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by N4KVE
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...

This is because after a certain version of the firmware and software the radios will only do narrow band. The next issue is the narrow / wide band programming. But Motorola made you jump through hoops and sign your life away to get the wideband patch. All I am saying, is ALL 6 of my XTL5000/2500's ...
by N4KVE
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...

Sorry, typo. My radios do have 20.50.09. But as long as Q507 is not part of your flash code, by upgrading to the newest FW will not suddenly make a radio narrow band only like the XPR series of radios. Even my APX8000 does not have Q507, but has the newest FW, & is still wide band. GARY.
by N4KVE
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...

The next issue is the narrow / wide band programming. With the FCC mandate, after the passing of the FCC deadline, all radios could only be sold with narrow band ability. Motorola did have a workaround and a software patch to allow certain users that stayed wideband to be able to still program thei...
by N4KVE
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: XTL5000 P25 and wideband FM (5kHz) and other questions...

A 2500 would work just fine. The benefits of the 5000 would be no help to you. 2500's can easily be converted to 5000's. It seems some of my 5000's started life as 2500's. I did not know that when I bought them, but I'm not complaining. And the range 1 UHF radio's coverage is 380-470 MHZ. Besides, I...
by N4KVE
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Conventional P25 radio
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Conventional P25 radio

Many radios today have been "upgraded" so the flash code printed on the back is not what's actually in the radio. BN won't be any better than AN for what you need. Heck, even an Astro Saber, or XTS3000 would work fine for what you need as long as it has Imbe. GARY.
by N4KVE
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Anyone useing a XPR 5550 w/ the hand held control head
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Anyone useing a XPR 5550 w/ the hand held control head

The guys here all have the newest FW, & AGC on. Like I said, not terrible, but noticeable.
by N4KVE
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Anyone useing a XPR 5550 w/ the hand held control head
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Anyone useing a XPR 5550 w/ the hand held control head

When I listen to the locals transmitting with them, they do not sound as good as they did when they used the original mike, & display that was mounted to the radio. It's not terrible, but not as good as the original configuration. GARY.
by N4KVE
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Communications.Support site?
Replies: 41
Views: 4024

Re: Communications.Support site?

Number 6 wrote:We're back...

Did you miss us?
Yes. Glad you are back. GARY.
by N4KVE
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Looking for a TOUGH radio
Replies: 14
Views: 583

Re: Looking for a TOUGH radio

Jedi, Astro Saber, or XTS3000. GARY.
by N4KVE
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR7550 RF adapter
Replies: 17
Views: 463

Re: XPR7550 RF adapter

This is the type of things that piss people off about Motorola. I find most of their stuff is reasonably priced, but something like this, a $15 part for $150. Really? This is an item that only a 2-way shop would buy. Not an end user who wants to attach an external antenna to a Gen 2 radio. Moto's t...
by N4KVE
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR7550 RF adapter
Replies: 17
Views: 463

Re: XPR7550 RF adapter

I seem to remember the guys on P25.CA trying to figure this out, & could not. GARY
by N4KVE
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR7550 RF adapter
Replies: 17
Views: 463

Re: XPR7550 RF adapter

Sadly, that's it. GARY.
by N4KVE
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX6000 "AN" End-of-Life announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Re: APX6000 "AN" End-of-Life announcement

So is it safe to assume a new 6000 BN is really a 8000 hardware wise, with only one band enabled? GARY
by N4KVE
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?
Replies: 22
Views: 1262

Re: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?

k4vks wrote:Gary, which shop to do you use? Good to know there's one down here.

The same place CONRAD goes. GARY.
by N4KVE
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTS5000 VHF poor receive
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: XTS5000 VHF poor receive

I set mine to 1. GARY.
by N4KVE
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XPR3500 vs XPR7550 - programming cable
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: XPR3500 vs XPR7550 - programming cable

Don't know. Just know I paid $20 from a US dealer. GARY
by N4KVE
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XPR3500 vs XPR7550 - programming cable
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: XPR3500 vs XPR7550 - programming cable

g8tzl2004 wrote:Is that $20 for a genuine Motorola cable or a Chinese Fleabay copy which requires a driver?
A REAL MOTOROLA cable sold by Motorola, but made in the Philippines. GARY.
by N4KVE
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XPR3500 vs XPR7550 - programming cable
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: XPR3500 vs XPR7550 - programming cable

The nice thing is the factory 3500 cable retails for $20. GARY.
by N4KVE
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: NNTN4503 HT1550 FPP Red Battery Discontinued
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: NNTN4503 HT1550 FPP Red Battery Discontinued

But I've seen radios for sale that act like the red battery is attatched, but isn't. Someone has figured a way to make the radios FPP with a normal battery. GARY.
by N4KVE
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Rapid Charger flashing red green
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Rapid Charger flashing red green

motorola_otaku wrote:Red/green in the Impres world means the battery has reached the end of its life cycle.

I have some of these red/green Impres batteries. For ham radio use, I still get a full day, plus. But in the business/LE world, it's time to toss them. GARY
by N4KVE
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX radio tags
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: APX radio tags

So while on the topic, I have a question. I have noticed 8000 serial numbers start with 579, & 581. I am trying to establish if factory built XE's start with 581, & factory built non XE's start with 579. Or if it's a roll of the dice. GARY.
by N4KVE
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX radio tags
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: APX radio tags

OCSD117 wrote:Ok so hypothetical. I have an APX3k without tags and it breaks. I know M doesn't like taggless radios. Mine you can still see the sticky glue where they pealed the label off. will they even fix it?
There can only be one reason why a radio that had tags no longer does. GARY.
by N4KVE
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX radio tags
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: APX radio tags

If you look on Flea Bay, there's a half a dozen seller's with plenty of them. Most have no tags, & are priced from $4k, to $5k. The few with tags are $8k. Where do all of these tagless radios come from? Way too many to all be ALT radios. And you'd think Moto would have learned a lesson, & de...
by N4KVE
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX radio tags
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: APX radio tags

I've often thought about this. When I was at APCO in ORLANDO in the summer of 2016, while my friend was talking to the gal at the Moto booth, I was looking at the 8000's on the counter. With the title of this thread on my mind, & being curious, I decided to remove the batteries, & check out ...
by N4KVE
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: Is my Saber Slowly Dying?
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Is my Saber Slowly Dying?

motorola_otaku wrote:Pay Chinese prices, get Chinese quality. :)
So the factory cables are made in Chicago from all American parts? GARY
by N4KVE
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: New XPR7550e - 8% better range - is this true?
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: New XPR7550e - 8% better range - is this true?

I never read that. But I did read that the "e" has better battery life. GARY
by N4KVE
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR7550 dead Impres lithium battery and flashing red light
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: XPR7550 dead Impres lithium battery and flashing red light

Whenever I have a problem like this, I shock the battery by connecting it to a 12 volt 20 amp power supply for 5 seconds. Then installing it in the proper charger for a regular charge. Brings them back to life. GARY
by N4KVE
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: DMR feature in APX
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: DMR feature in APX

Several people who work in Chicago have told me prototypes exist, but will never see the light of day. GARY
by N4KVE
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX7500 Powering off/down after programming
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: APX7500 Powering off/down after programming

tvsjr wrote:Just a shot in the dark but did you (accidentally or intentionally) change the ignition type?
did that once. LOL. GARY
by N4KVE
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Cannot upgrade gang charger
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Cannot upgrade gang charger

motorola_otaku wrote:3.9 does not support leaving the radio turned on in the charger. If you haven't cooked a battery yet, consider yourself lucky.
I do not leave my radios on in a charger, but that's why 3.9 was developed. I charge my APX in a 3.4 XTS charger with the sleeve. No problems at all. GARY
by N4KVE
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Cannot upgrade gang charger
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Cannot upgrade gang charger

mogman wrote: read somewhere that a min. V3.9 is recommended for all charging applications.
I've heard 3.4 is good for most, but for the APX, 3.9 is preferred, especially if you leave the APX in the charger all day while the APX is on. GARY
by N4KVE
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: USB Battery
Replies: 4
Views: 402

Re: USB Battery

Got to love it. Advertised as 3000, 5000, 3500 batteries, but the photo shows 2500 batteries. Wait a minute. The rear charging contacts are for a HT1250 charger, but the inside contacts to run the radio are for a 2500. The 2 photos of the rear contacts are not from the same battery. One shows the co...
by N4KVE
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL 900 MHz out-of-band sensitivity?
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: XTL 900 MHz out-of-band sensitivity?

I totally agree with D119. In SE Florida, we have 5-6 900 P25 repeaters, & they work great. While there are no tuning parameters for 927, I get the same range as my UHF XTL with both repeaters close to each other. The 900 MCS, & MTS are gone, replaced by XTL, & XTS. The problem with 900 ...
by N4KVE
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: SL300 out of band
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: SL300 out of band

Wouldn't the hex edit method work? The same way they get 450-520 radios to work at 440? GARY
by N4KVE
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: New APX stuff coming! And SOFTWARE AES for APX900?
Replies: 35
Views: 2243

Re: New APX stuff coming! And SOFTWARE AES for APX900?

W3AXL wrote:
Interestingly though it looks like they've extended the UHF1 range to be 380-480 MHz. Possibly to include support for some orgs still on the upper bands (a la Chicago Fire)?
Should be no big deal, as the 7550 UHF covers 403-520 in one radio. GARY
by N4KVE
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL2500 110W - power level options?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: XTL2500 110W - power level options?

g8tzl2004 wrote:
I read that you can flash an XTL2500 into an XTL5000 and still use the M5 head..you just have to switch around a resistive pad on the M5 PCB!!

Can you run 110W from a vehicle cigar socket?..
yes, no.
by N4KVE
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL2500 110W - power level options?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: XTL2500 110W - power level options?

On a hi power radio like that, low power should not be lower than 50-60 watts. GARY
by N4KVE
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR3300 stutter
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: XPR3300 stutter

That's the FW I am using. I think 2.7 is the newest. Shouldn't have a problem.
by N4KVE
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR3300 stutter
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: XPR3300 stutter

I have 2 3500's. No stutter at all. Do you have recent FW? GARY
by N4KVE
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: WPLN4111 Vs. WPLN4232
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: WPLN4111 Vs. WPLN4232

I don't know. The adapter I use has 4 battery contacts, while that one has none. GARY
by N4KVE
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: WPLN4111 Vs. WPLN4232
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: WPLN4111 Vs. WPLN4232

There is no part number, but I bought mine from Rick. rickthompson602t $25 on E-bay. GARY
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/GAQAAOSwn ... -l1600.jpg
by N4KVE
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: WPLN4111 Vs. WPLN4232
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: WPLN4111 Vs. WPLN4232

I charge all my Trbo radios with my WPLN4111. Moto makes an insert to put in the charger to charge Trbo batteries. They also sell an insert for APX radios to charge in the same charger. Keeps my desk clean. One charger for all Trbo, APX, Astro Saber, Jedi, XTS 3000, 2500, & 5000 radios. Wish oth...
by N4KVE
Sun May 21, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000 CPS programming pointers?
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: MCS2000 CPS programming pointers?

If you want to program 440 ham freq's in a 450-512 radio, yes you will need to hex edit the CPS. But 440 freq's in a 403-470 radio, no problem. I only ever used a XP laptop with a real serial port. Anything else is a flip of the coin. However, while I was able to program my front mount radios throug...
by N4KVE
Sun May 21, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000, correct power supply matching?
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: MCS2000, correct power supply matching?

The Astron 35 amp PS is rated at 25 amps constant. So get the 50 amp supply if you're long winded. Also run a few cooling fans on the heat sinks. These radios were not designed for hams to discuss the weather. They were designed for a plumber to say "what's my next stop"? Since you'll be u...
by N4KVE
Sun May 14, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: What was the most recent FW for a MTX9250?
Replies: 4
Views: 368

Re: What was the most recent FW for a MTX9250?

Thanks. I got a guy who can do all that, but considering they're just radios to use on simplex for the wife, & me at the mall, I doubt I will. But they both work well on 902/927, but I use my XTS2500 there. GARY
by N4KVE
Sun May 14, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MTS2000 S Split
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: MTS2000 S Split

I have used a few on 442 MHz repeaters, & they worked just fine. Haven't tried any lower than that though. GARY
by N4KVE
Sat May 13, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: What was the most recent FW for a MTX9250?
Replies: 4
Views: 368

What was the most recent FW for a MTX9250?

I just picked up a pair of MTX9250 radios. Seems someone is clearing out a bunch on E-Bay, & I paid $50 each. Mall radios for the wife, & me. I will not give her one of my XTS2500's. They both have FW 1.03.73. Wondering what the newest FW version is. GARY
by N4KVE
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?
Replies: 22
Views: 1262

Re: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?

I haven't been back to the shop yet. Maybe next week. but 927.7 was definitely programmed into the rx, & 902.7 was definitely programmed into the tx. This I saw with my OWN 2 eyes. But like the 2500, I could not change the 927.7 freq with the keypad to another 927 freq. The 927 freq was entered ...

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