him. Mike says, “It is a little tough to work with your own son. I think I’m a little hard on him sometimes. I guess like it was working for my Dad. We don’t take any days off. I always have the phone from the rink forwarded to my cell phone. I’m just about ready to turn it over to my son. I guess I don’t want to let go. I still mow my own yard.”

Mike says, “I like cars. I have a couple porsches. But my real hobby is speed skating. My Dad speed skated in the 1930’s. People would come down from Canada to race Dad at my grandpa’s rink. They would put on big shows where there would be dancing and speed skating and they had skits. It was really big back in the 1930 and 1940’s but you don’t see that any more. However the speed skating part is bigger than ever. We have been very active and successful in training speed skaters at our rink.”

“I been getting emails,” Mike continues. “I’ve gotten letters and emails from the kids that worked for us when we first opened. We’ve been here 30 years. These employees say how much fun it was working for us when they were growing up and how you couldn’t ask for a job that was more fun.  They got to work with their friends and meet lots of girls. It was their first job and they thank me for teaching them how to work and the importance of being on time. They thank me for teaching them that they are there to help the customer, without the customer they wouldn’t have a job. I feel good about that. They find me on Facebook. The skating rink business is a great business. Where else can you take your wife and kids to your job?”

Best Wishes,


Cell phones vs 2 Way Radios

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Cell phones and 2 way radios are quite different. Cell phones are the best choice when you are communicating over extended distances (anything over a couple of miles is an extended distance).

Two way radios are the best choice when you are communicating over a limited distance (like a mile or two). Two way radios work better on campus, at the hotel, in the hospital or clinic or at the plant. Two way radios provide instant communication with just one person or a group of people. Two way radios get your message out quicker and don’t use up your cellphone minutes. Heck 2 way radios don’t even have minutes. Two way radios provide unlimited talk time and the batteries last mucho longer that cell phone batteries.

You’re not suppose to drop your cell phone or your 2 way radio but if you do; you’ll discover that 2 way radios are much more durable and in some cases are even waterproof.

If you are currently using cell phones in areas that might be better served with 2 way radios give us a call. We will help you determine the best equipment for you application. We will even send you a pair of radios to try for free.

Give us a call. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer