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Harris P7300 or Motorola XTS5000

What radio do you like the best and why?


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I wanted to see everybodys opion on these radios. Take a vote on the one you like the best and tell me why you choose that radio. Do you like it becasue of the features or because its not bulky? Tell me what you think.
 

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I do not know about either radio. But with weight and size ( the XTS is no longer manufactured - the APX has replaced it ) - I would go with the Harris.

The Harris P7300 is dual band.....with encryption capability. From what I seen, the Harris radio is more marketable, and very...very competitive with the Motorola.

Pick the Harris......With what the Harris offers in size and weight....I would.


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I do not know about either radio. But with weight and size ( the XTS is no longer manufactured - the APX has replaced it ) - I would go with the Harris.

The Harris P7300 is dual band.....with encryption capability. From what I seen, the Harris radio is more marketable, and very...very competitive with the Motorola.


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The P7300 is not actually dual-band, this is a misnomer on the part of Harris as they dictate that 700/800 is actually 2- different bands. What the P7300 is however is Phase 2 capable.
 

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Dual band? You must mean 700-800. Never seen a VHF-UHF P7300.

XTS5000. Crap ton of features, AES, DES, ADP, Motorola proprietary formats Harris doesn't support as well as P25 formats. Expensive software, requires a software license and firmware refresh keys.

Harris. Crap ton of features. AES, OpenSky, Provoice, Harris proprietary formats Motorola doesn't support as well as P25 formats. VERY expensive software, but Harris software supports EVERY RADIO made, pretty much. Licensing required, locked to ONE computer per license. Firmware, refresh, rebuild the radio from the ground up if its bricked, all part of tech support. Need a new feature? Call them up, read them some info out of the radio, give them your credit card. Type in the new data when they email it to you, reboot the radio. Presto! new feature.

BOTH require software licensing. BOTH require proprietary cables. BOTH are good solid radios. All depends on what you are familiar with, what you have already, and what you are willing to spend.

The good thing about Harris, is if you don't like the firmware in the radio, you can dial it back to a previous version. Not so with Motorola, unless you are using tools that are not legal nor supported by the factory.
 

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The P7300 is not actually dual-band, this is a misnomer on the part of Harris as they dictate that 700/800 is actually 2- different bands. What the P7300 is however is Phase 2 capable.

I never seen the sense in 700 and 800 mhz anyway....and the Harris 700 & 800 Mhz....I did not know.

You are essentially sending a 22 caliber bullet to do the job in alot of locations...of a 6 mm. ( comparing bullets to the travel and capability of "banded" radio signals )


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We are exclusively MA/COM and Harris on my department, but we don't have any 7300 portables. We still use 7100 series and a few of us now carry XG-75's.

I love their stuff.
 

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My primary portable for work is a P7300 that I use on three separate EDACS systems and from time to time on a P25 system. Over all it is a decent radio.


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Here is a side by side of the two as well as one including the APX6000 and XG-100p for further comparison.






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Here is a side by side of the two as well as one including the APX6000 and XG-100p for further comparison.






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My primary portable for work is a P7300 that I use on three separate EDACS systems and from time to time on a P25 system. Over all it is a decent radio.


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Are the APX6000,XTS5000 and the P7300 all the same band?
 
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We are exclusively MA/COM and Harris on my department, but we don't have any 7300 portables. We still use 7100 series and a few of us now carry XG-75's.

I love their stuff.
HAHAHAHAH I am so sorry. O the pain you must go through everyday using a radio that says "Harris". You obviously have never used a Moto if you LOVE Harris.
 
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Here is a side by side of the two as well as one including the APX6000 and XG-100p for further comparison.

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I'm so sorry those Motos have to put up with being in a pic with Harris radios. My heart goes out to them. Although this is a good comparison, showing just how much better the physical radios looks compared to the Harris's. That P7300 i guess, looks like its bloated and bursting at the seams meanwhile I guess the Unity could be used to play games on with that screen size. Not sure whats going on with that. But then again, look how nice and sleek the XTS and APX radios are. Interesting.
 

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You Sir, are in-cor-rect. XTS5000s came in VHF, UHF and 800.

Every radio mentioned comes in all of those bands. I was responding the exact posed regarding the radios pictured.

As for the remainder of your comments, I haven't even heard such a lavish overplay from Apple fanboys. I'm not sure what your Motorola fetish is but as someone that is a public safety trunked system admin and has worked on radios from multiple vendors for many years, many vendors have kicked out great and not so great models. I find the P7300 to be very comparable to the APX6000 and the XTS5000 to be comparable to the P7100. The Unity doesn't have quite as good audio as the APX7000 but is more useful for my applications.


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I'm not sure what your Motorola fetish is

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Everybody has a favorite team in sports. I have a favorite brand. Just like with any die hard sports fan, they will defend their team and stick with them no matter what. I always have and always will stick with Moto. Thats my brand. You should see my team spirit. LOL

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HAHAHAHAH I am so sorry. O the pain you must go through everyday using a radio that says "Harris". You obviously have never used a Moto if you LOVE Harris.
What pain?
Our M/A-Com (Harris) EDACS trunked system has been virtually trouble free since day one. Our 7100 series portables and mobiles have been extremely reliable and are very simple to use and capable of much more than what we need them to do. Going from a conventional Motorola VHF system to the Harris 800 EDACS system was by far the best thing we have done in my 25 years with the department.

I had a visit with the local Air Force Base fire department earlier in the week and they did not have much good to say about their Motorola system.
 

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So many agencies like the legacy EDACS system that they are planning on supporting them internally after Harris ceases all support. I am still servicing Orions and Jaguars for customers. They just don't give up.
 
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