Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XPR 5550 VHF: US Coast Guard AUX Comms

If you’re looking for a mobile transceiver, which can also be a home-base transceiver for your volunteer mission-critical training and deployment, check out the Motorola XPR 5550-series, which comes in three varieties: “e” = enhanced, VHF, and UHF.

So, today, I took possession and custody of another brand new, straight from the Motorola Factory, Motorola XPR 5550 VHF transceiver. Other than a Monday might net and my USCG AUX comms mariner activities, I am seldom on VHF; hence, I really didn’t need the “e” model.

I just really dig the Motorola XPR 5550; it is so reliable and easy to use.

Tonight, 16-February-2021, at 2100 Hours PDT, I completed the code-plug for my Motorola XPR 5550 VHF transceiver, which will strictly be used for the USCG frequencies and the maritime frequencies.

I just passed my TCO qualifications test; hence, I will be getting a USCG call-sign; in addition, both of my daily-driver vehicles will get a call-sign, and my house will get a call-sign.

Passing my TCO was the result of having good USCG mentor, Carol. She has years of experience as a TCO; hence, she has practical experience in addition to book knowledge.

For several nights and days, we would meet on Zoom. She would teach me, and I would learn. Then, she would test me, and I passed each of the required testing phases — the most difficult part for me was the SAR section, but I passed it.

Now, with my new acquisition of the Motorola XPR 7550e UHF and the Motorola XPR 7550 VHF, I think I’m done with my Motorola transceiver collection.

Check 6!


/s/ Alfonso Faustino