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by Bob W
Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Moto equipment for 49 MHz + 6 meters
Replies: 16
Views: 1177

I know it's not /\/\, but GE Delta's do a good job down there too. Put the magic prom in an S990 control head, and you've got a front panel programmable, 110 Watt, 6 meter/low band radio.

I looked... Here's one http://tinyurl.com/rgnzj
by Bob W
Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: rig control software for motorola amature radio
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Good info. Can anyone out there send a copy of it my way? Does the software have any control functions such as channel or function change? I'd still like to play, and see what I can come up with. Thanks.
by Bob W
Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

Ain't no damn monkey, not even close to looking like one... Somebody was full of shite, but he drew a lot of attention to the picture! LOL... Maybe I was looking at it like Rorschach ink blots. I think alot of people were looking at the wrong place in the picture, or maybe because different program...
by Bob W
Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:55 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: rig control software for motorola amature radio
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Any chance anyone could send a copy of the VRCH software my way? I want to look at the protocol, and see if I can figure out how the interpret the data that represents a busy indication on the display, and give a logic output to get around having to mess with transistors on the speaker lines, etc. a...
by Bob W
Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Opinion needed...MTR "delay"
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Assuming they really want it fixed, you could use this in the audio path between the mic, and the console.

http://www.ah6le.net/arcom/rc210/rad.html

You might need to find a way to keep it keyed until the buffer is empty if you go for a really long delay.
by Bob W
Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Mounting Base Antenna Upside Down
Replies: 5
Views: 800

Re: Mounting Base Antenna Upside Down

....The frequency difference would be approximately 2.75 MHz apart (VHF-High). Should I just forget it and use two seperate mounts? It so, could I mount them at the same height?...... Another issue is: What are you trying to accomplish with the two antennas. If you were to say a VHF, and a UHF, the...
by Bob W
Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra dies on transmit. Any Ideas how to fix?
Replies: 33
Views: 2515

Ok, put the radio on the bench with a 60 amp astron supply and the radio still has the problem with an antenna, but not with a dummy load When you are bench testing it, where is the antenna? What I mean is: can you see it, or is it on the roof of your building. 100 watts is alot of power - induced ...
by Bob W
Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Ford Expedition & Side Curtain Airbags
Replies: 7
Views: 1800

Thanks for the info. I would think the precautions I took would apply to either a hot gas generator, or a stored pressure system as you describe. Disable the system according to the manual, and make sure anything new doesn't get in it's way. Now that I think about it, the device in the pillar did lo...
by Bob W
Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:40 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Ford Expedition & Side Curtain Airbags
Replies: 7
Views: 1800

Well, a little old, but still might be interesting. I just poked the roof on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata. It has side curtain airbags. The charges are in the rear pillars. Basically ran ultralink cable straight back, and then to the left just above the rear window under the headliner. Came down under the...
by Bob W
Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

It's even better when you translate back to english: "Voy a golpear su asno con el pie si usted fija realmente radios antes de enviarlas a los gringos" = I am going to strike its ass with the foot if you really fix radios before sending them to the gringos "Consiga robar cogido y esta de nuevo a la ...
by Bob W
Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: Converting Motorola Equipment to 900MHz Amateur
Topic: Help: Programing Quantar on Ham Freq 927.9125???- How?
Replies: 1
Views: 1581

Well, this is one of those delayed replies.... at least it didn't take 4 years!

Anyway, transmit side ONLY, just enter the frequency, and ignore the warning. I've had some work as low as 920. Receive needs to be really close to 902.
by Bob W
Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:26 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

nh7cy wrote:so is there a spanish version of rss/cps out now that we dont know about?


Yup. It's Ma M's response to lab/depot versions getting out. They've reduced the audience that can use it if it does get out.
by Bob W
Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

Lab coat, no shorts. Everyone knows that radios don't work if there's shorts. Even with the higher resolution, one thing remains... The two guys that are gonna duke it out. The guy in the back has his hand up. There's even a guy off to the right that's gonna watch - white shirt, jeans.... What's up ...
by Bob W
Fri Aug 25, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

Well, with the hi-rez version, you can tell that the "monkey" isn't. But, I found something scarier.... What I thought was a 1/4K cabinet, behind the "monkey", and others said was a DEC, etc. machine has a crapload of cables coming out the bottom back of it, and it is actually being cooled by one of...
by Bob W
Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

Look at the back of the 1/4K cabinet. Now look to the right of it. There's a guy and girl standing there. Now look at the blue table towards the shipping department. There's a computer, the Monkey, a guy in a white jacket, and a second guy with a brown shirt.
by Bob W
Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23372

I took a really close look at the picture, and found some interesting stuff: The very bottom of the picture looks like the shipping department - or at least where the wrong radios are put in boxes. There's a shipping printer next to the monitor, and a bottle of blue tequila. The guy just up from the...
by Bob W
Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Starting a Trunked System?
Replies: 20
Views: 1718

As I said, I was gonna comment, but.....
by Bob W
Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Starting a Trunked System?
Replies: 20
Views: 1718

Using LTR for a Public Safety system would be bad. There are no individual radio ids, no emergency, and the like. Passport addresses some of there issues, but it would still be a bad idea. :cough: some people around here are doing it :cough: Around here too... (I was gonna comment, but....) http://...
by Bob W
Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: quantar
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Please explain what the LEDs (on the SCM) do from the moment of power-on. "All LEDs lit" isn't a listed failure condition. Flashing on and off, and sequential flashing are, and indicate different conditions. What do the LEDs on the wireline card do (if present)? Also, what version of firmware and RS...
by Bob W
Sun May 07, 2006 5:52 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: HELP! Motorola Quantar VHF Down (ambulance service)
Replies: 8
Views: 969

ComEms:

Any update on the problem?
by Bob W
Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:43 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: I don't Believe I did this, Reverse power connections
Replies: 26
Views: 2249

Since the diode de-soldered itself, I question the 10A power supply protection device. Something was capable of providing an awful lot of current for quite some time for the solder to have melted...... Bob M. One of the problems with a current limited power supply (Astron, etc.) is that it will red...
by Bob W
Sat Apr 29, 2006 5:10 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: HELP! Motorola Quantar VHF Down (ambulance service)
Replies: 8
Views: 969

You may need to perform (more likely, have someone with the tools perform) the Reference Modulation Compensation Alignment. I've had several Quantars in a SmartZone system get wierd with the low speed data (DPL) and result in radios not opening on some repeaters. Things age, and the waveform transmi...
by Bob W
Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:33 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: DIU3000 as standalone IMBE/ASTRO decoder
Replies: 10
Views: 705

The "digital" side of a DIU is really just a balanced, differential data stream. In the case of a Quantar, received digital voice is demodulated in a DSP, and formatted into a synchronous data stream. Some of of the data can be decoded from that point in the repeater - network ID - but the voice dat...
by Bob W
Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: anything better than a PolyPhaser
Replies: 11
Views: 1327

Re: Polyphaser issues

For testing issue usually a wattmeter in line checking reflection will identify your issue. A high reflection with polyphaser in line and no reflection with polyphaser taken out of line will indicate a replacement of the polyphaser. I disagree. Depending on the mode of failure, that may work. If th...
by Bob W
Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:42 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Anybody tried the new Quantar / AstroTac software yet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

I did - 14.00.04 - and I found it not worth using. Nothing new. Very slow to read station. Slow updates on real time parameters. If you try to set the station time with it, it SHOWS you the PC time, and makes you re-enter it before sending it. It only read the station status page once per software r...
by Bob W
Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Commscope Coax?
Replies: 8
Views: 1527

It's 10-Base 5 coax. 50 ohm coax designed for carrying 10 Mbps data, and lots of DC current for "vampire taps". It's probably not terribly lossy at VHF frequencies, but it's really not designed or tested for anything but it's capabilities for transporting 10-base 5.
by Bob W
Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:20 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Commscope Coax?
Replies: 8
Views: 1527

You ask whether Commscope cable is good. We've used ALOT of cellreach cable. It's very good. I'm not certain exactly what cable you've got. There's typically words - cell reach, extremeflex, etc. - on Commscope wireless cables. They make an awful lot of CATV stuff, so it's possible you've got 75 ohm...
by Bob W
Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber batteries.........
Replies: 21
Views: 2141

Same thing here with W&W. We tried buying some for GE radios. Had several leakers, and many that just plain had no capacity. These were charged using the real GE multi-radio charger. Alexander, and Multiplier - no real problems.
by Bob W
Thu Sep 29, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Strobe Light Wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 1328

Another issue when paralleling flashtubes on one output is the sharing of the trigger pulse. As the tubes age, and need more trigger voltage to fire, one or both of them will get flakey about firing. One may not fire, or they may do some strange alternations.
by Bob W
Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: RSS AND WINDOWS???
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

What we did on our company XP machines is made a small - ~100 MB FAT32 partition, and a dos boot CD. The corporate IT gurus wouldn't go for a dual boot config. You just boot from the CD, and all you see is the small partition as C:. Up until recently, we had everything from Syntor, to MSF, to Spectr...
by Bob W
Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CPS 6.0 Regions Finally Hacked
Replies: 36
Views: 36597

I'm assuming that you guys know about this: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Regmon.html If not, It's a cool piece of freeware that let's you watch - REALTIME - what is touching what registry entry. They've got a similar gem called filemon, that does the same thing for files. These might be hel...
by Bob W
Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Xray machines and Radios
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

Apparently, those new machines for checked baggage can be really nasty. Both Kodak, and the TSA say that they WILL damage film. Whether that translates into the abilty to cause enough electron leakage in things like flash memory, or eproms to change bit states, I don't know. These things are capable...
by Bob W
Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Xray machines and Radios
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

Not a problem at all, with the sort of dosage we're talking about from an airport X-ray machine. The X-ray machine for carry on luggage really isn't a problem. I work at a Nuclear Plant, and run my laptop and other electronic goodies thru the same type of machine sometimes multiple times in a day. ...
by Bob W
Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:35 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Need help with schematics for programming MT1000 99 CH model
Replies: 18
Views: 1331

From the looks of the antenna, it's a VHF MT1000, however, it appears that all the model / serial plates are missing from it, so you really can't tell what bandsplit it's on. Since you mention experience with Kenwood, which simply makes their radio programming software available on their website, yo...
by Bob W
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Two PA modules, one speaker?
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Are these sirens transformer isolated, or DC coupled? No matter what you do to mix them - you'll have to use a resistive power divider (and maybe tranformer isolation if it's not already in the siren) - you will lose at least 3 db of power. That means that you'll be burning up 50 watts of power from...
by Bob W
Sat Aug 13, 2005 11:03 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Program a Quantar
Replies: 5
Views: 887

A couple of things.... To prove that the RSS should be able to talk to the Quantar, fire up hyperterminal or something similar at 9600, N, 8, 1 and press enter. You should get a prompt back from the Quantar that looks like "]-O". If you don't, the RSS won't talk either. Also, there should be no prob...
by Bob W
Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: SERIOUS Quantar interference Help needed
Replies: 9
Views: 841

That sounds like feedback, complete with digital processing delay. My bet would be that one of your two wirelines doesn't have enough return loss - that is: the audio from the receiver heading out to your remote makes a round trip back into the transmit audio input of the quantar. Could be a telco p...
by Bob W
Sat May 07, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Slightly OT: Unknown telemetry audio on 154.46375
Replies: 14
Views: 887

I'd just like to find out who makes most of the encoder units attached to the transmitters up on the mountaintops. I might have use for a system of this type. Thanks! Actually, the encoder is not at the site with the transmitter. The encoder is typically in what's known as ECC (Energy Control Cente...
by Bob W
Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Any StarPlex gurus out there?
Replies: 13
Views: 741

I guess a more basic question is why the questions about StarPlex? Do you have a pair of shelves, and modems? If you do, the commercial 950 radios may not be the best solution, as they likely will not go down to 902-928 with replacing filters, etc. Licensing it - if you could - in the 950 MAS band i...
by Bob W
Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Any StarPlex gurus out there?
Replies: 13
Views: 741

xmo, Thanks for the info. What kind of antennas would be needed for these MR92 and MR96 radios for a 1/4 mile link? Where can I locate these radios? How difficult is it to interface them? Thanks much! I don't know anything about those particular radios, but at a 1/4 mile any antenna ought to be suf...
by Bob W
Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: TX / Repeater site signs
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Tessco has them - we buy ours there, but not everyone can buy from Tessco. You can actually buy them directly from the site I linked to for the pix - http://www.radhaz.com. I was gonna download them to my server, and link to them there, but that copyright message got me concerned. This way if they d...
by Bob W
Sun Apr 24, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: TX / Repeater site signs
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Well, there's always a few more.. The door is open on the microwave oven , and it's operating... http://www.radhaz.com/images/bigwarn.gif We have the one for the guys that might want to take a ride down the guy wires. (Don't laugh, It really happened at one of our sites. The result was as you might ...
by Bob W
Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:46 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: OK SECURENET Guru's, what is it?
Replies: 4
Views: 703

FYI: That one was made in 1987.
by Bob W
Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:37 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Polyphaser after lightning strike(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Now consider the cleanup if that transformer was filled with PCB based oil. I would bet that there are still a few in service in some markets. Most of the grey ones out there are not. I can tell you that the one in the picture had none. Where I work, all of the new ones that the manufacturer has ce...
by Bob W
Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Polyphaser after lightning strike(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Generally, lightning strikes are detectable as marks on light metal to metal contact in the buildings could you expound on that? doug Sure. Waveguide comes into the building, and has a ground clamp on it at the point of entry bonding it to the entrance ground window. Waveguide continues on and a pr...
by Bob W
Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Whelen Question
Replies: 33
Views: 3631

Definately looks like a remote siren amp, and a fairly modern one. Never seen a Whelen power supply that looked like that and I've seen a lot of them. I wouldn't buy it not just due to the uncertainty... the main problem I think is what appears to be some sort of fecal matter on the cover. :-? I do...
by Bob W
Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Polyphaser after lightning strike(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Mine was attached to a high split - 173 - Vhf Super Stationmaster. Top mount, 400 foot tower, no lightning rod above it, 7/8" hardline. It's been up there for over 20 Years. Antenna is now toast. This tower takes lightning strikes on a regular basis - as do most in the Carolinas. Generally, lightnin...
by Bob W
Sun Apr 10, 2005 6:10 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Polyphaser after lightning strike(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Polyphaser after lightning strike(s)

Well, it's getting to be that time of Year again. Lightning Season. We all know about the importance of using lightning suppression on feedlines. What we may not know, and what I found out the consequences of, is whether that surge suppressor - a PolyPhaser in my case - is any good. I've learned tha...
by Bob W
Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:14 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: FCC 12.5 and public safety
Replies: 10
Views: 963

Re: Narrow banding paging

This is not the interpetation that several companies involved in the licensing process have given me. I was told that as long as it was a normal channel (not a splinter) it could be licensed for paging in a regular wide band use and was not going to be restricted by these new up coming changes. Jim...
by Bob W
Sat Jan 22, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: FCC 12.5 and public safety
Replies: 10
Views: 963

Re: Narrow banding paging

If you reed the first couple of pages of the FCC anouncement that came out towards the end of December 2004, it said that any existing paging systems could remain wideband. What that translates to mean is that if your using a normal bandwidth paging frequency now or get one in the near future, you ...

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