Vertex Standard Products Transition To Motorola Solutions on 1/1/2018

Motorola Entry-Tier Commercial Portfolio Expands With Select Vertex Models

EVX-S24 EVX-261 VX450 VX2100 VX2200

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
  • Mobiles: VX-4500/4600, EVX-5300/5400, VX-5500 UHF/VHF
  • Repeaters: VXR-7000, VXR-9000, EVX-R70
  • EVX – Link

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.

Low Cost Vertex EVX-S24 Digital Radio Now Shipping

eVerge Low Cost Digital Display Radio

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

DMR Display IP67 RadioIn 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

Vertex eVerge EVX-261 UHF Digital Radio Now Shipping

New Low Cost DMR Digital Radio for Hotels and Retail

Vertex Standard LogoVertex 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.Digital DMR Handheld Portable

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.

3 Year Depot RepairsWe 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

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

How To Text Message Using Vertex Standard 2-Way Digital Radios

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.

Vertex eVerge Model Comparison

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

 EVX-534/539 Text Message StepsSending With EVX-534/539 Display Radio

  1. Press assigned button for TEXT MSG mode, INBOX appears
  2. Scroll menu with A/B keys, select SEL MSG, press D for OK
  3. Scroll with A/B keys for message, press D key for OK
  4. Select SEND, press D key for OK

Receiving A Text Message

  1. Press assigned button for TEXT MSG mode, INBOX appears
  2. Most recent text message is displayed
  3. To view sender, select TEXT MSG mode button
  4. 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

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 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 Introduces eVerge EVX-531 Digital VHF/UHF 2-Way Radio

Backward Compatible with Any Brand Analog Radio

EVX-531 VHF or UHF Digital RadioWith the introduction of the commercial mid-tier EVX-530 series, analog 2-way radio users now have a lower cost solution to start upgrading to digital communications. The EVX-531 can be programmed to your same analog channels but can be changed to digital when ready. You can even program both analog and digital modes in the same radio with scan.

Basic digital voice features will significantly improve your organizations’s communications and now the Vertex eVerge DMR platform makes it very affordable. We expect many manufacturers to cancel their analog-only radio models starting later this year.

Submersible IP57 EVX-531 is Compatible with VX-450 Series Accessories

The EVX-531 is not an entry-level radio. Based on the VX-450 platform, the 32 channel basic model carries a IP57 submersible rating, emergency functions, and a three year warranty. Additional display models including an optional Factory Mutual intrinsically-safe rating will be available later this year. VX-451, VX-454, VX-459 radios use the same audio accessory connector, battery form factor, carrying cases, and chargers.

Improved Radio Functionality with DMR Digital StandardDMR_logo

The DMR digital platform has become the preferred standard over NXDN during the past five years. Motorola MOTOTRBO digital radios and others continue to dominate DMR digital 2-way radio sales resulting in 7+ out of 10 radios using the DMR standard.

Vertex eVerge EVX-531 Battery Life Using Digital

Vertex EVX-531 Digital Battery Life

The EVX-531 specifications show a 31% increase in battery life as compared to the same radio in analog mode. The high-capacity FNB-V134LI battery will provide almost 16 hours of operation in digital and 12 hours in analog mode.

Digital DMR Delivers Superior Audio Quality

DMR Digital Audio Quality Signal Strength Graph

Digital audio quality exceeds analog especially as the signals become weaker. Many users who narrowbanded their radios experienced a 10-15% reduction in usable coverage. If you have to repeat messages or frequently operate at the edge of radio coverage, switching to digital may be a good solution.

EVX Digital Privacy and Advanced Call Features

Vertex EVX DMR Digital Features

In addition to all and group calling, the Vertex EVX-531 can be programmed for private one-to-one conversations. Emergency and lone worker features are standard and will improve the safety of your employees. Also, radio-to-radio cloning is possible using the Vertex XURTS0008 CT-27A cable.

Download EVX-530 Series Data Sheet