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by jry
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: astro w4 head on a spectra
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: astro w4 head on a spectra

not really. proc chip has to be switched IIRC

W9 can be switched by changing firmware.

not sure about w3 ...never tried.
by jry
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: IFR / Aeroflex / Marconi 2945A comm test - trying to find a way to buy Option 8, SSB demodulator for retrofitting
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: IFR / Aeroflex / Marconi 2945A comm test - trying to find a way to buy Option 8, SSB demodulator for retrofitting

do not mean to hijack the thread but the DCS is under the signalling options .
not as easy to configure on the 892X series but it works.
I usually have to play around with the settings to get the decode going
by jry
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Astro Spectra 800 radio mod to 700 operation
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Astro Spectra 800 radio mod to 700 operation

for the current price of an 700/800 XTL why bother ?
by jry
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: xts3000 No Tx Tone
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: xts3000 No Tx Tone

do not believe you can.

The beep is to warn you that the TX is in the clear.
by jry
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: xts3000 No Tx Tone
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: xts3000 No Tx Tone

do not believe you can.

The beep is to warn you that the TX is in the clear.
by jry
Tue May 29, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL-5000
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: XTL-5000

so W9 is remote only and W7 was dash or remote.

I f you have a dash W7 than a W series TIB and a spectra series remote cable are needed along with the 9000 head and Astro firmware installed.

Most of the later 9000 series heads can be used on Astro and XTL5000's with a firmware update
by jry
Thu May 03, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: XTL-5000
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: XTL-5000

head change in CPS ...NBD
by jry
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: IFR COM-120B Real Time Clock Failure
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: IFR COM-120B Real Time Clock Failure

it has to be programmed
by jry
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

the cap near the LM412 failed.

The cap failures need more than just replacement you often have to pull and clean the surrounding components as well.

There are a number of boards in the COM-120 that can have cap issues.
by jry
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

the cap near the LM412 failed.

The cap failures need more than just replacement you often have to pull and clean the surrounding components as well.

There are a number of boards in the COM-120 that can have cap issues.
by jry
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

On the COM-120B I would NEVER put that amount of power directly into any service monitor. Always us a high power external attenuator. Those are cheap and easy to replace. The power termination repair on any service monitor is extremely expensive and often the parts are NLA. Did you verify that power...
by jry
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

PM sent
by jry
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Motorola R2670 Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 3182

Re: Motorola R2670 Questions

given the cost of the batteries vs. scrapping the unit due to a corroded processor board every ten years would be the maximum I would go. three to five years would really be more in line . Most of these will not leak in that time frame and usually fail firsts forcing a re-calibration every power on ...
by jry
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Motorola R2670 Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 3182

Re: Motorola R2670 Questions

so upgrading these units can be done but its non-trivial and not just software in most cases. So much of it depends on where you are starting from since there are a number of hardware,updates and software changes that need to happen depending on the desired configurations. P25 was not originally par...
by jry
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola cb1137
Replies: 5
Views: 785

Re: Motorola cb1137

they used a low impedance microphone ( amplified ) just like the standard two way version. Used an odd ball connector on the CB's but the microphone and connector were consistent internally across the generation of Motorola CB's ...MOCAT and later System 500. The SAM's manual has the schematic and a...
by jry
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

Look at the TS4317 service manual on the repeater builders site. the amp schematic is there at the end
by jry
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2670B Not working
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: R2670B Not working

PM me if you want it repaired.
by jry
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2670B Not working
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: R2670B Not working

It sounds like a keyboard or keyboard interface ( processor board ) The first beep is good. ( boot ROM self test OK ) The next three says it thinks you have the F1 button pressed . It may be looping after that. The beep sequences are not all that well documented in any one place. There are some fail...
by jry
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

sounds like the temp sense is OK. See if you can calibrate the DVM. You can get close enough using some known power levels from another signal gen and radios on the power meter. Not really calibrated to spec but will get you operational. Sounds like you have still have major issues on the baseband c...
by jry
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2670A RF I/O not working
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: R2670A RF I/O not working

I would look internally then on the RF I/O wattmeter module. Measure the resistance at the input attenuator output. ( PCB side as opposed to the N connector ) That should be lower ...around 25-30 ohms IIRC. If you get something else CAREFULLY lift the tab from the PCB and that should measure 50 ohms...
by jry
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2670A RF I/O not working
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: R2670A RF I/O not working

you can just measure at the N connector ...should see 50 ohms.

sometimes its the connection but more often the attenuator is blown/failed.
by jry
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

I would pick one of the issues or self test failures to work on . Verify the functional blocks of the unit separately like the Distortion Meter ,DVM , SIgnal Gen, audio gen and Monitor/modulation. Go through the calibration process and see what doesn't calibrate. The Distortion SINAD self tests loop...
by jry
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: IFR 1000A with intermittent 10 MHz Oscillator
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: IFR 1000A with intermittent 10 MHz Oscillator

chances are the IC is bad. You often get fractures of the internal IC especially in the use case you have inside the reference with the temp changes over the 30+ years . You should see a pretty solid 10Mhz coming into the first buffer in the 7404 on pin 11 since that should be TTL levels. You can tr...
by jry
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: IFR 1000A with intermittent 10 MHz Oscillator
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: IFR 1000A with intermittent 10 MHz Oscillator

for the cost of 10Mhz OCXO's on Ebay I would just go for a replacement ...less than $20. You can tear into what you have but given the age the material may disintegrate as you try to disassemble and try to repair. Just get a replacement module and mount in the box. You may have to drill another hole...
by jry
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

On the COM120 you can pull the RTC chip and read it if you have the right tools. Those chips are not supported by lower cost programmers so it typically requires a significant investment. I would check the connections to what I will call the termination assembly which is what I believe that reading ...
by jry
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

on the 1600 question you are running the TS4317 firmware which used a security key in the microphone connector to access the calibration menu. There are very few mechanical adjustments on the 1600 series so the calibration menu access is needed to fully align. You could swap the firmware back to the...
by jry
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR7550 RF adapter
Replies: 17
Views: 1144

Re: XPR7550 RF adapter

ordered a inexpensive MS-147 to SMA cable. Requires disassembly. There is a roughly $25 straight adapter on the major parts sites. Not sure it's long enough to avoid disassembly on the 7000 but may work on the 3000 series. They do have longer/ deeper ones but then you get back to the $122 price tag.
by jry
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: MotoTRBO Portables and Mobiles (3xxx/5xxx/7xxx/SL) 2.0 Series Subscribers
Topic: XPR7550 RF adapter
Replies: 17
Views: 1144

Re: XPR7550 RF adapter

looked at the same issue and posted a question to see if there was a standard connector that would fit.

For a single radio I would just use a smaller 50 ohm coax with a center pin and tack the ground close by.

The connector has a built in switch to disconnect the antenna and matching components.
by jry
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2600 service manual????
Replies: 22
Views: 3575

Re: R2600 service manual????

bad video card. This is typically the PowerPC processor ....may need a PCB re-ball/rework.
Anybody remember the XBOX 360 issues ? Guess what processor they used 8)
by jry
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Setting up Tone Remote?
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: Setting up Tone Remote?

sounds like a plan to me .

Plenty of HW available to do this.

Not sure if the main system is trunked or conventional ...usually use a four wire remote on trunked for the talk permit tones.

Also set the furthest remote to have the termination and the rest unterminated.
by jry
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2001D/2008D/2009D etc, Power Meter Calibration
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: R2001D/2008D/2009D etc, Power Meter Calibration

the calibration for the wattmeter on the D series is in the later version of the service manual. The one on the Repeater Builders site is an earlier version that is also missing the option boards as well as well as some of the adjustment procedures. The service manuals on a lot of service monitors c...
by jry
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: Astro Saber Vocon how to add a serial number?
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: Astro Saber Vocon how to add a serial number?

use the FDB tool and see if that can get you close. other way would be get a SREC/bin file of a codeplug that's aligns to the correct model and force write . you can correct manually in the bin file or try FDB. you will have to search and read ...all of this was on P25 which is now gone not for newb...
by jry
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2001D/2008D/2009D etc, Power Meter Calibration
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: R2001D/2008D/2009D etc, Power Meter Calibration

repeater builder has the D service manual with the alignment
by jry
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: NNTN4503 HT1550 FPP Red Battery Discontinued
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Re: NNTN4503 HT1550 FPP Red Battery Discontinued

no the ebay mod is actually a firmware update to bypass the chip.
believe the person doing that is on the forum and you may find the responses with a search
by jry
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: Reputable repair shop
Replies: 6
Views: 633

Re: Reputable repair shop

controller is shot. Not worth fixing the board. If you can extract your current codeplug buy another cheap 800 XTS3000 and swap the controller. Just get an 800 Model I and move over the controller and reprogram. The alignment needs to be checked as well. You may be better off looking for a deal on a...
by jry
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: IFR 1200S Options?
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: IFR 1200S Options?

Not really all that easy since over the long production of just the 1200S there was a lot of variation. Some options were only available on later versions and some features that were optional on early versions are standard in the later ones. On the early versions the options installed were part of t...
by jry
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: ifr 1600s
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: ifr 1600s

should be a Dallas DS1260-100 Smart Battery and a 16 pin DIP connector
by jry
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: ifr 1600s
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: ifr 1600s

yes ...not sure what version you have but there is one on the Memory card ...next to the processor. There are a number of versions of processor and memory cards but if your battery is dead it's probably one of the older versions. It's probably the Smart Battery module which is held in by a screw and...
by jry
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: IFR 1200S Frequency Meter Bounce
Replies: 6
Views: 531

Re: IFR 1200S Frequency Meter Bounce

normally I increase the Zener diode value to get more range on the PLL which uses the crystal as part of a VCO. If the crystal is too far gone than you may have to find alternative to ICM as a source. Believe there are still some out there reading through the forums. Usually just a slight increase i...
by jry
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: ASTRO Series (Astro Saber, Spectra, XTS3000/3500) Subscribers
Topic: Is my Saber Slowly Dying?
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Is my Saber Slowly Dying?

would suspect your CPS/RSS setup and not the radio.

Check your RIB and COM port on another radio if possible.
by jry
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Tone Remote keying generators
Replies: 15
Views: 1371

Re: Tone Remote keying generators

the HP's never did as far as I know . The COM-120 did have this ...may have been part of an optional signaling package though. May have been in the 1600's as well ...not sure without pulling the manual. As mentioned the later Motorola Service Monitors had this built in ( r20XXD, R22XX,R24XX and r26X...
by jry
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 587
Views: 46166

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

The COM-120A has multiple boards on which the capacitors leak. The baseband just happens to have a lot of them. Replacing the caps are just the start since the leakage affects the surrounding components. Just replacing the caps by themselves may not fix all of the issues. It also sound like the prim...
by jry
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Optimum frequency for maximum mobile direct simplex coverage?
Replies: 15
Views: 1348

Re: Optimum frequency for maximum mobile direct simplex coverage?

lower the better ...10 Meters .

Antenna's get to be a little more interesting to optimize.
by jry
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: ASTRO25 Series (XTS/XTL 1500/2500/5000) Subscribers
Topic: Astro spectra plus AN vs. BN question
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Re: Astro spectra plus AN vs. BN question

implies the amount of memory on the processor board like the XTS2500A/B
by jry
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: "Portable" spectrum analyzer for filter work?
Replies: 10
Views: 894

Re: "Portable" spectrum analyzer for filter work?

Never a huge fan of using a tracking gen for for two way filter alignments since most of that is duplexers which have only two or four frequencies . The exception may be if you have some broad range filters like those used in some RX multi couplers and even then I would be more interested in the ins...
by jry
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Motorola R2001A
Replies: 34
Views: 2954

Re: Motorola R2001A

D series only used the PCB extender IIRC
by jry
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Motorola R2001A
Replies: 34
Views: 2954

Re: Motorola R2001A

would try an SMB jumper.

I do have the R2001A extender kit ...will look to see what they had in there.
by jry
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: So I bought a stack of Maxtrac's at my local junk show.
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

Re: So I bought a stack of Maxtrac's at my local junk show.

based on the HLB-3050 part number they are 42-50 split ...usually good for 6 Meters with a firmware update and tweaking.
by jry
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: R2670 RF In/Out Woes
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: R2670 RF In/Out Woes

the N connector and bracket are actually part of the input attenuator assembly which Motorola OEM'd from a couple of vendors. The actual pad connections were really intended for a rigid PCB and not intended to tolerate any flex you get from the N connector. Guess using an inline 20db pad would avoid...

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