Motorola T9500 Review
FCC ID: K7GT9500
1.03 Watts GMRS
.11 Wats Low/FRS
This radio has a nice attractive package that fits comfortably in the hand. Its design prevents
it from sitting upright, such as standing on a table. This radio has both CTCSS and DCS coded squelch
for interference protection. These radios don’t separate DCS and CTCSS codes. Codes 1-38 are the standard CTCSS codes. Codes 39-121 are DCS codes. There is no chart giving the codes. You have to guess, so it could be a challenge setting these radios to work with other brands.
Sound Quality. The radio had a nice smooth sounding audio. The compander feature assists
in removing background hiss. Volume levels are not high enough to compensate for extreme
background noise, as you may experience at places such as amusement parks. As these
radios have a compander circuit, hearing radios of other brands may sound a little odd, as they
don’t have the same circuitry. For the most part, this isn’t too objectionable.
Ease of operation: The menu was easy to navigate and access to functions was simply laid out.
Access to the advanced functions was easy, and rarely required consulting the manual.
Advanced Functions: This series has the QT interference protection. This allows similar radios to
communicate with one another, with added protection against other radios “opening the squelch”.
This is used in conjunction with CTCSS/DCS. (NOTE: This is not an encryption or
scrambling system, and does not prevent others from hearing you)
The scan function allows you to lock out channels you do not wish to scan. This is a VERY big
plus. Also, when scanning, it will display the CTCSS/DCS tone of the active channel. Another positive.
These radios also offer Voice Operated Transmit (VOX) for hands free operation.
High and low power are selected by pressing either the upper or lower transmit button. FRS-only channels are low-power only.
These radios offer NOAA weather reception with a weather alert function.
Ranges: (Test area was in a suburban environment. Your experiences may vary based on terrain and environment)
Advertised Range: up to 26 miles
Tested Ranges: (Squelch enabled, Maximum effective range)
Car to Car: .75 miles
Car to house: 1 Mile
Person to house: 1 mile
Person to person outdoors: 1.3 miles
Battery Life: The supplied pack indicates loss of power after 4 hours or so. It remains useable for 8 hours (which is my test standard, typical for most folks) I suggest extra
batteries. I used AA rechargeables which definitely exceeded 8 hours full power.
The supplied chargers ONLY charge the supplied pack and will not charge other
Additional Comments: I found the belt clips to be cabable of easy damage. I didn’t
break them; but they don’t seem very durable. Other than that, I can’t complain. I
found these radios of a very good quality, and will enjoy using them. Interference from
household electronice is limited. The best I’ve seen on a consumer radio.
I will handle any questions on this radio.