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Zsneese

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So I was looking to replace my HT1550 with an XTS2500I. I have a few questions.
1. Is it a wise decision?
2. What does the XTS offer that my HT doesn't?
3. What is the better radio for my rural area that is running analog?
4. Will I need the smart RIB to program since it is flashport or will my original RIB work?


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Not sure why this ended up in the Kenwood forum, hopefully it gets moved for you.

Depends if you are prepared to replace your chargers, and audio accessories, and purchase a software license and programming cable

The XTS offers 3600 and 9600 trunking, as well as IMBE P25 CAI, it also likely offers more channels as well.

The XTS is likely the 'better' radio, it is likely newer, even if it is EOL, I Believe it is still supported by Motorola.

You will not need a smart rib to program it.
 

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Also if you have the proper flash code, the ability to program the radio from the keypad. Although I think the 1550 can do that with a special red battery.
 

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I am only looking to use it on analog. I have found a good deal on one and if it has more features then I am considering upgrading. I'm just not sure about whether it will be worth switching over and buying new cables and software


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It may have more features but if your only trying to use it with an Analog conventional channels keep what you have, especially if its working for you.
If you need moto trunking (not LTR Trunking) or you need P25 conventional or trunking then yeah make the jump.
I own both and both are great radios.
 
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