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New Motorola Equipment Purchase Advice

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henrygt4

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Hello. It looks like my FD in Illinois will be transitioning to Starcom. We will be utilizing Motorola APX8000 dual band (VHF/7/800) portables (model 2.5) and Motorola APX8500 all-band mobiles (O2 control head). Can anyone share their thoughts and ideas on accessories and features that we need to include with this new equipment? Not every vehicle will be receiving a mobile radio, so I would like to have some type of holder/bracket for a portable radio in the mobile-less vehicles. Any thoughts on that specifically? Thank you. Henry
 

N4DES

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You might want to reach out to the State first to see what they have on contract and what your department can piggyback on. They probably have set up required feature-sets/flashcodes in the bid or bids along with accessories.
 

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NNTN7624 - charges your APX up, even comes with a cute strap to hold your radio...while you're pǝʇɹǝʌuᴉ

aluminum flat bar stock, cut to several inches in length, with nylon 1/2" spacers (or a stack of washers on each end) mounted to a bulkhead might be an option, if you're not worried about a retention device and charging. Significantly cheaper too. Just clip the battery clip right on it.
 

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If you can afford them, XE500 speaker mics. Your firefigters will be thanking you. They are so much better than normal mics like the PMMN4050 and they are specifically tailored for firefighters.

even comes with a cute strap to hold your radio...while you're pǝʇɹǝʌuᴉ
Ok, that was cool :ROFLMAO:
 
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