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by smokeybehr
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: OEM source for CF-54 Parts and accessories.
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: OEM source for CF-54 Parts and accessories.

Heartland has been the OEM source for parts and service for Panasonic computers for at least a decade. As of the beginning of the year, they are now wholly-owned by Panasonic itself. The staff hasn't changed, and their turnaround time for repairs is still excellent.
by smokeybehr
Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Solutions considering being sold
Replies: 9
Views: 1464

Re: Motorola Solutions considering being sold

escomm wrote:all of Symbol... he even took a $500 million bath on Symbol he wanted to get rid of it so bad


At least Honeywell has Symbol, so one mobile computing/barcode scanning & imaging company has bought another.

The speculation is that General Dynamics or Harris is eyeing MS for purchase.
by smokeybehr
Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Looking For FEMA ICS Form 205 In The Same Format As XTS5000
Replies: 4
Views: 1306

Re: Looking For FEMA ICS Form 205 In The Same Format As XTS5

Everything is narrow band now, so unless it's a MURS channel, or something that isn't in the narrowband mandate, assume that it is a 2.5kHz deviation channel.
by smokeybehr
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Wildacrd Modification
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Wildacrd Modification

I like having the momentaries in there, but that's just me. It allows me to switch flash patterns on the lights, and I was thinking about adding a trunk pop or something like that. The original purpose was probably for gun locks or anything that just needed a momentary trigger to open a solenoid or ...
by smokeybehr
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Experimental and Next Generation LMR
Topic: Amateur Radio - National Experimental Trunking{AR-NET}
Replies: 41
Views: 4539

Re: Amateur Radio - National Experimental Trunking{AR-NET}

One of the thoughts that I had was to take a block in the 420-430 range and use it to begin building a system. There is plenty of surplus equipment available from the Feds, both mobile and infrastructure equipment, that can be retuned and reused in the band without a lot of trouble. Systems Sabers a...
by smokeybehr
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Astro Saber
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Astro Saber

Your other alternative is to let one of the many of us that has the right software and hardware program it for you. Many of us will do it fairly cheaply, especially if you're just programming in hammy channels, or it's a "model 1" without a display or keypad.
by smokeybehr
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MCS2000 "whoreflash"
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Re: MCS2000 "whoreflash"

Didn't Motorola introduce toolproof in the MCS firmware after a later release, like 7 or 8? I have not seen it, but I can't say how high F/W was in the last MCS that I hacked. So I'm am not saying they don't have toolproof, just that I have not seen it or heard of it. Of course if you read and save...
by smokeybehr
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: KVL Cables - Saber vs Astro Saber
Replies: 3
Views: 460

Re: KVL Cables - Saber vs Astro Saber

I have the actual KVL to Saber cable. I need to acquire a Hirose cable eventually, as I have several Sabers with the rev. D adapter. I really should crack the cases on all of the secure capable Sabers I have to see if they have hybrids in there or just the dummy plug. I know that my 2 USMS surplus S...
by smokeybehr
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: havis console questions.
Replies: 11
Views: 2606

Re: havis console questions.

The difference between the Havis and Jotto/Troy faceplates is about 1/8". The holes are about 1/16" wider on the Havis.

I just learned this when test fitting my Troy faceplates to the Havis console that I just acquired.
by smokeybehr
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: A Few Basic Vehicle Install Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2260

Re: A Few Basic Vehicle Install Questions

One of the problems with vehicle install cable is that it's almost always RG-58, which is fine for most installations, but if you go with power over 50W or freqs above 440, it loses a LOT of signal. Kick down the extra money for RG8x, LMR200, LMR240, RG-141/142, or RG-223, with RG141 the best for mi...
by smokeybehr
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MCS2000 "whoreflash"
Replies: 7
Views: 893

MCS2000 "whoreflash"

Is there a "whoreflash" that has every *compatible* option available? I was looking for an srec that has the 250 channel option, MDC encode/decode, conventional operation and Omnilink at a minimum, and as many of the other features as possible. Is the 250 channel option a hardware/firmware...
by smokeybehr
Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Question on programming UHF MCS2000
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Question on programming UHF MCS2000

One point that you should be aware of with the MCS series radios is that they are very sensitive to programming voltage levels. Many of the clone RIB devices have an issue with either working erratically or not at all due to low voltage levels. Your best bet is to use a true Motorola RIB device if ...
by smokeybehr
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: KVL Cables - Saber vs Astro Saber
Replies: 3
Views: 460

KVL Cables - Saber vs Astro Saber

Are the cables the same, or different, WRT the pin config?

I can use a 3011DX to keyload either, as long as they have the right hybrids/firmware, correct?
by smokeybehr
Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000 VHF Band Expansion
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: MCS2000 VHF Band Expansion

You might get it to play nice down to 138, but not much lower than that. Besides, you won't hear aircraft stuff with an FM radio. Everything between 108 and 138 is all AM.
by smokeybehr
Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: My Boredom put to use. Pics Included. UPDATED!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2411

Re: My Boredom put to use. Pics Included. UPDATED!!!

Now there's an idea to make the ultra-rare White Saber a reality. I'll head down to the True Value after work and get some of the Fusion in white.
by smokeybehr
Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Jedi Missing Pixels FSB *extended* DIY Working Fix Inside
Replies: 51
Views: 23311

Re: Jedi Missing Pixels FSB *extended* DIY Working Fix Insid

I have several Model 2 MTS2k fronts that have bad pixels in them, so I can give the fix a try without fear of messing something critical up. If it works, then I'll try it on some of the units that are in regular use. It'll be nice to get the units back in working order, so I can use all of the chann...
by smokeybehr
Wed May 11, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Install Into Aussie Ford Territory
Replies: 2
Views: 1203

Re: Install Into Aussie Ford Territory

Dude, the steering wheel is on the wrong side! ;)

How about some pix of the outside of the vehicle?
by smokeybehr
Tue May 10, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000 190-235 MHz VHF radio, prog issue
Replies: 50
Views: 7976

Re: MCS2000 190-235 MHz VHF radio, prog issue

kj6ko wrote:Supposedly, this is the part# for the RSS... SDVN4326D

Any ideas??


Has anyone tried to order the RSS/CPS yet? Has anyone in the us tried to order non-US software? Escomm, can you get it as a dealer?
by smokeybehr
Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Laptop speed/RAM requirements for programming MT1000/MT2000
Replies: 7
Views: 2317

Re: Laptop speed/RAM requirements for programming MT1000/MT2

I have 3 computers that I use for programming: A 386sx25 laptop for those pure DOS RSS programs that won't run on a Pentium machine; a Panasonic CF-28 for everything that will run on a Pentium and XP; and a GoBook II+ for anything post-2000 and Windows-based. If it's got a USB programming cable, I u...
by smokeybehr
Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000 190-235 MHz VHF radio, prog issue
Replies: 50
Views: 7976

Re: MCS2000 190-235 MHz VHF radio, prog issue

The serial, model number, and displayed mode names are all in plain text, but the frequencies aren't.. and they're not coded with any method we're familiar with. The only thing I can thing of is to look for 713FB300, 0B532B80, 0121EAC0, 8C122780, 0E01D0C0, 016694E0, 4A38, or 5BCC in or near the usu...
by smokeybehr
Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR8400 Released...
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: XPR8400 Released...

There's a thread on the MTUSA list that the XPR8300 Rev. A and B models are 8MB, and the Rev. C have the 32MB, with the same (mostly) firmware that's in the XPR8400. Repeaters are becoming more like computers, and need a controlled environment to work best in. I don't see anything wrong with that, e...
by smokeybehr
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Deleting a trunked system in Astro CPS?
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Deleting a trunked system in Astro CPS?

I tried to add a blank system, and it won't let me do it. I haven't done the blank codeplug load yet, but I'm sure that I can find one at CPSS as long as someone has uploaded one.
by smokeybehr
Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Deleting a trunked system in Astro CPS?
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Deleting a trunked system in Astro CPS?

I'm trying to delete a trunked system in a FleaBay special UHF AS3. The usual syskey hack doesn't seem to work, as I can't import the key properly. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to proceed? I've already deleted as much of the TRS data as possible, but without a proper syskey or a hack, ...
by smokeybehr
Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: CF-19 and Windows 7
Replies: 15
Views: 4586

Re: CF-19 and Windows 7

All I have to say is:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/

Several guys have done it. It takes a LOT of tweaking and twiddling to get it just right.
by smokeybehr
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Looking for LA ham rptrs
Replies: 11
Views: 1137

Re: Looking for LA ham rptrs

If you're talking about the CCC machine, those guys are really friendly. Most of them are professional radio guys that work for the various agencies around there. I know most of them, and they're all good people.
by smokeybehr
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTL5000 Dual Radio
Replies: 33
Views: 6113

Re: XTL5000 Dual Radio

Sounds like you need to swap the low-split radios for some high-split radios. Unless you really need the LB-UHF stuff, you should have picked up the high-split radios in the first place.

The FAIL001 is a PLL unlock error.
by smokeybehr
Fri May 28, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Assistance with QCII tones...
Replies: 31
Views: 3825

Re: Assistance with QCII tones...

Too many people have downloaded it, so it's no longer available on RS. Anyone have an FTP server where they've put it?
by smokeybehr
Fri May 28, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MTS2000 VHF "doesn't support 2.5KHz spacing"
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: MTS2000 VHF "doesn't support 2.5KHz spacing"

Never seen that error, but I wasn't trying to plug in the V-Tac channels. Let me play around and see what I get when I get back to the shop.
by smokeybehr
Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up

Finally we're getting somewhere. I'll get on that tomorrow and see what happens.
by smokeybehr
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CDM1550 dead
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: CDM1550 dead

com501 wrote:
mike m wrote:It's one of those visual test avatars, your supposed to be looking for a waterfall.

So far I have never been able to find it.



Waterfall?? What waterfall? :o


There's a waterfall?
by smokeybehr
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up

By any chance is the EEPROM in this radio a large black block about 1/4 to 3/8 inch high? If so, I would suspect that you have one of the old program IC units that had an internal battery and it has died. Your options are to replace it with one of the newer EEPROMS or throw the radio away. I have s...
by smokeybehr
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Removing paint from radio
Replies: 11
Views: 1212

Re: Removing paint from radio

545 wrote:I usually use finger nail polish remover applied with a cotton ball. Usually 1 or 2 passes and the paint is gone.


Be careful with the acetone, or as has been mentioned above, it'll cloud/craze the case.
by smokeybehr
Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up

Full story: This radio was purchased as part of a large lot of radios County Surplus. When I plugged it in and turned it on for the first time, it gave me a continuous roughly 500hz tone. No POST beep, no beeps to count. No indication of any kind on the display. The radio was programmed exactly like...
by smokeybehr
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Bad Parts Alert
Replies: 10
Views: 2321

Re: Bad Parts Alert

What's size of square in crimping die should be used in case with center pin of AMP P2880376E84 / Motorola 2880376E84 mini-UHF connector? Who is original manufacturer of Motorola 6680388A26 crimping tool? I use the Paladin 2653 die for the mini-UHF connector as shown in the above mentioned picture.
by smokeybehr
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Maxtrac 300 continuous beep on power up

Is this a PLL out of lock condition? The codeplug that was in it was 100% legit for the radio and model, with nothing odd. The jumpers are all set correctly for the programming, and I can't find anything physically wrong with the radio.

Do I need to do a full alignment on it to make it play nice?
by smokeybehr
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Removing paint from radio
Replies: 11
Views: 1212

Re: Removing paint from radio

I use 91% isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs, cotton cosmetic rounds, and cheap toothbrushes to do 95% of my cleaning. The other 5% I use some really good solvent that we have at work that will dissolve adhesives like crazy, but not harm plastic. You could probably use mineral spirits as well to do ...
by smokeybehr
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Quick Engraving Question...
Replies: 10
Views: 799

Re: Quick Engraving Question...

That looks like a common Dremel tool engraving. Handheld electric rotary pen with steel tip. You can set the speed of the percussion to get an even finer line. Works great for free hand marking polycarbonate housings. I'm pretty certain we got our out of Tessco. Yup, looks like the typical "bu...
by smokeybehr
Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: BOLO - Stolen Quantar
Replies: 17
Views: 4177

Re: BOLO - Stolen Quantar

Here's a couple of things to consider: Are there any other tenants, especially NexTel, or someone that might have sold their license/frequencies to NexTel? Have you called ALL the radio shops within a 100 mile radius to let them know what happened? Are there any new 2M repeaters on the air, or have ...
by smokeybehr
Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Oddballs through the years
Replies: 307
Views: 82471

Re: Motorola Oddballs through the years

Bill_G wrote:At least they knew how to talk into the front of the radio. How many times have I seen someone talk into the portable belt clip or palm mic hangup button?


I get so sick of seeing HT's used like a phone, with the speaker up to the ear, talking into the bottom of the battery.
by smokeybehr
Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Additions to the Programming Primer
Replies: 0
Views: 399

Additions to the Programming Primer

If you're just learning how to program your Motorola (and other brands) radios, read http://www.batlabs.com/newbie.html and memorize it. Commit it to memory. You should be dreaming of the words floating around you. RSS and CPS are terms specific to Ma M, but everyone uses the terms for "radio p...
by smokeybehr
Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: saber program question
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: saber program question

Try to obtain the latest version of RSS you can, then you will be able to program the entire analog Saber line, including the Systems models. The information given above is, I believe, incorrect. The Saber and Systems Saber are 2 completely separate RSS packages. One RSS will NOT work with the othe...
by smokeybehr
Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: JT1000 fpp direct mode
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Re: JT1000 fpp direct mode

Did you check the programmed settings for the 3-position switch on the top? You'll have to read that with the RSS.
by smokeybehr
Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Console Wiring Quick-Disconnect
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Re: Console Wiring Quick-Disconnect

I've been using these: http://www.powerwerx.com/anderson-power ... 5-amp.html with the #6 wiring and 40A fuses for my high-current applications.
by smokeybehr
Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: maratrac a-7 control head acting wierd
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: maratrac a-7 control head acting wierd

My cleaning kit contains the following: 91% isopropyl alcohol Formula 409 WD40 q-tips cotton cosmetic rounds red pencil erasers paper towels I can clean about 99% of everything I come across with those items. I recommend the 91% IsoOH, because the 70% just doesn't work as well, and takes longer to d...
by smokeybehr
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Little O/T: Applying for VHF Itinerant Freqs.
Replies: 11
Views: 2567

Re: Little O/T: Applying for VHF Itinerant Freqs.

I completely forgot about the high-power (sort of) 151.625 that American Towers uses in Bethesda MD that everyone in the area hears but no one knows what they use it for. I'd guess it's a test beacon for setting up VHF systems. If they're using an itinerant channel in a fixed location, that's a no-...
by smokeybehr
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Am I suffering from dead LED's?
Replies: 13
Views: 1129

Re: Am I suffering from dead LED's?

Looks like the top left, and the second one down on the right.

If you've got skillz, you can easily replace the tiny LEDs that are on the board. They sell them on eBay all day long. If you feel funky, you can replace them all with a different color, such as blue, red, or white (or all three).
by smokeybehr
Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:12 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MCS2000 RSS issue
Replies: 1
Views: 374

MCS2000 RSS issue

I've got RSS v 5.04.00, and when I read my VHF Mod3 MCS2k, it acts normal, but when I go to read the codeplug, it tells me that there's no codeplug in memory. Could this radio have been programmed with CPS and the RSS just doesn't know what to do with it? I don't even get a "Codeplug too new&qu...
by smokeybehr
Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: What do you have in your Car
Replies: 64
Views: 19066

Re: What do you have in your Car

I'll take a stab now that this thread's been resurrected...

T83/A9 Spectra
T44/A7 Spectra
Sys9K Siren/PA
Wildcard DEK
FT-7800
Dual head amber LED flashers front and rear.
by smokeybehr
Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Analog Spectra Channel Limit - Update
Replies: 32
Views: 4704

Re: Analog Spectra Channel Limit Cracked!

I wonder about bit banging a trunking codeplug to allow more conventional channels than just the 10 that they have.
by smokeybehr
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Advanced System Key (USB dongle) on 7.X???
Replies: 14
Views: 1213

Re: Advanced System Key (USB dongle) on 7.X???

I'm a relative noob when it comes to the subtle nuances of the trunking world, but I can see that it would take a whole bunch of extra programming in the software, plus another database table to keep track of the S/N to Fleet ID pairing. It would probably add another 5-10% or so to the programming f...

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