Lscott Posted August 29, 2021 Report Share Posted August 29, 2021 I’ve been looking at picking up some more commercial radios, analog/digital, for Ham radio. Some models I’ve been looking at are Kenwood TK-200 and TK-300, then I was looking at the Motorola XPR-6550’s (VHF/UHF) types. I have a buddy that has the XPR-6550. The older Kenwood stuff I’ve had good luck finding the programming software. I also have the accessories including the programming cables to fit them from the other radios I have already. These will work on the models I’m looking at. The Motorola radios I have zero for them. I would have to make an investment in cables, battery packs and chargers. The software is my major concern. I need to find it really cheap or less. Further it has to program the radio in both wide and narrow band modes. I also don’t know if you can force the radios to go out of band like the Kenwood radios if the band split is above the Ham band. For example the Kenwood 450-490 band split I can enter, with a warning, frequencies below 450 and get the radios to work down to 440, maybe a bit lower. I stumbled on a review of the XPR-7550 and XPR-6550 on YouTube by a Ham for Ham applications. The comments about the XPR-6550 being limited to 16 channels per scan list seems very limiting for me. I do a lot of passive scanning with my radios, frequently with more than 16 channels being active. The XPR-7550 apparently doesn’t have that limitation but costs significantly more than the XPR-6550 and used some kind of weird antenna jack. The XPR-6550 I can find on the big auction site for $100 more or less in good condition if I shop carefully and wait for a good deal. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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