HAM operators were talking about the stuff they looked for in a transceiver…many operators were talking about features like color-display, caller-ID, water-resistant, DMR, System Fusion, D-STAR, VFO, and so on.
When it came to me, I mentioned only two things: RX and TX. Really, in all honesty, I couldn’t care less about caller-ID, color-display, and all that other stuff.
For me, I need my transceiver to always TX when I push the PTT, and I need it RX when I don’t push the PTT…and, that’s the reason I would take an old model Motorola with no features, like my 4-channel Motorola Radius CP200 (VHF) or my 16-Channel Motorola Radius CP200 (UHF) over the newest amateur transceiver like the new Yaesu FT3 or an Anytone 878.
My old Motorola Radius CP200s can out TX and RX any of the newer feature-rich amateur transceivers out there. I also know that it is 100% reliable, unlike the newest feature-rich amateur transceivers.
I use the UHF version more; because, most of the repeaters near me are UHF.
Both are durable and reliable in all conditions; and, it will always provide reliable high quality RX and TX.
My Motorola Radius CP200s will RX and TX just as good as my brand new Motorola APX 8000HXE.
According to my research, Motorola’s primary goal is quality RX and TX; and, all the casing and communications technology is designed to provide a protective platform to enhance the RX and TX qualities of all their transceivers.
No added feature in the Motorola design will impede the RX and TX goals nor replace the RX and TX goals of Motorola. In other words, Motorola ain’t gonna sacrifice sound in order to accommodate a 200,000 list of HAM operators’ name, city, and call-sign so you can see it pop on your screen.
Thats the reason, regardless of the lack of features of an older model Motorola, like my Radius CP200, an older model Motorola will still sound as good as my brand new Motorola APX 8000HXE and way better than any brand new feature-rich amateur transceiver.
So, Alfonso, you snobby son-of-bitch…if you truly believe your assertion within the four corners of this BLOG, then, why in your infinite wisdom, did you purchase three Motorola XPR 7550e, three Motorola XTS 5000, and one Motorola APX 8000HXE?
After all, if what you say is true, then all you need is just your old Motorola Radius CP200.
Whoa! Slow down there, Mario Andretti, which by the way, I had lunch with him at his winery/ home in Napa, California, from my days piloti y owner de Ferrari, I take offense to your remark about calling me a snob…I ain’t a snob. Okay, now that I’ve address you calling me a snob and name-dropped my lunch with Mario Andretti, let’s get to your question.
I knew you were gonna attack me with that question; hence, here are my answers; because, I thought about that very same question.
1) The demands of my volunteer work, such as but not limited to, the sheriff’s office, increased 100x. I was placed in environments that were more wet, dirty, and more rugged. So, I needed a Motorola that can handle the rigors of my volunteer work.
2) I needed more channels…with my volunteer with with the fire department, the department uses more than 16 channels for battalion and ETAC comms with their volunteers; moreover, I needed the ability to change frequencies on the fly out in the field.
3) I needed noise cancellation features for my volunteer work. Because of the loud competing background noises inherent to my volunteer work, I wanted a Motorola that could suppress the competing background noises, so the receiver can get my messages, and I can receive his or her messages without the threat of competing background noises drowning out my messages to the receiver and from the receiver to me.
4) I like to travel might. Whenever, I travel, even during my travel years in college, I never ever checked in bags. My father was against checking in bags when traveling. He taught me the way to pack; so, I can carry-on. So, with my transceivers, with my Motorola APX 8000HXE, I don’t need to carry multiple transceivers; because, it is quad-band. If I wanna access DMR, then I bring my Motorola XPR 7550e in addition to my Motorola APX 8000HXE…so, at the most, I’m carrying two transceivers instead of four. I can travel lighter than in the past.
5) Technological advances in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hit the transceiver market; hence, I have Wi-FI and Bluetooth capabilities in all my newer-model Motorolas for my wireless mics and access to the internet for automatic programming.
6) The agencies with which I volunteer, use digital networks, such as DMR and P-25; so, I needed transceivers that had digital capabilities: Motorola XPR 7550e for DMR and Motorola APX 8000HXE for P-25 Phase I and Phase II.
7) I like collecting certain model Motorolas. I just think they are really neat transceivers; so, if I see one that I like, whether it’s the latest and greatest or and old glory, I will make the purchase.
So, there you have it…the main reasons, supra, I purchased newer Motorola transceivers.
Going back to the topic of this BLOG, RX and TX are the most important to me…Have you ever been to a net-control, and could not hear control all that well?
Pretty frustrating…well, I don’t wanna be that person/control — if you are gonna be the control in a net-control, then, you, of all people on that net, must have excellent RX and TX — you should not have to rely on an operator to relay your TX.
It is so irritating for me to participate in a net-control when the control can’t be heard; because, he or she is using a cheap transceiver that sounds and acts like crap; and, he or she doesn’t have an effective antenna. If you’re gonna get a cheap transceiver, at least spend the bucks on a good antenna — what’s that saying?
Spend a dollar on the transceiver, and spend a thousand dollars on the antenna.
If you’re gonna use a crappy $60 transceiver, then, at least, spend ~ $150 on a good antenna…like the Diamond X50.
Now, I get that HAMs are cheap, (present company excluded: I have never been nor never ever will be cheap — I keep a budget, but I ain’t cheap — I will save up my play-money, which gets replenished every year, and I buy quality stuff regardless of price — that’s different from being cheap), anyway, I get that HAMs are cheap; but, when you decide to host a net, and you become control, you’re taking on a job assignment, granted not paid but still a job assignment; hence, like any job, paid or not, you need to have proper equipment to get the job done…the primary goal of a net-control is to practice auxiliary comms in the event of an emergency. As control, taking on this job-responsibility, people are relying on you, control, to communicate information that can be life and death; so, you need the proper tools to communicate — if you’re using equipment that can’t get the job done, well, you need to replace or make adjustments to that equipment, so you can get the job done — in your case, RX and TX.
If you take your comms equipment as diligently as you take your daily run to Starbucks, then you shouldn’t have any problems, whatsoever, in budgeting and saving $160 in about one month for a Yaesu transceiver and a good quality antenna to control your net.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars like I did for my Motorola APX 8000HXE; you don’t need to spend several hundreds of dollars like I did with my Motorola XPR 7550es, and my Motorola XTS 5000s, all you need is to spend $160 – $400 on a Yaesu FT60, Yaesu FT3, or a Yaesu FT70; couple that transceiver with an effective antenna, like a Diamond X50 or any quality antenna to cover your transceiver’s freq band, and you’re all set — you will have a good transceiver that won’t sound like crap and frustrate your participants; but, most importantly, you will be able to communicate and receive pertinent life-saving information. Remember, you might have to comms with Red Cross, FEMA, FD, PD, or other agencies during times of crisis, and you better be on-point.
If all I was, was a social HAM operator, I would have just stuck with my Motorola Radius CP200s: UHF and VHF. I prefer analog over digital; hence, there would be no need to me to purchase a Motorola XPR 7550e nor the APX 8000HXE. I would just have stuck to analog repeaters and simplex communications; and, I would have been perfectly happy.
Sure, I could have gone with an oriental DMR transceiver for $200 or so; but, they are terrible products…I say this as a first-hand user…I tried out the first model Anytone, and it was crap — I threw it off one of CARLA’s towers; because, I didn’t want anyone to use it as a return product. (After I got down from the tower, of course, I collected all the little pieces and dumped that Anytone in the trash.)
So, for me, it’s all about the RX and TX; and, Motorola does it best — all the features in a Motorola transceivers do not interfere with the company’s primary goals: effective, efficient, and 100% reliable RX and TX.
Does Motorola pay you to tout their products?
I’m just a guy that almost died in a river; and, my Motorola transceiver was a tool I used that contributed to saving my life.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino