Last week at FDIC 2018, Motorola Solutions announced color choices for the Minitor VI firefighter paging receiver. The new colors should be available sometime in the third quarter. In addition to the standard color, you will be able to choose a red and high-visibility green case. The UL Minitor VI can be ordered with an optional intrinsically-safe certification for use in hazardous atmospheres.
While attending the last IACP Conference, we visited CTech Manufacturing a supplier of aluminum cabinets for the public-safety market.
We were impressed with their CopBox Tactical Cabinet designed for MID and FULL size SUV’s. There are 16 different standard sizes to choose from or you can design your own. The CopBox has a QuickLink Mounting solution that makes it possible to transfer it to a newer style vehicle in the future. You might have to replace the mounting plate but the cabinet can be reused.
The CopBox is significantly lighter than wood cabinets and their patented MotionLatch allows one-handed drawer opening. It also allows you to access the spare tire in some vehicles and it has a lifetime warranty.
CTech Model T40-302 On Display in Our Dover Facility
Need a closer look? Come visit our office in Dover and see the T40-302 cabinet and let us show you our current projects. We are open 8-5pm M-F or give us a call at 302-734-9250 and schedule an appointment to discuss your next vehicle upfit.
We have formal agreements with emergency warning lighting, mobile video, rugged computer, LTE router, GPS fleet management, cabinet, and other manufacturers supporting mobile workers. We hold State of Delaware contracts for equipment and installation services along with the required insurance coverage. Below is a Chevy Tahoe our ETA certified upfit technicians completed recently.
To speak with our service team and request a quote call our office at 302-734-9250 during normal business hours. Located in Dover, we are an easy drive from anywhere in Delaware and most of the Delmarva peninsula.
OTTO, a high-quality 2-way radio accessory manufacturer from Carpentersville, IL recently introduced a high-temperature purpose-built shoulder microphone for the fire service. The OTTO 500 is designed to function in 500 degree heat for 5 minutes and also fully-submerged underwater for a half hour.
The OTTO 500 is available for most radio models including Motorola, Harris, Kenwood, Icom, and EFJ. A removable grill makes it easy to clean and has a replaceable debris screen. The PTT is easy to use when wearing gloves and most models have an emergency button. The OTTO 500 has a 3 year warranty and is a good choice for extreme fireground operations.
Ruggedized 3G/4G LTE Networking Designed for Vehicles
The compact IBR900 series is designed for mission-critical in-vehicle connectivity for public-safety, mass transit, and utility fleets. It provides ignition sensing, active GPS support, and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac secure WiFi.
Cradlepoint is offering a $50 mail-in rebate making it a good time to upgrade or upfit your fleet to 4G. The promotion is valid for purchases from July 17, 2017 until 9/30/17.
Magnum Electronics holds State of Delaware pricing contracts for Cradlepoint equipment and installation services. Formal quotes can be requested by calling our Dover, Delaware office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm or submitting the form below.
Motorola APX XE vs. APX XE500 RSM Feature Comparison
Motorola’s IMPRES XE rugged remote speaker-microphone (RSM) choices for extreme environments are designed for firefighters with APX 6000XE, APX 7000XE, and APX 8000XE P25 radios. Available in black or high visibility green, they have a strobe light, orange emergency button, and clip with D-ring.
Motorola APX XE and APX XE500 Shared Features
Both the XE and XE-500 are rated IP68 for submersibility and carry an intrinsically-safe rating to match the APX radio certification. Both have a large volume toggle switch and are 50% louder than a XTS RSM. There is a reflective label on both styles for increased visibility. The APX XE was introduced about 5 years ago and is available in green (NNTN8575A) and black (NNTN8575ABLK).
The XE500 started shipping last year with additional features. It has a channel knob and larger emergency button with embedded orange lighting. Noise suppression is improved and can pickup your voice when you can’t hear yourself talking. The heat resistant cable can withstand 500 degrees for 5 minutes without harm.
The XE500 is intrinsically safe rated for UL-TIA4950 but does not have a FM certification. If your department uses intrinsically-safe APX radios, check to determine if you need FM or UL certified accessories. They are not interchangeable.
Boston Leather offers 34 custom designed holders for Motorola, Vertex Standard, Kenwood, Harris, EF Johnson, Icom, and Bendix King two-way radios. The compatibility chart below will help find the case designed to fit your radio.
There are also 7 universal cases that adjust to fit almost any model radio. All Boston Leather cases are manufactured Sterling, Illinois and ship in about 2 weeks if not in stock. The “RC” letters indicate large D rings for attaching to firefighter straps. Case numbers without “RC” are designed to be worn on a belt and don’t have D rings.
Holders manufactured with high quality plain leather finish include a (-1) suffix following the model number. High gloss (clarino) finish is available for some holders and has a (-2) indicator. Basketweave finish is also available and has a -3 suffix. The universal 5487RC-5, 5487RC-5, and 5610RC-5 can be ordered in ballistic weave nylon.
Boston Leather Radio Holder Measurement Chart
Contact us to discuss your specific needs if not listed. Boston Leather will design a custom leather holder for any 2-way radio or device carried by firefighters, ems professionals, police, and law enforcement.
Motorola Solutions recently introduced an adapter for remote microphones and Boston Leather fireman straps with clips. Designed for Motorola APX Series P25 public-safety two-way radios, the adapter assembly works with NNTN8575 XE remote microphones . This accessory has a ring loop attached to the top of the clip for hanging on hooks or the antenna.
You will need the NNTN8271 adapter that replaces the remote microphone clip. Also required is a button clip that snaps to the adapter. Motorola sells the buttons in packs of five (NNTN8749) but we will provide them in a single pack too (MAG-NNTN8749).
The Boston Leather 6542 straps with microphone clips are popular with firefighters and ems personnel. The clip provides a more secure attachment for the larger microphones. They are available in extra-large (6542XL) for tall individuals over 74 inches and also with reflective safety tape (6542R).
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.