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    For those of you who still use VHF radios, which kind do y'all use mostly? My HT1000 broke recently and was wondering what everyone was using these days. Also the department chief will have to approve of the radio.

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    We've been using various models of Vertex. I've got a VX4200 in the Buggy and a VX 920 portable. Good working radios. T.C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K4taw View Post
    For those of you who still use VHF radios, which kind do y'all use mostly? My HT1000 broke recently and was wondering what everyone was using these days. Also the department chief will have to approve of the radio.

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    How did you manage to break a HT1000?

    I dropped one one day out of the third floor of the Mass Fire Acadcemy's burn building when it fell out of the pocket of my Academy turnouts.


    I picked it up... keyed it.. and it still worked in tx and rx modes after a 3 story fall onto concrete.

    The Academy's radios are used every day and they get dropped, wet and "toasted" on occasion, but they are like the Timex watch,.. they take a lickin' and keep on tickin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    How did you manage to break a HT1000?

    I dropped one one day out of the third floor of the Mass Fire Acadcemy's burn building when it fell out of the pocket of my Academy turnouts.


    I picked it up... keyed it.. and it still worked in tx and rx modes after a 3 story fall onto concrete.

    The Academy's radios are used every day and they get dropped, wet and "toasted" on occasion, but they are like the Timex watch,.. they take a lickin' and keep on tickin!


    I was going to say, must have been a reject when it was made.

    I have dropped them and the only thing happened was the battery came off the back. Slipped it back on and back in business.
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    We have been using TK-290's with great success.

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    We are a mix of Kenwood Tk-272 and Tk-3180. Niether are "public safety" radios, but they work decent enough. I keep mine in a strap and holder with a lapel mic and it does just fine.
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    I carry a Bendix-King DPH Commander in VHF, most all our fleet has either Midland, Bendix-King or Icom mobiles
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    The Jedi series Motorola radios (HT1000, MT2000, MTS2000, JT1000) were probably some of the best and most durable modern radios ever made by Motorola. They were versatile, bulletproof, and had tons of interchangeable accessories. They were in production for a long time and I wish they still were.

    Ditto on the Kenwood 90 series, although it is newer and still in production.
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    Those HT1000's were great radios. It's still the radio I use when I am responding with my FD. Even though they've gone to newer models from Moto.

    For wildland, I have a Moto XTS 1500 w/display. That way I can monitor NPS as they are using digital. Great solid radio, got some heft to it, but that just means it will last forever.
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    I have an XTS1500 and an XTS3000. Both are great radios too.
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    On our rigs we have Motorola XTS3000. I personally have a HT1000. Both are great, HT1000 is about as KISS as it comes

    I must echo what others have said, how in the world did you manage to break at HT1000? I have put that thing through hell and it still works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K4taw View Post
    For those of you who still use VHF radios, which kind do y'all use mostly? My HT1000 broke recently and was wondering what everyone was using these days. Also the department chief will have to approve of the radio.

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    I have bought several HT1000s on ebay for various purposes, and like everyone else has said they are excellent radios. What broke on yours?

    If you are just looking for a replacement for yours and you just need basic operation and 16 channels, you could get another HT1000, or a smaller but still very durable Motorola P1225. They are available with or without a screen and DTMF keypad. I have had very good luck with these as well, and they can be found on ebay for cheap.

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    You broke an HT1000?! Jeez, musta been one heck of a drop! I have a 1000 for fireground use and an XTS 3000. Get another HT, don't mess with a good thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB1OEV View Post
    I have bought several HT1000s on ebay for various purposes, and like everyone else has said they are excellent radios. What broke on yours?

    If you are just looking for a replacement for yours and you just need basic operation and 16 channels, you could get another HT1000, or a smaller but still very durable Motorola P1225. They are available with or without a screen and DTMF keypad. I have had very good luck with these as well, and they can be found on ebay for cheap.
    I'm not a big fan of the P1225. We had those as our basic fireground radio. Just a bit too fragile and it's an older radio now. Yes, the HT is an older radio, but it was built to last. Also, it doesn't do MDC coding. All of our radios have identifiers on them.

    We have the PR860 on the apparatus now. It's more rugged and can be programmed with the identifier. It also has bigger channel/volume selector knobs. Overall a better choice then the P1225. I will however, keep my HT1000.
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    Only reason I got rid of my HT-1000 was to get a MT-2000.
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    The HT1000/Jedi series was really the last of the super durable Motorola radios. The "Pro" series, ie the 1250 was not all that durable and had recieve issues. The 1225 was again not very durable, and had battery contact issues.

    The XTS radios are ok, but nothing special. Motorola lost their edge with these. Don't get me wrong, they are still a solid radio, but not any more so than an Icom F70, Icom 9011, (the ones I am carrying now) or the Kenwood comparable radios.

    I had a tower climber drop an HT1000 off of a 120 foot water tower, it hit the catwalk, bounced, and hit the ground. Picked it up, put the battery back on, and it talked.

    The other issue to bear in mind as you replace it - only some of the HT1000 radios were capable of narrowband, and narrowband is coming very soon by FCC mandate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I'm not a big fan of the P1225. We had those as our basic fireground radio. Just a bit too fragile and it's an older radio now. Yes, the HT is an older radio, but it was built to last. Also, it doesn't do MDC coding. All of our radios have identifiers on them.

    We have the PR860 on the apparatus now. It's more rugged and can be programmed with the identifier. It also has bigger channel/volume selector knobs. Overall a better choice then the P1225. I will however, keep my HT1000.
    I wouldn't say that the p1225s are as good as the HT1000s, but our dept has had 5 or 6 that have been in use for 10 years without a problem. So we have had good luck with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    The other issue to bear in mind as you replace it - only some of the HT1000 radios were capable of narrowband, and narrowband is coming very soon by FCC mandate.
    Its too bad because most of them are in perfectly good condition still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    The other issue to bear in mind as you replace it - only some of the HT1000 radios were capable of narrowband, and narrowband is coming very soon by FCC mandate.
    All HT1000s are capable of operating in narrowband mode, only those with a model number ending in DN can be set to the new splinter frequencies that become available with the narrowband mandate. These are the new frequencies between the old standard ones.

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    Anyone have any experience with the new P25 Moto radios?
    Ya know, GPS, moto 800/VHF?
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