Originally Posted by fourthhorseman
By the way...you get a chance to use the 5100 yet,,your vhf..uhf,,uhf hi..
feel solid?...first impressions..Been thinking of picking one up..either uhf lo or vhf..
I have a VHF 5100 for personal and rescue use, and we use the XTS5000 at work. While it is true that the accessories are interchangeable, they are different radios through and through.
They "solid" feel is similar among the two. I have put the 5100 through some abuse, though not as much as I have seen an XTS5000 or old Jedi-series portable go through.
I like the 5100 for the most part, however in my opinion the 5100 has a less-sensitive front end than the Motorola. I purposefully program the squelch at -7 on channels that have tone encode and decode. My old Kenwood 270s, with the squelch quite tight, are still more sensitive than the 5100 when "wide open" on a good day.