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BKR 9000

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I had the pleasure of visiting the plant in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, really nice people there too at BK
 

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I humorously suggested low band before it becomes cool again. The old guys agreed.

They are aware of the limitations. I have the 8000 for that reason. I don’t sign the checks but selling something that sounds super tech and modern isn’t too difficult to non radio people.

As for myself, if you would read my previous posts you can gather I’m attempting to dissuade the powers that be with the checkbook to change their minds about the NEXT. Although I believe it is a very neat system I don’t think it is the best solution for the city and county.

I personally believe that investing in proper 5/8 antennas over the $12 dinky wire antennas on the patrol cars and vehicular repeaters would cost much less and solve the problems they are having. That would be too logical though. We are to the point a trunked system is probably needed. Tennessee has a statewide P25 Phase II trunked system that can be joined - that is our plan.
 

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Yep, before a large sum of taxpayer money gets blown, promises made by sales folks who are ghost as soon as the purchase order signed, this is a case where a consultant with a written recommendation can be a true asset.
The idea of software as a service for LMR isn't going away, and should be known up front before buying fancy toys that may not be practical or cost effective in the long run.
 

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The BKR5000 is ONLY VHF, no other bands are available. The BKR 9000 has been pushed out to Spring (BK is now saying entire Seasons). All orders are now EIGHT WEEKS FOR FULLFILLMENT.
Spring of what year? I tried working to get these for my now former department two years ago. I told my current department they simply do not seem viable, based on my contact with BK, when I was asked to look into them as a possible all-band solution. BK sent me quotes two years ago and then all contact just vanished.
 
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Spring of what year? I tried working to get these for my now former department two years ago. I told my current department they simply do not seem viable, based on my contact with BK, when I was asked to look into them as a possible all-band solution. BK sent me quotes two years ago and then all contact just vanished.
Sounds like a typical move advanced out of Las Cruces NM does. Quote today...... gone tomorrow.
 

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They hired a top shelf Engineering team that a BIG company dumped which they are known to do when they are getting paid to much. Team scratched the original BKR9K and re-engineered it with the new team from the ground up. I got hold the new demo housing at FDIC similar to the BKR5k smaller and more rounded housing. Test radios should hit the streets later this year to iron out any issues. Then production will begin.
 

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I was gonna say look at all the other manufactures compared to BK. BK has one production warehouse with ~employees for the entire company. Ive been reassured again that the BKR-9000 will be released eventually. The difference between the 5000 and the 9000 is a few cosmetic things and an RF board.

Relm/BK has always relied on GOVT contracts so they are always bending over for them.

I’ve ditched Motorola because they want to look at everything you do with RM. Plus they absolutely price gouge you on everything.

BK is just buy the cable and the software and send it.

From looking at and actually holding a 5000 it’s looks like they are going back to the indestructible DPH/GPH roots.
 

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When you call BK Technologies now, and press #4, as directed by their brochures, it rings and then turns to a fast busy signal.
 

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They hired a top shelf Engineering team that a BIG company dumped which they are known to do when they are getting paid to much. Team scratched the original BKR9K and re-engineered it with the new team from the ground up. I got hold the new demo housing at FDIC similar to the BKR5k smaller and more rounded housing. Test radios should hit the streets later this year to iron out any issues. Then production will begin.
Red Cocoa?
 

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Yep, another thing that turned me off on Motorola.
Overpriced radio and cloud programming. Not going to happen for a small agency.
Be patient. The radio is coming! I have a customer who wants the 9000 right now. I told him to wait a little because it will be an amazing radio. You'll be able to a-la-carte type of thing. Single band, dual band or tri band. And from what I'm hearing is the price will be less than an APX8000.
 

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Be patient. The radio is coming! I have a customer who wants the 9000 right now. I told him to wait a little because it will be an amazing radio. You'll be able to a-la-carte type of thing. Single band, dual band or tri band. And from what I'm hearing is the price will be less than an APX8000.
Yeah, I talked with BK at IWCE a few years ago and they said the price will be well below Motorola.

I suspect we'll see it at IWCE either next month or next spring.

I was looking at the 5000 at APCO last week, nice looking radio, but haven't had the opportunity to use one.
 
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