Gear: Motorola XTS 5000


Motorola XTS 5000

Category: Technology & Software
Subcategory: Radios
Price: I have no idea!
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The new top of the line Motorola XTS 5000 portable radio is ready and equipped to meet the needs of demanding environments. The most interoperable radio of its class, the Motorola XTS 5000 radio is an incredibly versatile Public Safety portable designed for mission-critical APCO Project 25 users. It's Motorola's newest maximum performance two-way radio that is equipped to meet your demands as well as provide a peace of mind with secure communications. Web link:

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    deputy186, Mon, 08 Oct 2007 14:34:22 UTC.
    1st review

    Great radio considering what we got rid of....too many features for some departments but for interagency communication - it makes a pursuit go a lot easier!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 08 Oct 2007 17:31:30 UTC.

    I'm working to get with our SEMA here and the radio I was issued is great and allows me access to multiple departments and a one button push to get the calvary there ASAP.....We all know how important that is...

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    TejasTRex, Thu, 11 Oct 2007 16:38:45 UTC.

    It works for me. :P

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    Grizzly, Sat, 13 Oct 2007 02:33:05 UTC.

    We switched to digtial about a year ago, and these are the portables that we use. Since going to digital, the transmission and reception are great. Very few "dead" spots like we use to have with the old analog system. They are user friendly radios, and work everytime you key it up. They are a great companion to the Astro Spectra mobiles. The only suggestion that I would give; make sure a Motorola professional programs them!

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    mpd114, Mon, 15 Oct 2007 08:33:22 UTC.

    Love the RADio

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    jskinner_2033, Mon, 15 Oct 2007 11:17:06 UTC.

    Our department just went to these radios and I LOVE Them. They're clear and If I was ever in a position where I needed back up from another agency all I half to do is push a button an it puts me in contact to a closer unit.

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    SAMSONEAGLE, Mon, 15 Oct 2007 18:55:10 UTC.


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    Pogo, Tue, 16 Oct 2007 00:50:13 UTC.

    Poor audio quality in P25 conventional and trunked modes, poor DTMF quality in analog mode, complex scan programming, heavy, large, more uncomfortable than a saber.

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    pgwilli, Tue, 16 Oct 2007 08:03:35 UTC.

    I've been through 4 radio upgrades and this is the best one I've had. As more departments in our area go to it we have more communication ability with them.

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    bad_LT, Thu, 01 Nov 2007 21:53:56 UTC.

    This the radio our department uses. I like it due to the number of channels. We can talk to the FD Ambulance, Public works, ECT.

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    ohcop, Fri, 16 Nov 2007 13:50:15 UTC.

    our department has used this radio for about 3 years I like the clear audio I can talk across the state as if the person is standing right next to me--- BUT the ablity to set-up a bank with JUST the channels used locally is a pain, AND when in scan mode there isn't a recieve delay so unless your channel is already on the display as primary scan there is a bit of knob twisting and bank changing -- not a good think tactically-- the interoperabilty is fantastic its nice to have one radio for all departments throughout our state.. and the ability to "digipeat" through any vehicle if they're equipt with the "vehicle repeater system" VRS no matter who's department it is and in the encoded mode unless you have the "secret code and frequency" sammy the scanner listener can't hear anything .... the radio is big and in a case buttons can get pushed by accident, ANOTHER good point what I call the " red officer safety/down button" push that button a emergency alart is sent to the dispatcher and the frequency is locked to YOUR radio and no one else can use it until either you clear it OR the dispatch clears it ( officers and other agencies can still be dispatched to your rescue) --- over all a 3star review

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    thegame1987, Sun, 18 Nov 2007 08:25:55 UTC.

    it good to have so i think our city need to use this one yea i think every1 cop need one i think we try this one for free to c if this work or not so yea

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    Srialkiller02, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 00:09:27 UTC.

    used to use these while on guard on camp pendleton. pretty good from what i could see i mean, i didn't seem to have any problems with it at all and the range was pretty good and sounded clear even though i didn't really have to go that far away from the guard station. lol.

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    ahk_51, Tue, 20 Nov 2007 19:56:00 UTC.

    I use this radio while at Camp grayling, MI... Its a great radio! i've been in Lansing, MI and have talked to people ove 200 miles away. Its been dropped, used in the rain and dust and still works.

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    clinesmith, Tue, 27 Nov 2007 01:33:19 UTC.

    These are the radios we use in the Air Force. They work pretty good

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    nharvey2730, Tue, 04 Dec 2007 06:05:40 UTC.

    we just have a few of these we got off of a grant for use with the states fairly new MARCS 800mhz system. they're super expensive but work great. as clear as a phone. only down fall is that the battery life leave something to be desired. it doesn't last half as long as the old ht1000's they were good for a good 24hrs 10 or 12 will kill ours dead.

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    ltprose, Thu, 13 Dec 2007 19:14:29 UTC.

    This radio is only as good as its programmer. If your department has these and it's only loaded with a couple basic channels you need to send some one to a proffesional radio course as soon as possible. This peice of equipment can be an incredible attribute to your policing if you use it right.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 16 Dec 2007 17:18:06 UTC.

    We tested this product this fall, and I thought it was great. Despite what I think of a federal mandate to switch to 800mhz (particularly when my agency doesn't get any grants for it), I am looking forward to getting these into service.

    As an added bonus, we are going to be able to go from 2 radios to one...long story, but I've had two radios on my belt for going on five plus years, now--so I'm REALLY glad to be going down to just the one. Plus, as with any radio, you can outfit it with a collar/shoulder mic, and earphones, which I like.

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    flsogrl, Wed, 09 Jan 2008 09:16:08 UTC.

    Works for me, like the multi channels

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    retiredcopinga, Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:06:54 UTC.

    never had a communication problem when we used these radios

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    csi782, Sat, 01 Mar 2008 22:36:03 UTC.

    It is better than the Southern Link radios we had before this one. Communication is better. Just issued a small antenna for this which is much better than the long one we have had since they were issued several years ago.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 19:11:13 UTC.

    Great radio! Durable, though heavy, and has great reception.

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    AZmeangreen, Fri, 07 Mar 2008 18:00:57 UTC.

    The Border Patrol recently changed over to the Motorola XTS 5000 about a year ago. Decent enough radio though it has poor/limited reception in some wilderness situations. It is durable and does well in desert environments (including monsoons). Reception is typically clear. Down side is that it takes some getting used to for some functions and its reception (as discribed above can cause the user to hold the radio above his/her head or stand atop of one's unit to receive a clear signal.

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    jacksond, Mon, 10 Mar 2008 20:03:00 UTC.

    works great in and out of car

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    MRMACARONI, Sat, 22 Mar 2008 19:42:34 UTC.

    Our department just went to these radios and I LOVE Them. They're clear and If I was ever in a position where I needed back up from another agency all I half to do is push a button an it puts me in contact to a closer unit. we also have the smart battiers with them and it tells you how much battiery life is left

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    DSGROOMS, Sat, 22 Mar 2008 20:11:53 UTC.


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    klamm143, Sat, 22 Mar 2008 21:50:08 UTC.

    Our department went to the motorola when switching over to the 800 Mhz system. GREAT range and clarity. Most only dead spots are inside large buildings or basement areas.

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    UPK9603, Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:33:34 UTC.

    A great radio as long as you have a good trunk system and towers to support it throught the city.

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    ASUNightstalker, Thu, 10 Apr 2008 22:38:23 UTC.

    Great radio! Has many possibilities. Very tough when dropped. Better than what we had before. Battery life is decent, I usually get 12-15 hours out of one single charge. Uniform companies need to make a holster for it that will not crack (due to the placement of the snap button on most holsters) the screen on the side that cost $500 to replace.

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    patrolin2, Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:41:46 UTC.

    Love the radio, but have problems keying up in rural areas. Other than that its a great radio.

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    SkoolCop49, Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:02:57 UTC.


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    nadnock, Tue, 22 Apr 2008 01:49:16 UTC.

    Great radio, many features. I like the battery meter.

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    Gonzalez93, Sun, 11 May 2008 22:20:32 UTC.

    Good, durable radio. Simple functions and easy to understand.

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    AllanMc4, Sat, 24 May 2008 16:33:24 UTC.

    Our sheriff Department loves this radios, they have are very clear and dependable. and very easy to use

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    goincode, Thu, 29 May 2008 09:43:42 UTC.

    Not to bad of a radio. Its crap when it comes to concrete.

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    cgingo, Wed, 11 Jun 2008 12:40:55 UTC.

    I converted our entire system to this model when they first hit the street. Great radios for our teams.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 19 Jul 2008 19:02:57 UTC.

    My department upgraded the radio system along with the handhelds. We carried the HT1000. The XTS 5000 is a great radio. A little heavy. I wish the belt clip would fit a standard duty belt.

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    Truckbabe, Sat, 02 Aug 2008 05:09:05 UTC.

    Great radio and I love it!

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    navyfirefighter2004, Tue, 05 Aug 2008 22:43:24 UTC.

    Great radio when used properly. Its what the military uses for long range comm. in garrison.

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    INDIANAPOLICE, Thu, 04 Sep 2008 17:50:27 UTC.

    WOW A radio that holds every channel in my area: INDIANAPOLIS (MECA) , ISP, DETROIT CITY, MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, OHIO STATE POLICE, TOLEDO & MUCH MORE....the only problem is: its a pain for anyone to program!

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    bakeman4285, Thu, 04 Sep 2008 18:14:49 UTC.

    The radio works great, but it's way too big and heavy! The "digital delay" stinks in SWAT operations....

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    nordy, Tue, 09 Sep 2008 03:44:46 UTC.

    Awsome radio - we have the ruggadized ersion withtighter seals for our water patrol. Dropped mine in the water by accident, pulled it back up by the shoulder mic attached to my PFD. It never stopped working or had any glitches from that incident!

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    mem7k942, Fri, 19 Sep 2008 18:34:46 UTC.

    Far exceeds the previous Astro version. The range and clarity is outstanding

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    wgoins04, Thu, 04 Dec 2008 13:15:01 UTC.

    Great radio as far as clarity and reception. Only thing that keeps it from being a 5 in my opinion is there is no lockout feature for the buttons on the front. I've accidentally switched to other agencies frequencies due to my radio holster bumping the buttons. Other than that, it's perfect.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:21:02 UTC.

    The only think that I don’t like about this Motorola XTS 5000 radio, is that when the battery is about to go dead, there is no beep or alert mechanism, as per example the old Motorola MTS 2000. It will beep every now and then when the battery was low and about to go dead.

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    eekng1, Mon, 02 Feb 2009 01:13:04 UTC.

    We just swithed to this radio within the last month or so. Only problem i have is the delay when keying up. some times you start talking and all you hear is the tone. Clarity is better than the last ones we had

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    David4946, Sun, 08 Feb 2009 08:39:56 UTC.

    My PD is and the entire county is getting ready to switch to these. I can't wait to not have to carry a county radio and a city portable Whoo Hooo !

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    ImpdsAngel, Sat, 14 Mar 2009 18:49:26 UTC.

    One thing I love to do is sit and listen to my husbands scanner during the night when he gets home....sometimes its boring ....but things do get pretty exciting...mostly listen to patrol cars because the jail never gets that intresting lol.

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    officerravitch, Fri, 01 May 2009 13:19:32 UTC.

    My department uses this product. it has good frequencies on it.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 02 May 2009 06:06:15 UTC.

    These radios are very good, never receive interference with them

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    Anonymous, Sun, 03 May 2009 18:16:37 UTC.

    Motorola has always come through with their radios and this is exception. Great radio to have in an area where you have to monitor several departments at once.

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    DALLASCRANE, Sun, 03 May 2009 21:10:13 UTC.

    The price can run $4000 to $5000 dollars new for one XTS 5000. It is an expensive piece. Need a Gov grant to get equipped. You will need a case and extra battery, So be ready.

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    bluelinebarer, Mon, 04 May 2009 04:22:04 UTC.

    I'm a corrections officer in my county's jail, since we are near a army chemical disposal base, we got a gov't grant to upgrade the entire county system. very reliable piece of equipment, all digital, and stands up to the toughest fights with inmates. however these radios do know when a 12 hour shift is up...they go off duty before i do.

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    Jima, Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:44:16 UTC.

    This is an Ok radio. For how big it is, it should have better transmission and reception abilities. I use this radio full time and have a Motorola HT1250 for my back-up radio. I like to use the Voice Announcements for the channel announcements, as when I use my ear piece, it is nice to not to have to pull the radio off my hip and look at the display, or count clicks.

    Overall, this is an OK radio, but not the best I've used.. The battery life seems to be great for 12 hour shifts!

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    RoHawk, Sun, 03 Jan 2010 04:17:11 UTC.

    Arkansas has moved to the digital communication system called AWINS using the XTS 5000 and XTS 2500 digital portable radios. We recently had an event involving 12 different agencies. Using the digital radio system and mutual channels available to all agencies we were able to provide a secure and safe event. We would have not been able to do this without the digital radio system.

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    CapedRanger, Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:17:33 UTC.

    One of the best 2 ways I have had the pleasure of using.

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