While Yaesu Musen focuses on its own (incompatible with everything) digital standard, its former mother company Vertex Standard decided to go with the flow and adopted the DMR 2 standard. The new VXD series will offer hams an alternative to Hytera and Motorola.
“The new VXD Series enables analog radio users to gradually upgrade to digital as needed to make the most of their radio investments,” said Mike Gray, Vertex Standard North America LMR Sales Vice President. “The portable and mobile radios operate in both analog and digital modes making conversion to digital flexible and easy. If budget is an issue, users can gradually evolve from analog to digital as required to best address their functional and financial needs.”
The VXD Series also operates on the most widely-used digital mobile radio protocol known as Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), which uses 2-slot TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) in 12.5kHz channels.
“When switching to digital, customers need to understand that the operating protocol is an important factor for supporting a more dynamic and flexible digital radio system,” Gray said. “Unlike analog where any brand of radio can be used together, not all digital radios are the same — the radios can only communicate if operating on the same protocol. The VXD Series is designed to work with other DMR TDMA radios, so users benefit by getting more choices of interchangeable digital equipment.”
Recently announced by the DMR Association, Vertex Standard VXD Series successfully completed interoperability testing that validate digital performance compatibility with both MOTOTRBO™ and SELEX Communications digital radios. All VXD radios are FCC Narrowbanding compliant.
The VXD Series includes: VXD-720 portable radio, VXD-7200 mobile radio and VXD-R70 repeater.
Frequency ranges: 134-174 MHz VHF and UHF 403 – 470 MHz / 450 – 512 MHz.
VXD-720: around $630
VXD-7200: around $460
VXD-R70 Repeater: around $1840