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by willbird287
Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Aftermarket housing fit EBay 2010LindaWang
Replies: 21
Views: 3569

Re: Aftermarket housing fit EBay 2010LindaWang

Yes the connector is indeed red. It matches the same type of construction I've seen on other "non branded" knock off antennas perfectly. Not only is the soldering sub par, but the injection molding is also not as good. Sometimes if you simply bend them enough the plastic slides right off! ...
by willbird287
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Aftermarket housing fit EBay 2010LindaWang
Replies: 21
Views: 3569

Re: Aftermarket housing fit EBay 2010LindaWang

Speaking of counterfeit...I have full length UHF and 800 and stubby 8/900. I was victim of a scam deal and am stuck with them as I would never sell them - too risky. I guess if people want them for kicks I can send them for "the price of shipping"? http://i.imgur.com/U5PZQ.jpg --Will
by willbird287
Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Willbird287
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Re: Willbird287

All set Tom, the mic ships tomorrow morning!

--Will
by willbird287
Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: APX7000 Mode Selector Knobs
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: APX7000 Mode Selector Knobs

Yeah well.... personally I feel the problem is more with the volume knob on the 6/7K. You can actually turn the radio all the way down to OFF just by brushing up against something! I'd much rather be on the wrong channel than turned completely off. I always use the "soft power off" featur...
by willbird287
Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: New APX 7500 Control Heads
Replies: 27
Views: 2383

Re: New APX 7500 Control Heads

Any word on the pricing of the new O heads as of yet? When I called for at least a part number for the new heads, they had no clue, "are you sure you don't mean the O5 head? I know there is an O5, O9 and O3 available". I had to reference their own literature which they then looked up and ...
by willbird287
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: New APX 7500 Control Heads
Replies: 27
Views: 2383

Re: New APX 7500 Control Heads

Getting back on topic here... Just got word that the new O2 and O7 control heads won't be available until about June this year. I'm not sure why the O2 will require until 2013 to be remote capable, but I would guess there are redesigns or testing that needs to be down regarding the ruggedness of the...
by willbird287
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: New APX 7500 Control Heads
Replies: 27
Views: 2383

Re: New APX 7500 Control Heads

mikegilbert wrote:I can definitely imagine those O2 heads in plenty of Sheriff/Police marine units. Wonder if they'll be remote mountable though.


Straight from the updated control head comparison PDF:
" *Remote mount for O2 will not be available until 2013 "

--Will
by willbird287
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Software & Firmware Releases & Issues
Topic: ASTRO 25 Firmware 17.00.00 Released
Replies: 22
Views: 6596

Re: ASTRO 25 Firmware 17.00.00 Released

What I think Ko is referring to is a bug with some older RAM processors and newer firmware. Sometimes the radio's alert/keypad tones would "stutter" sounding like anywhere from 2 to 5 key presses in rapid succession (almost like an echo), but the radio otherwise functions normally. Usually...
by willbird287
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: XTS2500 Programmed with ASK
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Re: XTS2500 Programmed with ASK

you still have to have the correct ASK to disable ASK. The OP sent the radio to someone who ASK'ed it. Yea I understand this, hence why I said the customer would have to make more changes to undo the ASK write protect. Of course - if you didn't already load R17 firmware then the customer (or their ...
by willbird287
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: XTS2500 Programmed with ASK
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Re: XTS2500 Programmed with ASK

Hey Ko, The latest R17 release mentions something that might be useful. Of course - if you didn't already load R17 firmware then the customer (or their programmer) would just be making more changes... Abstract: Write Protection can now be disabled System Platforms Affected: Any Special Configuration...
by willbird287
Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Mystery Radio - APX 6000Li ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

Re: Mystery Radio - APX 6000Li ?

So its the same form factor as the 6000? It doesn't look much smaller if at all, but hard to tell in those photos. I don't see a point of a "dumbed down" version - since these are flashport radios you pay for the features you need. Unless the Li is a non flashport strictly analog only vers...
by willbird287
Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: New addition to APX Line?
Replies: 1
Views: 584

Re: New addition to APX Line?

This was posted in another discussion board and I didn't see it till now.

http://batboard.batlabs.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=98555

--Will
by willbird287
Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: New addition to APX Line?
Replies: 1
Views: 584

New addition to APX Line?

Saw this blog post with what's supposedly the "APX 6000Li" a "Light"? version of the APX6000? Anyone know anything about this or heard anything? Looks interesting to say the least, since the APX6000 is already significantly smaller than the APX7000. Maybe its a SP radio? http://w...
by willbird287
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: ASTRO Saber Firmware Upgrades?
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: ASTRO Saber Firmware Upgrades?

Got what I needed, thanks!
--Will
by willbird287
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: ASTRO Saber Firmware Upgrades?
Replies: 2
Views: 429

ASTRO Saber Firmware Upgrades?

Is anyone still doing them? None of the MSS around here touch this stuff anymore and I have a few that are ancient and need to be updated in order to accept 2.5khz channel spacing. I'll pay for shipping if you're not local. PM me if you can help out!

--Will
by willbird287
Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: My Boredom put to use. Pics Included. UPDATED!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2571

Re: My Boredom put to use. Pics Included. UPDATED!!!

Didn't want to start a new thread with the same thing going on, but as requested, here's a few photos showing the completed blue XTS5000 as well as the work in progress red XTS2500 coming back to life from painted shell to complete housing assembly. Photos were taken with my iPhone so they're not th...
by willbird287
Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: XTS5000 Weird TX Noise
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: XTS5000 Weird TX Noise

I'm assuming you've already opened it up and cleaned and checked connectors? I had a radio once that had constant carrier and transmit power but intermittent voice. Opened it up and found a super fine powder worked its way inside. Cleaned it all up and it worked great.

--Will
by willbird287
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: XTS5000 Weird TX Noise
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: XTS5000 Weird TX Noise

It sounds like the RF board is cycling on off on off - sounds just like repetitive squelch crashes to me. (Compare the "Tx Noise" to the crash at the end of the MDC burst)

That said I don't know what could be causing it...try replacing the RF board with a spare?

--Will
by willbird287
Wed May 25, 2011 3:05 am
Forum: Software & Firmware Releases & Issues
Topic: To upgrade or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 2777

Re: To upgrade or not?

Out of the few RAM XTS5000's I've seen, I have seen issues when they are loaded with R15. Weird issues occur with audio and tones "stuttering". It usually can be (temporarily) fixed by power cycling the radio, but will occur again at a random time after power up. This goes along with what ...
by willbird287
Wed May 25, 2011 2:29 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: My Boredom put to use. Pics Included. UPDATED!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2571

Re: My Boredom put to use. Pics Included.

Was just going to post up a similar thread since the existence of my "rare canadian blue XTS5000" was leaked out to the world. Since it was also requested I post the process, I've been waiting for a second housing to cure though so it might be another day or two. Orange is an interesting c...
by willbird287
Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Mixed mode Quantar growling
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Mixed mode Quantar growling

There's some discussion in the following two threads (beware of serious OT derailment in one!) that might help you, altho it usually works out to be issues with the station itself. Good luck, keep us posted when you find the problem! http://batboard.batlabs.com/viewtopic.php?t=44414 http://batboard....
by willbird287
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Mixed mode Quantar growling
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Mixed mode Quantar growling

It sounds a lot like an issue that's been mentioned here before, always seems to be on VHF Quantars...

Does it sound like this?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRfvh0UTFHw

--Will
by willbird287
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: RCH3000 Problem - Limited Functionality
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: RCH3000 Problem - Limited Functionality

I'm using the direct connection cable specified in the RCH3000 manual (part number is NLA from motorola). Ive built almost all my programming cables for cheaper radios (non ASTRO) so I doubt I built it wrong (not to mention I've had it checked). I'm wondering if there's a trick in programming somewh...
by willbird287
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: RCH3000 Problem - Limited Functionality
Replies: 2
Views: 269

RCH3000 Problem - Limited Functionality

I've got a RCH3000 connected direct to a MCS2000 Model 3. Currently, all I get is limited functionality from the RCH3000. The RCH will unmute and display the speaker icon and audio is present from the speakers, but that's it, it will not provide any control or display information. I accidentally cha...
by willbird287
Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:06 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: APX7000 Future Enhancements?
Replies: 4
Views: 944

APX7000 Future Enhancements?

I've had some time to use and experiment with an APX7000. A few things stand out in my mind as lacking in the software/firmware, so I'm wondering if anyone here knows or has heard of any plans for future feature additions to the line? My biggest issue that I don't like is the backlight brightness no...
by willbird287
Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTS2500 AN vs. BN electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 753

Re: XTS2500 AN vs. BN electronics

I opened up a few radios I had to test it all out. It works. The AN and BN electronics are cross compatible. The difference is only in the physics aspects of the case and chassis.

--Will
by willbird287
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX 7K digital + analog in same zone?
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: APX 7K digital + analog in same zone?

Yea Rod, It sounds like you have a grasp on it. Basically any setting that is part of the system effects all frequency options. So if you change a setting that's included in the system page, then all frequencies in that system will change as well. The way to do it is having two different systems, bo...
by willbird287
Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTS2500 AN vs. BN electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 753

Re: XTS2500 AN vs. BN electronics

I found some information about the chassis having alignment tabs on the BN and not the AN radios, but is there any difference with electronics between the two?

--Will
by willbird287
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX 7K digital + analog in same zone?
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: APX 7K digital + analog in same zone?

My guess is all the channels that are changing with your edits are using the same conventional system. Are all the channels linked to frequency options within the same system? If so, that's why, any change to a system setting (digital to analog, or a signaling option for example) will change for all...
by willbird287
Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTS2500 AN vs. BN electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 753

XTS2500 AN vs. BN electronics

Hey guys,

I'm aware of the main difference between the two models, 4Meg vs. 8Meg of memory allowing for newer firmware with bigger software features, but what else is different? Can the ancillary electronics be swapped between the two? (specifically the keypads, LCD's, flex assemblies, etc)

--Will
by willbird287
Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX7000 Out of Band
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

Re: APX7000 Out of Band

I'm almost certain that the band limits are stored either in the codeplug or radio firmware. The CPS allows you to program out of band, and clearly it's programming properly into the codeplug and loading into the radio. (I went a step further to test this theory by programming an in band RX frequenc...
by willbird287
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX TMS (Text Messaging Service)
Replies: 1
Views: 715

Re: APX TMS (Text Messaging Service)

For people who might be reading this. I've since updated firmware on all radios after the latest release of APX R05 and ASTRO25 R15 and they are playing nice together.

--Will
by willbird287
Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Can't get XTS3000 to scan
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Can't get XTS3000 to scan

You'll have to link each conventional personality to a scan list before you can toggle scan on/off. If the selected channel (personality) does not have a linked scan list, "SCAN" won't show in the menu and none of the programmed scan buttons will work.
(Guess your truck is fixed..)

--Will
by willbird287
Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX radios and System Key Files
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Re: APX radios and System Key Files

I must have missed that the first time I looked through the options. Sure enough, here it is: QA01749 Legacy SW System Key Enable

Thanks,
--Will
by willbird287
Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX radios and System Key Files
Replies: 2
Views: 541

APX radios and System Key Files

After some reading, it seems the APX line will support software system key (.KEY) files by unchecking the "ASK Required" checkbox in CPS. In the documentation it is stated this checkbox is located in the Radio Wide panel, under General. But when I go to look, the checkbox is missing, even ...
by willbird287
Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:36 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX7000 Out of Band
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

Re: APX7000 Out of Band

Yea, the software allows it if the correct box is checked, and the radio will accept the OOB frequency, but when you try to go to that channel you get an error on the radio. I'm thinking it's either disallowed in the codeplug somewhere or in the radio's firmware...or somewhere deep in the cps. I'm h...
by willbird287
Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX TMS (Text Messaging Service)
Replies: 1
Views: 715

APX TMS (Text Messaging Service)

Hey guys, Been playing with an APX7000 lately, and have run into a strange issue. In the past, I've been able to send text messages from XTS2500 to XTS2500 when set to mixed mode on an analog only repeater personality. The radio's are set to a direct data mode and bypass the repeater and transmit da...
by willbird287
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX7000 Out of Band
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

Re: APX7000 Out of Band

Anyone else have any experience with out of band?

--Will
by willbird287
Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX7000 Out of Band
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

APX7000 Out of Band

I've been toying with the idea of buying an APX7000 for a while, but I would like to access a frequency just 1 Mhz outside of the UHF band that it covers. Currently with every radio I use, it's no big deal to push band limits by a bit. Wondering if anyone who currently has an APX and CPS has success...
by willbird287
Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Pushing band limits on an XTS2500 FPP?
Replies: 9
Views: 755

Re: Pushing band limits on an XTS2500 FPP?

On my 2500's you can program out of band all day with the CPS mod with CPS. But FPP programming retains all it's original band limits. So if you want to program in the ham band with FPP then get a Q split. (unless there's another hack to change FPP band limits like in the HT1550....anyone?) --Will
by willbird287
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues

I would like to say that a twisted turn of luck and fate has found and solved this issue. After I had taken the radio out of the case to try to reflow the solder on the ribbon connectors (no luck fixing the issue), I put it back in the case with the gasket hanging out a bit on one side. I tried to p...
by willbird287
Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: HT1550 XLS Out Of Band?
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: HT1550 XLS Out Of Band?

Has anyone tried modifying the CPS to allow you to enter in the out of band frequency? In theory should this work? My reasoning is that since you can read and then program out of band information (that has been entered through the FPP loophole), that the radio itself has no guards against accepting ...
by willbird287
Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: HT1550 XLS Out Of Band?
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: HT1550 XLS Out Of Band?

As I said earlier...I already figured out how to do it on a conventional channel, and am now looking for information for getting one of the frequencies in a trunked personality out of band as well...

Since the FPP feature wont work on trunked systems, that method wont work.

--Will
by willbird287
Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: HT1550 XLS Out Of Band?
Replies: 6
Views: 653

HT1550 XLS Out Of Band?

Hey all, I have an HT1550 I would like to program out of band. I have already figured out how to do this on a conventional channel, but am wondering if I can do this on a trunked system as well... The model I have covers the 403-470 split and the highest frequency I need to enter in the trunked syst...
by willbird287
Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Simple Cable for Firmware Upgrades to PRO Series Portables
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Simple Cable for Firmware Upgrades to PRO Series Portables

I just finished building and testing a really simple solution for flashing firmware instead of using all kinds of /\/\ adapters...It took almost 3 hours of information gathering and another 2 hours to design/build...but its working like a champ! As far as I know nothing like this has been built befo...
by willbird287
Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues

What sounds like is happening is either the flex cable is not seated properly, or, more than likely its the solder connections on the white connector that the case flex inserts into. Seen simular problems like this before, and the white connectors' solder joints needed to be reflowed - problem solv...
by willbird287
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues

Does anyone know if it is possible to upgrade firmware using a RIB less cable? I have a cable with DB9 connector and 4 pins as seen here http://www.wiscomm.com/productimages/htprorblcable.jpg I would imagine i would have to build some kind of adapter or switch? Heres what Im thinking...Since the &qu...
by willbird287
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 664

HT1550 Startup (and other weird) Issues

Hey all, Ive got a HT1550 which recently started acting up. About a week after being re-programmed it has issues starting up. The LED indicator flashes a green light for maybe 300ms every second. The radio will not function at all during that time. After doing this for what seems like an arbitrary t...

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