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E5911

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Interested in getting a 5100. What Version do you all suggest so that I do not run into a issue with software or programming. I see alot floating out there but am wary of which radio to get.

Primarily looking for one vhf and one uhf 380-470
 

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Cant really say, because I'm a nx5000 person, however they 're end of life. So, your kind of in a neutral point. Take a chance and win, or loose.

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I have 4 5100s and they have been very good radios despite their age. My lowest version is 1.18.15 and the highest is 4.14.5. Finding a CPS was not a problem for either. Mine are a VHF used for storm spotting, a 700-800 MHz used as a scanner for the P25 in our county with transmit disabled, and a pair of 900 MHz as we have a couple of repeaters on that band.
 

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I would try to find a version 6 radio, which can be seen if you have the 6 button curved front, without the buttons separated by much space. They can also show SL in the name.


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I've got 40 or so of the government split UHF models…haven't done much with them yet.


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The 5100 series can be programmed from the keyboard, even models with limited keyboards (no number pad). If the radio does not have FPP, it is easy to add with the correct software, but cannot be added through the CPS.
 

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I have two 900 MHz ones. I really like them. Both have FPP. I don't use them a lot. I use my VX-7r as my carry radio (analog only radio). The only down side of the 5100, they are kinda heavy (I have the ultra high capacity battery's).

BTW. I'm looking for a good case, one of my radios is pretty rough looking, so that I can re-case it.
 
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