Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000HXE: Two Years Of Ownership

I took possession and custody of a brand new Motorla APX 8000HXE about two years or so ago during the CoVid-19 pandemic. I remember it well…California locked us down, and I made the purchase while sitting around in my crib watching South Park — my favorite television series.

I affectionately call my Motorola APX 8000HXE, Hulk.

Taking possession and custody of the Hulk was one of the best purchases I made — it still excites me two years later!

I carry the Hulk with me everywhere I go — it’s with me in LA during my auditions; it’s with me while I attend my acting classes; it’s with me when I am on-set; it’s with me when I meet up with my audition coach; and, most importantly, it’s with me when I’m on the tennis courts.

It is my primary transceiver!

Was it worth the price I paid?

Absolutely — I would buy it again today without hesitation regardless of cost.

I am a communications officer for the USCGAUX; I went through their training and passed all the tests the USCG required of me.

I earned my two call-signs: one for my home-base missions and operations and another one for my mobile missions and operations.

Earning my two call-signs was a goal of mine since becoming a member of the USCGAUX, and I focused to effectuate this goal, and this is one of my most coveted goals I obtained — why?

Because I had to earn it — and, it’s something no one, including myself, can buy — believe me, if I could purchase this achievement, I would have — regardless of cost! It would have been a helluva lot easier than studying, doing a written test, verbal test, site inspections, and filling out security clearance paper-work!

When I get assigned to a USCGAUX mission, I always bring it and, if applicable, use it. Some of the communications work I do with the USCG/USCGAUX is highly secured; hence, they require me to use their comms equipment.

My APX 8000HXE has Front Panel Programming and four different bands: UHF, UHF R-2, VHF, and 700/800.

I was doing an exercise with the fire department, and they had a TAC change — no problem…I received the frequency from COMMAND, and I entered it to my Motorola APX 8000HXE. Easy-peasy — lemon squeezey!

The other thing I like about my Motorola APX 8000HXE is that the maximum wattage is 6 watts — it’s nice to know I have a little more extra punching power in the event that I need it.

When using the Motorola APX 8000HXE, I immediately found that it has excellent reception. I was listening CA OES over 100 miles south of my location. It was very clean and clear; and, I was indoors using the stock rubber-duck antenna.

Because the Motorla APX 8000HXE is one of Motorola’s flag-ship transceivers, this model has all the features I need and want…HAZLOC, which is an important feature for me based upon some of the locations I visited on my missions; and, my most favorite feature is the Motorola APX 8000HXE is water and pressure resistant up to four hours — I forgot the depth specifications; all I know is the submersion depth is deeper than I will ever venture during my volunteer work with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the USCGAUX.

The information that’s out there regarding Motorola not honoring water damage to their transceivers, in my case, the APX 8000HXE, is untrue.

In my personal and recent experiences with the Motorola Factory, one of their upper brass, a VP, told me, in writing, Motorola honors the warranty of repairing water damage if the water damage took place within specifications of the APX 8000HXE. Motorola has tools to determine in the water breach took place within specifications — Motorola ain’t stupid.

Last week, I got my Motorola APX 8000HXE from the Motorla Factory. I turned it in; because, I will be participating on a water excursion with a fellow flotilla member of the USCGAUX, and I wanted to make certain that my APX 8000HXE’s water pressure vacuum seals were up to par.

The Motorola factory did a water pressure vacuum test on my APX 8000HXE, and all is groovy like a drive-in movie — the VP of quality control personally oversaw the work process of my Motorola APX 8000HXE.

Later this week, before the water excursion with USCGAUX, I will make a video of my APX 8000HXE sitting in a bucket or pot of tap water — if water breaches, I will send it back to the factory for repairs.

In addition to the water vacuum pressure test, tuning and aligning my transceiver, and doing a bunch of other tests to ensure my transceiver was up to Motorola specifications, they upgraded my casing.

Motorola updated the casing for the Motorola APX 8000 models. The new casing is made with stronger materials; so, my Hulk’s casing is brand new with Motorola’s new casing materials.

The color of the casing is noticeably different to my acute eyes: also, the feel is noticeably different to my sensitive touch. It feels thicker and much stronger than the original casing; no flex in the casing’s outer perimeter of the keypad exists.

The plumbing you see on my antenna is an SMA BNC antenna adapter. It’s a Motorola part.

I use it; because, when I’m in my vehicles, I hook up My APX 8000HXE to my Larsen or Laird mag mount antenna.

The antenna adapter is much easier than having screw and unscrew the rubber-duck antenna.

Do I recommend the Motorola APX 8000HXE for the general HAM operator that just wanna talk on HAM networks?

No.

The cost-benefit ratio doesn’t make sense for a general HAM operator to purchase; and, it’s too heavy; it requires a bunch of other expensive stuff, such as, but not limited to, CPS and programming cable, and HAM P25 just ain’t as popular as HAM DMR Tier II.

For general HAMs, I recommend the XPR 7550(e).

Cost-benefit ratio is affordable and yields you lots more use for BOTH social HAM activities AND mission-critical activities.

Of course, if cost isn’t an issue, and you just want to have pride of ownership of an APX in your collection, then go for it! You won’t regret owning an APX-series transceiver — for HAMs, I recommend you get the APX 7000 with UHF R-1 and VHF configuration.

Remember, you can probably get an APX 8000 base model for around $4-$5000 brand new if you know a Motorola Distributor. So, if you see a Motorola APX 7000 going for that same price, I would just go for the APX 8000.

The base model APX is perfectly fine. It is still water resistant and shock resistant; it just doesn’t have HAZLOC and a 4-hour water-submersion rating like the HXE, which you don’t need.

I wanted the HXE for these specific features; because, I SCUBA dive, and I am near water and oxygen-rich environments.

You just need to make certain you get a good used one or old-stock new-transceiver. Make sure it has the proper tags; because, the APX series, in your time of ownership, will need to be sent back to the Motorola Factory for maintenance, for example, making certain all the water seals are still working.

Motorola Factory and Motorola Distributors will not service a Motorola transceiver without proper tags; so, be aware of buying stuff from eBay — especially, buyers that mention they don’t refund your money for whatever stupid bullshit reason they state.

I recommend Ken Bryant: K1DMR. He is a reputable Motorola Distributor and can help you with your Motorola needs.

Since I sit on the board of a high-end platinum-level Motorola Distribution Corporation, I get all my brand new Motorola transceivers from the corporation of which I sit; hence, I no longer go through Ken Bryant.

Since all my interactions with Ken Bryant: K1DMR have been positive, and I view him as a seller with integrity, who is also HAM friendly and provides competitive pricing for HAMs, I continue to support his business by referring HAMs to him.

If you have any addition question about the APX, just text me.

Check out my BLOG: Motorola APX 8000HXE.

So, this is my follow-up on my Motorola APX 8000HXE. One of the best purchases I made during the CoVid-19 pandemic; and, I highly recommend it for HAM operators interested in doing volunteer work with agencies involving mission-critical land, sea, and air communications.

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/s/ Alfonso Faustino