Vertex Introduces VX-260 Series To Replace VX-231, VX-351/354

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

VX-261, VX-264 VHF and UHF Analog RadiosFor 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.

VX-231 VX-351, VX-354 Models Last order date 6/26/15

Low Cost Intrinsically-Safe Digital DMR 2-Way Radios Now Available

Vertex Standard Introduces EVX-530 Series IS Models at IWCE 2015

Low Cost Digital Intrinsically-safe radiosIf 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

Vertex Standard 2-Way Radio Channel Announcement Feature and Demonstration

VX-450Channel announcement is a 2-way radio feature that provides the user a safe way to select the correct frequency without looking at the knob or display. This is helpful for lifeguards, security personnel, search teams, and machine operators who must keep their eyes focused on their job. This option was only available on high tier public-safety radios until Vertex included it with their VX-450 and VX-4500/4600 series.

Channel Announcement Available with eVerge Digital DMR Series

Vertex Standard also includes the channel announcement feature with the EVX-EVX-5300 digital base mobile 2-way531, 534, and 539 digital portables and the EVX-5300, 5400 DMR mobiles. The option must be enabled using a computer and programming cable. It can be muted by the radio user when inconvenient by pressing one of the programmable radio buttons.

Vertex Standard VX-450 Channel Announcement Video Demonstration

How to Clone Vertex VX-820/920 and VX-P820/P920 Radios

Cloning the Vertex Standard VX-820/920 radio platform requires CPS programming software and a PC to enable the feature. CE-59 is used for the analog VX-820 and VX-920 series, while CE-76 is required for digital P25 VX-P820 and VX-P920 models. Vertex Standard programming software can be obtained from any authorized dealer.Models must match and have a display

Cloning is only possible with display radios and you must match identical models with the same sub-band.

Check the full model number under the battery to be sure (For example VX-824-G7-5).

Follow These Steps for Cloning the VX-820/920 Radio PlatformRadio-radio cloning feature in CPS

Step 1. Upload the radio’s programming data using the appropriate programming software and enable the Radio-to-Radio Clone feature. This feature is found under the Common Menu tab in the Miscellaneous section as shown in the graphic.

Step 2. Download the programming changes to the radio. This step must be done to all radios that you will be cloning.

Step 3.  Put both radios into clone mode by pressing and holding the PTT and Monitor (the side button directly beneath the PTT button) buttons while powering the radio on. “CLONE” will be shown in the display as shown below:

See CLONE in radio display

Step 4. Attach a CT-116 cloning cable to each radio’s accessory connector. The accessory connector is located on the right side of the radio, as viewed from the front of the radio.

Step 5. Press the Monitor button (the side button directly below the PTT button) on the target or destination radio (this is the radio you want to transfer data to) and “LOADING…” will show in the display as shown below:

See LOADING in display

Step 6.  Press the PTT button on the source radio (this is the radio data you want to transfer to another radio) and “SENDING…” will show in the radio’s display as shown below:

See SENDING in Disply

Step 7.  The cloning process is complete when the display on both radios shows “CLONE” as seen in Step 3 above. The process will take approximately 30 seconds, depending upon the amount of data to be transferred. If the clone process was not successful, “Error 1” will show in the display of the source radio as shown below:

See ERROR in the displayStep 8.  If cloning was successful, turn off both radios and remove the CT-116 cloning cable. If cloning was not successful, verify Step 1 and 2 were done and repeat Steps 3 through 7.

How to Choose the Correct Vertex Standard Radio Battery

Vertex Standard LogoVertex Standard recently introduced a new UNI energy platform that will eventually provide compatibility for all radio model batteries from a single charger. Older legacy chargers are not compatible with the lower cost UNI style batteries. During the transition you must be careful when choosing replacement batteries.

Vertex Universal (UNI) Chargers Require (UNI) Style Batteries

Vertex Standard UNI ChargerThe new XUAAJ72X001 VAC-UNI universal style single unit AC charger has a round pocket unlike the legacy chargers that have square corners. There is a 6 pocket 120V AC charger too. The model number is XUAAK44X001 VAC-6058. Both are compatible with UNI style batteries for the VX-231, VX-350, VX-450, and EVX-530 series so far.

Vertex Universal Charger & Compatible Batteries

Older VAC-300, VAC-450 Chargers Require Legacy Batteries

Vertex Standard Legacy ChargerThe VAC-300 and VAC-450 legacy chargers have a more square footprint. They are not compatible with the new lower cost UNI batteries. These chargers are included with VX-231, VX-350, and VX-450 series radios. The eVerge EVX-530 series includes the new UNI style.

The chart below shows the legacy batteries and chargers.

Vertex VAC-300, VAC-450 Compatibility ChartMore UNI Style Batteries Coming Soon

UNI batteries for the VX-820 Series, VX-920 Series, P25 portables and cancelled models of the VX-410/420 Series and VX-160 series will have UNI solutions available soon.  We expect to see legacy chargers cancelled next year.

Link to our Vertex Standard radio, battery, and accessory pricing.

Vertex Standard VX-350 Series Cloning Procedure

Vertex VX-350 Series Cloning Steps

Vertex VX-351 or VX-354 Cloning Requires a CT-27A Radio-to-Radio Cable

Adding a new Vertex Standard VX-351 or VX-354 radios to your existing fleet is a simple process with the built-in cloning feature. All you need is a Vertex XURTS0008 CT-27A cloning cable  to transfer the programming information. A VX-351 will not clone to a VX-354 and all models must be identical using the same VHF or UHF band.

VX-350 Series Cloning is a 6 Step Procedure

  1. Turn both radios OFFVertex 350 Buttons and Controls
  2. Connect the CT-27 cloning cable between the MIC/SP jacks of the two radios.
  3. Press and hold the “Side 1” key and the “PTT” key while turning the radio ON.  The LED will remain off and if a VX-354, it will display “CLONE”.
  4. Repeat step 3 on the other radio.
  5. To switch the radio to receive data, press the “Side 1” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Green“.
  6. To switch the radio to transmit data, press the “PTT” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Red“.

When the data transfer is successful, the VX-354 display will return to “CLONE” or if a VX-351, the TX/BUSY indicator will turn off. You are now ready for the next radio or turn both radios off and disconnect the CT-27 cable. You can then power on the radios and begin normal operation.

Vertex VX-450 Series Radio Disable and Revive Feature

Prevent Lost or Stolen Radios from Monitoring Your 2-Way Communications

If losing a radio creates a security risk, the Vertex Standard VX-450 series “Radio Disable” can prevent your messages from being monitored. Should a radio become lost or stolen, you can easily prevent the radio from receiving or transmitting. The lost radio must be turned on and within range. Vertex calls it the “stun” feature and involves using the radio’s 5 tone MDC-1200 signalling capability.

When Found the Lost Radio Can Be Easily Revived and Put in Service

A “stunned” VX-450 series radio can be easily revived and returned to service in the same way it was disabled. Just enter a different code using the keypad from an authorized radio to reverse the process.

Stolen Radios Can Be Inhibited For Increased Security

If you believe the radio is stolen, you can permanently inhibit or “kill” the missing radio as long as it is in range and turned on to receive the MDC signalling command. You will not be able to revive the radio without taking it to an authorized Vertex Standard dealer.

Want to Buy License-Free FRS Talkabout Radios? Read this First

There are Better Choices for License-Free On-site Radio Communications

FRS Radios are low power and License freeHotel and retail business owners and general managers often purchase analog Part 95 FRS (Family Radio Service) radios for on-site communications. You can find them almost anywhere at very low prices and there is no FCC license required.

After a few months, the batteries do not last an entire shift, dead spots increase, and interference from children can become unbearable when directing your employees. Some FRS radios also have higher power GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies for better range but require a costly FCC license in an individual’s name – not the business.

Part 95 MURS Band is a Better Choice for License Free Communications

Part 95 MURS Frequencies

MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) band consists of five frequencies designated for private, 2-way, voice and data communications for individual and business use. Power output limitation is two watts and 4 times greater than FRS. Although there is no protection from possible interference from other users, the MURS band is a much better alternative when choosing license-free channels. Repeaters and signal boosters are not allowed and operation in aircraft is prohibited.

Motorola CP110m is Designed for MURS Operation

The Motorola CP110m is available with 2 or all 5 MURS analog channels.Motorola CP110m MURS 2 & 5 channel radios It provides better battery life and is rated IP54/55 for water and dust resistance. It uses the same batteries and accessories as the Motorola RDX series.

The CP110m will provide coverage in a 10 story hotel up to 200,000 square feet. You can purchase an optional 2 or 3 year warranty. Expect the radio to be in service for a long time. Scan, VOX (voice operated transmit) hands-free operation, and voice scramble provide a lot of value for the low price.

CP110m programming software is free from Motorola and cloning is easy using the included chargers. All you need is the USB programming cable (RKN4155) and a cloning cable (RLN6303) if you want the ability to make any changes to your privacy codes or frequencies.

Many other Motorola and Vertex Standard analog portable radio models can be programmed to use MURS channels using the low power setting. This helps with interoperability when working with other companies and provides more flexibility for your future requirements.

Part 15 900 MHz ISM Band is License Free for DTR Digital RadiosMotorola DTR digital license free radio

900 MHz ISM band provides better building penetration for up to 20 floors.The DTR650 digital radio can also provide one-to-one private communications when needed. It is only compatible with other DTR radios.

Text messaging for discreet messaging, unit ID, long battery life, and call alert are just some of the digital features included. Free programming software is also available for this model.

Priced significantly less than $300 it is the best choice for on-site communications using license-free spectrum.

FCC License Free vs. Licensed 2-way Radio Spectrum

Obtaining a FCC license is still the best alternative for your business because you will have less interference, more range, and many more radio choices. We have many customers using MURS and ISM band that have are very satisfied with their radios for many years. Feel free to contact us to determine if license free communications will work for your business.

FRS MURS ISM FCC License Comparison Chart

How to Clone a Vertex VX-231

VX-231 Cloning Requires a CT-27A Cable

Vertex VX-231 Radio-to-Radio Cloning Requires a CT27A Cable

Vertex Standard VX-231 2-Way Radio Includes Easy Cloning Feature

The Vertex VX-231 radio model includes a radio-to-radio cloning feature that makes it easy to add new radios to your existing fleet. All you need is a Vertex CT27A cloning cable and identical VX-231’s on the same frequency band split.

Instructions to Clone Vertex VX-231 Radios

  1. Turn radios offVX-231 Knobs, Buttons, LED Lebels
  2. Connect the CT27 cloning cable to the MIC/SP jacks
  3. Press and hold the “Side 1” key and the “PTT” key while turning the radio ON.  The LED will quickly blink green and red then go out.
  4. Press the PTT button once to put the radio in “CLONE” mode, the LED indicator will glow “Orange”.
  5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other radio.
  6. To switch the destination radio to receive data, press the “Side 1” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Green“.
  7. To switch the source radio to transmit data, press the “PTT” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Red“.
  8. If the cloning is successful, the LED indicator will go out.

Cloning will transfer transmit and receive frequencies, privacy codes, channel power levels, narrow or wide bandwidth, and other programmable features. It cannot change a radio from VHF to UHF or a UHF low split to the higher split.

Check the Date Codes of Your 2-Way Radio Batteries

Magnum Electronics Supplies Batteries for All 2-Way Radio Models

It is that time again to check your radio batteries so you keep your communications loud and clear. Batteries begin to degrade after 18-24 months of use and can affect radio performance. Many intermittent radio problems are solved with a fresh battery.

How to Read a Motorola Battery Date Code

All Motorola batteries have a 3 digit date code on the battery label. Check the date codeMotorola Battery Label and Date Code Circled on your Motorola battery and if the first digit is a “0” or “9” it is a good time to replace it.

The first digit represents the “Year” and the next digits are the “Week” manufactured. For example; 036 is the 36th week of 2010.

All Motorola batteries carry a replacement warranty of at least a year after the date code and probably longer if marked IMPRES or contain NiCD cells.

Replacement Batteries for Motorola, Vertex, & Other Radio Manufacturers

We carry Motorola Original OEM, Vertex-Standard OEM, and Power Products batteries for all current and discontinued radio models.

Below are links to the most popular and recommended batteries:

We also carry replacement batteries for Harris, Kenwood, Icom, Tait, and many other hard to find models. Check our 2-Way Battery selection or call us and we will be happy to help you find the best battery for your needs.