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by RKG
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: [tone panel on a quantar]
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: [tone panel on a quantar]

The full-size Quantar maintenance manual has a whole chapter on this subject. In general (and from memory), you have to make some electrical connections and you need to do some wildcard programming to set up the required audio paths at start up. (Don't forget to specify both cold and warm starts.)
by RKG
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Scan list issue with XTS 2500
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: Scan list issue with XTS 2500

One learns something every day.
by RKG
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Scan list issue with XTS 2500
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: Scan list issue with XTS 2500

Both radios have the rotary control set to channel select. Then, without seeing the radios, I'm without an explanation. As stated, the reported behavior is different from everything I've ever seen with these radios, and I manage a couple of large fleets of them. But, then, this is Motorola land, th...
by RKG
Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Scan list issue with XTS 2500
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: Scan list issue with XTS 2500

Using the rotery knob does work. We have several other 2500's that are 12.00.17 and we can use the up/down buttons to go threw the zone. My guess is that the radios you refer to are not programmed for "Channel Select" for the "Rotary Knob" in the "Controls" page. The b...
by RKG
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:37 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Firmware upgrade on XTL2500 with remote control head
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Firmware upgrade on XTL2500 with remote control head

KB9KST wrote:The 20 mins is a lie, trust me. Time to retry the upgrade.

Jason


Agreed.

Each time I do this, it seems like the program stops on the same "block," which (from memory; don't hold me to this) was "block 16." Go for a smoke (or maybe a meal) and it should finish eventually.
by RKG
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:32 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Scan list issue with XTS 2500
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: Scan list issue with XTS 2500

I am having a problem with a couple of XTS 2500's where I can not program the scan list on the radio. I can chose program, scan and then it brings up the ability to scroll left or right threw the zones but I can not go up or down to select inside of the zones. I have CPS software and cable to make ...
by RKG
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:28 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: XTL2500 VHF Programming
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: XTL2500 VHF Programming

Actually if you leave any channel as RX only it will receive narrow or wideband just fine. It doesn't care what it is. Narrow and wideband only affect TX. Try programming it sometime. Jason Not my experience. Narrowbanding/widbanding affects the deviation limiter on Tx and the IF bandpass width on ...
by RKG
Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MOTOROLA CDR 700 REPEATER
Replies: 1
Views: 511

Re: MOTOROLA CDR 700 REPEATER

That's a function of the duplexer. Usually these are used with mobile-type duplexers of minimal separation.
by RKG
Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: APX CPS / Personality help
Replies: 7
Views: 1497

Re: APX CPS / Personality help

Go to "Tree View" and just click on a personality and, while holding the left button down, move the selected personality up or down the list, Windows-style.
by RKG
Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Slightly OT: Narrowband license modification
Replies: 8
Views: 1223

Re: Slightly OT: Narrowband license modification

I wouldn't make any license change until you have cutover to your narrowband channel/system. The emission designator is a maximum; emitting narrowband under a wideband license (assuming no other changes) is perfectly OK. I agree with the suggestion that any amendment applications submitted to change...
by RKG
Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:33 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Cdm 1250 scan question
Replies: 12
Views: 1570

Re: Cdm 1250 scan question

A lot of the cps is written with reverse Polish notation. There's plenty of opportunity to do it perfectly wrong. Unfortunately. However, on the bright side, Kenwood and Icom can be just as weird. And Telex. And Premisys. Wait until you get a Huawai fiber optic mux developed with a Chinese characte...
by RKG
Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Updating HOST and DSP version on Astro
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Re: Updating HOST and DSP version on Astro

wavetar wrote:. . . .Of course, the newer Astro 25 models don't use the SRIB and are therefore faster as well.


"Faster" is relative. 8)
by RKG
Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Cdm 1250 scan question
Replies: 12
Views: 1570

Re: Cdm 1250 scan question

Have you tried to enter the programming mode by selecting Program Lists in the menu and then scan list. My CDM is not allowing me at this time to access it, but my HT1250 does without a problem and I can edit easily by following the steps above. What menus and menu features are available to the use...
by RKG
Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Adding Quantar to current system
Replies: 18
Views: 781

Re: Adding Quantar to current system

Well, I started to play with this the day I discovered it, but was then distracted into a different project, so I hope I didn't speak too soon. By appearances, however, is should be possible to duplicate the "setup"/"knockdown" function using the "decoders." As soon as ...
by RKG
Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Adding Quantar to current system
Replies: 18
Views: 781

Re: Adding Quantar to current system

[quote="xmo. . . I will be very surprised if Motorola puts this much field configuration capability into the GTR - at least not for some time to come.[/quote] I'd be inclined to agree, but I was a bit surprised to discover (quite by accident), that you can do the same thing (i.e., OTA DTMF cont...
by RKG
Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Adding Quantar to current system
Replies: 18
Views: 781

Re: Adding Quantar to current system

There is another way to deal with the notion of a fall back in-cabinet repeat function in a voted system where you have two transmitters (a main and a standby), usually selected by a transmit steering relay controlled by a console Aux I/O--as someone previously noted, you can't use the Quantar's pre...
by RKG
Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Updating HOST and DSP version on Astro
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Re: Updating HOST and DSP version on Astro

Also add a fair measure of patience. The software will warn you that it takes 6 minutes to flash a portable and 20 minutes to flash a mobile. My experience is that it takes longer, particularly with the mobile. Worse, the program appears to hang (on Step 14, as I recall) for what seems an eternity, ...
by RKG
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming split PL talkaround on XTS portables
Replies: 16
Views: 1788

Re: Programming split PL talkaround on XTS portables

For what it may add to this discussion, none of our XTS2500s or 5000s display the reported behavior. In this neck of the woods, "split tones" or "split formats" are common for police and fire channels, and in all cases the direct button picks up the Rx freq, Rx signaling type, an...
by RKG
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: XTL2500 Flashcode issue
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: XTL2500 Flashcode issue

Unlike the XTS2500, the XTL2500 does not as far as I know have the 3600 or 9600 only configuration option (or both if you have the interop flash feature), so that shouldn't matter. It's possible it was a flashport goof-up. Even if you don't have a P25 software or advanced system key hooked up, you ...
by RKG
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Connecting XTL5000 to Zetron 4010
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Connecting XTL5000 to Zetron 4010

The other way of doing this is to get an XTL5000 "Astro Consolette" with the tone wireline board, and connect it to the 4010 card set for EIA tone control.
by RKG
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Quantar Programming Question
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Quantar Programming Question

Answer to the question is yes, if the question is can I program a multi-channel Quantar with one or more talk capable channels and one or more RXO channels. Bear in mind you will need some mode of changing channels, which in a Quantar is doable but not simple.
by RKG
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: XTL2500 Flashcode issue
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: XTL2500 Flashcode issue

From memory, the XTS2500 has two separate firmware options for trunking: one for 3600 baud (SmartNet, SmartNet II and SmartZone) and one for 9600 baud (so-called) (Astro trunking). Sounds like you only have the former. Read the radio and, under Radio Information, there is a tab that shows installed ...
by RKG
Sat Aug 07, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: ADP Encryption
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Re: ADP Encryption

I've never done this, but I have programmed a lot of ADP systems, and I believe you could program your channel three times, each with a different "personality" with each "personality" pointing to a different ADP key.
by RKG
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:01 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Using a radio to open bay door at fire dept
Replies: 21
Views: 2051

Re: Using a radio to open bay door at fire dept

You can get a DTMF decoder kit and another radio and wire it up to the push button for that bay door.. That way all they have to do is punch the magic code and a relay closes for 1 second and whala ! Voila - from the French "voi la" (lit. [You] look at this). Not to be confused with viola...
by RKG
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Speakers for CDM 1250 in Fire Station
Replies: 4
Views: 794

Re: Speakers for CDM 1250 in Fire Station

We are buildong a new fire station and want to run some other speakers in some fo the offices upstairs from the radio room. We want some white flat speakers to mount in a wall with volume controls and we are not using a 70 volt pa system just speakers with their own volume control. Any help is grea...
by RKG
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Using a radio to open bay door at fire dept
Replies: 21
Views: 2051

Re: Using a radio to open bay door at fire dept

There are umpteen ways to do this, but if your subscriber equipment is capable of being programmed to send DTMF strings, the easiest (and one of the least expensive) ways of accomplishing your objective is with a DTMF transponder wired to a source of receiver audio. My favorite is this device: http:...
by RKG
Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Vhf Mobile
Replies: 6
Views: 689

Re: Motorola Vhf Mobile

Also to keep in mind: if this is for use on a Part 90 channel, you will need a radio that is capable of narrow-banded operation, which excludes a large segment of the legacy model array.
by RKG
Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: UHF Saber 1 Channel Issues
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: UHF Saber 1 Channel Issues

Your problem is that the MSB (most significant bit) of the 4-bit binary channel selector has gone bad. Your channel selector has decimal values from 1 to 16 or 1 to 12. However, the radio processes binary values, so that, for instance, Ch 1 is 0000, ch. 2 is 0001, ch. 3 is 0010 and so forth. (Rememb...
by RKG
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: CPI Tone remote adapter audio issue
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: CPI Tone remote adapter audio issue

I agree with Jim202 and add this: take a look at the programming for the ICOM mobile and see if AGC can be defeated. A telltale of an AGC problem is if the errant noise is suppressed by voice but then ramps up during non-voice times.
by RKG
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Cloning a 100W Spectra
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Cloning a 100W Spectra

Scan has to be enabled. Depending on the radio model, it is enabled on a per radio basis or a per zone basis. Some Spectras are zonable, some are not. Go to "radio information" (F2, from memory) and it should tell you. If your radio is zonable, you have to enable the zone function and crea...
by RKG
Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTS2500 ADP software encryption questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2949

Re: XTS2500 ADP software encryption questions

Yeah it doesn't need hardware. All the crypto is done in the host firmware/processor. You get what you pay for though - it's not as secure as hardware encryption. Any idea how good it sounds secure as compared to open? Wondering as it's software based that it might sound a little better rather than...
by RKG
Wed May 12, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Cloning From Two Different Radios
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: Cloning From Two Different Radios

Take a look at the "channel picklist" function. You can export lines from the zone/channel screen from one radio to a picklist, and then import them from the picklist to the second radio. You'll still have to program "conventional personalities" and then adjust them, and the feat...
by RKG
Wed May 12, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: ADP XTS5000
Replies: 20
Views: 1327

Re: ADP XTS5000

No. A Quantar that is Astro-capable will pass the digital voice bits "as is." ADP hashes the bits in the transmitting subscriber and then un-hashes them in the receiving subscriber.
by RKG
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: keying a Quantar via external PTT connection
Replies: 30
Views: 1418

Re: keying a Quantar via external PTT connection

Slightly off the topic, but: The only problem with the FBICR ("Fall-Back In-Cabinet Repeat") function of the Quantar is that it doesn't work if you have both a Main and a Stand-By station, as is commonly the case in public safety systems. So what we do is program the stations for "Rep...
by RKG
Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:08 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: keying a Quantar via external PTT connection
Replies: 30
Views: 1418

Re: keying a Quantar via external PTT connection

I seem to recall that the DOS RSS for Quantar had an F key that would regenerate the "default" wildcard tables. I don't have the Windows CPS on this machine, so I can't peek to see if that function was brought forward. Note that if you are keying from a wireline, you are probably also inte...
by RKG
Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Trouble programming buttons on xtl1500
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Trouble programming buttons on xtl1500

Just to put this in context, the "buttons" on an XTL O-5 control head are not "buttons" as that term is typically used in Motorola RSS or CPS, but rather "soft keys" that access menu items.
by RKG
Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: QC-II on a Trunking System?
Replies: 10
Views: 880

Re: QC-II on a Trunking System?

In Massachusetts, most of the fire departments on Cape Cod switched from low band to the State's 800 trunked system, on a subscription basis. However, many retained their old systems, some just for pages and some for both pages and voice, with everything just simulcast on both the low band and the t...
by RKG
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: QC-II on a Trunking System?
Replies: 10
Views: 880

Re: QC-II on a Trunking System?

Though it seems that the OP's question has been answered already, it is worth noting that QCII *is* used on trunking systems for fire station alerting in some cases. In these cases the tones are generated by some device tied to the transmitting radio (e.g., a console), and decoded by a separate box...
by RKG
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Read Conventional MDC Radio ID
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Read Conventional MDC Radio ID

Or so you can use third-party MDC decoder, with alias, such as the C Plus III by Cimarron.
by RKG
Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Motorola CommandPlus Loud Hum
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Motorola CommandPlus Loud Hum

Or an impedence mismatch.
by RKG
Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: QC-II on a Trunking System?
Replies: 10
Views: 880

Re: QC-II on a Trunking System?

The function of QC tones is to enable the sending radio to control some function on the receiving radio(s). The means of encoding the command is the frequency and timing of the tones. For a trunked system, there is no need of tones. Assuming the same control function is authorized and programmed in ...
by RKG
Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?

I don't know anything about the Carlson unit. All of our receivers, save one on each channel, are returned over owned fiber optics (using TC Comms fiber muxes); the "one" is co-located and returns on a short length of dry copper. One limitation of fiber is that one has to be careful of ove...
by RKG
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:02 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?

This is all opinion here, but every JPS voter I've ever heard sounds just awful... If I can recommend one thing, it would be to listen to what systems sound like on a DIGITAC and on a JPS. The JPS Voter requires level setting to be done carefully and by the JPS book. The book method is different fr...
by RKG
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?

1) I've never had to repair a JPS Voter. On the one hand, that's good news. On the other hand, that means I have no experience re: parts availability, factory response, or like issues. 2) Interesting you should mention sparing the comparator. A) To my knowledge, no one else does it. B) When we repla...
by RKG
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?

I second the motion with respect to the JPS Voter. It is an extraordinary device that, once you have learned it, performs quite nicely. We are in the process of converting all the legacy SpectraTacs to JPS Voters. Two caveats: One: the JPS Voter has umpteen features for applications you'll never use...
by RKG
Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?

Glad it worked out.

My guess is that there are two possibilities: with a SQM schematic and a meter and 45 minutes of time, you could find and repair what is wrong with that SQM -- or you could spend a lifetime and never find it. So stop after 45 minutes.
by RKG
Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: tone codes and antenna question
Replies: 14
Views: 1095

Re: tone codes and antenna question

Some additional thoughts on tone selection: 1) Obviously, you have to know what tones are used by any co-channel licensees and avoid them. 2) Some folks avoid 3Z (123.0), on the theory that noisy AC-powered devices might cause falsing. I've never observed that phenomenon. 3) Definitely avoid 3B (131...
by RKG
Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Spectra Tac Vote Comparator not locking up question?

My take on this is a tad different, though any long range diagnosis is an exercise in speculation. A clue lies in the report that, when the problem occurs, one or more SQMs show unsquelched, but the Quantar goes into FBIC mode. The entrance condition for FBIC is that the Quantar's local receiver uns...
by RKG
Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Noise at console from DIU (white noise)
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: Noise at console from DIU (white noise)

Lotus54 wrote:
RFguy wrote:Have you set up the console RX level for the proper "knee of compression" level?



Yes, but I'll double check that to make sure it is still correct with the change-over.

thanks
mark


Also take a look at the VOX level on the Zetron channel card.
by RKG
Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: SpectraTAC console site and status display?
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: SpectraTAC console site and status display?

1) You should get by with 7 inputs, since you'll use the bus fail indication (any receiver) and have someone go downstairs to see what the problem is. 2) On the other hand, so long as you're going to all this effort, I'd put in a "disable" output for each receiver. Makes diagnosing a probl...

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