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The Lightweight Heavyweight

Motorola APX 6000XE

In the heat of a wildfire or the smoke of a structure fire, you can’t afford to struggle with controls or strain to hear commands. You need a radio so reliable and responder-focused, it’s second nature to use. Working with first responders around the world, Motorola developed APX™ radios to be safer and tougher than others – and to deliver innovative technology in an ultra-rugged, glove-friendly form.

Motorola’s APX 6000XE is the “lightweight heavyweight” – a small, single band radio with extreme ergonomics and excellent audio that takes on the tough tasks of fire service and EMS. It’s the two-way radio that can strengthen safety precisely because it is engineered for extreme conditions.

Real-World Ruggedness

Everything about the APX 6000XE is designed with first responders in mind – starting with a large top display with intelligent lighting so you can see information at a glance. Then oversized controls that are easy to operate when you’re wearing bulky gloves –including the volume and channel selector and X-large emergency button. With its rugged MIL specs, FM certification and optional color housings, it’s the portable performer you can rely on in the harshest environments.

Loud, Clear And Noise-Canceling

Racing to a medical emergency or reporting from a rural fire, you need crystal-clear audio — and the APX 6000XE delivers. Its dual microphone design locates the talker while it cancels out ambient noise. Not only is the APX 6000XE equipped with the latest AMBE digital voice vocoder, its extreme audio profile reduces background noise and improves voice clarity. Plus, a unique speaker grill design improves water runoff to keep communications going h4.

Motorola APX 6000XE Features And Benefits

Three Radio Models

Three distinctive radio models allow the user to select the device that best suits the end user’s environment. All three models offer an 8-character visible top display.

Exaggerated Controls

Well-spaced knobs eliminate accidental activation and glove-friendly controls are big, recognizable and easy to distinguish.

Enlarged Top Display

Easy-to-read, in dark or low light.

X-Large Emergency Button

Largest emergency button in the industry with programmable 0-6 second time delay.

Universal PTT

Universal push-to-talk button with enhanced grooves is easy to find by “touch.”

Optimized T-Grip

Innovative T-grip design gives you a secure grip and better control.

Full Size Keypad

Simple to navigate and use.

Color Display

High-contrast color display is easy-to-read in all kinds of light.


Loudspeaker makes sure messages are intelligible, even in high noise environments.

Dual Microphones

Dual mic noise suppression technology locates the talker and cancels out any background noise.

AMBE Vocoder

Equipped with the latest AMBE +2 digital voice vocoder.

Extreme Audio Profile

Provides the latest noise reduction software for users that frequently encounter loud environments.

Mission Critical Wireless

Option available to connect quickly, securely and simply to certified Bluetooth devices.

Integrated GPS

Enables accountability and location tracking of an individual or vehicle, which can be sent to a map-based location application.


FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified hardware encryption provides tamperproof security to ensure the highest level of secure communications.

Intelligent Lighting

Uses color to notify you of the radio mode, potential emergencies, or specific events. Color alerts provide information at a glance.

Radio Profiles

Adjust audio levels, lighting and tones through user selected or automated options. Whether on surveillance or working in bright sunlight, you can customize settings as needed.

Text Messaging

Offers a freeform or canned messaging solution so you can efficiently and discreetly send and receive messages.

Voice Announcement

Audible, pre-recorded voice file provides a description of the selected channel or zone.

Over-the-Air Programming

Motorola’s POP25 solution allows subscriber radios to be programmed over the air via the ASTRO 25 systems while remaining in the field.

Systems Supported

Trunking standards supported:

  • Clear or digital encrypted ASTRO®25 Trunked Operation
  • Capable of SmartZone®, SmartZone Omnilink, SmartNet®
  • Capable of P25 Phase 2 – TDMA

Analog MDC-1200 and Digital APCO P25 Conventional

Motorola APX 6000XE Models

Model 1.5

Full Bitmap Monochromatic LCD Top Display, 1 Line Text X 8 Characters, 1 Line of Icons, No Menu Support, Multi-Color Backlight.

H98UCD9PW5AN 700/800 MHz (763-870 MHz), 1-2.5 Watts, 96 Channels
H98KGD9PW5AN VHF (136-174 MHz), 1-6 Watts, 96 Channels
H98QDD9PW5AN UHF Range 1 (380-470 MHz), 1-5 Watts, 96 Channels
H98SDD9PW5AN UHF Range 2 (450-520 MHz), 1-5 Watts, 96 Channels

Model 2.5

Top Display Plus: Full Bitmap Color LCD Display, 4 Lines of Text X 14 Characters, 2 Lines of Icons, 1 Menu Line X 3 Menus, White Backlight. Backlight Keypad: 3 Soft Keys, 4 Direction Navigation Key, Home and Data Buttons.

H98UCF9PW6AN 700/800 MHz (763-870 MHz), 1-2.5 Watts, 1,000 Channels
H98KGF9PW6AN VHF (136-174 MHz), 1-6 Watts, 1,000 Channels
H98QDF9PW6AN UHF Range 1 (380-470 MHz), 1-5 Watts, 1,000 Channels
H98SDF9PW6AN UHF Range 2 (450-520 MHz), 1-5 Watts, 1,000 Channels

Model 3.5

Top Display Plus: Full Bitmap Color LCD Display, 4 Lines of Text X 14 Characters, 2 Lines of Icons, 1 Menu Line X 3 Menus, White Backlight. Backlight Keypad: 3 Soft Keys, 4 Direction Navigation Key, 4×3 Keypad, Home and Data Buttons.

H98UCH9PW7AN 700/800 MHz (763-870 MHz), 1-2.5 Watts, 1,000 Channels
H98KGH9PW7AN VHF (136-174 MHz), 1-6 Watts, 1,000 Channels
H98QDH9PW7AN UHF Range 1 (380-470 MHz), 1-5 Watts, 1,000 Channels
H98SDH9PW7AN UHF Range 2 (450-520 MHz), 1-5 Watts, 1,000 Channels

Motorola APX 6000XE Accessories

Safety Doesn’t Stop With The Radio

Extend the power and reliability of your radio with the only complete line of accessories designed, tested and certified for optimal performance with APX portables. Whether it’s our industry-leading Remote Speaker Microphone with noise-canceling technology for loud, clear communications or a Mission Critical Wireless Bluetooth earpiece for secure, discreet conversations, our accessories are so comprehensive and flexible, you can trust them to work overtime with your APX radio.

IMPRES™ Smart Audio Accessories

Be clearly heard the first time and eliminate repeating yourself. Whether you need to talk loudly or quietly, into or away from the accessory, IMPRES Audio lowers the loud talker level and raises the soft talker level automatically so listeners do not have to adjust the volume depending on who is talking.

IMPRES Smart Energy System 

Get the most out of every battery by eliminating the surprise of “low battery alerts.” IMPRES chargers tell you exactly how much capacity is in an IMPRES battery before you attach it to your radio and exactly when an IMPRES battery has reached the end of service life.

Mission Critical Wireless Bluetooth® Accessories

The APX Mission Critical Wireless portfolio is skillfully engineered to give first responders enhanced security, quick pairing and fast PTT. Our earpieces provide exceptional audio clarity and volume so messages come through loud and clear in noisy settings. The discreet earbud, which looks like a consumer device, offers private listening in noisier environments. Durable yet lightweight, these wireless accessories fit snugly and comfortably for long shifts.

View the Motorola Original Accessories for the Motorola APX 6000XE

Motorola APX 6000XE Downloads And Resources


Astro® 25 Two-Way Radios at a Glance Brochure
APX Accessory Catalog
IMPRES Energy Brochure

Solution Briefs

P25 Two-Way Radio Security Solution Brief
APX Personnel Accountability Application Solution Brief

Spec Sheet

APX6000XE Series Spec Sheet
APX Series Portable Radio Comparison
APX Series Audio Fact Sheet
APX Series Radio Management Fact Sheet

White Paper

APX Series Extreme Design White Paper
Mission Critical Communications: Designed to a Tougher Standard White Paper