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    Assuming this is a previously good radio that stopped working without a programming change being made, take it to your radio shop for alignment.
  2. I'm not aware of any direct 3.5mm audio accessories. I use a speaker mic and a cord between the mic and headsets; it works well enough.
  3. A couple weeks ago, but yes. I purchased it from Cahaba Valley FD.
  4. I recently picked up an NX-200K for 2m. It's a nice radio; I prefer police/military radios like the EFJ5100 and Motorola's XTS series but am happy with that little Kenwood. Being limited to a 16-channel scan list (the NX-200/300 can scan the whole radio if you'd like...) isn't the end of the world. Around me I have two (soon to be three) GMRS repeaters, two 70cm repeaters, and a couple simplex frequencies that I scan. On VHF, there's three 2m repeaters, 146.52, the county's common LE dispatch, fire dispatch, and ambulance dispatch. 16 is more than enough.
  5. No, I just use the OEM whip antenna. I might swap it out for a stubby to keep it from getting snagged as much, this is a short-range Capacity Plus system and squeezing out every last drop of portable performance just isn't necessary.
  6. I'll vouch for the durability of the XPR7550e. I carry one as my work radio and it's gone through some pretty awful abuse with nary an issue. I really couldn't ask for better durability, the thing has been doused with abrasive slurry, blasted with high-pressure hoses, banged around on vehicles and equipment, and subjected to high in-vehicle temperatures for days on end. As much as I criticize MSI, they still have engineers who can design a great hardware package (other than overly-sensitive PTTs and channel knobs). Audio quality is another matter entirely. It completely falls apart to the point of unintelligibility in high-noise environments even with noise suppression enabled. Generally, P25 radios are built with fire service in mind and have better noise cancellation than other offerings, which is a point in favor of P25 in my opinion. A 5100ES blows a 7550e away when used next to a filter press or non-muffled air-cooled diesel engine at full throttle.
  7. Mixed-mode operation is a neat feature. I'm going to be pitching replacing an analog Part 90 repeater near me with a Quantar programmed for mixed-mode. Should improve its usefulness.
  8. Welcome to the forum! I think you'll find GMRS to be both useful and enjoyable.
  9. Oh, I've got some interesting ones here: - Arizona DPS TK-390s - TK-190s found while salvaging a sand mine and given to me - EFJ 5300ESs from an Army TRS with intact trunking programming (somebody messed up...) - EFJ 5100ESs also from an Army TRS, acquired third-hand from a guy who bought them as surplus - UHF HT600 discarded by a contractor - Low band MT500s from Big Stone NWR in Minnesota (given to me by a friend in Arizona - no clue how they found their way down here...) Plus a variety of other radios retired from EMS, fire, business, and local LE service.
  10. Not entirely accurate, a radio can listen to repeater outputs (usually in conventional scan) without affiliating to the system assuming the traffic is in the clear. I do that to listen to a 700 MHz high site near me. To answer the original question, P25 for me for the same reason as KB2ZTX. The other and primary reason is that I hold a Part 90 license for my side business and P25 is the most cost-effective route to AES encryption in a non-Chinese radio. MSI's refusal to sell AES TRBO equipment in NA cost them a customer.
  11. The repeater is not your property, therefore you do not have the right to utilize it without permission from its owner. Simple as that.
  12. The 5 MHz spacing is an offset for duplex repeaters.
  13. My first is a Kenwood TK-390. My current primary portable is an EF Johnson 5100ES.
  14. They're not common, but you can find them. EF Johnson and Harris are the main ones. My 5300ES mobiles have "Made in Texas, USA" printed on the bottom.
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