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What radios should replace MCS and MT

Postby cfdeng3 » Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:16 pm

Can anyone offer advice on what we should replace our old radios with?

MCS2000
MT2000
HT1000

The above radios we have probably 500 of total.

We are getting CDMs and HT1250's but have been told we should look at XTS portables. Any help

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Postby kmoose » Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:58 pm

If they are conventional VHF/UHF, and you have to replace 500, I would look into these:

http://www.relm.com/sections/relm_unide ... 000web.pdf

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Postby Wes » Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:24 pm

If it were me, I would replace them with Kenwood product and you will be able to purchase 1000 of them for the price you paid for them Motorolas....
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Re: What radios should replace MCS and MT

Postby wavetar » Tue Mar 29, 2005 3:45 pm

cfdeng3 wrote:Can anyone offer advice on what we should replace our old radios with?

MCS2000
MT2000
HT1000

The above radios we have probably 500 of total.

We are getting CDMs and HT1250's but have been told we should look at XTS portables. Any help


I will assume since you're asking here that you're gonna stick with Motorola for the replacements. I can understand looking at replacing Jedi stuff, as they are being phased out, but I wonder why you're replacing the MCS2000 mobiles, as it's still a current product offering.

What line of work are these radios being used in? Will trunking and/or digital ever be a future possibility? How about encryption?

The CDM & HT series are fine radios & very feature rich. The mobiles especially you will likely be very satisfied with, performance-wise. My & others experience with the HT shows their field TX/RX performance doesn't match up to the Jedi, but is more comparable to the GP300 style of radio (the older units suffered even more, but the newer ones are true to this). This isn't BAD, but it's just not as good.

If you want a portable with comparable field performance to the Jedi series, then the XTS series is what's offered by Motorola. If you get the basic "Model I" with basic conventional & no digital capability, the price really isn't all that bad. I believe you'd have to look at the XTS2500/5000, as the XTS3000 as of very recently is no longer offered in VHF/UHF.

I guess you'd want to look at price comparisons before you make any final decisions on what you're getting.

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XTS1500

Postby craig » Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:24 am

Todd,

What about the XTS1500 for a HT1000 replacement?

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Re: XTS1500

Postby wavetar » Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:54 pm

craig wrote:Todd,

What about the XTS1500 for a HT1000 replacement?


I could be wrong, but I believe the XTS1500 is currently only available in the 700/800 band, although VHF/UHF is slated for future release. Also, I think it's a 'trunking only' unit, although I'm not positive on that.

I did forget about the MT1500 though. That's a definite 48-channel conventional capable radio for VHF/UHF/800MHz. Looks just like the XTS1500, but is analog only.

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Mt1500

Postby craig » Thu Mar 31, 2005 6:57 pm

The MT1500 may have been what I was thinking of. I was thinking of an analog 48 channel radio in VHF.

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Postby jim » Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:35 pm

Mobiles: CDM1550
Portables: CDM1250

or go for the Kenwood 80 or 90 series.



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Postby Cam » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:22 pm

That CDM1250 is going to make one hell of a portable don't you think Jim. :P

I hope you arn't think of replacing your radios just for the hell of it. I know it sounds dumb but I've seen it before. The radios you have are good radios. I can understand wanting to find a new portable as the Jedi is being killed off though. They is nothing really wrong with the HT750/HT1250/HT1550 radios IMO but not everyone thinks so. On the other hand I'd take a Kenwood x90 (190/290/390) over the /\/\ I think. I'd even go down to the 80's. The 70's are fine but I think the Moto opation becames better at that point.

Something like the Vertex VX-600 or VX-900 might be something to look at as well though I don't have much hands on time with them.

I don't like most ICOMs because I can't get over the mic being at the bottom. The only ICOM I own at this time is the IC-M1V.

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Postby alex » Fri Apr 01, 2005 6:25 am

The waris portables are a poor consideration when it comes to replacing the jedi redios IMHO.

I would look at the MT1500 - sounds like a decent radio.

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