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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Motorola XTS 3000 Help

Reviews Summary for Motorola XTS 3000
Motorola XTS 3000 Reviews: 7 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $2.000
Description: The XTS 3000 radio, a distinctive addition to Motorola's ASTRO digital portable two-way radio portfolio, provides the solution to a wide range of sophisticated wireless needs in a small, ergonomic package. It's a small radio that means big benefits for our customers.

The fully digital XTS 3000 portable radio can deliver quality and improve signal integrity to maximize clean, clear, communications even in fringe cover areas. The XTS 3000 radio has enhanced analog and digital capabilities, and is designed to deliver unparalleled functionality and flexibility while allowing maximum interoperability with Motorola systems as well as other systems.

Features Overview

Highlights of the XTS3000

Signalling - P25, MDC1200

Power Output - VHF-5W, UHF-5W, UHF-4W, 800MHz-3W

Option Board - UCM for Encryption

Keypad - Yes

Display - Yes

Emergency Button - Yes

MilSpec - Yes

Battery Life - Yes

Weight - 390g (without battery)

Frequency - 138174 MHz, 403470 MHz, 450520 MHz, 806870MHz

Channels - 255

Instrinsically Safe - Option

Dimension (H X W X D) - 167.13mm x 61.97mmx 41.91mm(without battery)

Product is in production.
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AE7G Rating: 5/5 Mar 15, 2012 23:39 Send this review to a friend
top quality  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Once you use a top quality professional radio like this one amateur HT's look and feel like cheap toys. These radios have superior RX, top quality selectivity and great audio. Built like a tank and designed to run full tilt all day on a single battery. These are designed for practical use by emergency services professionals whose lives depend on reliabilty and simple operation. Programming has to be done by computer. Programming is not that hard once you figure out how to do it.
KD8NFT Rating: 5/5 Jun 1, 2010 07:54 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is a great radio. I have 2 of these radios, one is VHF and the other is UHF.
KD8NFT Rating: 5/5 Apr 12, 2010 04:18 Send this review to a friend
XTS3000  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This radio is the best radio I have ever owned. It puts 5watts of power out. I can hit repeaters 25 miles away.
KG4UFG Rating: 5/5 Jul 28, 2008 23:33 Send this review to a friend
In a class of its own  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have two XTS3000's. They are by far the best hand held radio I have ever put my hands on.

There is a learning curve with all motorola products and the software/parts can get pricey, BUT you LEARN so much about radio from just learning to program one.

If your serious about having the best HT gear your money can buy, the 3 and 5k's are the way to go.
W6WAW Rating: 5/5 Oct 18, 2007 07:48 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
These are great radios, both the UHF and the VHF versions. Once you have used a commercial radio, you may not want to go back to an amateur HT. While it is true that you have to use a computer to program these radios, with 255 channels (on the keypad versions) and a little planning this is not a serious limitation. Since this radio is currently still supported by Motorola, you can legitimately obtain the software from them. If you expect to re-program the radio more than a couple times, or if you have more than one radio, it may be a sensible alternative to repeated trips to a Motorola shop to have minor changes made.

Like other recent Motorola radios, all of the radio's features are governed by the firmware. When buying a used radio, you should ascertain the "flashcode" to make sure that the features you want are already enabled. Not all XTS3000's are "flashed" for P-25 digital modes. Some are analog only. While it is possible to add features later, it is usually a lot less expensive to simply shop for a used radio that already has what you want. Also, if buying a UHF radio make sure that you are getting a "R" band split as this version covers the ham band. Fortunately, this version generally less expensive on the used market than the higher band split. Check out to learn more about these and other Motorola radios.

Also, when starting out with one of these radios, give serious consideration to the Impres series of batteries. These cost slightly more but have a chip in them that talks to the Impres charger. This enables the charger to monitor the battery status and to automatically condition it when needed. You can also leave the radio, or a spare battery, in the charger without cooking it. All of this greatly prolongs battery life. Shop around and you will be able to find Impres batteries and chargers for a lot less than list, but learn to read Motorola battery date codes. This is especially important if you are buying "new old stock" batteries on line.

Finally, if you are looking for a less expensive alternative to the XTS3000, or simply prefer a different form-factor, the somewhat older Astro Saber is a comparable radio and uses the same software to program it. Impres batteries are available for this radio as well. Reportedly, factory support for the Astro Saber series may terminate at the end of 2007. This will make it harder to obtain parts, but also may mean that there will be more inexpensive radios on the used market.

N6DSP Rating: 5/5 Jul 13, 2007 16:56 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Top notch radio capable of analog and digital modes. There are a few Apco 25 Amateur repeaters to experiment with, plus it's a great Apco scanner. Uses JEDI accessories, so if you have a MTS, JT series radio, the audio accessories can be used. I have a UHF model that covers 440-512 mhz.
KD5KAK Rating: 5/5 Apr 19, 2006 09:11 Send this review to a friend
Great rugged digital radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have a Model II UHF (403-470) radio that I use a lot. I have several other Motorola radios, and this one is just about on par with the rest. The processor is a little slow on start-up, but the display is nice and large. The XTS3000 is a little larger than other Moto radios I own, but it makes up for it in features. Be sure to get a XTS with a good flash code (APCO-25 enabled) so you can play with many features of this radio.

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