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Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

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Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby tgo » Tue May 16, 2017 1:23 pm

I just came into an Astro Spectra (not "Plus") VHF consolette. It has been a while since I programmed my A/S mobile, but I am reminded that the programming cable (30-80369B73) had an ignition sense wire that required 12v+ to be applied to read or write the radio..The instruction book from Motorola has a pictorial diagram of the PC setup that neither shows nor makes mention of this connection, just connecting the cable to accessory jack #3 in the rear of the consolette.
Will it be necessary to apply 12v+dc to the wire on the cable, or is it provided by the consolette?

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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby jry » Tue May 16, 2017 3:50 pm

it's just a 25 pin D to 25 pin D cable ..pinout is in the cables section IIRC. No ignition

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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby Jim202 » Tue May 16, 2017 5:11 pm

You can go to the Batlabs.com site and then go into the mobile radio section to find the programming cable. The Spectra high power cable will work just fine on the Astro Spectra. You can build it yourself with a couple of DB25 connectors. One male and one female. You will need the Motorola RIB to go between the radio and your computer.

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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby alex » Tue May 16, 2017 6:17 pm

Whatever you do - never plug the programming cable into the rear DB25 ports on the consolette. Always pop the top and program the radio directly! Your wallet will thank you for a lesson learned not the hard way.
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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby tgo » Wed May 17, 2017 2:51 am

Thanks, everyone. I recognize the cable from the schematic; I made one once for a high power Spectra. Now to find it!

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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby tgo » Wed May 17, 2017 4:31 am

Alex, many thanks for keeping me from a serious mistake. The manual confirms your message about connecting to the radio.

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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby motorola_otaku » Wed May 17, 2017 7:24 am

Either/both Spectra programming cables will work on an Astro Spectra installed as a consolette when connected directly to the brick as previously stated. No ignition sense 12V is needed when using the rear accessory cable.
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Re: Programming Astro Spectra Consolette

Postby tgo » Fri May 19, 2017 2:31 am

Thanks, all! AS consolette is now successfully read and ready for re-programming.


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