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by KC9MDQ
Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus
Replies: 22
Views: 3509

Re: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus

Jpu, that's exactly what I wound up doing. It seems ok for now, but I am definitely going to give the screen and hole method a try when it's warmer. I'll post a pic later.
by KC9MDQ
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus
Replies: 22
Views: 3509

Re: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus

Well, since I already have a 1/4 wave and a 5/8 wave NMO, I think I'll pick up one of the 1/2 wave antennas and give it a shot off of the L bracket. When warm weather returns, I think I'll try the hole in the end cap and brass grid ground plane method with the 5/8. Thanks for the suggestions, everyo...
by KC9MDQ
Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus
Replies: 22
Views: 3509

Re: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus

Negative on the headliner. It's a two piece fiberglass clamshell on the inside, and the outside layer is a corrugated fiberglass with an exterior fiberglass shell bonded to it. The layers are about an inch and three quarter thick, so I'm really scratching my head about how to go about this. These ha...
by KC9MDQ
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus
Replies: 22
Views: 3509

Re: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus

So, maybe a 5/8 wave NMO on sheetmetal secured to the roof?
by KC9MDQ
Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus
Replies: 22
Views: 3509

Selecting a VHF antenna for fiberglass bodied bus

Heya gang. I'm looking for a little input. I have a 1997 Ford E-350 with a fiberglass Eldorado Aerotech bus chassis that I'm converting into a motorhome. I just got my 110w Spectra installed and I'm trying to decide what story do for an antenna. My two work buses have the obligatory 1/4 wave on an L...
by KC9MDQ
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: What was your first /\/\otorola radio?
Replies: 124
Views: 21249

Re: What was your first /\/\otorola radio?

My first Moto was a 110 Watt Micor on Lo-Band. When I keyed it up, it would dim the headlights of my 79 Nova at idle. Second was either an SP-10 or a MaxTrac 50 on UHF, I don't remember which came first. Several varieties of MaxTrac and Radius later, I'm finally moving up to the big boys with a VHF ...
by KC9MDQ
Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:26 am
Forum: Experimental - Mods, and how to do things a little out of the box
Topic: Monitor II battery delete in charger. . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: Monitor II battery delete in charger. . . .

My concern is overcharge and leaking/explosion of the battery. The wall wart is non-OEM and while it powers/charges just fine, I don't think it steps down the juice.

Unless the factory ones were the same, and then I'll just do what you do.
by KC9MDQ
Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Experimental - Mods, and how to do things a little out of the box
Topic: Monitor II battery delete in charger. . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Monitor II battery delete in charger. . . .

Let me start off with the fact that if this should be in the paging section, I apologize in advance. I have a Monitor II that I'd like to keep in the bedroom as a monitor. I have the drop in charger. Is it possible to modify one of these pagers to bypass the need for a battery and run directly off o...
by KC9MDQ
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:43 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Radius P110 6 channel expansion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: Radius P100 6 channel expansion?

The radio is actually aP110; I fat-fingered the thread title.
by KC9MDQ
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:35 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Radius P110 6 channel expansion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: Radius P100 6 channel expansion?

Yup. That was my first stop after I found it. Unfortunately, it did not seem to have any of the specific information I am looking for. I will re-read the page to see if there's anything I missed.
by KC9MDQ
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Radius P110 6 channel expansion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: Radius P100 6 channel expansion?

Alrighty. It sounds like it's worth a shot. Does anyone know the name of the software package? I've tried searching for GPUtilities, and GPToolkit, with variations of the name. No such luck so far.
by KC9MDQ
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Radius P110 6 channel expansion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Radius P110 6 channel expansion?

Howdy gang. In a box full of donated GM300's, I found an unexpected P110 portable! This donation keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. I've been told that if the radio was manufactured prior to 94' that it can be expanded with a certain software package. I'm pretty sure that mine was made in 95, but I ...
by KC9MDQ
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: M1225 with "tinny" audio
Replies: 12
Views: 1374

Re: M1225 with "tinny" audio

So with the diagram a few posts above, am I correct in that it is showing the male end of the plug as though you were "looking" from the receptacle on the back of the radio?
by KC9MDQ
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"

Don'the I know it! I just need a UHF 300 and then I can get rid of the garbage TM-V71 (or V7 ? It's that Kenwood with the blue display that gets the lines through it )that's been living in my van for the last three years!
by KC9MDQ
Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"

Well, it seems that it's a moot point now. I just received a big box full of GM300's, some 2 channel Radius (Radii ?) And some 2 channel Max Trac 50's. Also a whole bunch of UHF Relm portables. The thread may be locked. On a side note, all of the 16 channel 300's have the expanded logic board; I did...
by KC9MDQ
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: M1225 with "tinny" audio
Replies: 12
Views: 1374

Re: M1225 with "tinny" audio

Okay, I'm finding conflicting information and diagrams on the pinout of this radio. Can anyone who actually HAS ONE describe the location of pin #1 and #16 so I don't fry this thing? Description wise, I mean while looking at the back of the radio itself, not the mating end of the connector.
by KC9MDQ
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: M1225 with "tinny" audio
Replies: 12
Views: 1374

Re: M1225 with "tinny" audio

The external speaker would be pins #1 and #16, correct? Slightly hesitant on fooling around with the accessory connector since I (almost) bricked my GM300. Pin #1 would be top left-most pin and #16 would be bottom right? ( I'm looking at the diagram on the connector page and from the description it ...
by KC9MDQ
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: M1225 with "tinny" audio
Replies: 12
Views: 1374

M1225 with "tinny" audio

So, to replace my GM300 as a beater truck radio, I picked up a four channel M1225. I have played with one of these that was the twenty channel version with the nice alpha display. What I can't figure out, is that the four channel radio has audio that can only be described as "tinny" . I pu...
by KC9MDQ
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"

Sorry folks; I should have clarified: Jack is indeed correct in that it was in my FD tanker. I have tonight left and tomorrow on this jobsite ( a live-in position) and then Saturday off before starting a new job Sunday at 0600. I'll try to check the voltage on Saturday if my daughters leave me alone...
by KC9MDQ
Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"

My hanger is mounted to the chassis of the radio by one of the Torx head screws in the side. I've tried the paper clip trick, too. All of the microphones have been tested with my MaxTrac, and are functioning properly. All of the microphone pins are clean and there is no corrosion. I did not see any ...
by KC9MDQ
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

GM300 not recognizing mic as "On Hook"

Howdy gang. I have recently acquired a GM300 from the FD as "payment" for all of Kenwood programming. I have been able to read and write to the radio with no problems whatsoever. The only problem is that when it's on hook, the radio still thinks it's off hook. This means that I'm stuck wit...
by KC9MDQ
Wed May 13, 2015 3:16 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

I'm not sure from reading these posts if you actually ever read THE RADIO with the RSS. If the RADIO has a control head you read and write to the radio through the mike jack it. Read, and wrote, quite a few times. You may have missed where I stated that I changed the program from the external to th...
by KC9MDQ
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

Well, I can always dive into the thing and rip apart. Does the service manual contain things like parts lists? Specifically the values of the capacitors and the transistor information? I'll have to see if I can get my hands on one regardless. It will help with the dissection. I have torn aprt ( and ...
by KC9MDQ
Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

Ok gang, here is all the news that's fit to print. . . . Firstly, I would like to thank everyone that has chimed in with suggestions. They have all been duly noted ( and most attempted.) I appreciate all of the assistance that everyone has rendered up to this point. Now, for the nitty gritty. Today ...
by KC9MDQ
Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:21 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

Just an update for those interested. . . . Still waiting on my cables to arrive. I can't wait to dive into the program and see what's what. Will report back after investigating.
by KC9MDQ
Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

The wattmeter is a good idea. I'm lacking one however, and also the service manual. On the R1225 is the transmit connector on the forward or the rear end? I'm completely ghetto on this job; I need so much test equipment that it's scary. Thanks for all of the suggestions, everyone. I really appreciat...
by KC9MDQ
Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

Yep, at this point I'm waiting for my cables to arrive with bated breath. I don't believe that the TOT is set for 1 second; although that may explain why there is a brief moment of clarity, but does not explain why it still transmits very weakly. Yes, it is a real honest to God R1225 transceiver; I ...
by KC9MDQ
Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: To newly registered users: Welcome! Please read...
Replies: 107
Views: 144609

Re: To newly registered users: Welcome! Please read...

Howdy, all. I'm just dropping a line to all of the other " Long time lurker, first time poster" types out there besides me. While certainly not one of the most active boards that I frequent, this one is certainly jam packed with useful, friendly, helpful people. I just want to take a momen...
by KC9MDQ
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

Re: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

Unfortunately, at this time I have neither the RSS or the RIB and cables for this machine. I was attempting to see if I could get it operational before I added the expense of the RSS, et al. Any other thoughts?
by KC9MDQ
Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .
Replies: 20
Views: 2543

GR1225 Repeater not re-transmitting. . . .

OK, so I am at the whim of the Moto gods. I friend had given me a GR1225 UHF repeater ( said friend owns a radio shop) and said it "sort of works, but you can always use the parts". RX is fine, it transmits from the panel mic fine, but when retransmitting it only sends for a fraction of an...
by KC9MDQ
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Minitor V sensitivity/alerting issue
Replies: 1
Views: 1005

Re: Minitor V sensitivity/alerting issue

Mine seems to work ok in an RF rich environment. We have a couple 300 watt paging transmitters near us and while it does desense a little bit, it still opens up when the tones drop. I don't know which release version it is because I haven't read the codeplug yet.
by KC9MDQ
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: To newly registered users: Welcome! Please read...
Replies: 107
Views: 144609

Re: To newly registered users: Welcome! Please read...

I have lost so many hours here that it is ridiculous . . . .and that was even before I was a member. I thought Batlabs was great with all of the resources there, until I started perusing the and that just blew me away ! If I can ever get my MSF-5000 up on the air, I know where to come if I have trou...
by KC9MDQ
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Town & Country install
Replies: 2
Views: 2284

Re: Town & Country install

My T&C is a 2008, and I mounted my 32 channel MaxTrac in the cubby directly below the HVAC controls. I had to remove the entire center stack and unbolt the cubby from front face plat, after that it slid right in. If memory serves, the 2011 and up T&C's ( and Caravan's ) relocated the HVAC to...
by KC9MDQ
Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Minitor II tone reed
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Re: Minitor II tone reed

Another member of the board helped me out with this problem. The thread can be locked or deleted. I send a thank you to the mods for approving the thread in the first place.
by KC9MDQ
Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Cancellation Notice: CP200 PR400 CM200 CM400 PM400
Replies: 21
Views: 4095

Re: Cancellation Notice: CP200 PR400 CM200 CM400 PM400

Man, I was considering pulling the trigger on a PM400 a few months ago . . . . .guess I'll hold out for a CDM1550LS or an Astro Spectra W9.
by KC9MDQ
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Town & Country install
Replies: 2
Views: 2284

Re: Town & Country install

There should be a large grommet on the driver's side of the firewall, that's where I ran my coax and the power lead for the MaxTrac through.
by KC9MDQ
Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Minitor II tone reed
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Re: Minitor II tone reed

Al- Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it, but was also trying to not spend money on a equipment that doesn't belong to me (been there, done that, was a lead driver and instructor for taxi/wheelchair transport company and I always got snookered into fixing the radios for free, my fault I'm a pushover ...
by KC9MDQ
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: Minitor II tone reed
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Minitor II tone reed

Howdy gang. I'm a volunteer FF ( and dept. radio geek) and I have a department issued Minitor V pager. I also personally own a couple of Minitor II's that came from a neighboring department. Here's my pickle: the battery life of my Minitor V is, shall we say, rather [i]sudden.[i] Rather than spend m...

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