VX-5500/6000 Mobile Analog Radio Series

Flexible Configuration And Durability For Demanding Applications

Easily support networked, dual-band operations with reliable performance. With the VX-6000 Mobile Analog Radio, get high output power for greater coverage from 100 W to 120 W adjustable power output. Standard and dual control head packages available.

Large Channel Capacity For Greater Reach

Features 250 channel capacity and the ability to program up to 20 memory groups with no limit on the number of channels in each group.

Built for Durability

The one-piece die-cast enclosure doubles as its chassis, yielding extreme strength for resistance against shock and vibration and avoids over-heating.

Multi-Configurations For Dual-Band Capability

One VX-5500 Control Head and two RF Decks on different bands may be networked for dual-band operation. Low Band, VHF or UHF radios may be combined to meet complex communications requirements for multi-agency operations.

When Safety Counts

As with all Vertex Standard Mobile Analog radios, the VX-5500/6000 Series includes Emergency alert for enhanced driver safety. A panic button can be triggered by the front panel button to alert the dispatcher when problems arise.

In addition, the VX-5500/6000 Mobile Analog Radio Series features an internal emergency microphone on the front panel so the driver can continue to communicate with dispatch should the regular microphone become unusable.

Horn alert capability enables base station operator to issue a 2-Tone, 5-Tone or DTMF signal remotely to activate the car’s horn to go off as an additional emergency alert to draw attention to the vehicle.

Loud, Full Sounding Audio

Audio companding ensures full sound for narrow band channel applications.  Use the optional 12W rear external speaker for enhanced safety.

Exclusive Auto-Range Transpond System (ARTS™)

Always know your connection status. Only Vertex Standard radios are designed to inform you when you and another ARTS™-equipped radio are within communication range. If out of range, your radio senses no signal has been received and beeps to alert you. A great solution to keep your workers coordinated.

FCC Narrowbanding Compliant

Meets the FCC Part 90 requirement for using 12.5 kHz channels by January 1, 2013.

Additional Features:

  • Seven programmable backlit keys
  • 8 Character alphanumeric display 
  • CTCSS / DCS Encode and Decode 
  • Busy Channel Lockout (BCLO)
  • Busy Tone Lockout (BTLO)
  • Time Out Timer (TOT)
  • Status Quick Check
  • Compander
  • Internal emergency microphone (front panel)
  • Priority Scan
  • Dual Priority Scan
  • Dual Watch Scan
  • Group Scan
  • D-Sub 25 Pin Accessory Connector 
  • Water shield microphone connector
  • Public Address/Horn Alert 
  • User-selectable tones
  • Radio-to-Radio Cloning 
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Technical Specifications

  Low Band VHF UHF
General Specification
Frequency Range 29.7 – 37 MHz (VX-5500)
37 – 50 MHz
148 – 174 MHz 450 – 490 MHz
Number of Channels and Groups 250 with 20 Groups
Power Supply Voltage 13.6 V DC ± 15% (VX-5500)
13.4 V DC ± 15% (VX-6000)
Channel Spacing 20* kHz 12.5 / 25* kHz
PLL Steps 5 / 6.25 kHz 2.5 / 5 / 6.25 kHz
Current Consumption (VX-5500/6000):
15 A / 22 A 12 A / 25 A 13 A / 28 A
Current Consumption (VX-5500/6000):
2.1 A / 2.2 A
600 mA
Operating Temperature Range -22ºF to +140ºF (-30ºC to +60ºC)
Frequency Stability Better than ±5 ppm Better than ±2 ppm
RF Input-Output Impedance 50 Ohms
Dimension (H x W x D) 2.4 x 7 x 7.7 inches (60 x 178 x 195 mm) VX-5500
2.4 x 7 x 11.9 inches (60 x 178 x 301 mm) VX-6000
Weight (Approx.) 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg) VX-5500
15.4 lbs (6.9 kg) VX-6000
Receiver Specification: measured by TIA/EIA-603
Sensitivity 12dB SINAD 0.25 μV
Adjacent Channel Selectivity 85 dB 85 dB / 80 dB 85 dB / 77 dB
Intermodulation 80 dB 80 dB / 75 dB
Spurious and Image Rejection 90 dB
Audio Output Internal: 5 W @ 4 Ohms, 3% THD
External: 10 W @ 4 Ohms, 3% THD
Transmitter Specification: measured by TIA/EIA-603
Output Power:
70 W adjustable to 30 W
120 W adjustable to 50 W
50 W adjustable to 5 W
110 W adjustable to 50 W
45 W adjustable to 5 W
100 W adjustable to 50 W
Modulation 16K0F3E 16K0F3E, 11K0F3E
Maximum Deviation 5 kHz 5.0 kHz / 2.5 kHz
Conducted Spurious Emissions 80 dB below carrier
Audio Distortion < 2% @1 kHz

Applicable MIL-STD

Standard MIL 810C MIL 810D MIL 810E
Low Pressure 500.2 / II 500.3 / II
High Temperature 501.1 / II 501.2 / I, II 501.3 / I, II
Low Temperature 502.1 / I 502.2 / I, II 502.3 / I, II
Temperature Shock 503.1 / I 503.2 / I 501.3 / I
Solar Radiation 505.1 / I 505.2 / I 505.3 / I
Rain (control head only) 506.2 / I, II 506.3 / I, II
Humidity 507.1 / II 507.2 / II 507.3 / II
Salt Fog 509.2 / I 509.3 / I
Dust 510.2 / I 510.3 / I
Vibration 514.2 / VIII, X 514.3 / I Cat. 10 514.4 / I Cat. 10
Shock 516.2 / I, V 516.3 / I, IV 516.4 / I, IV

Control Head

Motorcycle control head for use with VX-5500




Control Head for multi-head configurations.

Cover plate
Cover plate for the RF Deck in Remote Applications
Cover plate for the Control Head (Includes mounting bracket and hardware)
DC Noise Filters

Plug-In DC Line Filter


Desktop Microphone


 Noise Cancelling Microphone


Noise Cancelling Microphone with DTMF Keypad


Standard Microphone

Mounting Bracket

Mobile Mounting Bracket

Locking Mobile Mounting Bracket
Power Supply

External Power Supply

Remote Cable
Remote Cable for RMK-4000 series (20 ft) (RF Deck to Control Head)
Remote Cable for RMK-4000 series (8 ft) (RF Deck to Control Head)
Remote Cable for RMK-4000 series (2 ft) (RF Deck to RF Deck)

Remote Cable for RMK-4000 series (33 ft) (RF Deck to Control Head)


Interface for third-party accessory boards


Interface for option boards


Voice inversion encryption and DTMF paging


Rolling Code Encryption


MDC-1200® / GE Star® ANI Encode


External Speaker, 12 W


Waterproof external speaker, 12 W

Operating Manuals

1.06 MB
Spec Sheets - North America
Vertex Standard_VX-5500/6000 Series Spec Sheet - North America_Jan 2014

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