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What Radios Can I Buy

Today: The Utah Communications Authority (UCA) currently uses a Motorola SmartZone proprietary system. The only three radio manufactures that are capable of operating on our current radio system is Motorola, Kenwood, and EF Johnson. Please consult with a representative from the respective manufacturer to determine what model is appropriate for your agency to purchase. Local government agencies may be able to purchase radios using the NASPO ValuePoint or the following state contracts:

Motorola: Contract # AR1099 with expiration 6/30/2021

JVC Kenwood: Contract # AR2099 with expiration 6/30/21

EF Johnson: Contract # AR2276 with expiration 6/30/21

Future P25 System: The Utah Communications Authority is anticipating that we can begin migrating users to the new P25 radio system in early 2023. When the new system becomes operational, there is the potential for numerous radio manufacturers to produce radios that are capable of operating on the P25 radio system. Manufacturers could include BK Technologies, Codan Radio Communications, EF Johnson, Icom America, JVC Kenwood, L3Harris, Motorola, Tait, and others. The Utah Communications Authority will develop an approved radio list to authorize and approve specific radio manufactures and models to operate on the new P25 radio system. The approved radio list will be initiated to include all P25 compliant radios that are operational on our Motorola legacy radio system during the migration period. Additional radio manufacturers and radio models will qualify to be on the approved radio list after meeting the following requirements.

The radio must be P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) certified with the Harris MSTR V 800 Trunked Radio for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 and the summary test report must be posted on the Department of Homeland Security website.

The CAP testing facility(ies) must have a Scope of Recognition that meets all of the P25 CAP test requirements.

The radio must be tested on the Utah Communications Authority system after having radio personalities and fleet maps developed by UCA personnel.

Local government agencies will be able to make a one-time purchase of end-user radios through the Utah Communications Authority prior to final system acceptance of the L3Harris P25 radios system. UCA has negotiated a graduated price discount for end-user radios ranging from 40%-65% off the list price for this one-time purchase. Agencies will be able to purchase additional end-user radios from L3Harris through the life of the contract at 40% off the list price. The Utah Communications Authority anticipates that state contracts for P25 end-user radios will be extended or negotiated with most radio manufacturers.

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