I always wanted a Motorola XPR 5550e for my HAM operations. So, The Trinity blessed me with a brand new, straight from the Motorola Factory, fresh out of the box, Motorola XPR 5550e. My brand new Motorola XPR 5550e comes from my new friend, J. I’m so grateful to have met him through my other new friend, Mark.
You wouldn’t believe the back-story behind the acquisition of my Motorola XPR 5550e; hence, the reason I thank the Trinity in this particular situation…the back-story in this will be in another BLOG.
Tonight, 16-February-2021, I will install Anderson Pole Connectors to my Motorola XPR 5550e’s power cable; and, I will create a code-plug for the my brand new Motorola XPR 5550e.
More to follow…
18-February-2021, at 0924 Hours PST:
I spent about three hours creating the code-plug and testing it out on my Motorola XPR 5550e. Now, you really don’t need the “e” version — the “e” version’s big feature is the Wi-Fi feature that enables the programmer to update all the Motorola XPR 5550e in his or her inventory OTA — no need to hook up the Motorola XPR 5550e to a cable — code-plug deployment is all done OTA.
So, unless you want Wi-Fi, the non “e” version is perfectly fine. No on is ever gonna tell you, “you must be using the “e” version cuz you sound better than the non “e” version.” AIN’T gonna happen!
I will use this transceiver primarily for my social comms with my Yonker’s team. They like to use DMR; and, they set up a quasi-private DMR TG on one of their repeaters.
So, what is it that allures me to this DMR/Analog mobile transceiver?
I like the simplicity of field use — you just turn it on, and all of the stuff I need is accessible via the P1, P2, P3, and P4 buttons.
Since I have the Motorola RMN5127C mic, I don’t even need to touch the front panel of my Motorola XPR 5550e; I can control the functions by using my mic — so convenient!
The other thing I like about my Motorola XPR 5550e transceiver is, of course, the RX/TX qualities — pure Motorola high-end quality.
The RX sensitivity catches my operator’s RX, and my TX, according to the RX operator, is excellent. That’s par for the course with all my Motorolas. From my old CP200 Radius to my new Motorola APX 8000HXE.
As I mentioned in my previous BLOGs, Motorola focuses in their priority 1 — RX/TX; so, the older Motorolas sound as good as the new Motorolas — of course, notwithstanding, new technology of sound quality in the newer Motorolas.
Hands down, I would take my old Motorola CP200 Radius over and new and current amateur gear.
It’s like me and Ferraris…no other sports car interests me…even Lamborghini, and my Lamborghini acquaintances always try to get me into a Lamborghini. They let me drive their Lambos; but, I’m just hooked on Ferraris like I am with Motorolas.
The other feature I like about my Motorola XPR 5550e is reliability. I turn it on, and it works. That’s the case for all Motorolas; so, I’m gonna step off this topic; because, that’s not specific to the Motorola XPR 5550e…okay, I like…
the internal speaker — it doesn’t need an external speaker when in the car — the Motorola XPR 5550e has a strong speaker to go up against competing background noises in the car, such as, but not limited to, passengers chatting, wind noise when the window is down or the sunroof is open, and road noise.
The other nice features are the ignition bypass and the horn alert. Now, the horn-alert is mainly for public safety personnel (e.g., cops), so, I won’t need that, but it’s nice to have in the event I want it hooked up — like I mentioned, my Motorola XPR 5550e will be primarily used for social HAM ops, so I have no need to have my horn alert me of anything going on.
Like my Motorola XPR 7750e (UHF) and my Motorola XPR 7550 (VHF), my Motorola XPR 5550e (UHF) and my Motorola XPR 5550 (VHF) has roaming. The roaming is a DMR feature, and it works great. I set the RSSI level, and the my Motorola XPR 5550e will connect to the strongest repeater signal in my vicinity.
The other think I like is the GPS…it quickly locks on, and it is accurate to the spot — to the spot — not a mile or so away from me — locks in to my exact spot.
So, if you’re interested in a 100% reliable analog/DMR transceiver, which is also durable, and high-quality for your social or volunteer mission-critical activities, check out the Motorola XPR 5550e. You won’t be disappointed.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino