Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000HXE

20-June-2020, at 0805 Hours PDT: I still feel and believe The Hulk is one of the best purchases I made for 2020; and, I would repeat this purchase if I had to do it all over again.

I will be the first to admit, The Hulk is definitely more than a HAM operator would ever need in a transceiver; but, for me, I was raised to not be without. In other words, I don’t wanna be in a situation whereby my transceiver can’t do something out in the field.

Would I ever need night-goggles out in the field; hence, does my transceiver need a night-goggle feature?

Most likely not, but if I did, I wanna make sure my transceiver can accommodate the night-goggles.

Will I ever TX on the 700/800 band?

Most likely not; but, if a mission got me to a point that I needed to, I wanna make sure I can; and, The Hulk can.

I am really enjoying using The Hulk; I really dig the RX quality — The Hulk picks up RX from many miles away, long-distance simplex freqs seems like a piece of cake, and I also am learning more about The Hulk’s excellent GPS acquisition capabilities — lock-on is quick, sustainable, and balls-to-the-walls accurate!

18-June-2020, @ 1448 Hours PDT: While I was napping after two hours of playing tennis under the scorching sun against three different players, I got home, showered, ate my late lunch, and went to take a nap.

All of a sudden I was woken up by an RX from CA Fire’s Air-TAC to Morgan Hill, CA’s Fire Comm Dispatcher.

Could this be possible?

The reason I’m impressed is because CA Fire is a simplex frequency. Morgan Hill is ~ 80 ground miles Southwest of Eagle’s Nest. I’m in my bedroom, and I’m picking up the simplex TX from a fire ground crew in Patterson, CA, talking with Morgan Hill Dispatch, and CA Fire Air-TAC.

Incredible, I thought to myself…I really dig my Motorola APX 8000HXE; the RX on this transceiver is AMAZING!

I also programmed my transceiver controls to match SFPD’s transceiver’s controls.

Yes, it is definitely worth the price I paid for it!

15-June-2020, at 1400 Hours PDT: I wanted to test my noise-cancellation at the pistol range today, but the range was not operational today.

(CAPTION: My trustworthy Motorola XPR 7550e receiving a TX from my Motorola APX 8000HXE at a construction site with nose-cancellation feature on.)

So, I decided to venture over to a construction site about one ground mile west of Eagle’s Nest. Directly behind me, were construction workers using a hi-pressure jet water hose to blast the dirt and mud off the street of the site they were working on.

I wish I had someone to record me at the site; because, it was really loud. I had to exercise due diligence to ensure I was not yelling into the mic; because, if I did yell into Hulk’s mic, my TX would be way too hot into the receiving transceiver, which was my trusted Motorola XPR 7550e.

The hissing sound you might hear my TX I’m the video is not the hi-pressure jet water hose — it is the normal airwave noise that all transceivers have during RX and TX.

13-June-2020, @ 2100 Hours PDT: Hanging out with my mum and sister at my mum’s penthouse. While they were talking, I made contact with an operator ~56 ground miles north of Eagle’s Nest. The RX was so crystal clear; and, the WIN operator mentioned my TX was also crystal clear — he was surprised that I was so crystal clear given my distance, no LOS, and using a rubber-duck and hand-held transceiver only pushing ~5 watts (UHF).

12-June-2020, @ 1030 Hours PDT: I ordered a high-capacity battery from Motorola. It’s an intrinsically-safe Impress battery.

It’s going through the conditioning process; after the conditioning process is complete, it will go through the charging cycle.

Now, Hulk is fully charged with its high-capacity intrinsically-safe Impress battery.

It reminds me of an extended magazine for my Sig Sauer side-arm.

It is much bigger than the stock Impress intrinsically-safe battery.

I played tennis today; and, while I was waiting for my tennis partner to show up, I wanted to test Hulk’s range; so, I pick out a repeater in Palo Alto, CA, which is ~45 ground mile from the tennis courts in San Francisco; and, I’m so impressed with Hulk’s RX range…check our the clarity of the operator’s TX…crystal clear on an analog repeater at ~45 ground miles SouthWest of the San Francisco tennis courts I was scheduled to use.

So, if you wanna get a Hulk or any APX model, such as, APX 6000, APX 7000, or APX 8000, you wanna make sure you have, at the minimum, these features in your flash-code:

  • all four bands activated,
  • Federal FPP,
  • P-25 Phase 1 & Phase 2 activated, and
  • Trunking

These are the important key features you want in your flash-code. My flash-code is fully loaded; and, I have software-driven encryption in addition to hardware-driven encryption. For HAM stuff, encryption is no permitted; so, you don’t need any encryption.

Hulk was suppose to go to a federal agency; so, it was fully loaded when I got it. It even has nigh-goggles setting for covert night missions.

11-June-2020, @ 1100 Hours PDT: Okay, this coming Saturday, 13-June-2020, @ 1330 Hours PDT, will mark my two-week ownership of my brand new Motorola APX 8000HXE. I am extremely happy with it; and, I am more amazed by it with each day I use it. I sleep with it; I work-out with it, such as doing my HIITs or playing tennis; it is with me 24/7; and, it is quite the conversation-starter with the public.

I get questions like, Is that a satellite phone? What is that thing? Are you a cop? Are you a para-medic? Are you a fire [fighter]? Are you secret service? Are you an FBI agent? It that a walkie-talkie? When this CoVid-19 gets a vaccine, would you like to get together? (Female human being I met at Starbuck’s this week; we showed each other our pictures on our iPhones; and, now, we are texting, and going on walks — she’s pretty and smart.)

I enjoy fielding the questions, and I always give a demonstration on an analog frequency…I do my demonstrations on analog; because, I know more operators on analog that monitor the repeaters; hence, 100% of the time, I know I will get a response.

After my demonstration, they ask where they can buy one; and, I chuckle and say, well, you need to take your FCC HAM license test; and, once you pass, then you can look into purchasing A transceiver, but you definitely don’t wanna buy this one at your beginning stages…if you still are adamant in getting this one, then we can talk; but, first pass your test.

My HAM mentor, N6MVT, spent many years at the Motorola farm working on transceivers; he was a technician there, and he knows a lot about Motorola. When I first got my license ~five years ago, he got me into a Yaesu. I learned all about that transceiver…after a month or so; he was impressed with my quick progress; and, my ability to quickly understand the technical aspects of stuff; hence, he said, ahh, grass-hoppa…it is time for you to graduate to the world of Motorola [transceivers]. You will now learn about DMR, then P-25, and Motorola.

So, I purchased, upon his recommendation, I purchased two brand new Motorola XPR 7550e — one UHF and one VHF (no “e”). I don’t like buying used stuff…it’s a quirk of mine…all my stuff needs to be brand new — new old stock is fine…as long as I’m the first owner, and the stuff is new…then, I’m a happy camper.

Within a month or so, I quickly learned the Motorola way of doing things; and, I never complained; I just assumed the position, like my acting instructor use to tell me whenever I had to do a scene or role that I did not wanna do, and I did it — without complaints and with extreme focus and discipline in order to achieve my objectives and goals.

I would go on to purchase additional Motorola transceivers, such as, but not limited to, the Motorola XTS 5000 Model III (700/800), Motorola XTS 5000 Model II (UHF R2), and the Motorola XTS 5000R Model II (UHF R1). With each of my Motorolas, I assumed the position and went through the learning curve with extreme focus and discipline, and I completed my objectives and goals with each of them.

Now, I’m proud to say, I earned my seat at the Motorola table — I can sit with the big boys now — no longer do I sit with the kiddies at the small table located in the kitchen corner…I am now sitting at the dining room table, in the dining room, with the big Boyz.

Of course, I’m not at the head of the table; I am nowhere near the head of the table; because, like all things in life, there is a pecking order, and those Motorola operators at the head or near the head of the table have years upon years of knowledge and experiences that make them HAM and Motorola gurus; but, the cool thing is I now have access to them, and while I sit, listen, and keep my mouth shut, I am learning — constantly learning.

I take pride in saying, many HAM operators don’t have the patience, acumen, interest, focus, discipline, nor temperament get into the Motorola world. It is in my nature to learn and expand my knowledge — I’ve been that way ever since I was a kid. I love and need to learn; and, I enjoy challenges, stress, and crisis — I work best at those levels — add the element of a time restriction, well, you just made me the happiest camper — in all my life in and out of HAM, I always met my deadlines with a functional product, a viable solution, or an effective and efficient project plan.

It took me about five minutes to understand the Motorola APX 8000HXE’s CPS; then, it took me about a week to enter all the frequencies I use on P-25, VHF, and UHF R1. Within that week, I started to learn about various features of the Motorola APX 8000HXE; and, I’m still learning about the CPS’s settings to apply to my Motorola APX 8000HXE in order for it to do certain things out in the field…like, noise-cancellation.

The Motorola APX 8000HXE is a quad band; though, I really only use two bands: UHF R1 and VHF. The Motorola APX 8000HXE has both P-25 Phase I and Phase II; though, I only use Phase I. Yes, the Motorola APX 8000HXE is more than I will ever need or use.

I know the way to program NAS (Non Affiliate Scanning) on any of the first responder’s bands: 700/800 and UHF R2; but, I don’t do NAS; because, it is my opinion that an error in the NAS can create communications problems for first responders that can lead to a life-n-death situation; so, I have no intentions of using my Motorola APX 8000HXE as a high-end police and fire NAS scanner.

So, why so much fire power if I’m only use three feature sets?

Well, if you read the earlier part of this BLOG, you will learn that the Motorola APX 8000HXE was not my first choice — hell, it wasn’t even on my radar.

My first choice was the Motorola APX 7000 UHF R1 and VHF. Since it is an item no longer produced by Motorola, I had two options: old stock new transceiver, or buy it used. I was coming close to having to go with the latter; because, there was no old stock new transceiver out in the market; so, I was interviewing APX 7000 owners from which I can purchase their Motorola APX 7000.

Suddenly, I came across a old stock new transceiver Motorola APX 7000 UHF R1 and VHF. The asking price was $3995.99 — call it, $4000; it was on eBay…now, if you read my previous BLOGs, you will know I don’t like sellers of transceiver stuff on eBay…most of them are schmucks of questionable characters; and, as I always mentioned, stay away from eBay sellers that don’t provide a return policy. Most likely, those sellers are selling transceivers and transceiver equipment that are faulty and/or have questionable backgrounds.

This eBay seller must have been on crack; and, to boot, he did not have a return policy — double Fuck That and add Fuck Him to the slew of profanity that went through my head and mouth, as I read his eBay page regarding his $4000 Motorola APX 7000 that was old stock new item.

Where in your tiny mind do you think I’m gonna drop $4000 for your discontinued Motorola APX 7000? And, to boot, you’re not taking refunds?

I’m not some dumb china-man who just got off the boat — in fact, I was born here in America; so, strike the boat analogy…and just go to the dumb china-man part of my statement. Oh yeah…wait a minute, I ain’t even Chinese — my mum is from Taiwan, which means I’m part Taiwanese; hence, I have no Chinese in me…so, strike that whole fucking analogy, and replace it with this analogy: do you think I was born yesterday?

I can get a brand new Motorola APX 8000 for ~$4000!

So, off I went to get a brand new Motorola APX 8000.

I was talking to my Motorola guy; and, he told me you got it — I will get it to you; but, it’s gonna take about a month — you’re a low priority customer — the APX 8000s first go to first responders — once they are fed, then you will get yours in about a month or so. I said, bummer — I’m very impatient, but I have no choice — let’s do this!

About a week later, Motorola contacts me; and, I’m told that a brand new Motorola APX 8000HXE is available to me if I’m willing to pay the extra price difference. If so, Motorola will get the APX 8000HXE to me by 30-May-2020.

I said, sure…money is not an issue with me…I will take it…oh, by the way, What is an APX 8000HXE?

Motorola explained it to me; and, you can read about it here: Motorola Solutions: Motorola APX 8000HXE.

My personal lay-man’s description the Motorola APX 8000HXE is this…take a regular Motorola APX 8000 injected with uber amounts of steroids and radiation; stick in a gamma radiation chamber, like the one David Banner laid in, and turn on the radiation chamber to an insane amount; and, boom…you got the Motorola APX 8000HXE.

I don’t affectionately named my Motorola APX 8000HXE, The Hulk, just because it’s green…I named my Motorola APX 8000HXE The Hulk because it practically indestructible in extreme environments: 500-degree Fahrenheit temperature for five minutes, extreme height impact shock resistance, 4-hour submersion in water, intrinsically safe in all flammable vapor environments, extreme sound, and so on.

The Motorola APX 8000 is the top-of-the-line Motorola transceiver now…above the top-of-the-line, there’s a tier Motorola calls, Flagship, and thats the Motorola APX 8000HXE — it is Motorola’s best APX 8000 transceiver, which is labeled as the appended by the letters HXE.

Okay…for you fellow Ferrari owners (I’ve owned two Ferraris for over 25 years)…think of it this way…we have our Ferraris that most of us can purchase for several hundred thousand dollars — no problem for us to get those Ferraris at that price…but, as you know, there is the Super Ferraris, such as my favorite Super Ferrari, La Ferrari, which costs one-two million dollars from Ferrari; and, as you also know, Ferrari only sells those Super Ferraris, which are extremely limited in production, to their special Ferrari clients. Those clients have been long-time customers of Ferrari and have made Super Ferrari purchases many times in the past. Ferrari owners like you and me won’t be considered for these Super Ferraris until we prove ourselves to Ferrari by way of our financial powers and our personal characters.

If we wanna get a Super Ferrari, we have to find it through other sources; and, it will be more expensive than the price Ferrari is selling it; and, even then, that is less likely to happen; because, Ferrari owners sign a first-right-of-refusal to Ferrari and the Ferrari dealership. This stops Ferrari owners from selling their exclusive Ferraris in the secondary market for triple the price they purchased it from Ferrari; and, if they break this contract, Ferrari excommunicates them from the Ferrari organization, which means they will be dropped off the exclusive Ferrari owners’ list, which means no more access to the newest Ferraris or the Super Ferraris from the dealership or from the Ferrari organization.

Well, the Motorola APX 8000HXE is the La Ferrari in the Motorola product line. It is the super apex predator of the Motorola line; and, it is first reserved to first responders…in other words, Motorola will first sell to first responders; and, if there are no back-orders for first responders, then guys like me will be able to get one.

Serendipity worked in my favor, and I immediately told Motorola, yes!

I paid the extra differential, and Saturday, 30-May-2020, I took possession and custody of my brand new Motorola APX 8000HXE.

During my two weeks, I did a number of tests; and, I’m still testing it. One of the features I tested was the noise-cancellation on both the RX and TX; and, I was utterly amazed. Through jack-hammers, firearms getting discharged, and talking in the shower, my Motorola APX 8000HXE cancelled out those competing noise backgrounds, and the recipient of my TX did not hear a single sound except my voice — amazing.

The other thing I really enjoy and noticed is the RX is super sensitive on the Motorola APX 8000HXE…it can pick up RX from distances I didn’t expect — for example, simplex transmissions from KTVU base-station in Oakland, California to the KTVU Sky-Fox Helo two miles up in the air.

The sound quality is clear; and, it sounds like I’m talking and listening on my Apple iPhone 11 Pro.

It’s body fits perfectly in my hands and the controls knobs are big and fat; so, I can make a good purchase when I grab the body and tune the transceiver without any problems whatsoever — with or without gloves.

I like that the indices provide me with a good sound and feel of click to reinforce in my mind and hand that I am locked into whatever setting I choose.

I dig the Gorilla Glass for the front screen and top screen — no more worrying about scratches.

The top screen is so useful when I have my Motorola APX 8000HXE on my belt.

The biggest feature I enjoy…quad-band frequencies all in one transceiver — now, I don’t need to carry two transceivers…I just carry one.

Another big feature I enjoy is the Federal FPP. My Motorola XPR 7550e has FPP, too; so, I’m glad it was available on the Motorola APX 8000HXE, too.

I really dig the hi-viz green — easy to spot!

Any negatives?

None yet.

I will be doing a water submersion test next week; so, I will update this BLOG with pictures and my results. It’s suppose to be water resistant to up to four hours of submersion.

8-June-2020, at 0005 Hours PDT: My Motorola APX 8000HXE is a functional work of art…as mentioned, I affectionately call it, The Hulk.

Hulk ergonomically fits perfectly in my hands, and I get a good purchase on it; so, I don’t feel like it’s gonna slip out of my hand.

My next test is to introduce the Hulk into the water — I will take the Hulk into the shower with me to simulate a heavy rain storm and RX and TX from the shower.

The GPS on my Motorola APX 8000HXE, like my Motorola XPR 7550e, is quick and dead-on accurate.

7-June-2020, @ 1400 Hours PDT: I am truly impressed with the RX quality of my Motorola APX 8000HXE.

(CAPTION: Motorola APX 8000HXE on CARLA System 7: San Jose (www.CARLARadio.net)

This clip show a simplex RX and TX with KTVU’s helo, call-sign, Sky-Fox.

I am indoors in San Francisco, and the communications between control and the helo driver is ~30 miles east of my location in Oakland.

Towards the middle and end of the clip, Sky-Fox is up in the air communicating with control. The the simplex communications is still crystal clear.

Amazing clarity and clean RX coming into my Motorola APX 8000HXE. I’m very happy with my purchase.

6-June-2020, @ 1825 Hours PDT:

While driving around, I hooked up my Motorola APX 8000HXE to the mag-mount antenna, and I was able to easily pick up KTVU’s Helo-driver covering the protestors from and eagle’s eye view. I was really happy for the simplex connection with Sky-fox (call-sign for the KTVU helo). Also, I was really happy that I carried only one transceiver instead of two: UHF and VHF.

I was able to listen to my Marine frequencies and access the VHF P-25 network via the Alameda/Oakland P-25 repeater.

5-June-2020, @ 0842 Hours PDT: I finally finished programming all the amateur frequencies I want into my Motorola APX 8000HXE.

I’m so impressed with this transceiver…one of the things I noticed in my close to one week of ownership, is the excellent RX.

I’m in Sausalito, CA, waiting for my tennis partner to hit. While waiting, I heard a distress call from a captain on MAR16: Distress. He was loud and clear with his location, situation, and needs. His boat was stuck in mud, due to low tide, in the SSF area.

MAR16: Distress is simplex.

USCG Station Golden Gate acknowledged the captain’s distress.

Of course, my Motorola APX 8000HXE’s TX is excellent, too, as shown in the video clips below in this BLOG.

Tonight, 5-June-2020, I will begin the programming of SFPD and SFFD into my Motorola APX 8000HXE.

I am fortunate to be able to afford the wonderful professional heavy duty transceiver. It’s nice to feel my Motorola APX 8000 HXE exceeded my needs and wants in a communications device both in a mission-critical environment, as well as a social environment — the fact that I don’t need to carry multiple commercial/professional transceivers is a HUGE benefit with my Motorola APX 8000HXE.

4-June-2020: I am ~55% complete with my code-plug. I completed ~45% of my code-plug last night, 3-June-2020, which contains the following frequencies:

  • Marine Channels: SAR, Boaters, Traffic, Distress, and USCG
  • GMRS/FRS frequencies: all
  • Bay Area P-25 and SoCal P-25 repeaters
  • CARLA: 50% complete
  • PAPA System’s analog repeaters: all
  • openSpot2 P-25 reflector
  • 20 FPP Blanks: 10 for analog and 10 for P-25
  • Bay Area analog repeaters: W6TP, W6OOL, WA6GG, K6DNA, BayNet (1,2,4, & 6), WB6ECE, K6QLF, AD6TF, W6RCA, and K6TLI (I deleted a lot of Bay Area repeaters from my list; and, the ones listed might get deleted, as well, depending on my usage — CARLA and PAPA System are my priority repeaters.)
  • WIN System: SoCal
  • WIN System: Bay Area (Napa and San Jose)
  • Stores

Tonight, 4-June-2020, I will complete the rest of CARLA, and I hope to get Cal-Net done. After these are done, I will be 100% complete for the amateur frequencies.

The next set of frequencies I will need to program is SFPD, SFFD, OPD, OFD, AlCo Sheriff’s Office, AlCo PD, AlcoFD, LAPD, LAFD, NYPD, and NYFD.

After those frequencies are done, I will be 100% complete with my code-plug for my Motorola APX 8000HXE.

3-June-2020: I really dig this Motorola APX 8000HXE. As far as I know, according to the Motorola, I’m the only civilian in the state of California that owns the Motorola APX 8000HXE — granted…I can’t think of any civilian interest in owning this transceiver or knows about it — why would they want one?

I learned Motorola reserves these transceivers for their first responders (e.g., firefighters, LEOs, military, and so on). Once those agencies get their Motorola APX 8000HXE, then it goes out to civilians, but there is a pecking order in the civilian market, too — preferential treatment goes to those licensed Motorola Distributors that have good standing with Motorola.

Bottom line…it’s tough to get one; and, granted, most HAM operators ain’t gonna drop $XX,000.00 (retail) on a brand new Motorola APX 8000HXE nor a regular brand new Motorola transceiver for that matter. So, even though I take pride in being the only civilian operator in California to own one, it doesn’t mean a damn thing — it is just a personal goal I set and accomplished; and, you know the way I am about achieving my objectives to get to my goals (Ferraris) — yes?

Yesterday, 2-June-2020, I test out the Noise-Cancellation feature of my Motorola APX 8000HXE at an active corporate construction site in San Francisco, CA.

(CAPTION: My Motorola transceiver collection — not shown are my Motorola Radius CP200 (VHF and Motorola Radius CP200 UHF — my mum has the UHF for part of her emergency auxiliary communications; and, the VHF is in its box after acquiring the Motorola XPR 7550 VHF.)

Noise-cancellation is amazing.

Can you hear the jack-hammer that is ~50ft in front of me?

Can you hear the bull-dozer moving blocks of concrete and dirt and loading them up into the trailer of an 18-wheeler that is ~50 ft away from me?

Can you hear the industrial saws cutting rods of iron that is ~20 away from me?

How about the industrial-size gas compressor that is pumping electricity to to the contractors electrical tools? I’m standing within one foot of that industrial-size compressor — can you hear it running?

If you can hear those items in my TX, well…you have some impressive auditory qualities.

According to my ears, I hear none of those things…I am unnecessarily over-modulating (yelling into my Motorola APX 8000HXE mic) — all I need to do is speak in a normal tone in this type of environment; because the Motorola APX 8000HXE’s noise-cancellation setting doesn’t require yelling into the mic.

Pretty impressive, eh?

Today, 3-June-2020, I’m going to the shooting range to discharge my three Sig Sauer sidearms — I have been idle for ~three months; and, I have volunteer duties with the sheriff’s office this coming weekend, and I wanna be on-point.

I will test the noise-cancellation at the shooting range today, as weapons get discharged.

1-June-2020: This is my third day with the Motorola APX 8000HXE; and, I really like it, so much!

The quality of the RX and TX is so exceptional. I’m still learning about it.

Here is a video clip of an RX from a repeater that is ~30 ground miles Northwest of the video location.

29-May-2020: I know what you’re thinking…What is happening? I know in the past updates, I said, It’s official! regarding the Motorola APX 7000, then the Motorola APX 8000HXE, then the Motorola APX 8000; and, now, back to the Motorola APX 8000HXE.

Well, now, as of today, 29-May-2020, @ 1257 Hours PDT, it is OFFICIAL: I ended up getting the Motorola APX 8000HXE fully loaded from the Motorola Factory.

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(CAPTION: My new Motorola APX 8000HXE, which I bought brand new from the Motorola Factory; I affectionately call my Motorola APX 8000HXE, The Hulk.)

Here’s what’s included in the Motorola APX 8000HXE flash-code in addition to the basic features that are not in the Flash-code but in the firmware of the transceiver; I see only 6 features I will use in the list for my HAM operations, which I bolded:

  • Q806: ASTRO IMBE Digital Operation
  • QA02006: APX XE Rugged Radio
  • G996: OTA Provisioning
  • QA04447: Geofence
  • Q52: Federal Government FPP
  • Q498: Hardware Multi-Key Encryption with OTAR
  • QA01767: ASTRO 25 Trunking Radio Authentication
  • QA09000: Tone Signaling
  • QA00570: Primary Band: VHF
  • QA00571: Primary Band: UHF Range 1
  • QA00572: Primary Band: UHF Range 2
  • QA00569: Primary Band: 700/800 (Multi-Bit Option)
  • QA09001: Wi-Fi Capability
  • QA00583: Bluetooth Enable Operation
  • QA01749: Legacy SW System Key Enable
  • QA01843: Man Down Operation
  • H38: SmartZone System Operation
  • QA09008: Group Services
  • QA00631: DVRS PSU Activation
  • QA00782: Enable GPS Operation
  • Q947: APCO Packet Data Interface
  • QA03399: Enhanced Data Operation
  • QA09012: Mission Critical Geofencing
  • Q387: Conventional Voting Scan
  • Q173: SmartZone OmniLink MultiZone Operation
  • QA00982: Site Selectable Alert
  • QA00580: Enable TDMA Operation
  • H02: Encrypted Tactical Inhibit
  • QA03176: Basic Collaboration Software (APX/LEX 700 Phase 1)
  • Q361: ASTRO 25 9600 BAUD Trunking
  • QA06985: Night Vision Goggles Enable
  • Q445: Fire-ground Accountability Software
  • QA03768: P25 Common Air Interface
  • QA07682: SmartConnect
  • KG1-ADP
  • KG2-DDES-OFB
  • KG3-DES-XL
  • KG4-AES256
  • KG5-AES-GCM

I don’t know all the other stuff on the list.

(CAPTION: Motorola APX 8000HXE Customer Programming Software (CPS))

It is a Division 1 intrinsically safe transceiver, which can endure a severe shock, 500-degree Fahrenheit temperature for five minutes, extreme impact, operate in highly flammable environments, and submersion for four hours in 6 feet of water.

The other feature I’m excited to use is the noise cancellation feature — check out this video clip:

All the glass on the Motorola APX 8000HXE is Gorilla Glass. The Motorola APX 8000HXE is a Motorola APX 8000 on steroids and gamma radiation — I will name my APX 8000HXE, Hulk — the Marvel Comics Green Super-hero.

Once I get the transceiver tomorrow, 30-May-2020, I will post pictures; and, I will start my code-plug.

In the meantime, here is a video clip that describes my Motorola APX 8000HXE — enjoy!

28-May-2020: It’s official! Motorola factory is putting my brand new Motorola APX 8000 together. I closed the deal today, 28-May-2020. I decided not to got with the H on advice of counsel; because, the H is for extreme conditions; and, the Motorola APX 8000, without the H, is already more than extreme enough. Unless, I’m going on a military mission in the dessert, under fire, in fire, or hiding in the shallows of the ocean, river, or lake for two hours or more, the Motorola APX 8000 is more than plenty for my volunteer work with the US Coast Guard and the sheriff’s office.

My Motorola APX 8000 will arrive at the end of June 2020. The Motorola factory is putting it together and getting my options into the flash-code — it is very similar to purchasing my two Ferraris, except my two Ferraris were hand-made.

I ordered the green casing, which is one of the reasons it gets delayed; but, the major reason is that Firefighters, EMS, and other first responders get priority over me; so, I fall in the four-week timeframe. That’s fine…I can wait; I waited this long; so, if I live another four weeks, I will get it; and, if I live once I get it my hands, I can experience this marvelous transceiver.

By way go background, I never take for granted that I will make it through the day or wake up the next morning. I hope I will; but, I never think that it is a guarantee.

Once I get it, I will update this BLOG with my experiences and thoughts about my Motorola APX 8000.

On 16-May-2020, I finally found the Motorola APX 7000 UHF R1 and VHF transceiver; and, as a result, I am officially off the transceiver market.

I will post pictures of my new Motorola APX 7000 UHF R1 and VHF transceiver, soon.

22-May-2020: Well, I ended up backing out of closing the deal with the person selling the Motorola APX 7000; because, he failed to provide me with the service documents for his transceiver.

Now, I’m working the my Motorola Distributor for a brand new Motorola APX 8000H Submersible. This is the apex-predator transceiver I always wanted. Stay tuned for updates and pictures. I prefer submersible transceiver; because, of my life-style: SCUBA diving, my SAR and SAF missions, and my USCG-AUX activities.

I will be getting the green case Motorola APX 8000HXE Submersible, as shown in the picture, supra. It will have trunking and Federal FPP as additional options. I’m excited to get this transceiver into my collection.

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