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.

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.

Motorola APX Mobile Control Head Choices Explained

Configure Your APX With The Best Controls For Your InstallationMotorola APX 6500 O5 Head with Keypad Mic

Until last year, only the O3, O5, and O9 heads were available for Motorola APX mission critical P25 mobile radios. The APX 4500 was introduced with the new O2 head for dash or remote mount configurations. There are now five control head choices available for the APX 6500 and APX 7500 radios including the O2, O3, O5, O7, and O9.

The O2 and O7 heads should be considered before you order your next APX 6500 or 7500.

APX O2, O3, O5, O7, O9 Control Head ChoicesChoose the APX O2 Head Option for Outdoor Installations 

The O2 head is rated IP55 for extreme environments and is designed for motorcycle, marine, and fire truck pump panel installations. We used this configuration for the South Bowers airboat. This rugged, XE style head has a color display, large knobs, and an integrated speaker.

Choose APX O7 Control Head for Integrated KeypadMotorola APX O7 Control Head

The O7 control head has a flush-mount design with integrated keypad, siren, lights, public address (PA) and gun-lock controls. It features a color display with enlarged multi-function rotary knob for easier control of talk-group and volume settings.

APX O5 and Specialized O3, O9 Control Heads Are Still Available

The O5 head is still the most popular option for most applications but the new choices make it a tougher decision. The O3 hand-held control head is perfect for covert and other special installations. The O9 head is packed with features but requires a bigger footprint.

 

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.

Firefighter Training Video – “Say It Loud and Clear”

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Best Practices Developed by Motorola and the IAFC

Motorola BatwingsMotorola and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) developed a 15 minute training video to review best practices when using mission-critical 2-way radios for fireground operations. The training applies to all radio brands and models.

IAFC SealThe video shows typical scenarios how a firefighter can minimize background noise and maximize voice communications intelligibility. Whether you use analog, digital, 800 MHz, or VHF/UHF – the tips to improve audio quality all apply.

Motorola Announces XTS 5000 and XTL 5000 P25 Radio Cancellation

Last day to order XTS5000 is 10-31-13Motorola made it official today with their cancellationXTL5000 Last day to order 10-31-13 announcement of the XTS 5000 and XTL 5000 P25 radios. The last day to order is October 31, 2013.

XTS and XTL accessories will continue to be available with depot repair support until the end of 2018.

New and Improved APX P25 Radios are the Replacements for XTS/XTL

New APX P25 Portables are the replacement for XTS XTL radiosThe APX platform has been shipping for about 2 years slowing XTS/XTL shipments. Public-safety agencies prefer the new APX P25 radios because of their durability, audio quality, and advanced features.

A full complement of audio and charging accessories are available.

Motorola Trade-in Promo Reduces APX price up to $450

Motorola has a $450 trade-in offer in effect until June 26, 2013 if you purchase a new APX. This discount is in addition to any special contract pricing. For details call your authorized Motorola manufacturer’s representative.

New South Bowers Fire Rescue Airboat Installation With David Clark Wireless Headsets

South Bowers Fire Rescue Airboat

South Bowers Volunteer Fire will now perform emergency rescues in the Kent County salt marshes with a new airboat equipped with David Clark wireless mission-critical communications. The system will provide hands-free, wireless intercom for the crew and will also integrate with the Delaware 800 MHz statewide first-responder system.

David Clark 9900 Wireless Intercom and Motorola APX 7500 Radio Integration

David_Clark_LogoThe new David Clark 9900 Series wireless gateway system is weather tight, rugged, and designed for marine use. It easily integrates with a Motorola APX 7500 700/800/VHF P25 capable radio and will connect to a 3800 wired system if needed.

David Clark 3800 Wireless Intercom

Wireless Intercom System Components, Key Features, and InstallationH9940 Headset

The South Bowers David Clark system uses four H9940 dual muff, behind-the-head style headsets each with a 9910-BSW wireless belt station with VOX. This design provides hands-free intercom for the crew and the ability to monitor radio traffic from the boat’s APX 7500 radio. The belt station has a PTT (push-to-talk) switch for transmitting. The U9922-38 wireless gateway acts as a repeater and provides up to 300 ft range using clear DECT based technology.

David Clark A99-04CRG ChargerThe belt stations use 40688G-90 rechargeable batteries that are removable and last approximately 24 hours after a full charge. A A99-04CRG 110V AC charger will hold 4 batteries and takes about 3-4 hours when fully depleted. David Clark has several 9900 Series headset styles a full range of accessories, interface cables, and antenna choices. The APX radio uses an 05 control head and motorcycle options for improved outdoor performance.South Bowers Airboat Installation

A weatherproof NEMA box was added for better protection and installation was completed at our Dover service facility on Horsepond Road. The David Clark 9900 wireless headset intercom system is an excellent choice for fire/ems, military, and marine applications. Our thanks to South Bowers Station 57 for the opportunity to provide the first David Clark 9900 Series intercom in Delaware.

South Bowers Volunteer Fire Delaware Airboat

How to Choose the Best XTS Radio Microphone

Basic Motorola XTS Radio Microphones

There are four basic Motorola remote speaker-microphones with the XTS series 2-way radio audio connector. These basic microphones are compatible with the XTS5000, XTS3000, XTS2500, XTS1500, PR1500, MT1500, MTS2000, MTX8000, MTX9000, and HT1000. Each microphone has different features that may be important for police, firefighters, and EMS applications. All include a spring clip on the back and heavy-duty six foot coiled cord.

Motorola PMMN4038 Submersible IP57 Microphone

Motorola Basic XTS MicrophoneIf you are a firefighter who could get very wet the Motorola PMMN4038 may be the best choice. This microphone is rated IP57 meaning it can withstand being under 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. To accomplish this rating it lacks a 3.5mm audio jack.

Other than submersibility, it has identical specifications as compared to the PMMN4051.

Motorola PMMN4045 Noise-Cancelling Microphone with Audio Jack

The PMMN4045 includes a directional noise-cancelling microphone that reducesMotorola Basic XTS Microphone background sounds. Use this microphone indoors to improve message clarity by reducing overhead loudspeakers or outdoors to minimize siren noise .This noise cancellation is in addition to Motorola’s windporting feature that reduces clarity due to high wind noise.

For best performance, make sure you speak directly into this microphone from about 2 inches away.

Motorola PMMN4051 Standard Microphone with Audio Jack

Motorola Basic XTS MicrophoneThe PMMN4051 is the most popular and the standard for general use applications. It has an unthreaded 3.5mm receive-only audio jack on the side of the microphone head and another threaded 3.5mm jack on the radio connector. Receive-only accessories are good when working in high noise environments or when you want your communications to be discreet because the speaker mutes when plugged in.

The 3.5mm unthreaded receive-only audio accessories with short 7-9 inch cords (RLN4941) plug into the microphone head.  A threaded 3.5mm receive-only accessory like the RLN5313 with the long 36 inch cord is compatible with the 3.5mm jack on the connector. It also includes Windporting technology.

RMN5038 Microphone with Emergency Button, Volume Controls, Audio Jack

Motorola RMN5038 Microphone HeadThe Motorola RMN5038 microphone head is slightly larger and includes a 3.5mm audio jack, volume controls, and orange button. The orange button duplicates the emergency button on the radio but it can perform many other functions using the radio programming software. The RMN5038 is similar to the Commander II RMN5067 and RMN5089 that are only compatible with the XTS5000/3500/3000.

The 3.5mm unthreaded audio jack is compatible with many styles of receive-only accessories. It carries a IP54 rating meaning it can be splashed with water for 10 minutes with no harmful effects.The omni-directional microphone picks up sounds equally from all directions.

Basic Motorola XTS Remote Microphone Specification Chart

Basic XTS Microphone Specification Chart

Lower Cost VHF or UHF 2-Way P25 Radios with AES Encryption

Vertex VX-7200, VX-P820, XX-P920 SeriesVertex Standard manufactures a lower cost P25 compatible communications platform for VHF and UHF conventional users. If your agency or department requires P25 interoperability, the VX-820/920 series is a good choice. Their product offering is not available in the 700/800 MHz frequency band and there is no P25 trunking functionality.

 Vertex Provides Several P25 Compatible Radio Model Choices

The Vertex VX-P820 series is the smallest, IP57 submersible P25 radio available. It can be ordered with or without a display and with a full keypad if needed. The VX-920 series is taller and can accommodate a larger battery and/or optional second receiver. The VX-7200 50 watt, P25 mobile can be ordered as a base or control station if you use conventional repeaters. All models include the Vertex Standard 3 year depot repair warranty.

Analog and P25 Capability Packed with Features

Vertex Standard P25 radios can be programmed in analog or digital P25 mode. Analog features include ARTS, lone worker, and DTMF signalling. P25 digital features include emergency, individual & talk group ID, and mixed mode. AES/DES encryption is available as an option.

Download Vertex Standard P25 VX-P820 Series Data Sheet

Firefighter Training Video Demonstrates Proper Radio Operation

Motorola and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) produced a training video, “Loud & Clear”, demonstrating the best practices of 2-way radio operation. The 15 minute video compares both analog and digital radio transmissions in typical firefighter environments.

You will learn how to maximize the clarity of your voice transmissions and minimize background noise. Recommended for anyone using professional mission-critical 2-way communications.