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Difference between "Pageboy II" and "Metro Pageboy II"

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Difference between "Pageboy II" and "Metro Pageboy II"

Postby Mithotyn » Mon May 05, 2014 4:11 am

Hi!

Can anyone tell me the difference between a "Pageboy II" and an "Metro Pageboy II"?

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Re: Difference between "Pageboy II" and "Metro Pageboy II"

Postby RFguy » Mon May 05, 2014 7:35 am

Pageboy II was a 2-tone pager

Metro Pageboy was a different format. Not sure if it was 5-tone, or a digital format. but was a higher capacity format for this time when everyone in a large city had a pager and more cap codes were needed.

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Re: Difference between "Pageboy II" and "Metro Pageboy II"

Postby Mithotyn » Tue May 06, 2014 10:29 pm

Hi RFguy,

thanks for your quick reply. The Pageboy II was also capable of 5-tone decoding, which was used all over germany for example.

But you may be right anyway, that it used a different coding type. The manual says "decimal digital", what is also known as "Motorola EIA". It is similar to 5-tone, but faster and has a slightly different format.

In addition to the small housing shown on the manual, there is an extended version which i guess is also a Metro Pageboy. It has a seven digit display showing the called capcode (or what else?).

Attached some pictures of one of those i own. Does anyone have some more information about this extended version? As far as i found out, there is only one codeplug. But then it is not clear anymore, which information is shown on the display....

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Thanks in advance!
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Re: Difference between "Pageboy II" and "Metro Pageboy II"

Postby k2hz » Wed May 07, 2014 10:15 am

The Metro was what Motorola called "Decimal Digital" which was actually a 5/6 tone format.


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