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by Karl NVW
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Coax recommendation portable UHF base station
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: Coax recommendation portable UHF base station

There's nothng worong with using "the good stuff," either Superflex or Heliax. Those connectors don't rely on the cable braid for mechanical strength. I'd suggest just a short pigtail of 1/4" inside the mounting tube with an N connector at the bottom. Then make up an appropriate lengt...
by Karl NVW
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Low band CDM - why do you need 3 radios to cover from 30 - 50MHz?
Replies: 22
Views: 1249

Re: Low band CDM - why do you need 3 radios to cover from 30 - 50MHz?

The receive side is easy - you just need an SDR-RSP2 and SDR UNO software and a laptop to run it. Price is about $150 USD. But that ignores the antenna system which needs to provide a nominal 50 ohm impedance to the radio for transmit (RL<15 dB), across the entire 30 to 50 MHz window, and develop le...
by Karl NVW
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac 144-174 split?
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Maxtrac 144-174 split?

The bandsplits are caused by both the synthesizer programming and RF switch filtering on the PA board. The traditional splits of 146-162 and 162-174 were normal in the USA, and I recall seeing a compromised third version built just for Uncle Sam's 136-150.8 window.
by Karl NVW
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Repeaters, Trunking, and Site Infrastructure
Topic: Portable usage in police agencies
Replies: 12
Views: 649

Re: Portable usage in police agencies

FWIW, users get the same so-called "Echo" delay in P25 systems, and for precisely the same reason - delays in the infrastructure transport path. Strange how the laws of physics are so repeatable.
by Karl NVW
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Repeaters, Trunking, and Site Infrastructure
Topic: Motorola model P1350AX suitcase style.
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Re: Motorola model P1350AX suitcase style.

It's an ASTRO model, not at all compatible with DMR.
by Karl NVW
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Whats the point of buying a 110w radio?
Replies: 71
Views: 10046

Re: Whats the point of buying a 110w radio?

That's why Motorola hires highly trained engineers on their staff to design systems where actual performance of the hardware selected meets the coverage needed to compolete the mission in the customer's working environment. Did it myself the previous 43 years with LMPS / Comm Sector / MSI.
by Karl NVW
Wed May 18, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Consoles
Topic: Pre-Recorded Announcements from the MCC7500 console ?
Replies: 7
Views: 3256

Re: Pre-Recorded Announcements from the MCC7500 console ?

If your system is running software release A7.15 or later you can load up to 15 canned audio files and assign them to Alert Tone buttons.
by Karl NVW
Wed May 18, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Anyone familiar with Plant Equipment Vesta Standard phone eq
Replies: 4
Views: 859

Re: Anyone familiar with Plant Equipment Vesta Standard phone eq

My first question is "Why would a Fire District HQ trust their telephone system to a bunch of discontinued equipment bought on E-Bay and being installed by someone who has no idea how to install, program, or maintain it?"
by Karl NVW
Wed May 18, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Centracom Gold Elite
Replies: 3
Views: 1201

Re: Centracom Gold Elite

Not with the boards available from Moto Natl Parts Dept today and CDM software.
by Karl NVW
Wed May 18, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Repeater De-Sense
Replies: 14
Views: 1977

Re: Repeater De-Sense

Did anybody run the math for transmitter RF products and harmonics of the 25W FM translator output? FM channels are +/- 100 kHz modulation, therefore the 25W "noise cloud extends from 147.600 to 147.900 MHz, and that assumes the TX never overdeviates on peaks.
by Karl NVW
Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 simplex TX interfering with RX (TX idle frequency problem?)
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: MTR2000 simplex TX interfering with RX (TX idle frequency problem?)

You've got a failed switching control circuit; the exciter is still keyed on the transmit frequency even though the rest of the radio is in receive.
by Karl NVW
Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR3K and battery revert
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: MTR3K and battery revert

He was not planning to use the AC supply, instead running them totally on battery.
by Karl NVW
Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Spectra Tac

Instructions for adding a second 8-port chassis are in the basic DigiTAC manual. Beyond two gets rather complicated unless you have the full set of manuals and know what you are doing.
by Karl NVW
Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MCC7500 Manual
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Re: MCC7500 Manual

Your system owner doesn't allow DRG by users, so no need to trouble yourself.
by Karl NVW
Sat May 19, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: Motorola Digital Radio Compatability
Topic: Motorcycle Mobile Radio
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: Motorcycle Mobile Radio

Digital without P25 trunking is called conventional digital, aka CAI if the units are P25 compatible. Works fine, lasts a long time, your choice of manufacturer and modulation. Just don't expect any interoperability between suppliers.
by Karl NVW
Sat May 19, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MSF 5000 Wireline 2175Hz Notch Filters - Trunked vs. Conv.
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: MSF 5000 Wireline 2175Hz Notch Filters - Trunked vs. Con

There is a very simple reason that you can't fix this by moving jumpers in the station: When running in conventional mode the magic you desire takes place in the DigiTAC voting comparator chassis, not the station! Simply put, the console is NOT connected in parallel with the voter output. The option...
by Karl NVW
Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Future Paging Solutions
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Future Paging Solutions

There's still the original 'from day one' FCC prohibition against paging on all 800 MHz channels, which includes public safety. Plus most console manufacturers know you can't send paging tones across a P25 digital trunking channel because the IMBE vocoder can't handle them. But don't let the FCC rul...
by Karl NVW
Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: APX6000
Replies: 19
Views: 1439

Re: APX6000

For what it's worth, if the P25 Phase 2 channel data rate had remained at 9600 baud (instead of changing the data rate to 12 kb as voted by Tyco and EADS), the XTS/XTL series WOULD have been flash-upgradeable to Phase 2.
by Karl NVW
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Astro Saber/XTS3000 CPS R05.02.01 released
Replies: 13
Views: 1381

Re: Astro Saber/XTS3000 CPS R05.02.01 released

LAKE EFFFECT - You need to get a better news source for State of Michigan. That particular network has been running ASTRO 6.x for several years, 6.5 since week after Labor Day 2006. The article in question is referring to ASTRO flashcode versions 5.1 and 5.2 which are very current. Flashcode version...
by Karl NVW
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Using the Search feature
Replies: 17
Views: 42207

Re: Using the Search feature

OK, users should always remember that "If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem." Since I agree that the current limits make the search unuseable for any popular item, here's one suggested fix: Limit search to last N days, user to specify N not to exceed 15,?, 20?, but...
by Karl NVW
Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: MT 1500 APCO 25 UPGRADE???
Replies: 31
Views: 2556

MT1500 on 700 MHz?

Remember that 700 MHz is digital only for primary systems. The FCC says an analog-only radio is not allowed in that band, except on the low-power 2W channels. (90.535a)
by Karl NVW
Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: info on antenna 900 mhz
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re TDF6284

Celwave PD1110 9 dB gain
by Karl NVW
Tue May 23, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Minitor V
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Reading right out of the Minitor V price pages, bandsplits in UHF are:

406.0 to 430.8, 450.0 to 493.9975, and 504.0 to 512.8

Looks like the Minitor V is good to go; call your dealer.
by Karl NVW
Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Quantar ASTRO Woes?
Replies: 23
Views: 2393

Sorry, XMO, I didn't mean to mis-quote you. A T1 circuit is definitely not required for the ASTRO modem. The part I intended to clarify was at the very end where you said: "They would use Astro modems for the digital traffic and those work with the same kind of analog line as the standard Spectra-Ta...
by Karl NVW
Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Quantar ASTRO Woes?
Replies: 23
Views: 2393

One correction to XMO's Sunday 12:46 comment that you would use the same analog phone lines for ASTRO voting: NOT TRUE!! The lines MUST be capable of full duplex operation for the ASTRO modems to work at all. Most analog Rx-only sites were configured to get reciver audio inbound to the voter, but wi...
by Karl NVW
Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Smartzone 3.0 time server
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Time connection on 3.0 Z release

You cannot input time to the CEB with the RS232 line like you did with old Button & LED or Classic CRT. The "WWV BIM" has not been supported in Centracom software for over two years, nor are the B&L and Classic Op positions. Elite OPs running on WinXP clients get their time from the ADM/CDM ...
by Karl NVW
Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: very, very old serial numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 1370

No, the 3 and 6 do NOT denote 3rd week of 6th month. Actually it's the Q and T that set the date window, the middle part is the unique sequence number for that time frame.
by Karl NVW
Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: 403-430mhz - is there a civilian use?
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: USA Public Safety at 420-430 MHz

This sub-band is allocated to Public Safety for fixed stations within a 35 mile radius of Buffalo NY and Cleveland OH, 50 mile radius of Detroit MI, and mobiles for a 50 mile radius of those city centers. To learn the details and specific frequency allocations, read 47 CFR Part 90, Subpart K, from 9...
by Karl NVW
Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Does anyone know what the problem with Detroits new moto sys
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Correcting numerous basic factual errors of some previous posters From COPCARGUY: State of MI is the only installed P25 9600 baud system in SE Michigan. City of Detroit is Zone 7 of the State of MI system. The entire State of MI system runs at 12.5 kHz. The system has over 20 frequency pairs in the ...
by Karl NVW
Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: very, very old serial numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 1370

RE: Date Codes

QA361T is from 3rd wk (16-21) of June, 1975
by Karl NVW
Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:42 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Gold Elite
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Migrating Gold Elite from SmartNet 3.0 to SmartZone 4.1

A "Not" circle displayed over the speaker icon should imply that the speaker has been muted - probably via the "All Mute" switch. But that's only the symptom of a basic and more serious problem, a software version conflict. You cannot simply migrate the CEB from old system to new using the old SN 3....
by Karl NVW
Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: What's meant by "affiliating?"
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: What's meant by "affiliating?" OT

Jack's final words "Go figure..." deserve an intelligent response, since the figuring is what makes systems either work well or fail miserably: This scenario can easily happen, and for more than one reason: 1) All the voice channels at the ST's tower are already in use by other talkgroups, or 2) Tro...
by Karl NVW
Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: phasing in Astro on trunking system
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: phasing in Astro on trunking system

Your customer will be extremely disappointed if the Quantar stations are not also FlashPort upgraded to support ASTRO Trunked operation. You're not ever going to pass ASTRO through an analog-only Quantar just by upgrading to a newer controller.
by Karl NVW
Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:15 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Pre duplexer vs post duplexer power
Replies: 17
Views: 1049

Good, the dispute about 10 P vs 20 V is over. Now back to the original inquiry: The duplexer insertion loss does indeed look acceptable from a dB standpoint. However, the power being lost in the cans is twice what it was before, so you should expect some thermal drifting. The individual filter secti...
by Karl NVW
Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Plectron Paging
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Plectron Paging (Timing and Tones)

Tone timing is programmable during console setup in the CDM package. Tone selection for pre-programmed single button pages is also done here. If you know the right 4 posiiton code for the desired tone sequence it can be directly entered from the keypad.
by Karl NVW
Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Can Smartzone link 800MHz sites to 450MHz sites?
Replies: 10
Views: 703

Can Smartzone link 800MHz sites to 450MHz sites?

The cross-band interoperability suggested is well within the scope of what properly designed SmartZone systems can and do provide.
by Karl NVW
Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Re Banding 800 Mhz radios
Replies: 30
Views: 2123

RKG said: N9LLO's comment is true for TrunkTrackers, but only true for Motorola radios IF they use FCC channels numbers for voice channel assignment designation in the OSW. I don't believe they do. VX is, I believe, correct that the frequency for an 800 voice channel grant is specified by means of a...
by Karl NVW
Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Vehicle Repeater
Replies: 20
Views: 1843

Re: Vehicle Repeater - WRONG FIX

I am betting that your analysis of the way dispatch operates is quite accurate, which makes them 100% functionally wrong. Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy ONE voting system at the dispatch center instead of putting VRs in each piece of apparatus? God forbid that fire command would fix the problem the r...
by Karl NVW
Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:00 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: MON effect on ASTRO private calls
Replies: 12
Views: 746

ASTRO Spectra Vote Scan

Implemented for Stste of Kentucky back in 1999. UHF ASTRO conventional, common channels with tight re-use pattern and some channels at adjacent sites are +/- 12.5 kHz away. It's the same concept as your design, but covering the entire state, not just a linear service area. It works as designed. The ...
by Karl NVW
Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: TX / Repeater site signs
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Actually if you have applied for and received an ASR number you must post it, regardless of tower height. And don't post energy level signs for higher than the actual levels as a joke. You may suddenly find the Feds or state DEP asking for your environmental impact statement and RF survey logs. Or a...
by Karl NVW
Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: VHF-HI Maratrac TX - Strange....
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Maratrac mobile in ham band

This is perfectly normal behavior for a software-tuned radio. You picked a frequency that is outside the radio's built-in alignment table, therefore there is no default value to work against. Power control usually goes quite high, and you should also see the transmit audio deviation change dramatica...
by Karl NVW
Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:56 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: SpectraTAC Voting & Console Priority questions
Replies: 2
Views: 458

The comparator needs a tone keying module so it can key the station when any receiver has incoming activity. The console also needs to be tone so it can key the transmitter. So far quite simple. Now, who decides which tone encoder is used when the voter is already keyed and the console wants to talk...
by Karl NVW
Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Cross-Band Repeaters Legal or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 940

ATTN: SYS-OP and Moderators

The following came up when I submitted the reply above: General Error Could not find email template file :: topic_notify DEBUG MODE Line : 111 File : emailer.php [yup, we are aware of the problem, this has been covered in the general forum. This is why you should aways read your stickies and announc...
by Karl NVW
Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Cross-Band Repeaters Legal or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 940

More on regs applying to Vehicular Repeaters

Looking at what I wrote, I did not mean to be as harsh as it might have appeared. I've recently had to "retrain" some folks trying to implement a full cross-band, cross-mode link using mobile boxes and a big 12VDC power supply, with gain antennas about 50 feet up. From your explanation I would say t...
by Karl NVW
Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Police Car install question?
Replies: 24
Views: 2975

Along with all the other good information posted already, let me add one more from experience:

The radio's antenna is NOT the place where you store the coil-cord of the remote speaker-mic.
by Karl NVW
Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:14 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Cross-Band Repeaters Legal or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 940

Cross-band Repeaters - FCC Rules conflicts

The equipment is not irrelevant, and the FCC Rules establish the legal conditions. If the equipment you describe is placed at a FIXED location it is NOT considered to be a vehicular repeater. A vehicular repeater is ONLY authorized to extend the communications range of hand-carried units (see 90.247...
by Karl NVW
Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:28 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola 800Mhz rebanding website
Replies: 36
Views: 2857

COMMERCIAL mobile radio service, includes both the local area SMRs and the ESMRs.
by Karl NVW
Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:31 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: p/n for XTS5000 keyloader cable please
Replies: 14
Views: 1902

TDN9390
by Karl NVW
Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:06 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: DC Fan Noise
Replies: 9
Views: 1049

Improve system range??

If you think that doubling the output power from 20 watts to 40-45 is going to make a noticeable difference in coverage, you'll be disappointed. You can usually do better increasing antenna gain and height, subject to the existing station license terms and local frequency coordinator's recommendatio...
by Karl NVW
Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:16 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Ongoing ASTRO repeater saga...
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Ongoing ASTRO repeater saga... ended

Someone should speak up so this thread doesn't get TOO long.

The domestic MaxTRAC radio family is not capable of P25, not capable of VSELP, not capable of running SecureNet. It's analog ONLY, not capable of any digital modes.

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