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    I have a Motorola MT 1000 handheld as my personal radio. Right now, I have 2 batteries for it, as well as a 12V adapter that can be hooked up to it in lieu of a battery. What I'm wondering is how everyone else uses their radios in their cars. For instance, if I have the 12V adapter on and get a call, I respond to the firehouse (volunteer), and then have to take off the 12V adapter, grab a battery, snap it on, and then go. The other alternative is having it on batteries all the time, and then running them until they're dead, and then switching. But I don't want to have to carry a spare battery in my turnout coat, and I don't want a dead battery when responding (and I'm really sick of using the 12V adapter).

    Any suggestions? How do you situate your radio gear?

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    woooooow. never thought i would hear someone ask this question.

    here is an idea. have one battery. charge it when you go to sleep every night. if the battery starts dying and it won't hold a charge, get a new battery.

    sound good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LawFires
    I have a Motorola MT 1000 handheld as my personal radio. Right now, I have 2 batteries for it, as well as a 12V adapter that can be hooked up to it in lieu of a battery. What I'm wondering is how everyone else uses their radios in their cars. For instance, if I have the 12V adapter on and get a call, I respond to the firehouse (volunteer), and then have to take off the 12V adapter, grab a battery, snap it on, and then go. The other alternative is having it on batteries all the time, and then running them until they're dead, and then switching. But I don't want to have to carry a spare battery in my turnout coat, and I don't want a dead battery when responding (and I'm really sick of using the 12V adapter).

    Any suggestions? How do you situate your radio gear?
    Why not just go off batteries all the time? Then get an AC charger and charge it at night inside?

    Works for me.

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    Most Motorola portable radio product battery life is designed around a 5/5/90 duty cycle, that is 5% transmit, 5% recieve, 90% standby - most but not all product is designed to give you 8 hours of usage with the aforementioned duty cycle (many will give you significantly more time, but 8 hrs is most often the stated performance) As was said before charge the thing and use it. If one battery won't get you through and entire day or you need the thing to work 24hrs then get two batteries and switch every 12 hrs. Leave one on the radio for 12 hrs and the other on the charger, then switch. If your batteries arn't giving you at least that kind of performance they are no good and should be replaced.

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    Did you check with your sales dept too to see if a car charger is available?

    I have one for my 6yr old old Motorola HT 1000, and it is just like a regular household charger, but smaller and plugs into a cigarette lighter. I am not sure if they make them for the new style, but you might as well ask.

    I don't use that old radio anymore, as it doesn't have the keypad for paging, but my new one also lasts 12-14 hours easily.
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    Buy a mobile in addition to your portable. That will solve ALL your problems.
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    I put a Vertex mobile in my truck 4 years ago and it's been the best money I've ever spent. I only use my portable on scene.

    Do you carry a pager as well?
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    Whoops, I forgot something.........I do use my portable when I go en-route. I'll put my portable on our FD frequency since the repeater is close by for our traffic and leave my mobile on 911 frequency so that I can talk on either channel.
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    You dont wanna carry a battery in your turnouts? Thats like my number one option. I actually have two batteries tucked away on the inside pocket, under the flap. I think its a nec to my much needed LLE.

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    you could see if you can find an MTVA. It's a drop in device that charges the radio, has an external antenna plug, a mic, and a speaker. Basicly makes your portable into a mobile and keeps it charged. For an MT1000, they can probably be had pretty cheap.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    also not a bad choice ...............wish they would go over 25W though.
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    I have a mobile, and a portable (HT1000) Iuse a "Drop in" Charger and nothing else. Put the radio in the charger when I go to bed, take it with me in the morning. My portable is used for the VFD and I also use it at work as well. My "work truck" needs a radio for each of the 5 Counties that I respond in, and having a handful of portables is easier (and cheaper) than having 5 mobiles. I've never used a 12V adapter, and it sounds too cumbersome anyway.
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    Similar here Harve.All our Chief officers carry the same radio.There is a one hour charger in my truck along with a spare battery in case someone's numbing it and forgets to charge theirs or one gets left on by accident.Handy if you're working a long term woods event or industrial issue. T.C.

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    I know it's already been said but I couldn't help it !!!

    Use the batteries as opposed to the car charger....Unless you keep your radio on all the time having it go dead is rare in which case having the spare battery in the glove box is a good idea.

    I use a Relm somthin. 32 Radio. It holds a charge for about 2 weeks before I need to re-charge it. I rotate the batteries once a month and have been doing so for about 3 years. Seems to work ok.

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    Ummmm, I smell a wacker here.

    I have a in car radio charger plus a standard radio hard wired in my buggy. I take the portable with me and it either stays in the car charger, office charger or in the charger that the city issued to me for home.

    Make sure you let the batteries run down or you may end up with a short memory in the battery.
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    The NTN5612A (basic) & NTN5613A (enhanced, 99ch) MVA consoles for the Genesis series radios is what you should look for. Here is a basic one now: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-1-MOTOROLA-M...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods
    I have a mobile, and a portable (HT1000) Iuse a "Drop in" Charger and nothing else. Put the radio in the charger when I go to bed, take it with me in the morning. My portable is used for the VFD and I also use it at work as well. My "work truck" needs a radio for each of the 5 Counties that I respond in, and having a handful of portables is easier (and cheaper) than having 5 mobiles. I've never used a 12V adapter, and it sounds too cumbersome anyway.

    You are aware that that ICOM i just showed is a 256 channel radio...right?
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