It would be safe to say that Motorola have the market share when it comes down to 2-way radios, but choosing the right connector can be difficult, because Motorola have 5 different types the GP series, the DP series, the MTP and MTH series and the 2-pin connector. We have the information and future releases of all the Motorola connectors that you need before you purchase an earpiece.
It would be safe to say that Motorola have the market share when it comes down to 2-way radios, but choosing the right connector can be difficult. Because Motorola have 5 different types the GP series, the DP series, the MTP and MTH series and the 2-pin connector.
The range of radios that accommodate the Motorola 2-pin is extensive, we will start back at one of the legends of the radio world, the GP300. A wonderfully robust and hard working radio, that was one of the first to use a 2-pin connector, Motorola branched off to several different connector types after that, firstly the GP340, which includes the GP320, GP360, GP640, GP680 and the GP380, these were the first wave of radios to have multi pin connectors as their accessory and for programming, and obviously this caused several problems for the people that had purchased 2-pin accessories, so Motorola designed an adaptor that would convert the 2-pin connection to work with the GP multi pin.
The new range of motorola digital radios the DP3400, DP3401, DP3600 and the DP3601 all have a similar looking design connector to that of the GP340 but is a completely different style. That is to say that the Motorola multi pin connector or adaptor will NOT work the DP range of radios and similarly the DP connectors won’t work on the GP range. Motorola have designed and produced an adaptor that takes the Inaugural Motorola 2-pin and converts for the above DP radios.
Currently the two adaptors are the only way a Motorola 2-pin connector will work with any of the above radios, but luckily there is a range of earpieces with this connection, the Motorola multi pin connectors, both for the GP and the DP series, a connector that is built to screw on to the side of the radio and be secure, this obviously comes at a cost as building the multi pin connector is more expensive than the 2-pin equivalent, but compared to the cost of an adaptor and a 2-pin earpiece, it actually works out cheaper.
Keeping on the same line of the digital radios, Motorola produced 5 radios for the new tetra infrastructure, the MTH500, MTH650, MTH850, MTP850 and the MTH800 each radio number has small differences that allow it to be used for different services and different scenarios, but luckily each radio brand uses the same connector across the series, Motorola use a 3.5 mm plug with a screw connection to secure the earpiece in, the connector is specific to the MTP/MTH radios. The newest of the Motorola radios is the MTP850s which adds to the huge confusion and has a DP series connection, this radio in the next few years will be a common feature within all of the blue light and emergency services.
Lastly Motorola produce a leisure series and are normally under the name 446 or XTN, these are distinctly good radios and have a single pin connector, the connector is a 3.5mm plug.
Getting the right Motorola connector isn’t easy, but you can’t really go wrong with a Motorola 2-pin connector as most and pretty much all Motorola radios will have some way of accepting the 2-pin.