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by N4KVE
Sun May 13, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: DAYTON 2017! Who's in? The official 2017 thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1550

Re: DAYTON 2017! Who's in? The official 2017 thread

Looking forward to my 1st Dayton [Xenia] ham fest. Driving with a friend from Florida. GARY
by N4KVE
Sun May 06, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?
Replies: 26
Views: 2567

Re: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?

Nothing has changed since my February post. GARY.
by N4KVE
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: DMR feature in APX
Replies: 30
Views: 2181

Re: DMR feature in APX

I can see putting DMR in the APX line. I do NOT see putting P25 in the XPR line. GARY
by N4KVE
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: DMR feature in APX
Replies: 30
Views: 2181

Re: DMR feature in APX

My 8000XE too. OMAP L-138. GARY
by N4KVE
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Help! Newbie Programming APX 6000
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Help! Newbie Programming APX 6000

fireman002 wrote:Hey guys. Just passed my HAM test and picked up an APX 6000 UHF/VHF. Brett..
So you picked up 2 radios? A VHF 6000, & a UHF 6000? GARY
by N4KVE
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTS charger NTN8831B power supply?
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: XTS charger NTN8831B power supply?

All mine came with the 2504548T05 wallwart, which is 18 VDC. 1000ma. Center positive. It says this on the decal on the bottom of the charging stand under the word caution. GARY.
by N4KVE
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?

Gtaman wrote:The 5 inch one is GPS. They don’t say GPS I believe.
How do I determine the bandsplit? The color is black. GARY
by N4KVE
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?

Yes on both. But on these newer antennas, 16 cm, & 14 cm, that area is black. So what bandsplit would that be? On the older antennas, it was the color of the plastic between the hole for the center pin, & the threads. GARY.
by N4KVE
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?

All the plastic inserts on the bottom are white. Even on the longer antennas. Which bandsplit do I have? GARY
by N4KVE
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Full length UHF whip for Gen 1 HT?

Over the years, I have accumulated half a dozen XPR6550's, 6350's, etc. I have removed the factory antennas, put them in a bag, & used the 403-520 whip from the Jedi, Astro Saber, & XTS radios. They work well. So today I was looking in the bag, & found there are 2 different sizes of whip...
by N4KVE
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX quandry
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: APX quandry

I've seen this on other radios that I've had that were upgraded like that. CPS always shows Depot for last modified by. Just a quirk of CPS, I guess. And just to clafiry, those were radios that I bought that were already modified before I bought them. I have no need for Depot or adding other featur...
by N4KVE
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX quandry
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: APX quandry

OK. Thanks. GARY
by N4KVE
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX quandry
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: APX quandry

Yes. This is true. But on my XTL/XTS radios that were similarly "upgraded", they all show last programmed with CPS. GARY.
by N4KVE
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX quandry
Replies: 8
Views: 769

APX quandry

Don't know if this should be here, or in the programming section. I have an APX, & I program it with Regular CPS 16.00.00. FW is 14.51.00. When I go to the info section, it tells me the last date I programmed it, but it also says programmed last with DEPOT, which I do not have. This happened whe...
by N4KVE
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?
Replies: 26
Views: 2567

Re: APX4000 on 902/927 ham?

No. I've only been back to the shop once, but the radio was not there. I swear, I did see the ham freq in the radio. I can only "speculate" its like the XPR7580e. You can program 900 ham freq's in it, but it will not transmit, while the 7580 works perfectly. The 7580e will transmit perfect...
by N4KVE
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Are Conditioning Chargers (Jedi Batteries) Worthwhile?
Replies: 9
Views: 1089

Re: Are Conditioning Chargers (Jedi Batteries) Worthwhile?

I still prefer to use my AdvanceTec/Motorola charger vs an Impres charger/battery. The conditioning charger pulses the battery, & you can leave the battery on charge forever even though fully charged. In my case, for my older radios where I buy cheap non Impres batteries, I use the AdvanceTec/Mo...
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: 14
Views: 966

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: 14
Views: 966

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: 14
Views: 966

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: 14
Views: 966

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: 656

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: 418

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: 418

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: 5832

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: 15
Views: 1479

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: 1015

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: 1015

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: 1015

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: 1269

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: 26
Views: 2567

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: 472

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: 984

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: 984

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: 984

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: 687

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: 616

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: 1130

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: 1130

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: 1130

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: 1130

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: 464

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: 934

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: 457

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: 30
Views: 2181

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: 1050

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: 766

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: 766

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: 643

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...

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