Our remaining stock of VHF VX-264 and UHF VX-264 radios are marked down and a good deal for analog users needing a display with 128 channel capability. Motorola will continue to provide warranty support, depot repairs, and accessories.
Motorola Entry-Tier Commercial Portfolio Expands With Select Vertex Models
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.
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.
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.
In an effort to provide more reference and technical documents for our customers, this week we launched our new PDF Library. It contains PDF files of spec sheets, manuals, and user guides for our products and services – all in one central location. More than a hundred documents are available now and more will be added weekly.
PDF Library Categories Include Links to Web Store
Our PDF Library content is organized by manufacturer and includes Motorola Solutions and Vertex Standard radio communications equipment. Sub-categories with portable, handheld 2-way radios and mobile vehicle mounted models should make it easy to browse. We also included audio accessories, batteries, and chargers with the initial rollout. All categories include a link back to the products in our Magnum online store.
PDF Library is Located at blog.magnumelectronics.com
Our blog site contains new product announcements, promotions, tech tips, and other news about wireless communications and GPS fleet management. It has become a popular reference site and receives thousands of visitors. We hope adding the PDF Library will be convenient and easier for our Customers. A monthly summary feed of blog articles will be sent to our Magnum Newsletter subscribers beginning in September.
Prevent Lost or Stolen Radios from Monitoring Your 2-Way Communications
If losing a radio creates a security risk, the Vertex Standard VX-450 series “Radio Disable” can prevent your messages from being monitored. Should a radio become lost or stolen, you can easily prevent the radio from receiving or transmitting. The lost radio must be turned on and within range. Vertex calls it the “stun” feature and involves using the radio’s 5 tone MDC-1200 signalling capability.
When Found the Lost Radio Can Be Easily Revived and Put in Service
A “stunned” VX-450 series radio can be easily revived and returned to service in the same way it was disabled. Just enter a different code using the keypad from an authorized radio to reverse the process.
Stolen Radios Can Be Inhibited For Increased Security
If you believe the radio is stolen, you can permanently inhibit or “kill” the missing radio as long as it is in range and turned on to receive the MDC signalling command. You will not be able to revive the radio without taking it to an authorized Vertex Standard dealer.
It is that time again to check your radio batteries so you keep your communications loud and clear. Batteries begin to degrade after 18-24 months of use and can affect radio performance. Many intermittent radio problems are solved with a fresh battery.
How to Read a Motorola Battery Date Code
The first digit represents the “Year” and the next digits are the “Week” manufactured. For example; 036 is the 36th week of 2010.
All Motorola batteries carry a replacement warranty of at least a year after the date code and probably longer if marked IMPRES or contain NiCD cells.
Replacement Batteries for Motorola, Vertex, & Other Radio Manufacturers
We carry Motorola Original OEM, Vertex-Standard OEM, and Power Products batteries for all current and discontinued radio models.
Below are links to the most popular and recommended batteries:
- Link to APX 7000, APX 6000 batteries
- The NNTN7038 is our favorite because it packs 2,900 mAh capacity in a small size
- Link to XTS 5000, XTS 3000 batteries
- Li-ion NNTN6034 with 4,150 mAh is thinner, lighter and longer life
We also carry replacement batteries for Harris, Kenwood, Icom, Tait, and many other hard to find models. Check our 2-Way Battery selection or call us and we will be happy to help you find the best battery for your needs.
We have received several inquiries about the newest battery technology, Li-Po, that is now available for 2-way radios. Historically, NiMH was an improvement as compared to NiCD and Li-ion has many advantages over NiMH. The assumption that Li-Po is now the best battery for your radio is more marketing than anything else.
Li-Po or Lithium Polymer battery cells still use the same chemical material as Li-ion but the difference is the way they are packaged. Li-ion batteries use a thick-walled, rigid aluminum case for the cells and Li-Po utilizes a new thinner foil aluminum case. Bottom line is the difference is all in the cell construction.
Both Li-ion and Li-Po are Recommended But Check the Specs
Li-Po battery manufactures must add a more rugged case to meet the mission-critical specs required for two-way radio specifications. When comparing Li-ion and Li-Po batteries the following should be considered:
- Battery capacity measured in mAh – The higher the mAh number the longer your battery will work before needing a recharge. When comparing specs be careful when you see the words “typical” or “average” and not “minimum” or “rated”. Our experience is there can be a big difference in actual results.
- IMPRES or Advanced Charging Technology – “Smart battery” automatic conditioning improves performance and keeps them in service longer.
- Drop Specification – Dropping the radio is probably the most common reason why batteries fail. Most Motorola mission-critical batteries are rated at 36 drops from 5 feet to a concrete floor.
- IP (Ingress Protection) Rating – Higher IP numbers are better and signify the ruggedness of the battery. The first number references solids and the second number signifies liquid protection. The highest solid number is “6” (dust tight) and the highest liquid is “8” (submersibility beyond 1 meter).
- Overvoltage protection circuit – Better batteries have 2 levels, some have 1, and lower cost batteries may not include have protection at all.
- Temperature Range – Extreme cold affects Lithium battery performance and the spec should be investigated if your environment is outside “normal”.
- Intrinsically-Safe Rating – FM Approval is important if you use your radio in hazardous, combustible atmospheres where an electrical spark could cause an explosion.
Vertex 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.
Responding to accidents or hazardous spills require fast decisions. Vertex Standard is focused on improving basic voice 2-way radio communications by adding features to increase safety in the workplace. Their emergency feature can be enabled easily in the radio programming software at no extra cost.
Emergency Alerts Can Be Programmed with Various Configurations
Your personnel can request help by pushing a radio button that will instantly alert their supervisor or co-workers. Alerts can be programmed with many options depending on your specific needs. Display radios will show the radio ID and continue flashing or the screen can be programmed to blank out and become silent for discreet requests. Alerts will time out after 5 minutes or keep trying for as long as 60 minutes. The microphone will open so those on the channel will hear the surrounding area without the user having to push the transmit button.
Lone Worker Radio Feature
The lone worker feature by Vertex Standard is available in the entire portable and mobile product line except the VX-5500/6000 series. Lone workers in remote or hazardous areas can activate the feature when needed. Depending on the radio programming, scheduled intervals from 5 – 80 minutes will remind the lone worker to check-in using the PTT (push-to-talk) button. If the pre-warning tone is ignored, the radio will enter emergency alert mode.