Motorola Entry-Tier Commercial Portfolio Expands With Select Vertex Models
Motorola Solutions will retire the Vertex Standard brand this month. The digital eVerge EVX-261, EVX-S24, analog VX-260 series, VX-450 series, VX-2100, and VX-2200 will be rebranded with the Motorola logo. The eVerge DMR EVX-261 and EVX-S24 are compatible with all Motorola MOTOTRBO digital radios. The last day we can place new orders for Vertex branded equipment is 12/31/17.
Vertex Standard Product Cancellations
The following Vertex eVerge and P25 products and associated accessories will end production at the end of this month,.
Portable Radios: EVX-531/534/539, VX-820, VX-P820, VX-920, and VX-P920
Motorola Will Continue Support and Depot Warranty Repairs
Warranty repairs will be honored by Motorola and support is planned for another 5 years. The programming software will remain the same. If your Vertex radio or accessory has been cancelled, contact our office and we can recommend a replacement.
Some work teams and group leaders carry their own 2-way radio for internal communications but need to carry a second portable for interoperability. Our universal double shoulder holster is compatible with all 2-way radios including Motorola, Vertex Standard, Kenwood, Harris, HYT, Icom, EFJ, and others.
The USH-300D can be worn inside or outside jackets and is seat-belt friendly. Law enforcement can use it for covert and undercover surveillance. It includes 2 rear pouches and an antenna keeper too. It is constructed with lightweight ballistic nylon.
The shoulder holster is also available with a single radio pouch for left or right-handed users. The USH-300L has the radio located on your left side for right-handed users. Choose the USH-300R if you prefer to hold your radio in your left hand.
Visit this link for more unique, hard-to-find two-way radio carrying solutions including chest packs, belt packs, deployment cases, etc. We also carry the full line of Boston Leather accessories for firefighters, ems personnel, and law enforcement.
Due to component obsolescence challenges, Vertex Standard is announcing a 60 day cancellation notification of the below list of legacy products. The last order date is June 30, 2017. The radios will carry the standard Vertex Standard 3 year warranty policy. After July 3rd, there will be a 7% price increase for any excess inventory at Vertex.
Motorola Solutions and their wholly-owned subsidiary, Vertex Standard informed us a new software ERP upgrade will halt order processing, depot repairs, and shipments beginning April 7th.
Expect shipments to slowly ramp up starting the afternoon of Tuesday, April 18th. The planned upgrade has been in process for the past 2 years.
Shutdown Affects Radios, Parts, Accessories, and Repairs
Anything that has not shipped by the evening of April 6th will be affected. Motorola and Vertex will not be able to process any new orders until 4/18/17. We are taking steps to stock additional inventory but with 3,000+ products it will be difficult.
Vertex Standard announced a new low cost DMR digital radio earlier this year with a display, Micro-USB charger, and 12 hour battery life. The UHF 403-470 MHz model in a black case has been released this month. The yellow case will start shipping in Q4.
Meets IP67 Submersible Rating With Analog/Digital Modes
In addition to the 8-character alphanumeric display, the IP67 EVX-S24 is built to withstand 30 minutes under 3 feet of water. Up to 256 analog and digital channels can be programmed in the radio simultaneously.
The radio transmits 3 watts in digital mode and 2 watts in analog. It is compatible with any brand analog radio and other DMR digital radios.
The radio uses the FNB-V142LI 2300 mAh “cell phone” size battery making it one of the lightest radios at 7.6 oz. The radio is smaller with dimensions of 3.58 x 2.17 x 1.24 inches.
The EVX-S24 uses a 3.5mm threaded audio connector and new belt clip that are different from other Vertex radios. The programming software is new too and requires a CB000262A01 Micro USB cable. Our first impressions are this radio is feature rich at an entry-level price point. Schools, hotels, and now construction companies can migrate to a digital display radio for their on-site communications for under $300 per radio.
The standard EVX-S24 radio package includes the radio, battery, MicroUSB charger and cradle, stubby antenna, belt clip, and 3 year radio warranty.
New Low Cost DMR Digital Radio for Hotels and Retail
Vertex Standard started shipping their new EVX-261 DMR digital hand-held radio this week. The radio has 16 channels and can be programmed with analog and digital modes within the 403-470 MHz UHF R1 band. VHF and UHF R2 band is due to ship next quarter.
The radio uses the same universal batteries, chargers, and accessories as the analog-only VX-260 series and the eVerge EVX-530 models. The EVX-261 uses the DMR Tier 2 Standard with TDMA protocol. It supports 2 simultaneous communications paths on a single frequency in digital mode.
Battery life is 9 hours and up to 15 hours when using digital with the optional high-capacity FNB-134LI-UNI. If you are using the radio with a legacy analog system we recommend the better battery. A 700mw speaker provides good clarity and output in noisy environments. Like other Vertex Standard radios, there is a 3 year depot warranty.
We recommend the EVX-261 for a business considering or using FRS/GMRS Talkabout style radios. You will find the audio, range, and battery life superior. Our EVX-261 Six Pack Special with multi-unit charger and neck straps is perfect for most starter systems. The 3 year warranty will protect your investment significantly longer.
JPS Interoperability Solutions has a long history of mission critical radio communications connectivity. The JPS ACU-M interoperability gateway console is an excellent tool to quickly improve in-building coverage for first responders. It is compatible with the JPS ACU-1000 and the ACU-T.
The JPS ACU-M provides interconnection with up to four different 2-way radios, optional 2 VoIP channels, and a local operator handset. Plug-in cables are available for virtually every 2-way radio, satellite, and cell phone in use. The ACU-M can be networked and managed remotely using a computer with the included graphical user interface software.
Set up ACU-M as a Portable Repeater for Communications in Basements
The JPS ACU-M can be installed in a first-arriving command vehicle or waterproof carry case. Below grade basements that prevent RF penetration can be improved using long radio interface cables connected with the ACU-M gateway repeater. By attaching a portable radio to the end of a very long radio interface cable, the radio can be lowered into a tunnel or RF-blocked structure to provide a means of routing the signal in and out of the structure.
Use WiFi Network with ACU-M for Long Distance Radio Interoperability
Using the ACU-M’s VoIP’s option, a radio can be connected using WiFi or an ethernet bridge and a NXU-2A radio interface. The JPS NXU-2A is a device that converts VoIP/RoIP into audio signals compatible with the remote radio. It uses the same plug-in radio-specific cable as the ACU-M.
ACU-M Easy to Deploy – Simple User Interface
The ACU-M is pre-programmed with factory optimized settings for most radio models and manufacturers. Just connect up to four radios with the proper cables and you will be operational in minutes. Touch controls and indicator lights make it easy to patch nets quickly. Remote control software is included too and can be installed on a connected laptop if you prefer.
6/1/16 Update: Raytheon closed the JPS division on 1/29/16 after many years of providing interoperbility solutions. In April, the assets were purchased by Don Scott, one of the original founders of JPS. Key staff and support personnel returned and operations are returning to normal.
One of the new mobile radio accessories that got our attention at IWCE this year was a magnetic palm microphone holder. It replaces the standard clip used by Motorola, Vertex Standard, Harris, Kenwood, Icom, and others. The powerful magnet pulls the palm microphone toward the base and supports scan, DPL, tone coded squelch, etc.
The MMSU-1 Magnetic Mic Holder from Innovative Products in Knoxville, TN comes individually boxed. Everything you need is in the box including stainless steel screws, stainless lock nuts, grounding screw, instructions, and hex wrench.
Perfect for Public Safety Personnel and Public Works Drivers
Police, fire, and ems drivers will keep their eyes on the road responding to emergencies. All fleet owners will benefit from decreased driver distraction and improved safety. The magnetic mic holder is a nice addition for the Astron integrated base station power supplies too.
1/2/2018 Update – The VX-261 and VX-264 are now available as a Motorola Solutions branded product. All specifications and warranties remain the same.
New VX-261, VX-264 Offer Many Improvements to Analog Portfolio
For users that only need low cost analog 2-way radio communications, Vertex Standard now offers the VX-260 series. The radios were designed with improvements to replace the VX-230 and VX-350 platforms that will end production at the end of June.
The radio is 40% louder, has more signalling options, and includes additional safety features. Universal batteries/chargers and the same microphone connector makes it easy to reuse audio accessories. Programming software and cloning cable are the same too.
You won’t be able to clone your frequencies from older non-identical radios or upgrade to digital. As with all Vertex Standard models there is a 3 year depot warranty.
Last Day to Order Vertex VX-231, VX-351, VX-354 is 6/26/15
The chart below identifies the Vertex Standard radio models that will end production. For those who need a VX-231, VX-351, or VX-354 to keep their fleet identical, it is recommended to place your orders prior to 6/26/15.
Vertex Standard Introduces EVX-530 Series IS Models at IWCE 2015
If you have been waiting for a low cost intrinsically-safe digital DMR radio that is certified for use in Class I, II, III, Division 1; Groups C,D,E,F,G; Temp T3C hazardous locations, Vertex Standard has the solution. New EVX-530 IS models are now available in VHF or UHF with analog and DMR Digital Tier 2 TDMA.
The new models including the EVX-539 with display and full keypad are priced under $500.