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Mar 6, 2012
I work for a small ambulance service. We are currently using the VHF system as our primary radio and have the 800Mhz radios pretty much in storage for right now. We currently have EF Johnson 800Mhz radios that we recieved from the all grants about 4-5 years ago. Several agencies around us (mainly police) are currently using the EF Johnsons as their primary radio systems. I was wanting to get some opinions about whether we should keep the EF Johnsons or attempt to purchase Motorola XTS 2500's and use them. I would greatly appreciated any feedback.


EMS Dispatcher
Jul 8, 2002
Cobb County, GA
It really depends on the equipment and whether or not it is compatible with the M system. If they are, no need to get new equipment, just have the owner of the TRS do your programming. Also, it would be good to keep your VHF system up and intact for those time you cannot communicate on the TRS (for what ever reason).


5B2_BEE00 Czar
Premium Subscriber
Jul 12, 2008
Cobb County, GA Stadium Crime Zone
is your VHF system narrowbanded? are your licenses properly modified/renewed for narrowband? all you infrastructure (repeaters/base/remote RX/voter/comparators) and subscriber radios capable of narrowband? If not, NOW is the time to get this done. FCC deadline is Jan 2013.

Your EFJ's may work on your Moto 800MHz system IF they are properly flashed. EF Johnson is also one of the few subscriber radios available for Smartnet/Smartzone (type II 3600baud CC both analog and digital voice) operation that aren't from mother M.

The label on the rear of the radios has a model number, and from that I can find out what options were ordered with the radios.
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