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by KE7JFF
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 607
Views: 57822

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

What about an IDE to Compact Flash Adapter?
by KE7JFF
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?
Replies: 26
Views: 4294

Re: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?

The one in the Lloyd Center mall Oh yes...there is a story about this...and its always been a corporate store. Originally back in 2015, this location was to be closed, so they started their closure sale. At the same time, mall ownership changed; new management started to raise the rents on stores, ...
by KE7JFF
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?
Replies: 26
Views: 4294

Re: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?

I happen to visit the Portland RS a couple of weeks ago. They had a big sale on but repeatedly said they were not closing. Since not all items were on sale, perhaps this was an example of a franchise store run by an independent quitting the RS stock? It was actually a pretty good store. Which locat...
by KE7JFF
Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?
Replies: 26
Views: 4294

Re: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?

My wife is an assistant store manager of RS; back in 2015, the store she was a full manager at closed as high rent was the problem. This time around, its the stores that Sprint was paying to keep open; since Sprint pulled out of the deal, those stores closed up. However, the current store she is at ...
by KE7JFF
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 607
Views: 57822

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

I haven't had a chance to talk to my father fully yet about what tricks up his sleeve, but talking to another former Planar employee, he did suggest there is a few repair shops out there actually staffed that can do repair on most display issues; however if the display has any internal shorts its a ...
by KE7JFF
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MTS2000 CPS on Windows 7 64 Bit????
Replies: 10
Views: 3938

Re: MTS2000 CPS on Windows 7 64 Bit????

Talking with someone who deals with supporting legacy software on modern to the extreme (he gets to figure out the hard way what gets broken and attempts to find work arounds) he said the 16-bit calls in most radio programming software are are related to the access of the serial port.
by KE7JFF
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 sql issue
Replies: 21
Views: 2307

Re: GR1225 sql issue

I've only bought Andrew Decibel antennas new a couple of times... the rest were hamfest or Ebay finds, usually $50 or less. A 30-year old DB antenna will beat the pants off a brand-new Comet antenna. Amen to that...and don't forget tower site junk piles....its where I got a folded dipole that all i...
by KE7JFF
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 607
Views: 57822

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

I know there's been talk of the Planar EL display in the COM-120B. Is there any replacement available? Also, what is the exact part number for the display? I saw someone mention the EL569.400 for the COM-120A, but I don't know if that's the same for the COM-120B. I'm also curious about how to backu...
by KE7JFF
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Suggestions of installing AUX input on car audio
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

Re: Suggestions of installing AUX input on car audio

Oh man, this takes me back...I put a line input jack on my old 1995 Caravan back in the day using the CD changer input on the rear.

I found this, which from reading the comments works for your 2004. It uses that telephone line.
http://saabworld.net/showthread.php?t=28000
by KE7JFF
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Smartnet/Smartzone/Project 25 (Phase I/II) Systems
Topic: Site shedding subcribers
Replies: 17
Views: 2671

Re: Site shedding subcribers

Interesting Bill...this explains why users of said system I know of were telling me "It gets angry sometimes"

DSD is pretty decent, however you might to look at using OP25 with its detailed P25 abilities; but that requires you to setup a Linux box.
by KE7JFF
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola CDM1250 Dead Short
Replies: 10
Views: 2324

Re: Motorola CDM1250 Dead Short

I'm curious where you have the power pigtail plugged in from the battery?
by KE7JFF
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Getting Backhaul Out of a Nearby Cell Site?
Replies: 8
Views: 1830

Re: Getting Backhaul Out of a Nearby Cell Site?

If Verizon owns the fiber to the site, they generally will be able to figure out something for you, but that was circa 2006.
by KE7JFF
Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Communications.Support site?
Replies: 41
Views: 7065

Re: Communications.Support site?

Bill, as probably one of the few people on this forum who has actually met you, I can assure you, when you write your disssertations on why X is Y and not Z, its because you were there when the thing was invented...
by KE7JFF
Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Communications.Support site?
Replies: 41
Views: 7065

Re: Communications.Support site?

I think thats a smart idea...I would like to be able to use Tapatalk with this fourm...
by KE7JFF
Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO 3rd Party Application Discussion & Support
Topic: MotoTRBO & Retevis RT3
Replies: 1
Views: 7425

Re: MotoTRBO & Retevis RT3

Yes, they work fine...I have the same radio out on both a Kenwood DMR repeater and a Motorola TRBO repeater and no issues as long as the CC and slot are set right.
by KE7JFF
Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Communications.Support site?
Replies: 41
Views: 7065

Re: Communications.Support site?

I admit, I had some issues with the story that was explained, only because I have some good friends "in the trade" who told me "that doesn't make sense" but that's a topic to have a cold beer in the bar. I enjoyed the board-level technical discussions on discontinued products on ...
by KE7JFF
Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: P25.CA - anyone have any status update
Replies: 19
Views: 3810

Re: P25.CA - anyone have any status update

I liked the site too and wish it did come back.

My only complaint was that sometimes it got too "preachy" but I at least was given a chance to voice my two cents when those topics come up.
by KE7JFF
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 2014 Sprinter Ambulance AM/FM Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 2534

Re: 2014 Sprinter Ambulance AM/FM Problem

RF does squirrelly stuff in a lot of vehicles. Some are seemingly immune, and some aren't. It's been a problem for a long time, and it takes patience and money to fix it. This is why we do our best to put the antenna top center of the (metal) roof whenever possible. These days the most common probl...
by KE7JFF
Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 2014 Sprinter Ambulance AM/FM Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 2534

Re: 2014 Sprinter Ambulance AM/FM Problem

I had sort of a similar issue with a Pioneer deck in one of my rigs once; the problem went away when I switched to a different stereo deck. I never got around to confirm what the exact issue was, but I have a hunch there was something weird like loose frame/board screws inside the deck itself.
by KE7JFF
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CDM1250 / CDM750 loosing filtering of vehicle line noise
Replies: 12
Views: 1468

Re: CDM1250 / CDM750 loosing filtering of vehicle line noise

You know, I remember reading about this same problem elsewhere. If I remember right it was something like a diode failing...I'll see if I can find what I am talking about.
by KE7JFF
Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Using VRM650 data radio for voice?
Replies: 3
Views: 768

Re: Using VRM650 data radio for voice?

I was thinking about this too...as I understand, all the modem functions are in the control head of the VRM and there's nothing special about the radio otherwise as I understand...
by KE7JFF
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Clicking on Transmission
Replies: 43
Views: 3555

Re: Clicking on Transmission



Thanks...I should of noticed that in the start of this thread.

Well, its not exactly I was thinking of, but something else that comes to mind...is there a wireless weather thermometer or weather station nearby?
by KE7JFF
Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Clicking on Transmission
Replies: 43
Views: 3555

Re: Clicking on Transmission

Reminds me of a school bus customer we gained a couple years ago. We have these lumpy mountain thingies around here that can make propagation and isolation strange at times. All kinds of opportunities for good coverage, no coverage, and lucky coverage. In this case unlucky coverage. The school dist...
by KE7JFF
Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Clicking on Transmission
Replies: 43
Views: 3555

Re: Clicking on Transmission

I remember ran into this once with a very very awfully built ham repeater that some genius decided to add DPL support with a tone board. While helping out the ham who built this contraption fix this (I wish had a picture...), we found that certain DPL codes didn't have it on. If you can, try using a...
by KE7JFF
Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: M1225 Distorted Audio
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: M1225 Distorted Audio

I'll take a look at it today at some point and get back to you. I do know that even with this RX issue, the TX side is transmitting fine and on frequency.
by KE7JFF
Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: M1225 Distorted Audio
Replies: 2
Views: 605

M1225 Distorted Audio

A while back, I picked up a "tech special" VHF M1225 20-channel that was described as "always on once powered appied and no internal speaker installed". Once I got it and did some testing and found it has no further issues, but there was a sticker on it from the previous owner th...
by KE7JFF
Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Looking For FEMA ICS Form 205 In The Same Format As XTS5000
Replies: 4
Views: 1387

Re: Looking For FEMA ICS Form 205 In The Same Format As XTS5

....and your also supposed to indicate bandwidth as either W or N in the 205...
by KE7JFF
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Vertex VX4000L - 29 MHz out of band mod
Replies: 8
Views: 1785

Re: Vertex VX4000L - 29 MHz out of band mod

g8tzl2004 wrote:Did you ever align your VX4000?


I had a hi-band VHF one for a bit I had a friend align; he had no issue with it as I recall.
by KE7JFF
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Vertex VX4000L - 29 MHz out of band mod
Replies: 8
Views: 1785

Re: Vertex VX4000L - 29 MHz out of band mod

Yeah...I found my old text file notes that made mention of the leading zero in the hex frequency.
by KE7JFF
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Vertex VX4000L - 29 MHz out of band mod
Replies: 8
Views: 1785

Re: Vertex VX4000L - 29 MHz out of band mod

If I remember right, the other band limits should be nearby the 450 frequency...
by KE7JFF
Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Leasing Tower Space from Crown Castle
Replies: 7
Views: 1040

Re: Leasing Tower Space from Crown Castle

If you really do have your hearts set a certain site that Crown Castle has operated, I know when in the past I was trying to get someone to contact me about leasing at a site where I couldn't even find out who owns the place, I ended up discovering who one of the lessees and actually helped me with ...
by KE7JFF
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Bearcom BC-120 Programming
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Re: Bearcom BC-120 Programming

I have done a few BC-120 portables; you are using the right software but the issue I found is some programming cables I needed to hold and push in the 3.5 mm jack into the radio while reading/writing to get it to work.

Edit: Oh wait? Business Level CPS? Entry Level Business I hope...
by KE7JFF
Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio Tower Lease Rates
Replies: 15
Views: 2785

Re: Radio Tower Lease Rates

Some of those generators as I heard thru the grapevine that American Tower were done for service due to the high operating hours on them.
by KE7JFF
Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Wattage output versus tx range ?
Replies: 37
Views: 2992

Re: Wattage output versus tx range ?

Backing up Bill_G here; where I have USED infrastructure that he has worked on in the crazy mountains we have here in Oregon, I agree with him that a properly set up radio system should have no difference in range after going narrowband, but I think what happens is some of the radios that do both 25...
by KE7JFF
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Zero Motorcycle radio install
Replies: 9
Views: 2981

Re: Zero Motorcycle radio install

So on a recent trip to the bay area, I saw an officer with one agency down there with one of these puppies; I chatted up one officer and he loves it because it makes no noise; he said this came in handy when there was a recent attempted backpack snatching up a side street and he was able to sneak up...
by KE7JFF
Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Extended Gutter Mount
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: Extended Gutter Mount

What I used to do was go get one of the flat deck brackets from Home Depot, paint it black, then pair it with the L-bracket.
by KE7JFF
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: GPS vehicle antenna?
Replies: 11
Views: 3038

Re: GPS vehicle antenna?

There's someone else who makes a grey colored one; I've seen it...I want to say it was Motorola for some reason...
by KE7JFF
Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola sells off enterprise mobility
Replies: 3
Views: 964

Re: Motorola sells off enterprise mobility

So I heard this deal includes pagers? Is that correct?
by KE7JFF
Fri May 23, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Visualize the Ether, and Occupy Hertzian Space
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Visualize the Ether, and Occupy Hertzian Space

Sweet! I can think of the perfect application for this in SAR :)
by KE7JFF
Fri May 23, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Zero Motorcycle radio install
Replies: 9
Views: 2981

Re: Zero Motorcycle radio install

One of my friends I know spoke to them about off-road capabilities; in the process of that they were told the radio box is designed for normal motorcycle radio configurations; so I'm guessing 15W on VHF/UHF and 10W on 700/800.
by KE7JFF
Thu May 01, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Electrical theory - running AC off of DC supply and..
Replies: 9
Views: 1500

Re: Electrical theory - running AC off of DC supply and..

Also, some of the new power supplies I have seen in newer devices have a range of voltage they work on.

Then you have the AC tools with motors from Harbor freight that work on both AC and DC....
by KE7JFF
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Inside antennas & reception
Replies: 14
Views: 3182

Re: Inside antennas & reception

Don't laugh. I've had to put radomes on yagis and decorate them with flags so they meet the visual blight standards of a rooftop, and put white plastic cross arms on fiberglass sticks so they look like the crucifixes on Calvary (which actually turned out kind of cool looking). Those third grade ski...
by KE7JFF
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader (COML) Training
Replies: 13
Views: 2028

Re: All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader (COML) Training

Most of the firefighters and police officers who do COM-L I find know simplex and repeater; they just don't realize its called direct or thru the system in their own world. Its more of finding out the limitations of your equipment...like I know someone that was doing a COM-L class in Chicago and wel...
by KE7JFF
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Whats the point of buying a 110w radio?
Replies: 71
Views: 12466

Re: Whats the point of buying a 110w radio?

As someone who does search & rescue communcations in the mountains of the NW, I can tell you that extra 3.4 db increase in power helps...
by KE7JFF
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: R1225 PA upgrade to GM300
Replies: 4
Views: 763

Re: R1225 PA upgrade to GM300

Good to know!

And sorry, the PA is spoken for already by a friend.
by KE7JFF
Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: R1225 PA upgrade to GM300
Replies: 4
Views: 763

R1225 PA upgrade to GM300

Okay, so I got an R1225 repeater with of course a bad PA. Reading around here on batlabs, I see some people have gone to instead replace the bad PA with a GM300 PA. Since I have a few UHF GM300s laying around, I figure I would do the upgrade. Is pretty much putting in a GM300 PA in a R1225 just like...
by KE7JFF
Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Shop Interview Tips
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Re: Motorola Shop Interview Tips

I've heard of a shop doing this one but only because the shop in question had unorthodox customers so any applicants they gave a tour of one of their customer's sites with permission to better explain and filter out any applciants who can't handle it.
by KE7JFF
Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: This is a good fused protection circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 2588

Re: This is a good fused protection circuit

School buses are definitely a challenge. You really never know what you are going to find in the wiring. Almost as bad as dump trucks with a half million miles and five previous owners. You mean like this? https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21645973/Photo%20Sep%2013%2C%203%2019%2026%20PM.jpg
by KE7JFF
Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Body Radios?
Replies: 20
Views: 5439

Re: Motorola Body Radios?

One of the lady officers I know told me when they did details that required them to wear nice dresses and use the DCR when they first came out the issue of placing them in that scenario was a problem. Motorola's actual suggestion was to gaffer tape them to their back. Later on they came up the harne...
by KE7JFF
Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: FCC ULS street address search
Replies: 24
Views: 4102

Re: FCC ULS street address search

I ended up doing a wild goose chase like this once. After spending a week, I found that the no longer present repeater was installed on the ground floor of a 15 story building and they ran some type of RG-213 type coax that I can't figure out exactly it is up to the roof via the elevator shaft to th...

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