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FF2344

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I recently purchased a 2500 off of ebay. The radio has FPP and the seller stated that the flash does not match the tag due to being "reflashed" The serial is 407TEW2***. My question is, should I use it in a public safety setting? I have been, and it works perfectly, but I have read threads stating that the radio would be better suited for hobby rather than public safety. Also is it possible to tell where the radio is from solely from the Serial number?
 

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If it's one of the radios shipped from Hong Kong I would certainly not use it in a public safety capacity. In any case, you should have it retuned by a professional to ensure that it will perform optimally. If you email me the entire serial number (bezking@radioreference.com) I can tell you some details about it.
 

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I agree with the above statement. A radio from China should only be used for hobby purposes. [ham radio or scanning] However a radio sold by babylovemetoo/kotaguchi is in top shape, has tags, is tuned before he sells the radio, & the ser# is verified to not be hot. It just depends on the source of the radio. GARY N4KVE
 

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I know Ko.. Some of his radios are modified model I and II that have been upgraded also. But he does have them aligned
 

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Also for public safety use the radio needs to use a dongle key or similar method to restrict FPP from the user.

Q52 and Q53 technically are not for public safety users.
 

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The last 2500 I saw from Panter88 was a recased PR1500 that he had "upgraded".

Unfortunately for him, he left the old PR1500 tags on so the model number and serial number gave it away.

Whoever did the upgrade work also left the old model number and serial number in the codeplug as well.

Buyer beware.
 

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The last 2500 I saw from Panter88 was a recased PR1500 that he had "upgraded".

Unfortunately for him, he left the old PR1500 tags on so the model number and serial number gave it away.

Whoever did the upgrade work also left the old model number and serial number in the codeplug as well.

Buyer beware.

All the stuff I have seen from him has been great.. from who else can you get a fully functional model 3 for 400 bux. Would I trust my life on it? Not a chance..
 

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Panter88 vs Panter88888

I enquired through EBay customer service about the 2 user id's and was informed that they are located in different areas? With different contact info? Does anyone know anymore about these guys? I have read a lot of pros and cons about Panter88 but nothing about Panter88888

Waiting to hear
 

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FWIW, pretty sure they are the same guy. I've gotten 2500's from both and all are (or at least from the actual hardware seem to be) real 2500's (albeit recased) most are within spec but would need an alignment to perform 100% optimally.

I wouldn't say "buyer beware" but, I would NOT suggest using these radios for ANYTHING other then hobbyist use (scanner or otherwise).
 
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