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Monday July 28th, 2014

UC Irvine 800MHz Campus Radio System

800 MHz RadioDetails

In the early 1990’s, a plan was developed by UC Office of the President (UCOP) to construct uniform radio systems at all UC campuses throughout the state. This plan called for a Motorola 800 MHz radio system to be installed at every UC campus including UC Irvine. The radio system has been online here at UCI since 1996 and has provided quality radio service since its installation. Almost every campus department uses the 800 MHz radio system for its daily operations. Our largest users are Facilities Management, Parking Services, Housing, UCI Police, and NACS. We have over 750 radios operating on the UC Irvine radio system.

The 800 MHz radio system provides cross communications between campus departments and also with other UC campuses if the need ever arises. Currently, the Motorola 800 MHz radio system is the only “official UC recognized” communications system for both daily and emergency operations.

Radio purchases

UCI currently uses Motorola MTS 2000 and XTS 2500 portable radios which come in three different models. The MTS2000 is no longer produced or supported by Motorola. The replacement model is the XTS2500.

Pricing does vary on the different models. Please contact Brian Chrisman for current pricing and a quote will be requested from our Motorola sales representative.

Radio Recharge

In order to maintain the radio “backbone” on campus, OIT recharges a flat rate of $11.50 per a radio, per month. This helps offset operating and maintenance costs. We do not charge for additional features such as the telephone interconnect or Private Call.


Inquiries about radio related issues including training, operating questions, or consulting should be directed to Brian Chrisman, OIT Radio Systems Specialist. He can be contacted at (949) 824-8151 or e-mail