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by tvsjr
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: New APX stuff coming! And SOFTWARE AES for APX900?
Replies: 35
Views: 3713

Re: New APX stuff coming! And SOFTWARE AES for APX900?

I mean, a new connector IS nice... Mini-UHF has been a shitty connector since, well, ever. But, how about a BNC? Or a TNC, like they use on many of the Euro radios? No, let's go to a QMA, a connector most of us hadn't heard of until Moto started using it.
by tvsjr
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX7000XE to APX7000 conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: APX7000XE to APX7000 conversion

Front case, speaker, and control top assembly. I don't know what the control top costs for a non-XE... the XE version is nearly $600.

I just can't imagine wanting to convert an XE to a non-XE. The XEs are teh hawtness :lol:
by tvsjr
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX7500 Powering off/down after programming
Replies: 10
Views: 1225

Re: APX7500 Powering off/down after programming

Just a shot in the dark but did you (accidentally or intentionally) change the ignition type?
by tvsjr
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Astro Spectra - bad caps - every production run?
Replies: 11
Views: 1305

Re: Astro Spectra - bad caps - every production run?

I've seen it happen in newer Astros, but will dramatically less frequency. Hard to tell if that's a function of age or if things got better in later years. But I don't have anything Spectra/Astro Spectra left.
by tvsjr
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Astro Spectra - bad caps - every production run?
Replies: 11
Views: 1305

Re: Astro Spectra - bad caps - every production run?

I've never seen one that didn't, at some point in its life. The wave of China crap caps pretty much affected everything (including consumer electronics) during that period.
by tvsjr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: New APX stuff coming! And SOFTWARE AES for APX900?
Replies: 35
Views: 3713

Re: New APX stuff coming! And SOFTWARE AES for APX900?

Software AES is likely due to the DHS ruling that, if a radio implements a proprietary encryption algorithm for free, it must also implement the P25 standard AES to be eligible for grant funding. This is a way of dealing with people getting locked into Moto gear through the use of ADP.
by tvsjr
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX 6000 Radio with XE RSM
Replies: 13
Views: 1429

Re: APX 6000 Radio with XE RSM

... and about two metric ass-tons better than our Harris radios. To be fair, that's not a high bar to cross. :lol: But since you've brought that up... I've trialed Harris, Kenwood, and EFJ subscribers on our system, and the only ones that sounded halfway decent were the EFJ Viking VP radios. Coinci...
by tvsjr
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX 6000 Radio with XE RSM
Replies: 13
Views: 1429

Re: APX 6000 Radio with XE RSM

Not true at all (unless it's some weird 6000 thing???) Audio profile settings very much make a difference in DAQ from the XE mic. Here's what I came up with. These settings were optimized for FD use but I've found they work well for ham or general usage: http://batboard.batlabs.com/viewtopic.php?f=...
by tvsjr
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Globalstar 1700 Antenna Question
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Re: Globalstar 1700 Antenna Question

You're talking about a satellite phone... the antenna is slightly more complex that an NMO mount, a piece of wire, and maybe a loading coil. They are active antennas with preamps inside, etc. The HX antenna is the best solution for a vehicle.
by tvsjr
Tue May 02, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: ADP error ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1623

Re: ADP error ?

If memory serves, if you have a hardware clear/secure switch set to secure, and the personality is strapped clear, you'll get exactly this behavior.
by tvsjr
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: Mission Critical BT wireless pod - firmware update?
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Re: Mission Critical BT wireless pod - firmware update?

I never could get it to recognize. Bought another, which the 3.5mm adapter works with, but the audio level is :o.

As is normal for MSI these days, great idea... poor execution.
by tvsjr
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XE RSM generation difference
Replies: 21
Views: 2756

Re: XE RSM generation difference

I've used all three generations of mics... aside from the lack of a flashlight in Gen 1 mics they're essentially identical electronically and all have uniformly excellent audio when the audio profiles in the radios are configured properly. As an aside I would strongly advise against using Xtreme_1-...
by tvsjr
Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: Mission Critical BT wireless pod - firmware update?
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Re: Mission Critical BT wireless pod - firmware update?

That's the problem, it's not. I suspect mine is R01.00... it was bought right when they came out. I want to use one of the adapters to connect a standard 3.5mm earbud - but connecting one currently results in a rapid flash indicating "system error". The earbud adapter isn't supported until...
by tvsjr
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: Mission Critical BT wireless pod - firmware update?
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Mission Critical BT wireless pod - firmware update?

Has anyone successfully used the "APS" software to update the firmware in one of these pods? I have one - likely a very early release - that Windows simply refuses to recognize. I've tried 4 different machines, VMs, etc. so far. No dice. Unfortunately, I need newer firmware to recognize so...
by tvsjr
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX Firmware R15.12.00 Released 22 Mar 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1179

Re: APX Firmware R15.12.00 Released 22 Mar 2017

Has anyone loaded this to determine if it actually fixes the scanning/affiliation problem properly?
by tvsjr
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX scan list question
Replies: 1
Views: 567

Re: APX scan list question

Sure... different personalities assigned to different scan lists.
by tvsjr
Thu May 14, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: APX Series Subscribers
Topic: APX Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 2309

Re: APX Questions

And the O7 head.
by tvsjr
Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Setting up a Repeater
Replies: 18
Views: 1575

Re: Setting up a Repeater

Yeah. This site doesn't autofit images. I had my choice of thumbnail or humongous. Chose the latter. It's not even showing up. Just the word image. Likely you have it cached on your computer so it seems OK. The rest of us can't see it. Not quite. He cross-linked it from Communications.Support... if...
by tvsjr
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming a remote head XPR 5550
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Programming a remote head XPR 5550

No you're right it's only the HHCH TIB that has the B socket Standard control head is simply the GCAI jack Even more confusing... some remote kits apparently have a GCAI on the TIB as well as the one on the head... for instance: http://gencom.com.au/home/images/stories/virtuemart/product/pmln5404_l...
by tvsjr
Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming a remote head XPR 5550
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Programming a remote head XPR 5550

escomm wrote:The TIB for the HHCH has a USB-B socket


Ok... HHCH - but not the standard remote kit, using the normal head, right? Or did I totally overlook a connector on my radio...
by tvsjr
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming a remote head XPR 5550
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Programming a remote head XPR 5550

Interesting, I don't recall my 5550 having a USB connector. Regardless, I can program mine just fine using a GCAI cable into the mic jack on the remote head. I now have Bluetooth configured, and just program it that way.
by tvsjr
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Is a VHF MSF a Waste of time with 15KHz Spacing
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Is a VHF MSF a Waste of time with 15KHz Spacing

As I've already pointed out previously... the laws of physics aren't just a good idea, they are the law. What you're looking for doesn't exist, and the coordination scheme is farking retarded. Flip the pair. Coordination is a gentlemen's agreement - it's quite important in certain areas, but if you ...
by tvsjr
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: APX7500 WITH 09 HEAD MAINTENANCE MODE
Replies: 1
Views: 916

Re: APX7500 WITH 09 HEAD MAINTENANCE MODE

Firmware in the radio current? Does the head work on another radio?
by tvsjr
Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Returned Power / SWR
Replies: 9
Views: 981

Re: Returned Power / SWR

You need to find someone with a SiteMaster, NetTek, or equivalent... and they need to know how to use it properly. Have them come sweep the antenna. You can also do this old-school with a dual directional coupler and a network analyzer. Otherwise, you're just guessing.
by tvsjr
Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio permanently on charger to monitor
Replies: 18
Views: 1716

Re: Radio permanently on charger to monitor

What are you trying to monitor? If you're looking for a 1 channel, RX only radio, there are any number of mobile radios that would do the job properly. Hell, if you don't have anything on the splinter channels either side of your intended frequency, an old non-narrowbandable Maxtrac, GM300, etc. wou...
by tvsjr
Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio permanently on charger to monitor
Replies: 18
Views: 1716

Re: Radio permanently on charger to monitor

I'd be careful... eventually the battery will totally croak and turn into a big-arse resistor, generating heat. Wiggly and Wobbly (W&W) sells an acceptable battery eliminator for Visar (also good for KVL3K) that would be a better solution.
by tvsjr
Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Adding a Piezo Quartz Filter
Replies: 35
Views: 1973

Re: Adding a Piezo Quartz Filter

It should be noted that if one narrow bands one needs to expect a reduction in audio, and a reduction in service area by about 30%. Your users need to have their equipment put on a service monitor and get a proper alignment You're suggesting average hambones get their equipment aligned? As long as ...
by tvsjr
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Adding a Piezo Quartz Filter
Replies: 35
Views: 1973

Re: Adding a Piezo Quartz Filter

MtronPTI (previously Piezo) is the recommended model. I've had good luck with the 4133C: http://www.mtronpti.com/resources/2133-4133-Front-End-Crystal-Filter.pdf?v=2013-07-19 That said, Chris is right. These filters are about as tight as you'll find, and they are only 20dB down at +/- 30KHz. 50KHz f...
by tvsjr
Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Moto Trbo System Comparasons
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

Re: Moto Trbo System Comparasons

Personally, if I wasn't doing "real" transport (licensed microwave, etc.) I wouldn't rely on a single method of transport. Install one of the higher-end Cradlepoint routers, or a Cisco router with 4G card installed, and use LTE as a backup to whatever circuit you pull in. Still not foolpr...
by tvsjr
Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Moto Trbo System Comparasons
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

Re: Moto Trbo System Comparasons

Personally, if I wasn't doing "real" transport (licensed microwave, etc.) I wouldn't rely on a single method of transport. Install one of the higher-end Cradlepoint routers, or a Cisco router with 4G card installed, and use LTE as a backup to whatever circuit you pull in. Still not foolpro...
by tvsjr
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: APX8000
Replies: 21
Views: 5982

Re: APX8000

The SRX2200 is the "combat radio". Are you thinking of the APX3000, the covert radio? http://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/ ... -3000.html
by tvsjr
Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: Moto Trbo System Comparasons
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

Re: Moto Trbo System Comparasons

Capacity Plus by definition includes multiple repeaters. If you just want one repeater at each site, you run IP Site Connect (this is what the various DMR ham networks use, often in combination with a C-Bridge to get around the 15 site limitation). If you want 6 simultaneous talk paths, yes, you wou...
by tvsjr
Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTL2500 G114 Option needed
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Re: XTL2500 G114 Option needed

Any MSS that's processed a Flashport upgrade should be able to do this for you. Jeff (escomm) can almost certainly help.
by tvsjr
Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Vehicle Warning Equipment Discussion
Topic: blackout mod 2014 ford
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Re: blackout mod 2014 ford

You can kill the brake lights by putting a relay in line with the brake pedal switch. Pull it off and open it up to figure out the right pins, but two will activate brake lights and the other activates the transmission interlock. This can be another good option... put a hidden switch somewhere on th...
by tvsjr
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: VHF duplexers
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: VHF duplexers

I've been very pleased with EMR. They jumped through their ass to get me an isoplexer (duplexer plus dual isolator) when we had a critical fire repeater down. Didn't even charge me a rush fee. And the finished product was actually quite a bit better (less insertion loss and better rejection) than sp...
by tvsjr
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Need IFR service monitor information
Replies: 15
Views: 2234

Re: Need IFR service monitor information

Why would I smite somebody for speaking the truth? After all, I mentioned the Ramsey units. Use the tools that get the job done. You overlooked my sarcasm tag :lol: The biggest thing that I like about the 8920/21/24 over the 1600/1900 is the speed of the interface. Tuning duplexers or filters on th...
by tvsjr
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: ID this coax cable
Replies: 2
Views: 839

Re: ID this coax cable

Measure (with calipers) the external diameter - that will help narrow it down.

LMR240 is RG8X size, and connectors should be compatible.
I'm thinking LMR200 or a knockoff thereof... .005" bigger than RG58, with its own connector family.
by tvsjr
Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Need IFR service monitor information
Replies: 15
Views: 2234

Re: Need IFR service monitor information

Wowbagger may smite me, but you should also look at the HP 8920, 8921, and 8924 (with the 24 being a bench queen, unless you enjoy back problems). These are excellent units and are very simple to operate.
by tvsjr
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: Any mod to push the 800MHz XTS's past 3W???
Replies: 14
Views: 1146

Re: Any mod to push the 800MHz XTS's past 3W???

Even if you could, why would you want to? The PA isn't built for that, the radio isn't certified for that, you will dramatically increase power consumption, and you aren't going to dramatically increase performance even if you double the power (that's 3dB).
by tvsjr
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Feedline suggestions for deployable repeater
Replies: 11
Views: 990

Re: Feedline suggestions for deployable repeater

Assuming you need 50' and are at 450MHz: LMR400 - 1.35dB LMR400-UF - ~1.5dB 1/4" Superflex - 1.955dB RG213 - ~2.5dB LMR240-UF - ~3.1dB RG58A/U - ~5.5dB As you can see, from garden hose LMR400 to RG58A/U is a whopping 4.15dB. For an event repeater, that's a pretty small number. So, you have to c...
by tvsjr
Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Latest software for MTS2000
Replies: 5
Views: 876

Re: Latest software for MTS2000

This board features a neat feature called search: search.php
Try typing MTS2000 latest version and hit go. First link. Part numbers, versions, everything - for MTS and MCS.
by tvsjr
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: APX O5 Control Head
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: APX O5 Control Head

Item Number. 30009487001 CH REAR KPM CABLE Item Number. 30009487001 CH REAR KPM CABLE Unit of Measure: 1 EA Lead time (days) Available List price 3 Y 249.00 Umm... yeah... $249? Even at dealer cost, this thing is pushing two benjamins... and I need 4 of them. I was hopeful that there was a solution...
by tvsjr
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: APX O5 Control Head
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: APX O5 Control Head

resqguy911 wrote:That USB provides power for the enhanced keypad microphone when using the rear connector adapter kit. I don't have the part # handy but will look it up later.


ORLY? A part number would be greatly appreciated... I haven't seen this adapter kit.
by tvsjr
Mon Jan 05, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: connect plus and simplex in same zone
Replies: 1
Views: 676

Re: connect plus and simplex in same zone

Nope, it's on a per-zone basis. Check the DMR forum over at p25.ca, there are some programming tips in there (search for my username, then read what others replied with).

Unfortunately, the implementation of C+ is largely bastardized. Shocking, I know.
by tvsjr
Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Experience with buying from K0HU?
Replies: 7
Views: 1367

Re: Experience with buying from K0HU?

Ditto. You have no worries buying from Rick. He isn't always the cheapest, but he always has quality merchandise and will be up front regarding its past (e.g. no ALT junk).
by tvsjr
Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Laird Technologies - 142-160 Phantom Antenna
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: Laird Technologies - 142-160 Phantom Antenna

They will work tolerably well assuming good system coverage. Keep in mind they are not capable of 142-160 - that's the maximum tuning range. They are capable of a 2MHz spread within that range, with VSWR <2.0:1. They also require a 4' x 4' ground plane (or the VSWR will suffer further) and they are ...
by tvsjr
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR5550 can it display BOth Zone and channel name on screen?
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: XPR5550 can it display BOth Zone and channel name on scr

Nope, you get zone name when in the zone list, and channel name otherwise. Unless you're in a C+ zone, then you get zone names for the C+ zones and "zone 2", "zone 3", etc. for the non-C+ zones because the radio is a special kind of stupid in that regard.
by tvsjr
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Mars at P25.ca
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: Mars at P25.ca

Sir I know this……….but he will not respond on the site. I like others offend Motorola or so he says, so he won't let me on the site, real mature…… i would like to contact him off site. His email is, seriously, mars@p25.ca. But he has a very low tolerance for douchebags (even lower than mine), so be...
by tvsjr
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (4xxx/6xxx) 1.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR4550 starts reading then Errors at end #1060
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Re: XPR4550 starts reading then Errors at end #1060

Yep... it's a dev radio. Your only hope may be to flash it up to current... which could work, could give you an error, or could turn the radio into a complete brick. In almost every case, if the firmware starts with D (or really anything except R), you don't want that radio. There are exceptions, of...
by tvsjr
Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Verifying Before Buying
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Verifying Before Buying

You also need the proper version of RF deck and recent firmware if you want to operate on splinter channels. Not really an issue for hammy service, but if you want to program interops, etc. in, you'll have issues.

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