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by fogster
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: ASTRO Experimental - How to do things a little out of the box
Topic: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?
Replies: 14
Views: 4512

Re: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?

The bit that initially got me thinking this could be viable is that you're just ferrying bits/frames/whatever back and forth. You don't need to be able to interpret the data, just replicate it on the other side. It could be encrypted for all I care; it's just being moved between the radio and head v...
by fogster
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Repeaters, Trunking, and Site Infrastructure
Topic: Capacity Plus single-frequency capacity?
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Capacity Plus single-frequency capacity?

Yes, a single repeater Capacity Plus system is viable. Most of ours are single repeater. Just as you suggested. a single repeater Capacity Plus is somewhat similar to a 2 channel LTR site. It supports 2 simultaneous voice conversations. No dedicated control channel. Thanks! I suspected that was the...
by fogster
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Repeaters, Trunking, and Site Infrastructure
Topic: Capacity Plus single-frequency capacity?
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Capacity Plus single-frequency capacity?

I've just started to get interested in DMR and MotoTRBO. I'm trying to make sense of Capacity Plus. I've come to think of it as vaguely like LTR, with the 'rest channel' with periodic data bursts. (I understand it's not actually the same as LTR; it's just the best analogy I've found.) I'm having a h...
by fogster
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Anyone used app_rpt? Tone remote support?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Anyone used app_rpt? Tone remote support?

I was going to do this over local Gigabit Ethernet, so bandwidth won't be a problem. :) What I'm really wondering is whether the software has native support for tone consoles, though. I.e., can it sense the tones and know what to do with them? Ideally I'd have a Raspberry Pi on a radio and a Raspber...
by fogster
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Anyone used app_rpt? Tone remote support?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Anyone used app_rpt? Tone remote support?

I've had an old CommandPlus (rebadged Gaitronics) dispatch console kicking around for probably a couple years now. I'm also a Linux nerd and run a small Asterisk phone system. Does anyone know if app_rpt natively supports the funky tones used on tone remote consoles? There are the keyup/etc. tones, ...
by fogster
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Part 90 repeater licensing resource?
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: Part 90 repeater licensing resource?

I am not trying to hijack this thread, but only answer your question and give you a heads up on what to expect and why. Not a hijack at all; I really appreciate this information. Tinkering with this stuff a bit ago also got me looking, and it appears that there are some VHF frequencies still open i...
by fogster
Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Part 90 repeater licensing resource?
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: Part 90 repeater licensing resource?

Oh, that's a good point. I'd toyed with trying to resell access, either as a community repeater or a single-frequency LTR system, though I'm not sure how successful it would be. That intent might be adequate. (My sole proprietorship web hosting company probably doesn't need a repeater. ;)) I do have...
by fogster
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Part 90 repeater licensing resource?
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Part 90 repeater licensing resource?

Howdy, I've had an R1225 kicking around the house for about a year now. I picked it up in a lot of used gear I bought a while back. I've tested it out on GMRS, but I find that I'm interested in trying to license a Part 90 frequency pair and set it up as a community repeater. (More just for the learn...
by fogster
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: R1225 repeater knockdown?
Replies: 0
Views: 4429

R1225 repeater knockdown?

So I've been tinkering with an R1225 repeater, and looked to set up QCII knockdown. First, to make sure I'm not just stupid: my understanding is that with "QCII Repeater Knockdown" checked, the repeater, upon receiving the specified QCII tones, will go into receive-only mode until I re-ena...
by fogster
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: R1225 intermittant
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: R1225 intermittant

I've actually just bought a used R1225; hasn't even arrived yet, but I was reading documentation online. One thing I didn't realize is that it's not rated for 100% duty cycle at full power. The high-power model will only do 100% at 25W. No idea what your usage is like, but is it possible you're just...
by fogster
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: ASTRO Experimental - How to do things a little out of the box
Topic: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?
Replies: 14
Views: 4512

Re: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?

The idea is to have the control head working as well. If I'm connecting a radio to a control head, I think I don't actually need to understand SB9600, right? I just need the computer on either end to emulate a serial cable, shuttling bits back and forth between the control head and the radio. All I'...
by fogster
Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: ASTRO Experimental - How to do things a little out of the box
Topic: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?
Replies: 14
Views: 4512

Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?

Has anyone tried to run a remote head and microphone for an XTL5000 or ASTRO Spectra over Ethernet? I'm still at the handwavey details stage, but I think it's possible. My idea is to have something like a Raspberry Pi on either end. TX/RX audio is easy enough with VoIP. (I need to play with Asterisk...
by fogster
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: I need your brain
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: I need your brain

A couple resources to guide you in your search as you come across more radios: P25 support is determined by the Flashcode, listed on the back as "Mfg. Code." (Strictly speaking, that's what it left the factory with and it could have been upgraded later on.) A quick rule of thumb is that if...
by fogster
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Astro Saber 2
Replies: 5
Views: 835

Re: Motorola Astro Saber 2

Holy smokes this is an old thread you've revived.

I haven't taken one of these apart in years, but yes, it's the round white 'screw' inside a silver square box right under the front of the LCD, to the right of some orange chips. A small screwdriver works well.
by fogster
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1250- won't power up..
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: HT1250- won't power up..

It's kind of a stretch for a non-trunked radio, but another possibility is that it somehow got inhibited over the air. Did you try to read it with CPS? I honestly doubt that's the case, but might be a quick thing to rule out before you start taking it apart.
by fogster
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MDC1200
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: MDC1200

There's no way I can do better than kb4mdz, but I know sometimes I benefit from seeing the same thing explained a few different ways, so I'll offer my own answer. In its simplest form, MDC1200 is usually a PTT ID, where it just transmits a 4-digit numeric code when someone keys up in an annoying dat...
by fogster
Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: NMN6193B with iPod earbuds/headphones?
Replies: 1
Views: 400

NMN6193B with iPod earbuds/headphones?

I'm surprised I couldn't find this on Google or via search here. Maybe I'm nuts, or maybe the answer is obvious to everyone else. I am interested in using ordinary headphones to use with my XTS2500. (For receive-only.) It looks like there is an adapter for this, the BDN6676D, which exposes a 3.5mm j...
by fogster
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Are QCII tones a finite set?
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Are QCII tones a finite set?

Thanks, Steve! Very helpful info! Funny that you mention Radio ID; that's exactly what I've got on my phone. I installed it to try to decode some GE-Star traffic, but found it very helpful with tones as well. Wanted to confirm that it was more accurate than what I was seeing people post online, whic...
by fogster
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Are QCII tones a finite set?
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Are QCII tones a finite set?

Speaking as someone that's never programmed a Minitor... I've noticed some scanner-oriented sites listing "Fire Toneouts," but they rarely map up with the exact tones I see in the QCII tone tables. For example, one site lists my local fire department as using 898.2, 734.7 for tones. Neithe...
by fogster
Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Newbie CommandPLUS questions
Replies: 0
Views: 357

Newbie CommandPLUS questions

I recently picked up an old Motorola-branded CommandPLUS console. Poking around, it seems like it's set up for 4-wire tone control. I did some digging here and on Google, but I'm still not totally clear on what the deal is with programming, regarding CARD Suite with Motorola-branded consoles. What I...
by fogster
Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: More than on FPP channel?
Replies: 1
Views: 286

More than on FPP channel?

Howdy, I apologize in advance for what's probably a dumb question, but I can't find anything resembling a guide on this. (If I'm missing one, pointers are welcome!) I've picked up an XTS4000, and it's the first FPP-equipped radio that I've owned. However, I don't have Astro CPS nor the appropriate c...
by fogster
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Impres charger for XTS4000?
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Impres charger for XTS4000?

Anyone know if a specific firmware version is required in order for a WPLN4111AR to charge an XTS4000? (With the PMLN5429A adapter, of course.)

I can't find this information online anywhere. If this information exists in a table somewhere, please clue me in.
by fogster
Sat May 29, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Pushing band limits on an XTS2500 FPP?
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Pushing band limits on an XTS2500 FPP?

I've been toying with picking up a Panter XTS2500. I'd only be transmitting on 70cm, but would want local public safety receive up to about 485 MHz. It seems that an S-split (450-512 MHz) rig can very easily be coaxed down to 440 MHz with hex-edited CPS, but is it possible via FPP? Also, is CPS stil...
by fogster
Sat May 09, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: What CPS version is required for XTS2500, R12 firmware?
Replies: 5
Views: 507

What CPS version is required for XTS2500, R12 firmware?

I've been on the fence about the Panter XTS2500i's. I'm specifically eying a Model 3 with FPP, 123ABC1234 (aren't they all...), and R12.00.00 host/DSP. My ASTRO CPS is way old (10-series), but I'm new to the XTS2500 line, so I wonder what it takes to program one of these. I seem to recall someone sa...
by fogster
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 4554

Re: 6'5" parking garage

Just found the Comet B-10, 12" tall. Unity gain on VHF/UHF, but that actually seems kind of impressive for a 12" antenna. The specs say my car is 66", so I'd be really close... Anyone have experience with this model?
by fogster
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 4554

Re: 6'5" parking garage

Tessco has the Sti-co VHF/UHF glass-mount antenna (looks like a cell antenna) for the low price of $290. Is "For use with two separate radios only" code for, "Duplexer not included," or is there some reason you can't use a duplexer in front of it?
by fogster
Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 4554

Re: 6'5" parking garage

Just do like tvsjr - park outside. The extra distance you have to walk is good for you anyway. :lol: It's Boston. If I had the money to get an outdoor spot anywhere near my office, I wouldn't need to work, so it'd be a moot point. 8) What about one (or two) of those super flexible, tie them in a kn...
by fogster
Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 4554

Re: 6'5" parking garage

If you are looking for glass mounts that are good, STI-CO's work great, they are just $$$$$. We use the VHF's and DUAL Bands and have never had an issue. I just found a place that lists their price, and all I can say is... Well, I shouldn't say it in polite company. ;) $475 for an antenna? (This is...
by fogster
Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 4554

Re: 6'5" parking garage

I have a Comet SB-14 (6/2/70cm) antenna on my car and it works well on 6 & 70cm but only so-so on 2m. How does it perform out of band? (I'm interested in receive-only in the 155-160 and 460 MHz ranges.) It's got some crazy gain, but I happened across a review that it's pretty much deaf outside ...
by fogster
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 4554

6'5" parking garage

I've just taken a new job, and it has me doing an hour-long commute. I figured I'd like to put the ham rig back in my car. (At least for starters, until I can replace it with a couple ASTRO rigs. 8) ) What I've just discovered, though, is that my 6'-tall SUV has to be parked in a parking garage that...
by fogster
Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Scanning and QCII decode?
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Scanning and QCII decode?

My parents are big scanner listeners, but really only care about big calls as they're dispatched, not hearing every traffic stop in town... I'm toying with setting up a Minitor for the local FD's tones and a charging cradle, and giving them that to keep in their kitchen/living room. But it looks lik...
by fogster
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber Battery Voltage
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Saber Battery Voltage

Josh wrote:If you have a maha or other charger, charge it from the top.


Precisely what I've got! It just seemed really odd that I'd be getting (very) different voltages depending on where I measured. It didn't seem that there should be any variation, much less several Volts.
by fogster
Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber Battery Voltage
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Saber Battery Voltage

Okay, I'm scratching my head here... The battery for my ASTRO Saber worked like a charm in the past. It didn't get used much, but held a nice long charge. (It is an aftermarket, no manufacturer listed, but "EB4595" is the model number, 1800 mAh.) Nothing but great performance. I went to ch...
by fogster
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Nextel Simulcast?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Nextel Simulcast?

I Have a nextel i730 linked to VHF repeater, MotoTRBO repeater via control station, plus PC's and an iPhone 3G running Critical RF's soft radio all in one big worldwide PTT system. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. 8) iPhone integration into the system is the icing on the cake. Radi...
by fogster
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Nextel Simulcast?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Nextel Simulcast?

The Ni233 looks cool, though I assume no price = it's way too much. The SiteCAST is nifty, though I'm still excited about n7maq's suggestion that it might be possible to just use the headset jack. I suspect it would take a little work (to essentially make the TX "COS"), but probably not $3...
by fogster
Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Nextel Simulcast?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Nextel Simulcast?

The one touch DC would do just that, but i am thinking about the issues of having your nextel hammered by scanner outputs being relentlessly pushed to your DC ID. That's definitely a consideration. This wouldn't be hanging right off a scanner, but instead only following a bank of 'important' freque...
by fogster
Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Nextel Simulcast?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Nextel Simulcast?

Heh, hadn't even noticed that headset jack... Could it really be as simple as plugging into the 2.5mm jack and going from there? They don't seem to plug into the base at all. Having never used Nextel... Would it be as simple as, on the 'base' cell phone, selecting the unit to call once, plugging in,...
by fogster
Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Nextel Simulcast?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Re: Nextel Simulcast?

The RIOS looks quite slick! My budget was about $20, though. :lol: A quick search turns up a page that has a (partial) pinout of a Nextel, including a pin labeled "TX," along with the audio input. I'm not a Nextel user right now, so I don't know how simple it is... Can just charging the TX...
by fogster
Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Nextel Simulcast?
Replies: 20
Views: 1549

Nextel Simulcast?

Has anyone ever rigged something up to transmit an audio source (e.g., repeater output) as a Nextel DC call? (I'd just want it sent to one unit, not a group.) I've been toying for a while with the idea of setting up a PC that has 'streams' of various important audio sources (multiple public safety r...
by fogster
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Antenna on the back of an SUV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1904

Re: Antenna on the back of an SUV?

Does the mission requirement say it *has* to be a dual band antenna? Not at all. It's my POV. I don't want a porcupine, but two antennas could work. I think a lot of that decision would depend on the environment where you live - flatlanders are better served many times by a different antenna than t...
by fogster
Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Antenna on the back of an SUV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1904

Re: Antenna on the back of an SUV?

Tom in D.C. wrote:Unfortunately, when I went to get you the URL today I found that their website is "up but inoperative" at this time.


Don't worry, we just have to wait until July 4.... 2007... :o
by fogster
Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:49 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Antenna on the back of an SUV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1904

Re: Antenna on the back of an SUV?

Cut a hole in the roof, mount an NMO, and be done with it. When trade-in time comes you put in a hole plug and no one, based on my personal experience, really cares. I'm not at all opposed to doing this, I just didn't want a 5' whip sticking up on top of an SUV. :) In this case, bandwidth is going ...
by fogster
Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Antenna on the back of an SUV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1904

Antenna on the back of an SUV?

I'd put off the idea of geeking out my SUV for a while now, but now I'm kicking the idea around again. I've seen some hams get pretty good dual-band antennas (VHF/UHF), ones with fairly high gain. And then they mount them on the back of their SUV. Not on the roof, but by the rear hatch, so that it d...
by fogster
Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Stubby v. Regular Antenna
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Stubby v. Regular Antenna

It's a stubby antenna that's not even for the right bandsplit, it seems. (I'm after 440-460ish.) Thanks for the help, I think I'm after a better antenna. (Because obviously, this radio isn't big enough yet... :lol: )
by fogster
Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Stubby v. Regular Antenna
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Stubby v. Regular Antenna

I've got an ASTRO Saber with a stubby UHF antenna. (Red base -- I think that denotes the split it's cut for, but I don't know which.) I'm on the fringe of a couple repeaters. How much of a difference would I see if I got a full (rubber ducky) whip for this radio? I know that longer is probably bette...
by fogster
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Cell-style repeater antennas?
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: Cell-style repeater antennas?

That's quite a scenic place!

Has it given you an improvement over the omni at all, or is it about the same (or worse due to the power division)?
by fogster
Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Cell-style repeater antennas?
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: Cell-style repeater antennas?

Can you actually deal with the interference and gain of the necessary directional antennas though. It wouldn't be worth the effort. Would it? I guess I didn't phrase my question that well... Your question is more what I was getting at -- I had the idea kicking around in my head, but wondered whethe...
by fogster
Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Cell-style repeater antennas?
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Cell-style repeater antennas?

This is more a question out of academic curiosity, so don't think I'm going to go try setting this up tomorrow on a public safety system or anything... Cell towers typically have three "sides," each with a fairly directional antenna, presumably nice and high-gain. By comparison, almost eve...
by fogster
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Pocsag page to email ?
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Pocsag page to email ?

PM sent, but I think it's working again...

http://www.gsm-antennes.nl/PDW/pdw_eng.html#downloads
by fogster
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Pocsag page to email ?
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Pocsag page to email ?

Does anyone have a copy of PDW V2.3?? Or any of the newer versions? The download site has been down for a while and I cant find it anywhere else. Send me a PM if you can help. Thanks [link (was a mirror on my site) to no longer works, nor is it needed] I might have 2.3 around if you need that versi...

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