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Motorola Speaker For Scanner

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henryg
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Motorola Speaker For Scanner

Postby henryg » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:44 pm

Hello. Just throwing it out there. Cleaning up some installs not done by me and I want to hook up a Motorola speaker to a mobile scanner for better audio. Soldered a 1/8" mono plug onto the speaker wires and no audio or really low. Checked and it doesn't appear to be the speaker. Just wondering, could it be my bad soldering, bad plug, or maybe the speaker. In theory, will any Motorola external speaker work as an external speaker for a scanner or other radio or is there some Motorola magic involved. Thank you! Henry

Jim202
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Re: Motorola Speaker For Scanner

Postby Jim202 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:01 pm

Most of the Motorola speakers should work just fine on the scanner.

There is a possibility that your soldering is not up to par.

There is the possibility that the scanner is looking for a stereo plug and not a mono.

Have you checked the scanner manual and looked at what type of connection it's looking for?

You could try plugging in a stereo headset and see if you hear anything. I would turn down the volume before connecting it into the scanner just in case it works. If so, do you hear the same thing in both ear pieces or just in one?

Beyond these questions, can't help any more with out some feedback.

henryg
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Re: Motorola Speaker For Scanner

Postby henryg » Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:28 pm

Thank you for the quick reply. I will keep at it. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't me and I was on the right track. I'm trying to get the project done and I am moving too quick! Thanks!

Jim1348
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Motorola Speaker For Scanner

Postby Jim1348 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:48 pm

I was surprised a few years back when I bought a Uniden scanner and then found out that the output is stereo!

fineshot1
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Re: Motorola Speaker For Scanner

Postby fineshot1 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:21 am

henryg wrote:In theory, will any Motorola external speaker work as an external speaker for a scanner or other radio or is there some Motorola magic involved. Thank you! Henry


Some of the Motorola speakers are 3.2 ohm and some are 8 ohm.
I would choose one that is 8 ohm since scanners normally use the
8 ohm impeadance speakers but either should work.
fineshot1
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