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 eradiostore.com soon.

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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.

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CP200d_frontThe newest radio to come along is the Motorola CP200d. It is part of the widely touted MOTOTRBO digital/analog line of radios. Trbo radios are a great transitional radio into the digital world. You can add them into your fleet as an analog radio to match your existing radios, and then one day when you are ready they can be upgraded or reprogrammed to be digital. Or even be digital or analog on a per channel basis. Much like the existing CP200 radio, the “d” model is available in either VHF or UHF and has 16 channels.

The CP200d is available from Motorola Channel Partners (a fancy way of saying authorized dealers) in two versions:
1. Analog only model, upgradeable later to digital (upgrade MSRP $83).
2. Digital/Analog model. Straight out of the box the radio has both features.

The advantages of digital are much like you would have experience when changing to a digital cellphone a few years ago, 40% longer battery life, clearer transmissions, and a small to moderate increase in range. Good news is the radio uses the same batteries and chargers as the standard CP200. Some audio accessories will be backwards compatible such as the PMMN4013 remote speaker mic. Many other audio accessories are available for the digital models. Watch for the digital symbol to be on the accessory to insure good functionality with the digital radio.

The analog model is priced pretty much the same as the standard longstanding CP200 radio. The digital version of the CP200d is $50 higher. Also new on the scene are the CM200d, CM300d, and XPR2500d mobiles.

At this time the standard CP200 you have known for several years is still available, and we continue to repair this model in our Radio Repair Center for a flat rate repair of $85.

Have a great 2014!
cl

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.

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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!
~cl

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…
~cl

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 www.eradiostore.com

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