Users may not create topics, posts, or private messages containing or relating to the following material (especially pertaining to Motorola copyrighted software, unless you want Motorola to come along and shut this site down):

  • Listing for sale or trade of, or links to sites offering for sale or trade of, or giving away, Radio
    Service Software (RSS) or Customer Programming Software (CPS)
  • Profanity, pornography, defamation, or slanderous remarks directed towards any individual or entity
  • Commercial advertising (except in the Batboard Vendors forum, as approved by the Admin/Mod Staff)
  • Any other items which may be deemed as offensive

If any topics, posts, or private messages containing or relating to the aforementioned material are brought to the attention of the Admin/Mod Staff, they will be deleted.

Additional FAQ items appear here in Forum Rules. Please review them for posting guidelines and further clarification.

Search found 346 matches

by va3wxm
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Combination Sattelite Radio and GPS Antenna
Replies: 5
Views: 2148

Re: Combination Sattelite Radio and GPS Antenna

If it were KU band you'd lose your satellite radio every time it rained heavily.

My Pontiac G8 has XM and GPS (for OnStar) in the same base.
by va3wxm
Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:27 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Antenna/Mount Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1195

Re: Antenna/Mount Question

Buy the NMO mount separately and solder in your own cable.
by va3wxm
Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: APX 7500 Install on Honda ST1300PA Motorcycle
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

Re: APX 7500 Install on Honda ST1300PA Motorcycle

It had better be gold plated hardware for that price.

Damn I wish I could sell $50 boxes for a thousand dollars.
by va3wxm
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Recommendation for boat radio
Replies: 14
Views: 2882

Re: Recommendation for boat radio

The Kenwood 90 Series mobile radios are supposed to be mil-spec'd (MIL-810 C/D/E) to a "driven rain" standard, whatever that means.
by va3wxm
Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Very basic, nothing fancy
Replies: 12
Views: 3056

Re: Very basic, nothing fancy

Where did the pictures go?
by va3wxm
Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 6'5" parking garage
Replies: 25
Views: 5013

Re: 6'5" parking garage

+1

I once used a Maldol (Comet) EX-510 that does 6/2/440 in one package. I had it mounted off the front fender of a mini-spute. Worked decent enough and had no clearance issues (antenna stands about 39" tall).
by va3wxm
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Toyota Prius ?s
Replies: 8
Views: 1651

Re: Toyota Prius ?s

Somehow I see playing around with that system in the car would void the warranty faster than you can say Jack Robinson.
by va3wxm
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola NMO "white low loss" antenna kit - How lossy is it?
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Motorola NMO "white low loss" antenna kit - How lossy is it?

I have some Larsen double-shielded RG58 that I use and it has a stranded centre conductor.

Granted it's a few years old and perhaps they don't make it anymore.
by va3wxm
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:10 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: swr/watt meter
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: swr/watt meter

I use a hamsexy MJF swr/wattmeter and it works okay. I've also got a MFJ-259 antenna analyzer that works too. I use both when installing/changing antennas at home to get a full picture of what's going on.

Sure, they're not in the same league as the Bird but they do the job.
by va3wxm
Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:33 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: 10 minute warning ---- NBC SPECIAL TONIGHT 10PM EDT
Replies: 8
Views: 1403

Re: 10 minute warning ---- NBC SPECIAL TONIGHT 10PM EDT

I saw some of the show last night.

Wow. You really have to be certifiable to want to do that for a living, especially at $14 an hour.

I can also see why monopoles are the worst to climb.
by va3wxm
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: GP-68 question
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: GP-68 question

I have one of each flavour and pressing the button labeled <x] toggles the display between VFO and channel.

Whatever "mode" it was left in when I turn it off stays the same when I turn it on. Maybe yours is different?
by va3wxm
Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Maxtrac install on a Toyota
Replies: 4
Views: 1142

Re: Maxtrac install on a Toyota

Powered solely from the ignition wires? Yikes! Tell him to rip it out and do it EXACTLY how you originally wanted. While I'm not familiar with the Maxtrac at all, if you're concerned about draining the battery I'm sure there's some kind of ignition sense circuitry in the radio that can be used to sh...
by va3wxm
Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola 220MHz Radios to Ham Band
Replies: 8
Views: 1588

Re: Motorola 220MHz Radios to Ham Band

I believe the easy ones are the older GP300 series portables, et. al. At one time I owned a factory GP300 that covered 220. There was a seller on e-Bay hawking 220 GP300's and GM300's at one time. My radio was definitely an Asian import. The characters on the sticker on the back of the radio looked...
by va3wxm
Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Removing a window mount antenna
Replies: 10
Views: 2371

Re: Removing a window mount antenna

I've used a 3" putty knife before. It's flat and wide enough to distribute the lifting force without cracking the glass.

Just take your time.
by va3wxm
Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: CDM with two remote heads?
Replies: 3
Views: 1355

Kenwood software is usually easier to get than Moto stuff but they can be pissy about it sometimes (but not nearly as draconian as /\/\). Yes, you can set up a mobile repeater. You'll need two 90 series drawers, i.e. TK690 and TK790, or TK690 and TK890, or TK790 and TK890. When assembled properly, t...
by va3wxm
Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Roof Towers, Brands, Availability.. Opinions!
Replies: 9
Views: 639

I've only ever heard of the Glen Martin ones.

I know two guys that have had them for years and no problems at all. Each are supporting a TGM Mini-Quad which would be a bigger wind load than what you're proposing.
by va3wxm
Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:40 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Roof or front fender for LB base load whip
Replies: 11
Views: 2024

Ideally, of course, the roof is the best spot. Low-band needs a lot of metal for a good counterpoise. In the past I've run an NMO27B for chicken band work and it was mounted on the front fender. It seemed to work okay and aesthetically looked better than on the roof. Expect some skewing of the RF pa...
by va3wxm
Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:31 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: 2006 impala UHF-VUF install
Replies: 11
Views: 2719

Re: 2006 impala UHF-VUF install

bulletproof-791 wrote:any idea where to get 1 ?.................a link will do just fine or a web sight...thanx

Anyplace that sells Larsen antennas/mounts will do. HRO, AES, etc.

I'm sure Antenex and places like that sell them but I've never ordered from them.
by va3wxm
Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:34 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Fender Vs. Roof
Replies: 13
Views: 2670

Aesthetics more than anything. The roof is overall a more superior mounting position.

Overhead clearance shouldn't be a big issue with passenger cars but on trucks/SUVs, yeah.
by va3wxm
Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:47 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Digital Scanner recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Portable or mobile/base?

I've had my BC-796D for a couple of years now and it's been great. Does P25 IMBE, TRS's on V/U/800, Moto, LTR, EDACS.
by va3wxm
Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:48 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Diamond NR72BNMO
Replies: 9
Views: 3133

I use an SSB-2NMO mounted on the roof of my car and it works well. Sure it won't outperform a 5/8 whip but when you've got height restrictions it's a great solution.
by va3wxm
Fri May 19, 2006 5:15 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Mic Wiring for use on 10 meter
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

They may work with Icom HF rigs then since they use electret mics.
by va3wxm
Thu May 18, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: IWCE Attendees - New Motorola PM1500 Details?
Replies: 14
Views: 2077

"Optional Project 25 software upgrade" eh?

Wonder how much that'll set you back. :o
by va3wxm
Mon May 15, 2006 7:25 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber in SVA getting warm
Replies: 5
Views: 445

The car is loud enough as it so I may not even hear a buzzing fan! :D Tried it again this past weekend (3 hour road trip) and while the SVA box itself was barely warm the Saber was downright hot to the touch, particularly along the antenna side of the body and the bottom battery mounting plate. I ba...
by va3wxm
Fri May 12, 2006 5:25 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber in SVA getting warm
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Thanks for the info! I've moved the SVA to a new, more open location (than under the seat) and am using the real SVA mounting bracket. Installing a little 12v muffin fan is a actually a really good idea and will be the next thing I do. Speaking of which, does the mounting bracket offer much heatsink...
by va3wxm
Wed May 10, 2006 10:49 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: folded dipole or fiberglass omni
Replies: 17
Views: 2885

One advantage of folded dipoles is that they're DC grounded which is good for static/lightning issues.
by va3wxm
Mon May 08, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: CDM1250 DRAWS HOW MANY AMPS @ 45 WATTS????
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Yeah, that's about right.

PA's are about 50% efficient at best.
by va3wxm
Sun May 07, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Adjusting Saber RF output
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Thanks Dave.

I'm just interested in adjusting the RF output in the RSS, to extend battery life. So it sounds like that shouldn't be a problem?
by va3wxm
Sat May 06, 2006 12:57 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Are these decent Saber batteries for the price?
Replies: 13
Views: 770

I'm more of a fan of NiCd simply because they can take the rapid current draws that you get when you key up better than NiMH. Can you elaborate on this? We had a lecture at a club meeting one night from a battery expert who admitted that, yes, while NiMH's had more capacity than NiCd they self-disc...
by va3wxm
Fri May 05, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Are these decent Saber batteries for the price?
Replies: 13
Views: 770

I'm more of a fan of NiCd simply because they can take the rapid current draws that you get when you key up better than NiMH.

These ones look like NOS:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Motorola-Saber-Radio ... dZViewItem
by va3wxm
Fri May 05, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber I UHF CORRUPT!
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Did you save the codeplug that was in it? If so, try to program it in.

Make sure your RIB and Saber batteries are good.

Failing that, create a new codeplug in the RSS and try again.
by va3wxm
Tue May 02, 2006 4:02 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Adjusting Saber RF output
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Adjusting Saber RF output

Does changing the power output in the software screw up the alignment settings?

I vaguely recall reading somewhere that if you make such a change you should slap the radio on a service monitor to ensure it's still working properly afterwards.
by va3wxm
Mon May 01, 2006 5:49 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Two agencies using astro on the same frequency?
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

K8TEK wrote:Uniden scanners are garbage.

Sure, compared to any commercial P25 radio they are.

But at least you won't get a zillion questions asking "how do I program this here Astro Saber to following my police department's trunked system".
by va3wxm
Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dual band antenna
Replies: 19
Views: 2958

Basically it's a compromise. It'll work okay for both bands just not outstanding on either one. One advantage for us hamsexy types is most of our bands are harmonically related so it's relatively easy to build a multiband antenna that works well. One antenna per band is the ideal way to go but it's ...
by va3wxm
Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dual band antenna
Replies: 19
Views: 2958

In my mobile i have lowband, VHF, and UHF, going into a triplexer. Same applies here as well, all three radios could transmit if necessary, though highly unlikely... lol Yeah, I would think the electrical system in your van would melt down if you did so! But to re-affirm, the duplexer will allow yo...
by va3wxm
Fri Apr 28, 2006 4:41 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dual band antenna
Replies: 19
Views: 2958

Re: Dual Band

bob1857 wrote:Thanks, I was having a hard time locatiing diplexer on-line. They look like just what I need.

Sorry, I suppose I should've said duplexer as well.

Problem is when I hear that word I think of the BpBr "cans" used in repeater installations to isolate the transmitter from the receiver.
by va3wxm
Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dual band antenna
Replies: 19
Views: 2958

You'll have to find a dual-band antenna that covers both frequencies you want to use.

You'll also need a diplexer to combine the two radios into one antenna.

And of course the associated mount and coax. :D
by va3wxm
Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:55 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: New at Programming With some questions......
Replies: 22
Views: 3324

You can generate a new one in the software.
by va3wxm
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:12 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Front panel Programing GP68
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Yes and yes.

The offset (at least on mine) is either 600 kHz for VHF or 5 MHz for UHF.
by va3wxm
Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Two agencies using astro on the same frequency?
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

Maybe the newer offerings from Uniden will allow firmware upgrades to enable such a feature?
by va3wxm
Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:26 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Saber II receive audio disabled-how do I enable it?
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Definitely sounds like the wrong receive PL/DPL was programmed in.

The icon on the display that you describe indicates that channel has receive PL/DPL on it.

The only way to change it is to hook up the radio to a programming computer and fire up the Saber RSS!
by va3wxm
Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:21 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber Convertacom mounting bolts
Replies: 4
Views: 314

After poking around some other big-box hardware stores I found 5/16" fine thread (UNF) is the winner.

But the shortest ones I could find were 3/4" long and will need to be cut down because they'll interfere with slipping the Saber in.
by va3wxm
Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Two agencies using astro on the same frequency?
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

I'd say no.
by va3wxm
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Need Saber I workaround for pls
Replies: 7
Views: 868

I think the limiting factor is simply the amount of memory you have in the radio.

Base Sabers are, what, 2k or something like that?
by va3wxm
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:02 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber I getting hot, just sitting on bench
Replies: 6
Views: 502

My guess is the radio. Idle current for a "normal" squelched Saber isn't very much -- I'm guessing less than 75 mA.

If it's getting that warm there's a short somewhere and it's drawing way more power. That would explain the lousy battery life.
by va3wxm
Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Convertacoms in 2006?
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Might be a silly question but can you run an Astro signal through a standard FM RF amplifier?
by va3wxm
Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Need Saber I workaround for pls
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Does your customer really need PL on receive? In terms of intermod and stuff like that the Saber's are pretty immune.

Unless it's a shared system and they only want to hear certain users.
by va3wxm
Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Good all-around programming computer?
Replies: 8
Views: 490

I'm using a Compaq Contura 3/25 with two other Conturas on the shelf I cannabalize for parts as needed.

I have this fear that the programming hardware for some of the older radios will eventually die off altogether before the radios do!
by va3wxm
Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Saber new personality
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

The Sabers will typically go 1-2 MHz out of their particular split range before the VCO unlocks.

Since this is a low-split VHF the model number hack won't work.
by va3wxm
Sat Apr 22, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber Convertacom mounting bolts
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Duh guess it would be useful to use the search funtion every now and then...

viewtopic.php?t=53893&highlight=sva+bolt

:oops:

Go to advanced search