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Can anyone identify this radio?

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Just a picture of a control head is not very helpful as that particular control head could be used on multiple radios (much the same with Motorola, EF Johnson, and other manufacturers products).
 

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Can anyone help me identify thos radio. It was taken out of a truck, they want to sell for $100. I want to see if it is worth it.

If you have to ask, it's probably not worth it.

Not taking a dig at you, just saying that buying random radios is usually a bad idea.
No way to tell what band that is from the photo. Could be VHF Hi, VHF low, UHF, 800?

Question would be, 'what do you need'?

$100 isn't a good price for rando-radio. Not knowing what band it is, questionable background, questionable condition, questionable accessories.
Then you need to deal with software and programming cables.

And then you might find that a radio that old is out of alignment and won't work worth beans.


If you have a specific need, you'd do better shopping for a radio that meets those specific needs.
Or, offer the guy $10 for it and spin the wheel….
 

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If you have to ask, it's probably not worth it.

Not taking a dig at you, just saying that buying random radios is usually a bad idea.
No way to tell what band that is from the photo. Could be VHF Hi, VHF low, UHF, 800?

Question would be, 'what do you need'?

$100 isn't a good price for rando-radio. Not knowing what band it is, questionable background, questionable condition, questionable accessories.
Then you need to deal with software and programming cables.

And then you might find that a radio that old is out of alignment and won't work worth beans.


If you have a specific need, you'd do better shopping for a radio that meets those specific needs.
Or, offer the guy $10 for it and spin the wheel….

What he said.

Looking at the picture it appears to be either an Orion or an M7100; I don't recall offhand if that control head was used on any other radios or not.

If what you're looking for is VHF or UHF and the radio is an M7100 it might be worthwhile, but if it's an Orion it's probably not worth the effort unless you're an inveterate tinkerer. If it's 800 MHz don't bother.
 

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I'd pass. Unless you were getting it for free or less than like $20. It's not worth it. Like mmckenna said, there's newer better stuff out there.
 

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DO NOT ASK ME FOR HELP PROGRAMMING YOUR RADIO. NO.
It's commonly known as an Orion or an M7100 and may be VHF, UHF, or 800 MHz. If it's 800 it's hardly worth shipping. It's worth a bit more if it's in a VHF or UHF split that's useful to you.

They're good radios, just pretty obsolete and getting long in the tooth at this point.

The simplest way to find out if it's an Orion vs. an M7100 is to look at the radio chassis. If the gasket is orange it's an Orion, if it's blue it's an M7100.

The M7100 is newer but they share the same control heads and are operationally the same. Difference being, M7100s are capable of P25 (phase 1 only) trunking while Orions are not capable of P25 trunking at all.
 

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The M7100 is newer but they share the same control heads and are operationally the same. Difference being, M7100s are capable of P25 (phase 1 only) trunking while Orions are not capable of P25 trunking at all.

I've found that the M7100 series is a bit easier to use in the ham bands than the Orion; VHF and UHF M7100s work right away, while Orions generally tended to need some internal tweaking due to VCO lock issues, especially below 146 MHz.
 
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