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Portable Handheld Radios...What dos your department use?

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  • Portable Handheld Radios...What dos your department use?

    The department that I work for has been told that parts will no longer be made for repairs to our radios, what do you use?

  • #2
    1. DO NOT BELIEVE A SALESMAN. Many times they either are reacting to a notice sent out that "as of a certain date, we will no longer be making parts". Never mind the warehouse is full of parts.

    2. There also is a big aftermarket for parts - 3D printers are even used for things like knobs.

    3. Often the life of radios can be extended through purchasing on Ebay. I know of a number of customers that purchased GTX 800 MHZ radios for a long time after they were discontinued, simply because there was a ready supply, and they were used to them, had chargers and other accessories for them.

    4. Asking here about radios will get you 2084085 replies, most based on personal feelings. Some may have issues with things that others never have an issue with. Dealers play a HUGE part in what radio will work for you, with their support.

    5. Type of system also plays into this. Digital? What flavor digital? DMR, NXDN, IDAS, P25 phase 1, P25 phase 2, Astro non P25, Tetra, TRBO, etc. No one manufacturer has a lock on any of those formats. Analog? Do you want a display? Intrinsic? Waterproof? Lots of accessories through multiple vendors? Broadband capability? Bluetooth? Trunking? Band, VHF, VHF low, UHF, 700/800, 900?

    6. Finally, what radios are you using now?


    • #3
      What he said above... but here is what I have now.

      Full time - Motorola HT250LS UHF Analog. Old reliable. It just works, but the speaker/mic fails when it gets wet. I have to keep the mic buried under my turnouts and take time to pull it out when I need to communicate with someone outside. Once it dries it works again.

      Vol - Tait TP9300 800mhz digital. We've been on it over a year and I still hate the system. The handheld itself seems ok, though, and it has been waterproof for me so far. I don't have a speaker/mic for it.

      Our Vol system uses the Tait mobiles and handhelds for all apparatus and officers. The system is still bridged to the old VHF system and non-officers still still carry Kenwood VHF radios but I can't recall the model. They function but if you are standing next to a couple of whispering pines you can't hear it even at full volume. Also, if you have one of the digital 800's and an analog VHF near each other, you will get about a 3 second delay between them as the signal passes through the bridge.


      • #4
        So the system is the issue and not the Tait radios? Who provided the system? I really like Tait equipment, but I have some ins at the North American HQ if you need them.


        • #5
          As far as my personal radio, it's been fine. We have issues such as the towers and central system going down and having to be reset, transmissions being put in the que when nobody is talking, and the ever present issues with having a gateway between analog and digital and having both types on scene. I'd rather not mention the company that put it in, but they are based in a larger city not too far from our county.


          • #6
            Motorola is great for "end of life" dates for everything they make. They "force" customers into buying over priced garbage because they're afraid of not being able to support their equipment.

            A good radio service shop will help a customer find ways to keep legacy equipment going. We run Motorola XTS portables (they were overkill bought by another chief using grant money), but we have them and I have no plans to spend an absurd amount of money on APX or or high end stuff. Even though Motorola won't support the radio, I'm still able to find parts, get displays repaired, etc. Plus I'll buy used ones as I find them cheap to keep some spares.
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