MX-350, left with XTS-5000

MX-350, left with XTS-5000

The Communications Division is embracing “Throwback Thursday” today by sharing a piece of Butler County communications history.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office was using the radio on the left in the early 1980s (specific dates unknown). The Motorola MX-350 “Handie-Talkie FM Radio,” introduced in 1975, was known for its durability. It allowed a deputy the flexibility to switch between four channels. And it was big! Some think of our present-day radios as big, so this is a fun comparison.

The radio used today by our law enforcement, fire and EMS users on the right, the Motorola XTS-5000, contains several hundred channels and talkgroups.