Updated Motorola APX XE500 RSM Best Practices Training Video for Firefighters

Firefighter Mic for APX 6000, APX 8000Below is an updated training video from Motorola Solutions for firefighters using APX series 2-way radios and remote speaker-microphones. The original video “Say It Loud and Clear” was developed with help from the IAFC.

The new version includes the XE500 extreme temperature remote speaker-mics designed for firefighters in addition to the standard RSM’s with Windporting.

Best Practices Video for Clear Audio Using Motorola APX Series

Unication G2 VHF or UHF and G3 VHF/UHF Dual Band P25 Pagers Now Shipping

VHF, UHF, or Dual Band P25 Digital Fire PagerUnication is now shipping the G2 and G3 P25 digital voice pagers in VHF and UHF. The G2 is single band and the G3 is dual band. The housing is the same as the G4/G5 models and the accessories are compatible. Quantities are limited and lead times may be longer than normal depending on early demand.

The G2 and G3 support 2-tone alerting over P25, P25 trunking, P25 conventional, and analog conventional. The G2 specifications exceed the G1 and is the better choice if you are making a purchase. Unication is offering a $60 trade-in incentive for customers who trade-in their G1 for any other G-series P25 pager through 9/30/19.

Although all G-series pagers are now capable of receiving DMR digital communications, it is not included with the standard pager. If you require DMR, there is an additional cost to provide this functionality. Contact us if you need to monitor MOTOTRBO or any other DMR system for pricing.

List of USPS APO Friendly Batteries For Motorola Radios

Magnum Electronics Supplies Batteries for All 2-Way Radio Models

The US Postal Service prohibits shipping bulk Lithium-ion and Lithium-polymer replacement batteries through the mail including to APO/FPO addresses. The rules state only lithium batteries installed in equipment are permitted. FedEx and UPS will accept Lithium batteries if shipped ground. If faster air service is needed there is a dangerous goods fee in addition to the shipping fee.

You may want to consider nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. They are not considered hazardous and provide very good performance. Below is a list of Motorola radios with compatible NiMH batteries.

Motorola P25 and DMR 2-Way Radios

APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, SRX 2200

Motorola APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, SRX 2200 can use the NTN7035. It has a IP67 submersible rugged rating, IMPRES automatic conditioning, and 2000 mAh capacity. It is also FM intrinsically-safe rated.

APX 4000, APX 3000, APX 1000, APX 900

There are no USPS APO friendly batteries for the APX 4000, APX 3000, APX 1000, or APX 900 at this time.

XTS 5000, XTS 3500, and XTS 3000

Motorola XTS 5000, XTS 3500, and XTS 3000 radios have several battery choices listed below that can be shipped to APO addresses.

  1. Motorola NNTN4437 – 1700 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM, Ruggedized
  2. Motorola NNTN4436 – 1700 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM
  3. Motorola NNTN4435 – 1800 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH
  4. Motorola PMNN4093 – 3000 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH
  5. Power Products BP8299MHUC – 3800 mAh, NiMH
  6. Power Products BP8299MHXT – 2700 mAh, NiMH
  7. Power Products BP8299MH – 2000 mAh, NiMH

XTS 2500, XTS 1500, MT1500, PR1500

Below are NiMH battery choices for the XTS 2500, XTS 1500, MT1500, and PR1500:

  1. Motorola NNTN6263 – 2000 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM, Ruggedized
  2. Motorola NTN9857 – 2000 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, FM, IP54
  3. Motorola NTN9858 – 2100 mAh, IMPRES, NiMH, IP54
  4. Power Products BP9858MHIC – 2500 mAh, Smart, NiMH

MOTOTRBO XPR 3000, XPR 7000 Series

There are no batteries that can be shipped through the USPS at this time for any XPR 3000 or 7000 series radios.

We carry batteries for other Motorola models and most radio brands. If you need help identifying a battery for your radio contact our office and we will recommend a replacement.

FIN ULTRA AMBI Ear Tip Provides All Day Comfort For 2-Way Radio Users

New Design From Earphone Connection Can Be Used In Either EarAcoustic Tube Comfort Ear Tip

Two-way radio users who use an audio accessory with an acoustic tube will benefit from a new ear tip from Earphone Connection. The FIN ULTRA AMBI is an improved design released at this year’s IWCE in Orlando.

It is constructed with soft semi-translucent extra soft Silicone for all day comfort. It can be worn in either ear and the open skeleton design improves ambient listening. The FIN ULTRA AMBI is available in small, medium, and large. It can be ordered in clear or black. The original FIN ULTRA is still available at a lower price but must be used with the left or right ear only.

Comfortable Ear Tip for Acoustic Tube

Earphone Connection is a leading manufacturer of two-way radio audio accessories including the Hawk used by many law enforcement agencies. For additional information about EPC and other Tactical Ear Gadget products visit our website or call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST.

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.

Wireless Emergency Callbox Systems Increase Security

Instant Help Notification For Customers, Employees, and Visitors

Wireless Security for Remote Parking LotsProviding public-safety assistance for parking lots and other remote areas on your property can be challenging. Schools, manufacturing facilities, and open 24-hour locations are looking for a reliable solution.

If you require a highly visible security force presence and instant communications for help, a wireless emergency callbox is an easy fix. They can be solar-powered and don’t require expensive wiring installation costs for remote locations. Call boxes are integrated with your existing analog, P25, or DMR digital radio system.

CALL24 Wireless Callbox Manufacturer Visit on 11/30/17

CALL24 has been the leader in wireless callbox systems for over 20 years. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC they offer a wide selection of callbox systems for different applications.

Download CALL24 S-Series Brochure

As part of our effort for continued training, CALL24 will visit our Dover facility on 11/30/17 for the day. Any local prospective customers interested in a wireless callbox system for their property can contact us to attend an afternoon session. Call our office at 302-734-9250 or respond using the form below.

 

Vertex Standard Cancels VX-920, VX-P920, VX-6000, VX-7200 Legacy Radio Models

Vertex Standard Logo

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.

VX-920 – all bands and models        VX-920, VX-P920, VX-6000, VX-7200
VX-P920 – all bands and models
VX-6000 – all bands and models
VX-7200 – all bands and models
VX-2200 – LTR only models

Motorola APX XE Extreme Remote Speaker-Mics Compared

APX XE vs APX XE-500 Features

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).

New APX XE500 Feature ImprovementsXE500 Features and Controls

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.

The XE500 with channel knob is available in green (PMMN4106A) or black (PMMN4106ABLK). The XE500 is now available without a channel knob in high impact green (PMMN4107) and black (PMMN4107_BLK).

Extreme temperature High Impact Green and Black RSM's

Link to Motorola APX XE500 Datasheet   Link to APX XE Datasheet

Motorola Certified 3M Peltor Headsets for APX, MOTOTRBO

Motorola BatwingsMotorola APX P25 and MOTOTRBO DMR radio users working in high noise environments can now use 3M Peltor hearing protection. There are 14 headsets certified in a variety of styles with up to 26dB NRR. All are optimized for digital and carry a 12 month warranty.

Direct Connect Headsets

APX XPR Headband HeadsetDirect connect headsets do not require an adapter and include the push-to-talk button on the earcup. The RMN5137 over-the-head style provides a 25dB noise reduction rating. RMN5138 behind-the-head version offers 24dB and can be worn with headgear. There is also the RMN5139 with clips for hardhat attachments. All have noise-cancelling boom microphones.

Headsets Using Nexus PTT Radio Adapter

Standard headsets with Nexus plugs use the PMLN6095 APX/MOTOTRBO adapter. This PTT cable is not compatible with the ComTac III or SWAT-Tac models that require NATO wiring. Specs are identical with the direct connect models and the same style choices are available – PMLN6088, RLN6477, or the RMN4051.

Listen Only Headsets With 3.5mm Connectors3.5mm Non-threaded Neckband Listen only Headset

Motorola offers listen only headsets with both threaded and non-threaded plugs for use with remote speaker-microphones. Most RSM’s with a 3.5mm jack require a non-threaded accessory plug. The RMN4055 (headband), RMN5132 (Neckband), and RMN5133 (hardhat) are the most popular.

3.5mm Threaded Hardhat Attachment Headset

The exception is the NNTN8383 RSM with an industrial noise-cancelling (INC) microphone. The 3.5mm threaded jack is located on the the cord.

The RMN4057 with hardhat attachment and threaded plug is the correct choice. For headband style and 3.5mm threaded connector choose the RMN4056.

TacticalPro Headsets with Ambient Listening

3M Peltor TacticalPro electronic headsets include small microphones on the ear cups to pickup surrounding sounds for increased awareness and safety. The TacticalPro works great in environments with harmful impulse noise because it instantly block harmful sounds. It also will amplify low sounds to a comfortable level when needed. These headsets also use the PMLN6095 Nexus radio adapter and are available in all 3 styles – RMN4052, RMN5135, and RMN4053.

Motorola and 3M Peltor Part Number Cross Reference

The Motorola 3M Peltor Cross Reference Chart shows all of the Motorola certified headsets and the associated 3M Peltor part numbers. The headsets are optimized to work with APX 8000, APX 7000, APX 6000, APX 4000, APX 3000, and APX 1000. MOTOTRBO radios include the XPR 7000 and XPR 6000 series.

Nexus adapters are also available for Motorola XTS 5000, XTS 2500, XTS 1500, PR1500, PR860, HT1550, HT1250, HT750, CP200, and CP185.

New Motorola APX XP Remote Microphone for Law Enforcement

Compatible with APX 7000, 6000, 4000, 3000, 1000, SRX 2200

Motorola Solutions introduced a new thin remote speaker microphone designed for law enforcement, transit police, and ems personnel. The new IMPRES XP RSM uses dual microphone noise suppression technology like the XE RSM designed for firefighters. It is expected to start shipping in September.

Two Styles – IP68 Submersible or IP55 with 3.5mm Threaded JackNMN6271, NMN6274 XP RSM

The NMN6271 model has a Delta T submersible IP68 rating allowing it to survive under 2 meters of water for two hours. This microphone can be scrubbed with soap and water if needed.

Or…choose the NMN6274 with a IP55 rating that can handle a heavy rain storm and includes a 3.5mm threaded jack.

Both models include an orange emergency button, volume toggle, and one programmable button.

There are also 2 models on the roadmap for the Motorola XTS 5000, XTS 2500, and XTS 1500 due for release later this year.