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CP200 - What's a good replacement.

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mbvita

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We are ready to migrate to Digital. The CP200 UHF is what we have now. What are my options. Would prefer a smaller, but durable version. Anybody have some experience with the newer radio's. I would think 4 to 5 watts is needed but that's a guess. Does digital go through buildings better.
 

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We are ready to migrate to Digital. The CP200 UHF is what we have now. What are my options. Would prefer a smaller, but durable version. Anybody have some experience with the newer radio's. I would think 4 to 5 watts is needed but that's a guess. Does digital go through buildings better.
Digital does not go through buildings better than analogue. What does influence building propagation is the band used, not the modulation being employed.

That said, the XPR3500 would be a good replacement if you insist on paying more than you need to for a radio. If you want a radio that is functionally like the CP200, just as durable, but cost less, look at the Vertex Standard VX-261. The company I work for, have somewhere between 70-100 VX-231 deployed and they have been rock solid.

While the VX-231 are obsolete, they have been replaced by the VX-261, and I would expect them to be as durable as the VX-231.

Not sure on price but I would guess they are significantly less than the XPR-3500.
 

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I'm not sure how much longer they will be supported, but a CP200D (MotoTRBO)would be comparable to the CP200. Price wise they were around $350 new. I'm sure you can pick up some used ones fairly cheap.

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I had a ski patrol in my area with CP200 UHF radios ask me the same question. At that time I recommended the XPR6550 handhelds or lesser optioned versions as replacements. The cost was about $600 per radio and they decided to keep the CP200's a little longer. A few months ago they mentioned that they wished they had bought the XPR6550's after seeing another group use them at their lcoation.

The other group only used their new Trbo XPR radios in analog UHF though. Like has been said, you will get slightly less range in digital mode. Many users also do not need a full keypad or display. If your needed range is less than one mile, DPL radios may be an option if you are able to leave UHF behind.
 

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I am sorry but you all are wrong on less Range on Digital. My friends and i have gotten better Range in DMR then Analog by miles, on UHF in the City of Reno. We could talk Simplex in FDMA good and we get better Range in TDMA simplex. Are XPR 3500s beat are XTS 5000 in P25 mode too.
 
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