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F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

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F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby sjxts3000 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:17 pm

Have had the APX6500 (VHF) in the truck for quite a while. Just added an XPR5550e UHF with HHCH conversion kit.
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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby wd9cms » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:25 pm

Looks great, I like the O2 control head on the APX6500. What is the antenna setup on the truck?

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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby sjxts3000 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:29 pm

When I installed the APX three years ago, I wasn't ready to drill holes in the roof of a relatively new truck (personal vehicle), so I opted for a magnet mount. I haven't had any issues with it since then and have had no complained of my Tx audio over the past three years, so I went with another magnet mount for the XPR. Standard Moto magnet mounts with Moto mobile antennas.

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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby wd9cms » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:05 pm

Thanks for the antenna info! How do you like the HHCH on the XPR? Are you using the speaker in the HHCH with the radio or do or have an external speaker as well?
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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby sjxts3000 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:18 pm

The HHCH is great! The internal speaker in it is more than plenty loud and the conversion kit was very easy to install.

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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby motorola_otaku » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:59 pm

sjxts3000 wrote:When I installed the APX three years ago, I wasn't ready to drill holes in the roof of a relatively new truck (personal vehicle), so I opted for a magnet mount. I haven't had any issues with it since then and have had no complained of my Tx audio over the past three years, so I went with another magnet mount for the XPR. Standard Moto magnet mounts with Moto mobile antennas.

You're going to have issues over the long run with rain water collecting under the magnet and trashing the paint, so one way or another your roof isn't going to stay pristine.

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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby sjxts3000 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:06 pm

We had a 7-year-drought-busting record rainfall last season. Truck is 100% parked outdoors. I check it (and clean it regularly). No issues so far after 3 years. I'm not worried.

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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby sjxts3000 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:30 pm

Picked up a Gamber-Johnson bracket for the XPR5550e HHCH. Got tired of the head rattling around in the cup holder or side storage slot. Looks fairly decent next to the O2 head.
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Re: F250 - APX6500 & XPR5550e

Postby wd9cms » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:35 pm

Looks good!!! I am sure its easier to look at the display info on the HHCH ...
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