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dustinw251

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I had a sales rep come by the station today and brought one of the Kenwood VP5340 and he is claiming that it will now work on the Louisiana LWIN System. Well I just got over figuring out with the APX series that we needed the Digital Tone Signaling option for the QCII over P25, does Kenwood/EF Johnson have the function available on there radios for the salesman could not answer that and I like his pricing vs the Motorola for sure. But if it will not do QC then I cannot use them. anyone had any experience with these radios because it is not listed on the Spec sheet from their website
 

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Just did a google search for the model you referenced. This post was the only result.

You talking about the NX5xxx series? I'm assuming so...
 

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Just did a google search for the model you referenced. This post was the only result.

You talking about the NX5xxx series? I'm assuming so...


Sorry kenwood viking vp5430 series. Its listed on ef johnsons website.


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I know that the NX 5000 series does it so you would think that these would, but Kenwood/EFJ can't seem to get their mind straight and are just creating all of these random models instead of attempting a one size fits all like Motorola. One line, make it all options, but make it affordable. I'd think there would be so much less R&D and manufacturing costs to consolidate, but what do I know...

Just a quick question. Does anyone know if these KW/EFJ radios can be programmed to strictly monitor a trunked system? It looks like they can be programmed onto all of the P25 systems out there.
 

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The VP5430 and 6430's are labeled Kenwood and use Kenwood accessories, but you need EFJ Armada software to program them (and an EFJ system key if applicable).

They seem like really slick radios from the few I've been exposed to. The 6430 appears to be competing directly with the APX XE's, and I have a feeling they are gonna sell a lot of them.
 

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Kenwood, EF Johnson, Zetron, and JVC are going through some crazy growing pains tryingto get their products compatible with one another. They are part of the same corporate conglomerate group. This has caused a lot of issues for those buying their products, and they seem to be relying on software updates to make much of the functions work. Sometimes these updates fix one thing and create other problems. Dealing with Zetron Max Radio Dispatch and Kenwood 5000 series radios, as well as Motorola APX, I would make your local salesman show you how it works before buying anything. Have them prove to you that it works first.
 

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The VP5430 will not do 2-tone on P25, however the TK5430 will. The difference between the two is that the VP uses the EFJ armada software and the TK uses Kenwood's D1N software.
 
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