My collection of Motorola hand-held transceivers is complete with the Motorola XPR 7550 VHF hand-held transceiver, shown in the picture, below.
The Motorola XPR 7550 VHF transceiver will take the place of my Motorola Radius CP200, as shown in the picture, below. I will either sell or use it as a back-up for VHF communications. I still like it, and it still performs awesome — hell, it’s a Motorola — why would I think that it would perform less than perfect even though it is an older model?
Since I already have the Motorola XPR 7550e UHF, shown in the pic below, I really don’t need the “e” for my VHF transceiver. The “e” version’s main updated features include, but is not limited to, the following:
- The “e” version can stay submerged in water for two hours; the non “e” version can stay under water for thirty minutes;
- The “e” version has wi-fi feature; but, I never used it on my XPR 7550e; and,
- The “e” version claims it has an 8% receive signal range — I never had any problems with receive signal range with the non “e” version; and, all my signal tests I’ve done with the non “e” version passed with flying colors.
As I mentioned in my past BLOGs, I don’t use VHF all that much; so, I didn’t need to spend the extra hundred bucks or so to get the “e” version — the non “e” version for my VHF operations has more than enough RF features for my VHF use.
The only time I would purchase another Motorola hand-held transceiver is, if by chance, they create a dual band, UHF/VHF, DMR hand-held transceiver…yeah, yeah, yeah…I know the Motorola APX 8000xe, shown above, has UHF, VHF, and 700-800 MHz bands with P25.
Well, that’s just swell and dandy, but it is not the transceiver I want. I don’t mind dropping ~$8000 on the APX 8000xe, as long as it would make me happy by satisfying my emergency comm and social comm operations; it does all the stuff I want.
I use P25 for my volunteer work with the Sheriff’s Office.
It’s truly a wonderful tool that I’m proud to have and use!
/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)