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Author Topic: WHICH MOTOROLA HT SHOULD I BUY? I NEED ADVICE!  (Read 492 times)
KC2MPG
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« on: December 20, 2005, 11:50:59 AM »

I want to get a Motorola HT UHF radio. I cant decide which model. I was looking at the reviews in this site, but they all look good. I saw some HT1000 models on ebay pretty cheap. I want at least 16 channels if not more. Or should I get the 1250? What about the 300? I want a GOOD radio that I will never outgrow. One consideration I have is programing though. The models that can be programed through the face seem great, although most of the EBAY sellers promise to throw in free programing. Lets face it, once you get all you local repeaters programed in there is little need to change. Any thoughts?Huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2005, 01:17:58 PM »

There was a time when I too loved all of the Motorola HT's and mobile radios. It started with the HT220, moved on to the MT500 and eventually the MX300s/MX350S.  My mobile radios evolved from the Mocom 70 to the Syntor and SyntorX to the Maxtrac and GM300.

Eventually you will find it a hassle to maintain programming. Motorola HT battery replacements are very expensive. With the quality of Ham HT's out there and the low cost and ease of use, its only logical to leave the commercial gear behind at some point practicality sets in.

Good luck!

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KC2MPG
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005, 03:25:28 PM »

Well tell me this then, which radio are you now using? Is there an anateur radio out there that comes close to a commercial Moto ? Maybe I should just get the Yaesue vx7
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VA7IC
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2005, 04:31:24 PM »

I have used Motorola Radios commercially for years.  I must say that the quality of the latest Motorola products is not equal to those of the past.  Unless you need commercial frequencies get yourself a good quality amatuer radio.  Comments are right on about costs and problems with maintainance and/or frequency changes.

I prefer to use any of my amatuer handhelds over an HT 1250.  They have the flexibility of being programmable and are very relaible.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2005, 05:20:05 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2005, 05:24:05 PM »

I am very happy with my Yaesu VX6. It is a very rugged and high quality radio.
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2005, 01:50:50 PM »

I like my Yaesu VX-7R.  It's pricey when you buy all of the accessories like I did, but the money is well spent and you will never outgrow it.
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