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by kf4sqb
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?
Replies: 26
Views: 4317

Re: Radio Shack Closing - Remaining Electronic Parts Sources?

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the people in a local store about the ultimate fate of Radio Shack this time around, and was told that they weren't 100% certain, but almost sure that this is the end of Radio Shack. Of course, they may have been misinformed.
by kf4sqb
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets
Replies: 13
Views: 2016

Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Motorola thinks that it owns VOX, DTP and LBS implemented in Trbo radios? I would take that part of the case. The lawsuit also alleges that Hytera radios have no substantial noninfringing use. Well, how about analog? Anyway, my opinions aside, this is one to watch. You have to look at it a bit broa...
by kf4sqb
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Whats the point of buying a 110w radio?
Replies: 71
Views: 12519

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

Try a huge, mostly rural county, with lots of trees and slightly rolling terrain. One (somewhat) central area with repeaters for SO, county fire, EMS, etc. Luckily, we have voters on most of the radio systems in the county now, but the high-power radios were needed in the past. Also, we work mutual ...
by kf4sqb
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: ASTRO Experimental - How to do things a little out of the box
Topic: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?
Replies: 14
Views: 6135

Re: Half-baked: remote control head over Ethernet?

Why not just use vRCH? You would have to run separate audio cables for mike and speaker audio (or else make up a VoIP system for it), but the actual control of the radio is handled by the vRCH software.
by kf4sqb
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: Astro Spectra Control Head Bracket Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1109

Re: Astro Spectra Control Head Bracket Question

I know that they made the little "extensions" to allow mounting a DEK above a control head, and I'm almost positive that I've seen a longer version, that may be for stacking heads. I have also seen longer brackets, that allow the DEK over control head mounting option without the "exte...
by kf4sqb
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: No flashcode on label?
Replies: 4
Views: 2090

Re: No flashcode on label?

Will it actually say that it is the flashcode, or will it just show a string of numbers? If just the numbers, will it be in the normal "configuration", or will it have to scroll? I don't have any experience with the Astro lines, only the older conventional Spectras, and need to know what t...
by kf4sqb
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: No flashcode on label?
Replies: 4
Views: 2090

No flashcode on label?

There is currently an Astro Spectra listed on Ebay, that has no flashcode on the radio's label. The model number does indicate it to be an Astro. Is there anywhere else on the radio's case that the flashcode might be located? If not, is there a "test mode" in the Astros that I could possib...
by kf4sqb
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1467

Re: MTR2000 boot problem

How would I go about loading it? This problem appears to be much like an X9000 or Spectra with a Fail 01/90; it seems to be locked up. Can't read or write.
by kf4sqb
Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1467

Re: MTR2000 boot problem

There is a MRTI1000 phone patch connected. The patch wasn't part of the original install; we hooked it up after we got it to our station. Originally worked fine with the patch. After it failed, we've tried it both with and without the patch, with the same results. While searching for info on the boa...
by kf4sqb
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HLN 1439B Siren/Pa
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Re: HLN 1439B Siren/Pa

Isn't that the Systems9000 siren unit? If so, I have a manual at home (I'm on the road right now). I can see about getting something to you when I get home next week.
by kf4sqb
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: 1/2 inch Hard line for repeater ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1748

Re: 1/2 inch Hard line for repeater ?

3/4" 75 Ohm CATV hardline is usually cheaper than the standard 50 Ohm hardline we use for radio comms, but will perform almost as well. You may even be able to find a CATV provider local to you that is selling out (quite a few smaller carriers are being ran out of business by the "big boys...
by kf4sqb
Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1467

MTR2000 boot problem

Searched the board, didn't find anything relating to my particular problem. We (the volly FD I run with) have a VHF MTR2000 that will not boot properly. When power is applied, it will sometimes give two or three "cycles" of all indicators on the controller lighting for 1-1.5 seconds, then ...
by kf4sqb
Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: "Pop" in amplified speaker
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: "Pop" in amplified speaker

Now this gets interesting. I installed an isolation transformer (1:1, 600 Ohm, 51 Ohm DC resistance primary, 70 Ohm DC resistance secondary, its what I had) with the radio's audio output to the primary, and the speaker's audio input to the secondary. Now the pop is WORSE!!! I'm beginning to think it...
by kf4sqb
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: "Pop" in amplified speaker
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: "Pop" in amplified speaker

No dice with the bypass resistor. Tried a few values from 100k all the way down to 1k, which will make the CB squeal on transmit, with no noticeable change in the pop. I guess I'll have to live with it until I get home. I have a 600/600 audio isolation transformer in my junk box that I'll try on it....
by kf4sqb
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: "Pop" in amplified speaker
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: "Pop" in amplified speaker

I suppose so. I'm out on the road with work, and the best option the local Rat Shack, which is (surprise!) in the process of closing, had was a capacitor. I may try running back by there today and see if they have a resistor assortment pack left (it'll be cheap if they do!), and try bypassing the ca...
by kf4sqb
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: "Pop" in amplified speaker
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

"Pop" in amplified speaker

Ok, so it's not Motorola, but I know someone here can help me. I've got a Kenwood amplified speaker hooked to a Cobra 19 Ultra CB. The speaker wasn't designed for an isolated ground installation (input negative and power negative connected), so I used a 220nf polyester film cap to isolated the input...
by kf4sqb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: System 500 CB manuals?
Replies: 2
Views: 717

Re: System 500 CB manuals?

Yeah, the squelch control is a bit scratchy in mine. The volume seems OK, but I haven't really gotten any further than that yet. I do know that the mic element is shot; it fell apart. I'm thinking of trying to put one of the old Mitrec/Motrac/Micor mics I have laying around on it.
by kf4sqb
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: System 500 CB manuals?
Replies: 2
Views: 717

System 500 CB manuals?

I recently acquired a System 500 mobile CB at a local pawn shop, for the low, low price of $60. It does turn on, but I haven't checked it any further than that yet. Does anyone out there have any of the manuals for these? Thanks!
by kf4sqb
Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Spectra audio problem help

Jim, I'm looking at the audio on pins 11 and 13 of the audio IC with a signal tracer by hooking the tracer on both pins, not by hooking to one pin and chassis ground. Its dead there. Audio coming into the IC, just a pop leaving it. Think maybe I need to look at the control side of the IC and see wha...
by kf4sqb
Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Spectra audio problem help

I've already replaced the caps. Absolutely no sign of any leakage underneath.
by kf4sqb
Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Spectra audio problem help

After finally getting some service info (Thanks, Jim), I've checked a little more on this issue. There is audio coming into the audio IC, but nothing coming out. Caps all look good, but I replaced them anyway. Still no output. Changed the audio IC. Still no output. Now what?
by kf4sqb
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Spectra audio problem help

No. Get in there with a scope probe or inductive coupler to listen to the audio pa. If you locate the two orange tant caps next to the large 10uf electrolytic, you can listen there. Open the squelch and listen for noise. Chances are the pa module is bad. How about a little more detailed info, Bill?...
by kf4sqb
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Spectra audio problem help

I've checked all the caps in the radio, and they all have clean, bright, shiny solder joints, and no discoloration of the solder resist. I understand that they can still be bad with no leakage, but knowing the guy that I got this from, he may well have done something just slightly unintelligent, lik...
by kf4sqb
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: Spectra audio problem help

Yeah, I understand that it could still be a bad cap, but would like some more detailed service info to be able to tell for sure before I attempt working on those tiny surface mount parts.
by kf4sqb
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio problem help
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Spectra audio problem help

I have an A4 dash mount Spectra, model # D43KMA7JA4AK, with an audio problem. I get absolutely no speaker audio, except for a "pop" when audio "starts". For instance, when pushing a button like scan, that normally "beeps" when pressed, I get nothing but a pop from the s...
by kf4sqb
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maratrac with working phone style HHCH
Replies: 12
Views: 1636

Re: Maratrac with working phone style HHCH

d119 wrote:It's probably a Privacy Plus 1000.


Privacy Plus, thats the name I couldn't remember! I was only remembering them being cell phones. Guess I was half right, at least.... 8)
by kf4sqb
Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maratrac with working phone style HHCH
Replies: 12
Views: 1636

Re: Maratrac with working phone style HHCH

If I'm not mistaken, thats not a Maratrac you have. I forget what the actual name is, but it is basically a very early cellphone. I believe that would only work on a proprietary system, not on the general cellphone system. The drawer does, indeed, look a lot like a Maratrac drawer, but has a DB25 co...
by kf4sqb
Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming software
Replies: 4
Views: 974

Re: Programming software

Unless you can get Ma /\/\ to give you permission in writing. Good luck with that.....
by kf4sqb
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: PM1500 programming questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

Re: PM1500 programming questions

And therein lies my problem. How do I assign functions to the buttons? What was the point in putting them on the head if they can't be programmed for anything?
by kf4sqb
Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: PM1500 programming questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

Re: PM1500 programming questions

Escomm, I understand the intercom, won't work with only one head, but I would think I should be able to program the function to a button as long as it is programmed for dual heads. From what I understand, if the radio doesn't have "prerequisites" programmed, like multiple control heads for...
by kf4sqb
Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: PM1500 programming questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

Re: PM1500 programming questions

Yeah, thats what I thought, too. I've done that, and still no joy. I've tried to put scan (yes, there is a scan list set up), nusiance channel delete (again, the feature is enabled), program (user select scan is turned on, so this should be allowed), and intercom (it is programmed for dual head, and...
by kf4sqb
Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: PM1500 programming questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

PM1500 programming questions

The VFD I'm a member of just bought a new PM1500 to go in our new tanker. The radio is VHF conventional, and will be set up as dual head. I don't think it would cause the problem we're having, but we only have one head hooked up so far, and the CPS is already set for dual heads. The chief and I both...
by kf4sqb
Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: CP200 Programming cable
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: CP200 Programming cable

The smaller one.
by kf4sqb
Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: Cloning 386 DOS laptops
Replies: 9
Views: 4034

Re: Cloning 386 DOS laptops

Another route you could go is to use a 2.5" HDD to 3.5" HDD adapter, if you have one. Hook the drive out of the old computer to a different computer, OS irrelevant, and copy the desired files to that computer's HDD, then hook the drive from the "new" computer to the "differe...
by kf4sqb
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola GM300 Expand Channels
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Motorola GM300 Expand Channels

The good time for me to do it will be the real challenge. I've got a Yahoo messenger account, if that's what kind of messenger you mean. If you have a Blackberry, we can also do it with Blackberry Messenger. I can run Yahoo messenger from either my computer or from my Blackberry, but I'll probably h...
by kf4sqb
Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola GM300 Expand Channels
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Motorola GM300 Expand Channels

Don't mind helping at all. I see you have a "4" callsign, are you still in "4-land"? If so, which area? I'm in South Gerogia. I'll do what I can to help you out on-line, but would be better if we could do it face-face.
by kf4sqb
Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Looming Part 97 problems
Replies: 106
Views: 4978

Re: Looming Part 97 problems

I'm aware the Astro Saber is an upgraded replacement for the Systems Saber. I have no problem replacing a Systems Saber III (which both of mine, one VHF and one UHF, are) with a pair of Astro Saber III. Find those for $100 each. My issue was with trying to replace my X9000 with one. I happen to run ...
by kf4sqb
Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Looming Part 97 problems
Replies: 106
Views: 4978

Re: Looming Part 97 problems

Please re-read my post, especially the part where I said "comparable". I'd like to see (without an amplifier, which =$), a convertacom that will do 110 watts, like my X9000's. By comparable, I mean equipment that have the same (or better) capabilities, like output power, number of channels...
by kf4sqb
Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Looming Part 97 problems
Replies: 106
Views: 4978

Re: Looming Part 97 problems

I'm running X9000's (two of them), Systems Sabers (two of them), a 128 channel GE Phoenix, a Regency RH256NB, a Kenwood TK-630H, and a GE Rangr with an S990 control head. If you can replace all those with comparable (read "same capabilities") radios for $100 each, I'd like to see you do it...
by kf4sqb
Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Looming Part 97 problems
Replies: 106
Views: 4978

Re: Looming Part 97 problems

To whoever is suggesting that Hams be forced to go narrowband, too. Are you planning on buying new radios for me? No? I didn't think so. You may have the money readily available to handle such an event, but I, as with many, many other Hams, don't. I'm going to be hit pretty hard by the useless force...
by kf4sqb
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Syntor X 9000 question
Replies: 8
Views: 1227

Re: Syntor X 9000 question

Yardbird, you say you have the latest version of the RSS. Which version do you have? The latest version (8, IIRC) will indeed run on a Pentium-class machine. I've never had any problems running it on a system up to a 500 MHz Pentium III, and there are some people on here who have ran it on faster ma...
by kf4sqb
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Minitor IV DOS in Windows
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Also, even if you do get the RSS to read from and write to the radio (or pager) in question while in Windows, you run a high risk of corrupting the codeplug during the write cycle. The only option is to boot to true DOS for reading/writing the codeplug. You can edit and resave a saved codeplug under...
by kf4sqb
Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Syntor X9000
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Syntor X9000

Shouldn't be too hard to put a new DB25 on the cable you already cut up. The other cable you have should be usable as a programming cable. You'll just have to cut off the male DB25 on the end, ring out the wires to see which pin in the "T" goes to which wire, then put a female DB25 on it.
by kf4sqb
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Syntor X9000
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Syntor X9000

Which of the cables you posted pics of is the HKN4363? That model number is for a Spectra siren/PA or VRS cable. The last picture should be the one with that number, from what I can tell from them. It will only have the female connector (doesn't have the male on the back side of it) that plugs into ...
by kf4sqb
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Syntor X9000
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Syntor X9000

Tvsjr, correct me if I'm wrong here, but there is no "T" to a Spectra siren cable. Doesn't it have the old "Micor" style plug (to plug into the siren amp) on one end, and a DB25 (to plug into the second DB25 on the front of the Spectra) on the other? The only cable I can think of...
by kf4sqb
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Syntor X9000
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Syntor X9000

"DB25 side?" DB25 side of what? What, exactly, are you trying to make a programming cable out of? Old siren "T" cable that you are adding a DB25 to? Old computer cable of some sort that you are adding a "T" to the end of?
by kf4sqb
Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Maxtrac Question
Replies: 3
Views: 772

Re: Motorola Maxtrac Question

While you can add more channels, you can't get it to scan more than 16 of them at the time.
by kf4sqb
Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Checking availability: HLD3010 Radius PA board
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Checking availability: HLD3010 Radius PA board

Should be repairable to the component level. Bob, this one isn't. From the looks of it, it got water in it, then got operated wet until it arced over. After that, it sat in storage for a few years. What isn't badly burnt is heavily corroded. You may have a point, though. I may be better off looking...
by kf4sqb
Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Universal Adapter pin assignment
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: Universal Adapter pin assignment

Jerry, I answered this in the other post you made on this subject. Please refrain from multiple posts on the same question.

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