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If you want the latest and greatest from motorola it'll always cost. Way it has always been. Since it is intended in government and public safety sales you can expect the price range to be where it is at.
 
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I just completed a competitive bid and with a nice P25 voice flash that includes OTAP, TDMA, and 3 year depot the APX 8500 came in just a little over $5K.
 

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Not to derail the conversation to the forbidden "Big-E" topic, but I'll give a big ole finger to Moto for including this in the summary info.

"Multiple Hardware Encryption Algorithms like AES, DES, ADP with up to 128 keys so sensitive information stays protected from scanners and eavesdroppers."

Nice radio and would be a dream to own but sour taste after that statement.
 
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Did you buy it? How does connecting the antennas work for a 4 band mobile? What face did you get for it?

Nick
Putting them in the patient transport vehicles to save space so there is just one radio for both 800MHz trunking and UHF MEDCOM, just in case the vehicle has goes out of the area.

The commercial multi-band antennas are being used and are doing the job just fine.

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Putting them in the patient transport vehicles to save space so there is just one radio for both 800MHz trunking and UHF MEDCOM, just in case the vehicle has goes out of the area.

The commercial multi-band antennas are being used and are doing the job just fine.

M
Thank you for the info. If you don't mind me asking, who did you use for a vendor?

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Did you buy it? How does connecting the antennas work for a 4 band mobile? What face did you get for it?



Nick


Unlike the 7500 they have a single antenna connector on them for all bands and it's not mini-U. I instructed our sales people to quote them with Panorama Sharkees and tri-band whips. (I run the same antenna config on my pickup and the tri-band whip does work as advertised).


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