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
The new Motorola XPR 3300e and XPR 3500e MOTOTRBO DMR radios can be ordered with a UL certification for use in hazardous environments.
The XPR 3000e series is the lowest cost UL-TIA4950 intrinsically-safe DMR digital radio by Motorola. They support Div 1, Class I, Groups C, D; Class II, Groups E, F, G, Class III; Div 2, Class I Groups A, B, C, D.
A certified radio will include a white UL label and TIA4950 PMNN4490 IMPRES battery. The 2900 mAh Li-ion battery is rated IP68 and uses a new low voltage design rated for up to 29 hours of normal use.
Download Motorola XPR 3000e Data Sheet
20 UL-TIA4950 Approved Audio Accessories For XPR 3300e/3500e
The table below includes a list of the XPR 3000e certified accessories with UL TIA4950 approval for use with the XPR 3300e and XPR 3500e.
For additional information or a formal price quote call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or use the form below.
Selecting the right MOTOTRBO DMR portable radio can be confusing with the additional model choices released in the past 18 months. The XPR 6000 platform has been discontinued and now there are five major model choices within 3 feature tiers.
Choose Commercial, Entry, or The Enhanced MOTOTRBO Feature Tier
MOTOTRBO Commercial Tier for Basic Voice Communication
If all you need is conventional voice communications with or without a repeater, the Commercial tier offers the lowest cost choices. The non-display CP200d uses the same batteries, chargers, and carrying cases as the CP200. A new choice in the Commercial tier is the SL300. It is thinner and has an optional display. MSRP ranges from $482 up to $633 per radio.
MOTOTRBO Entry Tier Includes XPR 3000 Series
The Entry tier XPR 3000 is for users who need a more rugged (IP55) radio that is capable of up to 128 channels. It offers text messaging capability and can be used on a trunking system (Capacity Plus). MSRP ranges from $575 to $675 per radio package.
Full Featured Enhanced Tier Includes Color Displays for Data Integration
The XPR 7000 series is the recommended replacement for the XPR 6350 and XPR 6550. It can be ordered with an intrinsically-safe certification, color display, and Bluetooth data. The IP57 submersible rating makes it the best choice for use outdoors and near the water. At this time the XPR 7580 does not support Smartnet operation so the XPR 6580 will be available for awhile.
The SL 7000 is not much bigger than a smartphone and can fit in your pocket. The color display, short antenna, and Micro-USB charger are features designed for hospitality, security and the service industries. Enhanced tier MSRP prices range from $1,040 up to $1,165.
Last Order Date for VHF and UHF Models is 6/30/15
Motorola announced this week another analog-only radio is pending cancellation. Professional Series Waris CDM VHF and UHF mobiles end production in June. The CDM 750, CDM 1250, and CDM 1550 LS+ will be replaced by MOTOTRBO DMR digital radios with backward analog capability. Motorola trade-in incentives toward MOTOTRBO upgrades have been popular but end this month.
Motorola CDM750, CDM1250, CDM1550 LS+ Models Affected
Below are the cancelled CDM models that will end production on June 30, 2015. Motorola depot repairs and service parts will continue until commercially unavailable.
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
Most Analog-only Models Cancelled As Digital Prices Drop
All CP110 analog radio models including the MURS license-free version can no longer be ordered from Motorola. The CP110 joins the CP200, CP200 XLS, and PR400 analog–only portables that also ended production. Only a few Intrinsically-safe PR 400 portables will be available until June of 2015.
Analog-only CM200, CM300, and PM400 mobile models have also been retired.and are no longer available. Replacement accessories will continue to be available and depot repair support remains for now.
There have been no announcements about the future of the analog-only BPR40, CP185, and VL50 radios. We would not be surprised to see them retired next year.
Complete List of Motorola Analog Models Cancelled
Cancelled CP110, CP110m Portable Models
Cancelled CP200, CP200 XLS, PR400 Portable Models
Cancelled CM200, CM300, PM400 Mobile Models
New Digital Capable Models Provide Analog Operation
The MOTOTRBO CP200d, SL300, XPR 3000, CM200d, CM300d, and XPR 2500 are the best replacements when adding radios to your radio fleet. They can be programmed with analog for compatibility with your existing system but you wont have to replace them when you move to digital.
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
Sending With EVX-534/539 Display Radio
- 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
MOTOTRBO SL300 is Lightweight and Provides Long Battery Life
Motorola announced the SL300, a new low cost digital 2-way radio compatible with MOTOTRBO DMR conventional communications systems. Available in UHF soon, there is a 2 channel model and 99 channel version with display. Both can be programmed with digital or analog frequencies allowing for easier migration.
The radio provides 3 watts output in digital mode and 2 watts if using analog. The 2300 mAh battery life is rated for up to 15 hours when using digital and uses a Micro-USB charger. A new patented stubby antenna design and “Range Max Technology” provide enough coverage for most facilities. The IP54 SL300 can also be used with a conventional repeater.
UHF models are now in stock and VHF is expected to start shipping at the end of November.
New Active View LED Matrix Display Technology
The optional display radio includes 99 channels and a LED matrix behind the case. The LED’s turn on automatically and off to conserve battery life. Glare is minimized and displays will no longer scratch or crack. The radio will display channel number or alias, battery status, and other functions as shown below.
Compatible With MOTOTRBO Digital Voice Features
SL300 is designed for commercial applications needing basic digital and analog voice features. It supports emergency using the one available programmable side button. With standard MOTOTRBO CPS, you can program channel announcement, lone worker, radio inhibit and remote monitor (decode), MDC1200, VOX, and scan.
Download Motorola Datasheet SL300
Works Up to 100 Meters from Your APX or XPR 4000/5000 Series Base/Mobile
Motorola Solutions introduced a new wireless remote speaker-microphone that will allow you to transmit and receive from your MOTOTRBO or APX mobile radio from up to 100 meters away.
The new RSM has a 3.5mm jack for receive-only audio accessories, a bright LED task light, and an 11 hour rechargeable battery. It can also transmit an emergency using the orange button on the top of the microphone.
Now you can use your high power APX, XPR 4000, or XPR 5000 series mobile radio when away from the vehicle or base.
Plug and Play Setup for Existing Vehicle or Base Installations
Adding to your existing MOTOTRBO or APX radio is easy. You will have to replace your existing mic with the Motorola PMMN4097 corded palm microphone with Bluetooth gateway. The RLN6544 wireless RSM uses touch pair to connect with the gateway and provides an audible announcement to confirm. The third component of the system is a charger. Choose the PMLN6716 12V DC charger with holder for a vehicle or the PMLN7120 AC desktop charger.
Wireless RSM Bundle Kits Available for Mobile or Base Use
The RLN6551 long range wireless kit includes the RSM, gateway microphone and 12V DC charger for a vehicle. Our base bundle includes the RSM, gateway mic, and AC desktop charger. The RLN6552 kit includes the RSM and gateway without a charger.
For more info download the Motorola Long Range Wireless User Manual
The long range wireless solutions are compatible with the Mission Critical Wireless Pod software version R01.05.00 or later. APX mobiles must use R13.01 firmware or later that was released in April 2015.
Channel 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-531, 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