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    Default Portable Radios

    Just wondering what departments are using for their portables? We are looking into buying some new portable radios and would like some opinions on the goods and bads of the radios that you are using. We are looking at Motorola HT1250 or MTS2000, Kenwood TK290, or the Vertex Standard VX900. We currently use the Motorola HT750 and HT1000. Thank you for your input.

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    Default TK270

    We use the TK270 model I think off hand. The radio is not too high priced got mine for about $435. Battery runs for a good 13-15 hrs between charges, but it will only last about a year and a half. I find it light weight and about the right size for a hand.
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    The Kenwood TK-290 is an A+ heavy duty, high quality, kick butt portable radio. For $800.00, it is hard to beat as a firegound portable radio.

    The MTS2000 is just as good, however, it costs another $500 each which is a waste just for a name. If you don't need MDC1200 PTT-ID or the other proprietary features, I think you would be wasting your money. It would be like buying a Hummer where an F-350 would work fine.

    The Vertex VX-900 I can not speak for with personal experience. I have never heard any complaints about it. I would have confidence in it as a radio. However, Vertex's service department has a non-so-hot history of slowness. Maybe it has gotten better in the last year or two, but this is the reason I buy Kenwood and not Vertex.

    The HT750 and HT1250, well... A lot of people use them for this purpose. They sell them for this purpose. I haven't used them personally, however I have heard a lot more complaints than the others above. I think they have gotten a little better in the last year, but I still don't trust them just yet. If you do not need MDC1200 PTT-ID or some of the other proprietart Motorola features, I think you would be wasting your money.

    I've put lots of input into the other threads you'll likely turn up in a search. Some people disgree with me about not condoning the use of "toy" or "buisness" radios for structural firefighting. That's another issue. You are on the right track with the radios you're looking at right now.
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    If you go with the Motorola HT1250 do not buy the cheap batteries. Buy the Motorola brand batteries. Our squad got some of the noames ones and the radios constantly turn on/off because the batteries don't quite seal properly. I have a motorola battery in my radio now and it never turns off.
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    Hint: avoid W&W batteries.
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    My department uses the MTS2000. We got them through a county wide grant they received because of going to the 800mHz system. We have the IMPRESS smart batteries/charger that will sense when they need to "renew" your battery. I like them but since they were a county wide grant item we didn't have much say so in what we got. I don't have a clue what all the features are on it but am slowly learning. All in all I'd say it is a good radio.
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    The officers in our dept use Vx900's. We have had these for awhile now and had no issues.Having 500+ channels is handy too when your personnel are on the Regional haz-mat team. T.C.

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    Around here we use Bendix King radios...tough and reliable as an old brick

    Hint: the model number of a motorola radio is also the price

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    We use Vertex 800's and 600's. No Problems as long as you remember to get a new battery every year. We havn't had to go threw thier service yet.

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