Mototrbo SL300 99 ch model

Mototrbo SL300 99 Channel Model features Yellow trim

Forget the old brick shaped radios. Motorola has recently introduced the SL300 portable radio. Available in either UHF or VHF band splits, your choice of 2 or 99 channel models. This is a new digital/analog radio in the Mototrbo line of radios. It is ultra-slim being less than an inch thick, 4.95″H x 2.17″W x 0.87″D.  In a modern twist this radio features a shatterproof Active View display with LEDs which shine through the housing to give the user radio information. Motorola describes it this way: “Designed for easy and intuitive use, the SL300 has a side volume control, dedicated power button, prominent push-to-talk button, and top toggle channel switch to enable quick one-hand access. Channel “fast toggle” allows users to scroll through 10 channels at a time.” We think this cleverly designed radio is destined to be widely popular amount radio users who are looking for a small, discrete, lightweight radio which can be stowed in a pocket or purse. Watch for it to be available at soon.



special requests…

16 Apr, 2014

Custom BPR40Recently we had a request from a great customer in Washington. Angela had seen a red BPR40 radio we had customized for her food warehouse employer. She asked if we could do one in another color for her. The answer was “Yes”.  Our radio service center is able to take a basic black new radio and transform it to another color. What you see pictured here is Angela’s new radio. We think the BPR40 looks pretty spiffy in Blue!

Some businesses choose to do this for radios which have a specific purpose or use. It makes the radio quickly recognizable, and alleviates workers from misplacing radios intended for a special purpose. One of our clients has red radios for emergencies in their forklift battery changing area. It is quickly spotted if a radio is taken from the area. Some land surveyors have brightly colored radios to help them find the radios if dropped while surveying.  Customized colors are only available for some radio models. Call or email us if you want more information about costs and lead times.

Antenna ID Bands shown in colors available.

Antenna ID Bands shown in colors available.

Another helpful item to differentiate radio work groups are Antenna ID Bands which are available 10-packs. This is an inexpensive, quick and easy way to identify where a radio belongs. These bands are available in a variety of colors and can be easily placed on your existing radio antenna.


CP200Hardworking, durable, tough, will take a drop, these are all phrases we hear when people are talking about the CP200. It is the best choice in the mid-tier of Motorola radios. It is an all around construction grade radio. It is the replacement radio for the SP50, P110 and P1225 radios in the former Radius Division, now Commerial Series for Motorola. It durable 40-hour a week working radio, has a full two year factory warranty, and comes equipped with both a long-life Li-Ion Battery and a Fast Rate Desktop Charger. All the month of February this model is $20 off. PLUS, if you get 6 radios Motorola is offer a $185 rebate.

Flat rate radio repair is available for the CP200 after it is out of warranty for $85. Includes parts, labor and return shipping.


Occasionally radios arrive at our repair facility with some unique modifications. These two CP100 UHF radios arrived together from one of our very favorite nursery companies. They were just so special we thought we’d take a picture or two and blog about them.

The first radio is a classic example of a radio with poor transmit and receive, caused inadvertently by the user. Both the microphone hole and the speaker grill are covered by duct tape. We can see the reason for the duct tape engineering, the carryholder was broken, and the user wanted the radio to stay in the carryholder. However, in doing so, they blocked the transmit and receive of the radio. Radio lesson: Be watchful when applying tape or stickers to the front of a radio. You might be covering up something you will need.

The second one had lost its antenna covering and the user had fashioned a Sharpie pen cartridge to cover the coil. Now while this might be all the rage in the Sharpie fashion world, it is a very temporary fix for the problem. This radio would begin to lose range due to the coil being exposed to the outside elements. Little by little the coil would oxidize and/or corrode, until the radio’s transmit and receive would be shortened dramatically. So if you need to do this for a day or two, great, but then follow it up by getting the radio to the repair center and a new antenna installed.

Have a great day!

Two-way radios remain the most reliable and economic way for those in business and public safety to communicate.  Pressing the push-to-talk button is instantaneous communication with one or many. Unlike cellular service which is often spotty, service outages, or dropped calls, the simple two-way radio is consistent and is there when you need to communicate.

A two-way business radio’s life expectancy is typically last 5-15 years. Radios can take the punishment of a 40-hour work week. Unlike cellphones which have a short 2 year life expectancy, and lack durability. Specifically when comparing a two-way radio being used in a business and a cellphone. Radios will tolerate more dust, dirt, humidity, moisture, and vibration. Business and commercial radios are expected to work in the rough and tumble world of business and public safety.

Repairability: Nearly all models of two-way Motorola radios are repairable, and have replacement rechargeable battery packs available. This can keep the radio functioning well into the future. We often see well loved radios here at the repair center, in for a tune up, when they are 15-20 years old. Could you imagine still having your smartphone in 15-20 years. The iPhone was not designed to have a replaceable battery pack, however, if you know a very tech savvy person, you might get it accomplished.

When you have employees using cellphones, you create an environment for them to make personal calls, play games, surf the internet. If the same employee is using a two-way radio, you greatly reduce the likelihood of these undesired communications. The two-way radio and the cellphone both have their place in communication. Radios = serious business, cellphones = personal communication/internet/entertainment. Both have their place where they can shine and work for the benefit of the user.

More later…

Rain In The Savings!

1 May, 2012

rainHappy May!

Your friends here at Delmmar are excited. If your radios need some more  family members, this is the time to bring them home.  Here are a few radios available:

  • CP110: up to 20% louder than most models
  • BPR40: best basic radio
  • CP200: is durable and reliable, also construction grade
  • CM300: is your vehicle mobile solution
  • DTR650: is license free 900 MHz, not UHF or VHF

You can call, send an email, or visit us at

Don’t forget we have  flat rate radio repair with a 5-7 work day turnaround.

Many businesses are now in their busiest season, while others are gearing up for their Summer, 2-way radios are getting heavy use. Now is a good time to assess what you have. Check radios, batteries, chargers, etc.

Do you have radios that are in need of battery replacement or maintenance? A quick check of the battery and charging system can save many headaches done the road. You probably don’t need reminded, but something as simple as cleaning your battery contacts with a pencil eraser can improve your chargers’ efficiency.

Swapping a known-good battery into a troubled radio can let you know if you have a battery or charging problem. Another piece of advice is to check your battery date codes.  The life expectancy of a NiCd battery is 18-24 months, NiMH and Li-Ion are around 14-18 months. If you have good charging habits and treat your battery well, you may get up to 3 years. At the end of the battery’s life you will start to experience problems with the radio such as static, short business day, no or intermittent transmit. If you use an old battery long enough, it will eventually begin to harm the radio, resulting in a need for repair. Simply replacing an old battery would be nearly 1/2 the cost of a radio repair. Our advice… don’t ignore battery dates.

Chargers take their share of punishment. It is wise to assess your chargers when you are check your batteries. Look in the charger cup, do you see dirt and debris? If so, clean it out with a soft damp cloth, followed by gently cleaning the charge contacts with a pencil eraser. Check your wall transformer, they are known to burnout much a like a light bulb. When replacing charger transformers keep in mind they are not mix-n-match, you must use the appropriate transformer for the charging tray. Replacement chargers and individual components are usually available for most models. If in question, give us a call, 800-872-2627.

Ever think your radios’ range is getting poorer? Check your antenna. If you can see copper coils when you bend the antenna, or if the top cap is missing, you need to replace the antenna. Use the correct antenna for the radio. The original antenna which came with the radio was designed to work with the radio. Swapping antennas can cause range problems, or result in the need for repair. Some model radios have stubby antennas available, keep in mind these can reduce your range by up to 2/3s. If most of your work is nearby, they may be a good option. However, if you do a lot of work at the edge of your full range, stay away from stubby antennas.

In the event, none of these tips seem to allievate your radio issues, your radio may be in need of repair. You can find the current flat rate repair fees listed at our website

Happy Spring, hope you have a prosperous season. – cl

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