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Latest radio to replace Motorola ATS2500

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The company I work with is using ATS 2500 radios. I need to buy a radio for myself and they will program it for me. What mobile radio is a good replacement for the Motorola ATS 2500?

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A much better approach to this is to ask your employer what they recommend.
The important thing is that they need to have the programming software and cable for the radio they are going to "program for you". It's very unlikely they have the ability to program any radio you show up with. And the programming to support trunking can be pretty complex.

Ideally, you need to find a ATS-2500 with the correct bandsplit and options as they use on their system.
 

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The company has the software and cables that they use to program the old ATS 2500 radios so they said just get whatever Motorola radio is the latest replacement for the ATS2500. So basically I am asking what new Motorola radio has replaced the ATS2500 line.

Thanks for your help.
 

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If I recall those used smart net, or smart zone.

The apx may be your to go IF you can get the flash for smartnet, or smart zone whichever is used.

There are xts 2500s, 1500s out there used with smartnet, smartzone.

Key is to find out if they (your employer) use LTR, smartnet, smartzone and go from there.
 

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The company has the software and cables that they use to program the old ATS 2500 radios so they said just get whatever Motorola radio is the latest replacement for the ATS2500. So basically I am asking what new Motorola radio has replaced the ATS2500 line.

Thanks for your help.

OK.
So, providing some more info would help us out a whole lot.
Where are you located? What system do you need to access? The more specific you can be, the more likely we can get you more detailed info.
 

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Probably more important is the specific frequencies.

Since the ATS-2500's were not sold in the USA, and most of us are located there, we may not know all the details about what is legal/required in your country. As said above, the ATS-2500 did SmartNet/SmartZone trunking. There's a lot of radios on the used market that will do that, but you'd need to know if they were legal to use in your country.

Many years ago I ran a SmartNet trunked system, and we used a lot of MTS-2000's, XTS-2500's and some EF-Johnson 5100's.

If you want new, the APX line might be your best option. Kenwood/EF-Johnson still make some SmartNet/SmartZone capable radios on their EF Johnson product line.
 

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Your company does not supply you with a radio so you can do your job?

Non government small businesses or medium ones tend to buy and build a system them self. At one time they may have had a IT guy or someone over it and as time went on they left and it works and leaves the well if you want one buy one we can't find any anymore.

Seen it happen on the older passport type systems in non government businesses, that refuse to hire a radio shop again due to costs. Their manager says we can't buy or find them but if you want one find it and we got the stuff to set it up.
 
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