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My public safety uses Motorola MTS2000... well these radios looked old so I asked about them. They are on a 800 Mhz trunking system and he said that they don't have the money to upgrade the radios. Anyways...

It looks like this:

http://parts-recycling.com/Auto-Par...2000-800MHZ-trunking-portable-radio-photo.jpg

I asked him what the number buttons did and he said nothing... they just beep when pressed. Like an error beep... what are these numeric buttons used for?

How old is this type of radio? The system is a Type II system. The guy I was speaking to said they will not upgrade until they have the money to move to a digital system.


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MTS-2000's were "end of life"'d a few years ago. They could be anywhere from early 1990's to mid 2000's era.

The numeric keypad can be programmed to do a number of things, or programmed to do nothing. The fact they beep when pressed means nothing. They can be used for doing a phone patch, if the trunked system is set up for that. They can be used for setting up a "private" discussion with another radio. They can also be used for a number of other programable functions.

Likely your agency is using a SmartNet or SmartZone trunked system. They are nearing the end of their support from Motorola, so a lot of agencies are moving away from them. You can still buy new radios that will work on these systems:
Portables:
Motorola XTS series with the right code plug
Motorola MotoTrbo will do SmartNet, however if your agency is using NPSPAC frequencies, Motorola won't allow them to be programmed to those. (Don't get me started on this)
EFJohnson 5100 series.
The comparable mobiles will do it also.

Moving to digital isn't required to replace this system, but it's the likely path. We moved to Kenwood NexEdge last month and have been really happy.
I've got almost 300 each 800MHz MTS-2000's sitting in my shop waiting to be "de-programmed".
 
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