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APX APX 6000 to XE upgrade

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Nov 3, 2004
Hey guys and ladies,

Question for you I am sending in my Motorola APX 6000 3.5 with full display and keypad model I am getting the XE upgrade kit (control top, flashing, tuning and labor) done to the radio and was wondering the Motorola dealer told me he mentioned my radio will have the QA2006/APX XE Rugged radio option added to my radio. Was wondering when checking via Google search I couldn't find the answer. What is the QA2006/APX XE Rugged radio option and what does it do?

Thank you for your time!

- Jamie


KO9JAD/Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic
Feed Provider
Nov 18, 2004
Davie, FL (Miami/Fort Lauderdale Metro)
The APX6000xe is a tad bit longer and adds a hard plastic black trim piece around the top near the display and a more durable antenna.
We use the 7700xe which is the dual 450mhz conventional/800mhz trunked model.
The APX6000 drop in hard plastic belt clips DO NOT fit the 6000xe, you will need a new one.
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