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Quantar local station microphone and speaker for P25

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Quantar local station microphone and speaker for P25

Postby n6fnp » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:35 am

I am new to Quantar repeaters and recently got a UHF unit. I would like to have it set up with a local microphone and speaker so I can talk and listen to P25 users who are on the repeater without having to use a radio.

Ideally I would like to connect something like an MC3000 digital remote base unit. Will a MC3000 work on a Quantar in both analog and P25 operation?


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Re: Quantar local station microphone and speaker for P25

Postby W3AXL » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:26 am

An MC3000 won't work with a quantar, period. The MC3000 simply emulates a radio control head, sending commands via SB9600 which the quantar doesn't understand.

IIRC, the front microphone jack and speaker only work with analog operation as the quantar has no onboard vocoder to encode/decode P25.

The proper way to control a quantar for local use is with a DIU3000, but that requires the machine to be configured as a base station as opposed to a repeater. I'm not at all familiar with the setup of that type of system so I'll let others here chime in.

For what you want, you'd be better off just getting a local radio programmed for the repeater. A cheap XTS3000 or Astro Spectra should be fine for the job. With the spectra, you'd then be able to control it using the MC3000 that you originally intended on using.

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Re: Quantar local station microphone and speaker for P25

Postby Bill_G » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:05 pm

+1 on the local radio.

A P25 Quantar is P25 all the way. There is nothing analog about it once you decide it's going to be P25. A DIU is required to do the conversion to human.

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Re: Quantar local station microphone and speaker for P25

Postby motorola_otaku » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:44 pm

W3AXL wrote:The proper way to control a quantar for local use is with a DIU3000, but that requires the machine to be configured as a base station as opposed to a repeater. I'm not at all familiar with the setup of that type of system so I'll let others here chime in.

You can run a Quantar as a full-duplex repeater with a DIU hung off of it. Dispatch centers and .gov do it all the time. If you can colocate the DIU with the Quantar and send analog audio wherever you need to it's even easier to set up.
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Re: Quantar local station microphone and speaker for P25

Postby n6fnp » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:08 pm

Thanks to everyone who has responded. It looks like I will need to get a DIU3000 and go from there!


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