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by jim
Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Quick Mount
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

Quick Mount

As of Dec 24, Valley Induistrial no longer offers Quick Mount kits for any products.

The QM division "is for sale to anyone that wants to battle Motorola's legal department."

In Other words, Motorola effed them up the 'ol pooper. Surprise, surprise.



HELLO KENWOOD 90 SERIES!
by jim
Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 100 watt VHF AC powered unit external low pwr select
Replies: 12
Views: 882

Instead of the smartass comments, maybe next time you will point out that your have a 10KW UPS and not let us all assume you are using a small computer UPS.

This is exactly why I only read this wannabe forum once a month.

It all went to hell when Monty passed away and Cowtheif got banned.
by jim
Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:03 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 100 watt VHF AC powered unit external low pwr select
Replies: 12
Views: 882

A UPS is a pisspoor way to back up any radio equipment. It is about as inefficient as it gets. You take 12VDC to 120VAC and back to 12VDC all while under 50% efficiency. Everyone wants to take the lazy "plug n play" way out with a UPS from a computer that has no place in radio. Besides, yo...
by jim
Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT750 no power up
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Battery?

I've seen batteries that put out the proper static voltage with no load, but when any load is applied, they drop to 0V.
by jim
Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Vs Kenwood
Replies: 20
Views: 2152

Um....not a joke at all. The CDM audio blows.
by jim
Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT or EX?
Replies: 17
Views: 1446

"Don't go with Kenwood, stay with what works the best - MOTOROLA" Um....with the garbage that Motorola has built in the past 5 years, I'll debate that point hard. Don't overlook Kenwood. Besides, you don't have to do firmware upgrades every fifteen minutes or worry about sending them to the depot ev...
by jim
Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:33 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: UHF GM300 In Repeater Service - Blown Finals
Replies: 12
Views: 1388

Keep both case halves removed. Place 5" muffin fan to blow directly on the PC board in conjunstion with your existing heat sink fan. Just like a computer, the processor (ie; final) has a fan on it and the main case (ie; radio body) has a fan to cool it. What's the duplexer tuning like? Is there any ...
by jim
Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:41 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: head sets
Replies: 5
Views: 540

DC and Sigtronics are the only two to even consider. Expect to pay 70% of the price of a DC system for the Sig. Firecom will end up making your radio shop a lot of $$$ or at least give someobdy a ton of work over time. Firecom is one of the best to sell someone if you want to go back to the departme...
by jim
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: OLD Railroad Radio sexy.....
Replies: 15
Views: 1266

Wabco had a radio? That's interesting. The original WABCO facility is 1/2 mile from here.
by jim
Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:26 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: What is a good mobile for 29.6mhz?
Replies: 6
Views: 789

I'd use a Mitrek, a Mitrek or possibly a Mitrek.

Second place goes to the Kenwood 30 or 90 series.
by jim
Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: cdm1225 pre emphasis disable?
Replies: 5
Views: 552

CDM1225?

Is it a CDM series or a 1225?
by jim
Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:34 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT or EX?
Replies: 17
Views: 1446

Kenwood TK3180 !
by jim
Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:13 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: ambulance as field com
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Get yourself a Leece NeVille 320A alternator and engine idler. You can power a small town with this setup. Get a good rooftop ventilator system that moves air in AND out. Since it is a gasoline powerplant, go to http://www.jegs.com and get a few rolls of header wrap and stainless steel tying wire. W...
by jim
Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: keep getting error using CPS
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Un-install then re-install the CPS. Sometimes this will eliminate quirks (like automatically exiting CPS after entering 38 personalities)
by jim
Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: For the railroad guys - RR Astro discontinuation
Replies: 22
Views: 2003

I was under the impression that the railroads throughout the USA were soon going to a new nationwide 800 or 700 system and doing away with the VHF band.


Anyone else hear this?
by jim
Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: price ranges
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Under $500,000!
by jim
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: USB TO COM PORT
Replies: 16
Views: 1345

My SIIG PCM/CIA card works fine with Kenwood and Vertex software in a DOS window.

I have successfuly used it on some "M" radios, but we all know how well "M" RSS works in a DOS window.

I did use it with KPG7D software under true DOS and it worked fine on my POS Compaq.
by jim
Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Hand Mic Mod
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Squeeze it in a vise wrapped in a soft towel.
No guarantee that it will go back together though.
by jim
Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Need source for in building UHF antennas
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Antenex makes them for the Phantom series UHF antennas.

The UHF & 800 Phantoms actually work, too!
by jim
Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:14 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1250 BATTERY PROBLEM!
Replies: 4
Views: 399

I haven't found one aftermarket battery that fits Waris portables yet.

I'll sell OEM only.
by jim
Thu Aug 31, 2006 5:13 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: In Car Recroder
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Do you have a laptop in yoyr trucks?
by jim
Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:25 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Mobile audio combiner?
Replies: 20
Views: 3396

When multiple audios go through it, it sounds just like if you have 3 or 4 or whatever number of speakers. A true wacker can listen to all 4 at once and understand what they all said!
by jim
Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Mobile audio combiner?
Replies: 20
Views: 3396

Get (5) 10w 70V audio transformers. Put the each radio audio output into the 8Ohm outputs of 4 of them. Tie all 5 of the 70V inputs together. The speaker will go to the 5th transformer's 8Ohm output. Works great.
by jim
Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GM300 Remote head?
Replies: 4
Views: 544

The QuickMount kit is what you are looking for.
by jim
Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Recommend a Scanner!
Replies: 19
Views: 1093

Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you do a part number search on Schitt-Schack's website to show what local store has it in stock?
by jim
Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GM300 tone Alerting
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Yep. Works great.
You can use an Altronics or ELK timer, also.
by jim
Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GM300 tone Alerting
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Yep. Works great.
by jim
Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Antenna Placement
Replies: 13
Views: 2726

I put them in a row down the center. The "box" formation looks like crap. It looks like something that you would see on Hamsexy.com. In my opionion (and I install TONS of vehicle packages), the in-line formation looks superior to the "box." The box stands out and yells "LOOK AT ME!" The in-line is l...
by jim
Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1250 Run over by a truck...Is it possible to repair it?
Replies: 14
Views: 1047

I just had a HT750 run over by a fire engine's front wheel and it was destroyed.

The MT1000s could take this.
by jim
Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GM300 tone Alerting
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Use a countdown timer that begins its countdown when pin 4 is triggered upon a call. Set the timer's duration to keep monitor open as long as you like. At the end of countdown, the timer will momentarily close its contacts. One contact goes to pin 7, the other goes to whatever pin you want to use th...
by jim
Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:31 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CMD 1250 Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Are you SURE that you have pin 10?
The fuse should have blown before this current flowed.
by jim
Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Cross Band repeater Deviation
Replies: 9
Views: 579

maratrac head

Will

Will, do you still service Maratracs?

I have an A7 head with no backlighting. Our spare head works on the radio. We don't have a Svc manual for these !

jim
by jim
Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: gr1225 repeater question
Replies: 3
Views: 548

First, what is the reason for two antennas? Are they needed only for more RX or both RX/TX?
by jim
Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:29 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Pro Series mobiles standard mic cause radio to unkey
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Great.
Another Waris quirk. Here comes yet another firmware upgrade!What is this, like the 253th one now?
by jim
Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Ribless programming cable ???
Replies: 4
Views: 1147

There is a ribless for the Astro that we use on the P25/800 radios. The plug is the same as the Spectra's mic. Did anyone try it on one yet?
by jim
Fri Aug 11, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: cdm trouble
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Turn off all "audio enhancers" that destroy audio quality.
by jim
Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: cdm trouble
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Someone elses levels aren't right if your spacing is properly set.
by jim
Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:07 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Tone Reed Tests?
Replies: 9
Views: 653

If you are dispatched by Allegheny county 911, good luck getting a 2+2 decoder to work. We throw these away in Allegheny & Westmoreland counties and use a modern decoder. If 911 is sending 2+2, as they do for some companies, you will alway get errors as their 2+2 tones are waaaay too hot and won...
by jim
Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Tone Reed Tests?
Replies: 9
Views: 653

What decoder? What does it activate? Who is sending the tones- county or local dispatch?

PM me if you need assistance as I'm in your area.
by jim
Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:14 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: general radio question
Replies: 1
Views: 318

This should all work just fine with or without the "tail."
by jim
Sat Aug 05, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CDM dual-control heads cancelled as of today
Replies: 12
Views: 1380

QM's tech staff is very helpful.

I found the main problem with intermittent operation is the modular connector. The rubber hood that covers the mod connector places strain on the mod connector and will unseat pins. Pull the jackt back (or remove it) and you won't have a problem.
by jim
Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:37 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GP300 Headset compatibility
Replies: 17
Views: 819

OTTO Engineering
by jim
Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CDM dual-control heads cancelled as of today
Replies: 12
Views: 1380

The only problem with QuickMount's is the hokey rear metal housing that doesn't engage very well. Other than that, they work just fine. Make sure you never program one through the mic jack!
by jim
Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Base antenna suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 3533

Hence, my avatar .gif.
by jim
Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:32 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Computerized Radio System For My Vehicle - Some Thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 917

There isn't room for a 2"x7" Spectra head, but there IS room for a laptop and mount with probably a 15" screen?


Huh?
by jim
Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:43 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Base antenna suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 3533

So what you are telling me is that what you build in your garage will work as well as one that was designed by a team of RF engineers using the latest available CAD design software and having an antenna test farm on-site? A Comtelco XL series costs like a 100 bucks plus 15 to ship it. Like I said- i...
by jim
Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:27 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Base antenna suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 3533

Unless you are just experimenting with ham radio, why would one want to build an antenna? Even a "cheap" commercial one costs nothing.

Could you imagine selling a PD a J-Pole built from copper tubing from Home Depot? This is as bad as seeing a Ringo Ranger used for a repeater antenna.
by jim
Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Vontage for E911 only patch?
Replies: 14
Views: 1209

I use VoIP at my shop. The problem is that Adelphia's steam-powered cable equipment dies instantly when the power goes out. I have battery backup and genset on everything here and I'm at the mercy of the damn ISP.
by jim
Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CDM1550LS sometimes power-ups with turned off backlight
Replies: 7
Views: 459

We have 1 out of 2 Waris mobiles go to the depot after 6 months.

POFS radios.
by jim
Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GM300 mod. required
Replies: 18
Views: 1328

There's a mod for a 40 channel GM300

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