Two-Way Radio Dealer Addresses Narrowbanding Rumors (2/14/12)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | Comments

A two-way radio dealer said the FCC’s VHF and UHF narrowbanding mandate has spurred the rumor that all radios currently in operation will suddenly become defunct at the deadline. This rumor, however, is simply not true, said Discount Two-Way Radio CEO Ben Burns.

In a press statement, Burns said two-way radio operators and owners need to ignore these tricks designed to drive radio sales.

"What's going on is highway robbery," Burns said. "We're hearing horror stories every day from new customers who are being scared or coerced into buying something they don't need or can't really afford, so we're on a mission to set the record straight. Many vendors and providers in our industry have deliberately confused, misled or resorted to bullying cash-strapped customers who critically depend on two-way radios."

Burns said police and fire departments, power and energy companies, hotels, resorts, casinos and many other businesses that rely on two-way radios are unnecessarily purchasing or planning to buy entirely new, extremely expensive digital two-way radio systems. "They don't have a clue that the only thing that's likely required for the narrowband compliance is a simple reprogramming of the two-way radios they currently use," he said.

Discount Two-Way Radio has launched a campaign to alert its clients, customers and potential buyers about the FCC mandate. The company is offering a complimentary reprogramming service that will bring most radios into compliance.

"Most of the radios we've been selling are either already compliant or just need to be reprogrammed for the upcoming change in standards," Burns said.

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