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Another name change. Now it's L3 Harris.

ElroyJetson

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Yes, it's true. Yet ANOTHER name change for the radio family that traces its legacy back to General Electric.

In the future, your Harris radios will be shipping under the new name and logo, L3 Harris.


For your information and amusement, here is the total line-up of name changes as seen on your radios from GE to today, in chronological order:

GE (General Electric)
Ericsson-GE
Ericsson
Comm-Net/Ericsson
Comm-Net
M/A-Com (Branded as such, M/A-Com being a division of Tyco Electronics)
Tyco Electronics
Harris
L3 Harris

Meanwhile, Motorola has always been Motorola. Kenwood has always been Kenwood. Icom has always been Icom. E.F. Johnson has always been E.F. Johnson. Tait has always been Tait.

What IS it about the GE legacy that causes it to change names and owners more often than some people change their socks?

History indicates that eventually the Harris name will be dropped and the radios will just say L3 on the badge.
 

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Meanwhile, Motorola has always been Motorola. Kenwood has always been Kenwood. Icom has always been Icom. E.F. Johnson has always been E.F. Johnson. Tait has always been Tait.
Motorola LMR stuff is Motorola Solutions, "just" Motorola is now with the phones, and belongs to someone else.

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Motorola LMR stuff is Motorola Solutions, "just" Motorola is now with the phones, and belongs to someone else.
Actually, it's Motorola Solutions (MSI) for LMR and Motorola Mobility (now a subsidiary of Lenovo) for cell phones. MSI is the direct successor of Motorola, Inc., whereas Mobility was sold off rather quickly.

The point, though, is that you don't see APX or XPR radios branded "Motorola Solutions". They are all still branded simply Motorola with the iconic "batwings" /\/\ logo. There is no mistaking whose products they are, regardless of what the legal business name might be now.
 
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I mean, EF Johnson has changed their labeling over the years but as of the first of the year, EF Johnson has been fully absorbed by Kenwood (and some Johnson employees have been pushed out). It’s no longer EF Johnson Viking, and EF Johnson Atlas. Just Kenwood Viking and Kenwood Atlas.


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GE should have remained GE. They built a hell of a radio back in the day but the company never seemed to spend as much money on glitzy marketing and sales that Motorola did. CEO Jack Welch scrapped the land mobile communications division from GE because "they weren't profitable enough". Gotta spend money to make money, even when you have a quality product.
 
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