How an Arizona Fire Department Got New P25 Radios Without Grant Money

With the millions of things that emergency responders have to worry about, having clear and reliable communication while on the job should be the last thing they fret over.

That’s why buying two-way radios which meet the P25 CAP standard is a must. The problem is, the federal grant money to buy them is all but gone – and these P25 two-way radios are much more expensive than regular ones.

That was the dilemma facing one Arizona municipality whose fire department needed P25 radios, but was being quoted outrageous prices of up to $5,000 per radio by Motorola salesmen.

They simply could not afford the amount of radios they needed at those prices.

Until they found us.

“You don’t need to spend a fortune for your P25 two-way radios.”

When this was communicated to the fire chief, the sense of relief was palpable – but he still had his doubts.

Motorola had so thoroughly entrenched itself with government officials nationwide over the years that it was practically the only brand anyone knew, capturing an estimated 80 percent of the market. So when we started talking about RCA, he was a little skeptical at first.

To convince him to switch, we programmed a couple of our RCA RPX4500 radios to work with his existing ones and shipped them off the same day for him to test them out as loaners.

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Flawless operation at the best price

When he saw how flawlessly the RCA radios worked with his current setup, and how these were actually louder and sounded clearer than the comparable Motorolas, he was hooked. All we had to do was talk price and seal the deal.

Well, he was in for a big surprise, because we were able to put together a package which got him SIX TIMES as many radios as he could have gotten had he stuck with Motorola.

The fire department was able to get all of the new P25 radios it needed while saving a LOT of money – we are talking tens of thousands of dollars.

To this day, this fire department remains a happy customer.

All the features you need

Unlike Motorola, RCA does not put useless features in its radios to drive up costs and block out competitors. In some states Motorola installed proprietary encryption on its radios which prevented compatibility with other brands, for instance.

Instead, our radios only have the features you really need. For example, our P25 two-way radios are interoperable, as they should be, to communicate with other companies’ radios in emergency situations.

Also, the sound on the RPX4500/4600 is loud and clear, and the battery life is long. Military-grade strength ensures your radios will be around for years – and our four-year warranty reflects that (the longest in the biz!)

It’s just a great radio, and we offer it at a great price.

If you would to test a unit out, no strings attached, just call me at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time to see if you meet our requirements. If you decide to buy, for large orders, we can even set you up with credit terms if you qualify.

I want to make switching to RCA a no-brainer and painless for you. Call me.

Ben Burns

The Best P25 Two-Way Radios for Emergency Preparedness

When an emergency strikes, instant and dependable communication is the best way to get crews organized and the situation under control with minimum risk.

Radios which meet the P25 CAP specifications fit the bill, and are the de facto standard for fire, police, and ambulance departments nationwide due to their ruggedness and interoperability regardless of the manufacturer. There is only one problem: because these radios are expensive, most municipalities have relied on federal grant money to acquire them…and this grant money has dried up.

P25 radios are in reach of everyone’s budget, however, if you know how to buy smart.

 

Why the RCA RPX4500/4600 are the best P25 radios for emergency preparedness

RCA’s biggest P25 competitor is the Motorola APX Series. At costs of up to $5,000 per radio, or even more, this places them out of the realm of reality for many buyers.

Fortunately, the RCA RPX4500 and RPX4600 are just as good as the Motorola APX series in my opinion, but the huge difference is that you can get five or six P25 radios for the price of one Motorola! That is a BIG DEAL for those on tight budgets.

The RCA RPX4500/4600 compete head to head with other P25 two-way radios in the following categories:

  • Clarity
  • Encryption
  • Dual-mode operation
  • Ease-of-use
  • Durability
  • Waterproofing
  • Great battery life
  • Warranty

As you can see, RCA has all the bases covered.

Where we definitely “got ‘em beat”

On the last bullet point above, “Warranty,” buying a P25 radio through us has a definite advantage. We offer a 4 YEAR WARRANTY on the RCA RPX4500/4600 radios, and we service them with our own highly trained, in-house technicians.

Our average turn around? 5 business days. With free expedited shipping both ways.

What happens if your P25 CAP compliant radio needs servicing through our competitors? First of all, Motorola only gives you a two-year warranty. Ours is double that. Second, when you ship back to your dealer, they don’t have the parts on hand and the techs on staff like we do.

So guess what? They have to ship to the factory for your repair — which can take as long as NINETY days to get your two-way radio back. Jeesh.

I do have good news for you though. Even if you buy the competing brand at another dealer, we can fix it here for you at the same great terms, free shipping and everything.

Test one out with no strings attached.

For serious buyers who meet our qualifications, I can send a test radio for you to try out. I am positive that when you use it for a while, you are going to want to keep it and buy more for your department.

Here is a testimonial from one satisfied customer:

“Wanted to let you know we’ve been using the radios we purchased from you guys and we are extremely happy with the product. These are by the far the best radios amongst the Minesweeping ships out here forward deployed. We truly appreciate it. ” — Lt. Danny Nin, USS Defender

Please call me, Ben Burns, at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for more details or any questions.

 

 

Motorola APX Series vs RCA RPX Comparison: Why pay $5,000 for a Public Safety Radio?

If you are responsible for procuring P25 CAP Compliant Public Safety Radios for your department, you have no doubt encountered a salesperson pushing Motorola products. Most likely, one of their pricey APX series radios was offered.

However, when looking at the kind of budgets most municipalities are working with these days, the Motorola APX can be an outlandish investment for them. Once all the “extras” are factored in, just ONE of these radios could set you back a whopping FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

It’s ridiculous.

Here you are trying to serve the public and you cannot do your job effectively because you either have to work with outdated radios, or invest an arm and a leg in new ones which you really cannot afford.

p25 rcaBut there is a better choice. RCA, one of the pioneers in two-way radio communications, makes P25 radios which are just as good as Motorola’s, but at a FRACTION of the cost.

Don’t take my word for it. Let’s compare the top-of-the line P25 radios from Motorola (APX 6000) and RCA (RPX4500/4600) and let the facts speak for themselves:

Clarity

Motorola and RCA both come out winners in the clarity department, so it’s a tie. Motorola has its “Adaptive Audio Engine” to enhance sound, while RCA uses the AMBE+2TM Vocoder for crystal clear, loud communication.

Encryption

Again, both radios offer encryption so your communications stay secure from prying ears. Motorola has no advantage here.

Handling

Both radios feature extra-large controls to enable operation even when gloved. Again, the units are on equal footing.

Durability

Both the Motorola and the RCA units are military-grade tough, meeting MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F, G rating to remain operational under the most severe conditions.

Waterproofing

Both radios are waterproof in even extreme circumstances. The Motorola unit has a higher IP68 rating (4 hrs at 2 meters) compared with RCA’s IP67 (30 mins at 1 meter). Unless you plan on swimming with your radio, this extra waterproofing is likely not needed nor worth the extra expense.

 “Extras”

Here is where the two brands differ markedly. Yes, Motorola did pack a lot of “stuff” into the APX series. Things like firmware updates over WiFi, Bluetooth, texting, an RFID chip built into the volume control. But boy do you pay dearly for them.

For most people we talk to – these extra things are useless. All they need is a rugged, dependable radio which sounds loud and has a great battery life – like the RCA RPX4500/4600.

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Warranty

Here is an important area where RCA is a clear winner: We offer a 4 YEAR WARRANTY on the RCA radios we sell. How long do you get with Motorola? Two measly years. Such an expensive radio with such a short warranty is not good.

As you can see, the ridiculously expensive radio does not have any clear advantage over the more affordable one, and in fact the short warranty is a liability.

So you need to ask yourself, is it better for me to have ONE radio with a bunch of fancy bells and whistles I will probably never use, or do I get FIVE radios which meet or exceed all the requirements of fire departments and other emergency personnel when faced with life-threatening situations?

If you would like me to send you a unit to test out, no strings attached, just call me at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time and I will send you one. I promise you that you’re going to love it.

Ben Burns