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.
No Shipments From April 7-18th Due to ERP Upgrade
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.
EVX-S24 Audio Accessories Require 3.5mm Threaded Plug
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.
Download Vertex Standard EVX-S24 Data Sheet .pdf
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.
Download Spec_Sheet,_EVX-261 .pdf
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.
There is also a discounted MMBP-25 bulk pack for fleet upgrades.
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.
Connect Up to 30 Locations Without Repeaters
Vertex Standard introduced a low cost IP gateway to extend DMR digital 2-way radio coverage using your existing LAN or an internet connection. The EVX-Link interfaces with a EVX-5300 or EVX-5400 digital radio.
The connected radio can be programmed as a base or control station for use with a repeater. You can also connect locations that don’t use the same frequency band. A branch office that uses VHF 2-way EVX-531 portables can have radio-to-radio communications with a remote location using UHF EVX-539 radios.
EVX-Link supports most digital features including group call, all call, private call, PTT ID, call alert, emergency calls, remote monitor, and text messaging. Analog communications is not supported through EVX-Link and the connected radio’s microphone and display are not functional.
Improve Mobile Worker Productivity While Increasing Employee Safety
The EVX-Link is an easy way to connect all schools in a district, add remote campus locations, or increase plant interoperability. It provides seamless wireless radio communications across all branch offices using your existing LAN. Mobile workers will now have instant voice communications capability across the county, state, or world.
Adding EVX-Link to your current digital DMR system is easy. Call us for a quote at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or use the form below.
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.
Download the Vertex Standard EVX-530 Data Sheet
All Vertex EVX-530, 5300, and 5400 Series Have Texting Capability
Digital DMR eVerge radios have text message capability for discreet communications and reducing voice traffic. Texting can improve efficiency on a busy channel and provides an acknowledgement the message was received.
The non-display EVX-531 and numeric display EVX-5300 are limited to 3 “send-only” pre-programmed messages. The full display models can store up to 24 predefined 32-character messages. SMS text messages can be sent to individual radios or groups with the press of a single button. Sending texts to a cell phone is not possible.
Steps to Send and Receive Pre-Programmed Messages
- Press assigned button for TEXT MSG mode, INBOX appears
- Scroll menu with A/B keys, select SEL MSG, press D for OK
- Scroll with A/B keys for message, press D key for OK
- Select SEND, press D key for OK
Receiving A Text Message
- Press assigned button for TEXT MSG mode, INBOX appears
- Most recent text message is displayed
- To view sender, select TEXT MSG mode button
- Delete by selecting TEXT MSB button again, select Y, D or save by pressing C button
Vertex eVerge Texting Instructional Video
For additional info about texting, download Vertex Text Messaging Fact Sheet