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by WA3VJB
Sun May 01, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Steve Uhrig - Silent Key
Replies: 8
Views: 1848

Re: Steve Uhrig - Silent Key

It's been nearly ten years since the passing of Steve Uhrig, known to many on this board. I just checked the link to his old website, and am delighted to see it is still functional. Looks like it now stands as a tribute to his work, even though it does not mention that he's gone. Have a fresh look. ...
by WA3VJB
Sun May 01, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT220 problems, again
Replies: 13
Views: 1556

Re: HT220 problems, again

You guys should form a club so I could join as a member. Got my first HT220 in 1976, a "Marine" VHF model with the factory 1W/5W plate and amp, 6 channels (two pair on the mainframe, plus the 4 pair board). I still have it and it still works! Noisy audio pot, that's about it. Even have the...
by WA3VJB
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MaxTrac RSS won't store codeplug
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: MaxTrac RSS won't store codeplug

Thanks to all.

Will boot up the old Toshiba and poke around after we get the dogs in from their run for the afternoon.

Will advise results.
by WA3VJB
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MaxTrac RSS won't store codeplug
Replies: 4
Views: 898

MaxTrac RSS won't store codeplug

Hi, The factory RSS for my MaxTrac loaded fine on my old computer and I can program the current workspace through the RIB to the radio. I cannot SAVE that profile on the computer for some reason, even though I've set up the directory correctly. I get a "path not found' response. Anyone remember...
by WA3VJB
Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

Re: MT1000 5 bandsplits??

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Here we are a few years later, and with thunderstorms and a hurricane recently (Arthur) I thought I'd check in. I wanted to affirm that long tone QuickCall works fine entering 1050.1 as both tones. Radio can be squelched and muted and will trigger with not only it...
by WA3VJB
Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: Vehicle Warning Equipment Discussion
Topic: LED lights and RF interference??
Replies: 5
Views: 2623

Re: LED lights and RF interference??

I had a self-contained visor LED amber/wht pair, cheapie off Amazon, that was quite noisy on VHF. No control box, just a button on the back to step through on/off & flash type. I wrapped the housing in self-adhesive aluminum tape used for sealing HVAC ducting, and it cut the noise to a tolerable...
by WA3VJB
Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Broken channel selector knobs on MT1000's,
Replies: 10
Views: 1953

Re: Broken channel selector knobs on MT1000's,

They've been NLA for quite a while. I'm using MT500 knobs (metal) as a permanent fix. Channel dot on the knob doesn't line up to the right channel but the Vol. knob is perfect. Yes, I found that advice for the substitute knob on this board ! Many thanks. Here's what it looks like, installed: http:/...
by WA3VJB
Thu May 01, 2008 6:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 TX Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: MT1000 TX Issues

There's a chronic failure mode in the MT1000/HT600/P200 line between the motherboard and the antenna mount, involving a stiff piece of wire off the bottom of the threaded mount that flexes and breaks. It can be intermittent, which is the damndest thing, where the wire's just touching sometimes, or t...
by WA3VJB
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Mazda 6 anyone ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1246

Re: Mazda 6 anyone ?

Very cool on the Sti-Co antenna, MZ6-SB-VHF I have written to the company asking a few technical questions, including whether there's any hope this antenna has GAIN or whether it's unity gain. Any sense of whether the coax is low-loss ? And how does that coupler box perform. Do you lose much to the ...
by WA3VJB
Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:20 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Mazda 6 anyone ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1246

Mazda 6 anyone ?

We have a wagon and a sedan Mazda 6. The sedan is a hatchback and the preferred vehicle for a radio. -- Where to put a permanent antenna ? Thinking 1/4 wave VHF, or an NMO that I could swap with a UHF as need be. -- Any issues of RF getting into things ? Thanks. We've had them long enough I'm ready ...
by WA3VJB
Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Spectra A9 (VHF) in Toyota Camry..."light failure"
Replies: 14
Views: 2927

Re: Spectra A9 (VHF) in Toyota Camry..."light failure"

I had this same problem with a 1995 Camry, a VHF MCX100, and a 100 watt amp. No. 10 stranded teflon insulated wire right off the battery (through a waterproof marine fuseholder near the terminal), unshielded. No ignition sense. Even though I fed a quarter wave antenna dead center on the roof through...
by WA3VJB
Tue May 29, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 strange
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: MT1000 strange

Yep, wrong codeplug. VCO marked 146-174. Now that I selected the correct bandsplit the radio has gone dead, or nearly so. Won't give a power-up beep, no receive, no transmit. I am still able to "read' the radio, but I get an ERR 003 when I try to enter frequencies that now say "NONE" ...
by WA3VJB
Tue May 29, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: New look to the board
Replies: 53
Views: 12343

Re: New look to the board

Have picked around for five minutes and I'm already used to it, liked the look right away.
Thanks to Admin team.
Have you slapped an NLN number on the upgrade ?
by WA3VJB
Tue May 29, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Off to track down pirate transmitter
Replies: 33
Views: 2123

Re: Off to track down pirate transmitter

Then too, consider a possible volunteer fireman or a paid staffer who wants their own radio to keep track of calls. The databurst signal could be one of those man-down types that has been activated and just happens to dump out on mutual aid or whatever channel has been selected at the moment. That's...
by WA3VJB
Fri May 25, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 strange
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Interesting coincidence with you -- I wanted to dump a codeplug from another MT1000, indeed, and discovered it was a 146-174. I took at face value the "will make the radio inoperable" warning that pops up, and stayed away from the idea. This is the only 146-162 that I've encountered. Not t...
by WA3VJB
Thu May 24, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Awesomely powerful signals...what is the Coast Guard using?
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

in the Annapolis area, Coast Guard Group Baltimore can and does use at least two transmitters, selected as a function of which receiver is voted up and down the Chesapeake Bay. During marine safety broadcasts on 22A they manually key up both. I've been in an area where the capture effect waggles bac...
by WA3VJB
Thu May 24, 2007 2:47 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 strange
Replies: 6
Views: 579

MT1000 strange

Found at Dayton !!! I have a 16-ch MT1000 "CN" currently set for a bandsplit of 146-162 (have not checked chassis to confirm). It programs fine up to 160. Beyond that, I get a beeping sound, one beep per second apx, when transmitting. No red LED. Frequencies lower work fine. I suspect a wr...
by WA3VJB
Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 model number decoding
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Is CN the last known revision/upgrade for the MT1000 ?

Also wondering how to program the databurst in the MDC version.

Thanks any help.

Paul/VJB
by WA3VJB
Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: LIttle OFF topic but interesting NOAA WX RADIO
Replies: 3
Views: 684

They need to practice what they preach. Apparently they had no plan. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/byz/severe_guide/section1.php UNDERSTANDING YOUR RISKS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A PLAN Ice Storms - Heavy accumulations of ice can bring down trees, utility lines, and communication towers. Roadways become a g...
by WA3VJB
Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Microphone cord twist mystery? How to Unwind?
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Enjoyed the others, but a serious answer -- Take the errant part of the loops and manually twist them, one at a time, to curve in the same direction as the LONGEST part of the bulk of the cord. Start by making the first loop to add to the longest part, and just keep twisting the bad loops around the...
by WA3VJB
Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:53 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Steve Uhrig - Silent Key
Replies: 8
Views: 1848

I went to high school with him in Howard County, Maryland, about halfway between Baltimore and Frederick. We all thought he was eccentric, or, as the term would now be, "geeky," because where most of us guys were into cars and after the girls, Steve was totally immersed in his radios. One ...
by WA3VJB
Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:22 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: COUNTERFEIT /\/\otorola Antennas (How to Spot Them)
Replies: 45
Views: 4142

Thanks for the research.

Seeing that loading coil in there reminded me of Shady O'Rack's "slo blo" glass cartridge fuses.

A series resistor.
by WA3VJB
Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: mt 1000 repair
Replies: 10
Views: 633

Check the programming. Does it really have 16 different pairs in it ? If you bought it used, someone may have wiped it clean. I also have seen where an agency will have only the first two pairs, and the remainder repeat F2. No reason to think they couldn't have bought a 16-ch radio and only used one...
by WA3VJB
Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Old Motorola Desktop Dispatch Radio
Replies: 33
Views: 3819

AW !!! TOO COOL !!!
by WA3VJB
Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Genesis gang charger - differences?
Replies: 0
Views: 245

Genesis gang charger - differences?

Trying to keep one good 6-slot charger going for the MT1000, HT600 series radios. One donor unit has a red 1988 fiberglass board, while another one has a green 1995 fiberglass board. Basing dates on chip date codes. Was there any significant difference among builds? Same power supply in both, and I'...
by WA3VJB
Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT600 146-162?
Replies: 3
Views: 339

I've found the same thing. Just enter the frequency and see if it'll take. The printed spec on the radio mostly identifies which range the software wants to see, rather than hard endpoint numbers. Note that even if the software will allow you to enter a frequency out of the stated range, the radio m...
by WA3VJB
Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:49 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Genesis antenna adapter
Replies: 12
Views: 858

The SWR of the rubber helical antennas is very dependent on how you're holding the radio, that in practice it doesn't MATTER what you might be able to measure on the workbench. They also are very lossy, at best, so a mismatch if probably the least of your problems. That said, you can determine wheth...
by WA3VJB
Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola HT 100
Replies: 9
Views: 2484

Well they're antiques in the sense of being rare and collectible enough that you wouldn't want to have them in rugged beat-up service anymore. Not that they couldn't take it, but as mentioned, there are newer radios on the used market that will do much better from almost any standpoint (except allur...
by WA3VJB
Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola HT 100
Replies: 9
Views: 2484

"Corny little spin-off" of the HT220, as one of Michael Wright's link profiles attests.

http://www.geocities.com/mikeht220/ht100.html

I think they look pretty cool myself, and I'd crystal them up for light duty.
by WA3VJB
Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Why use Genuine Motorola Batteries? Why not BZ or W&W???
Replies: 43
Views: 2792

Bruce1807 wrote:
WA3VJB wrote: I may go back to them if Motorola intends to keep bringing batteries in from communist China.


You buy your batteries based on politics rather than quality?


Do you really think it's only about politics?
I'll be glad to discuss this with you as PM.
by WA3VJB
Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:41 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Why use Genuine Motorola Batteries? Why not BZ or W&W???
Replies: 43
Views: 2792

Good to hear about Alexander. They were the first "non" Motorola battery I trusted in the cherished HT220, and the battery never let me down. I may go back to them if Motorola intends to keep bringing batteries in from communist China.
by WA3VJB
Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Wasted Radios
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Wasted Radios

I feel sorry for all the radios getting thrown out as "trunked" systems take hold. There's a lot of good technology on these pallets, but gone are the days when you could expect 20-25 years out of a radio I suppose. $10-$25 each at a surplus house. http://wa3vjb.amham.com/pics/xs-3.jpg http://wa3vjb...
by WA3VJB
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:22 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: 9/11 Day of Rememberance
Replies: 8
Views: 889

While watching CNN's coverage, long-form, I was struck by how many firefighters at the WTC site kept stopping to stare at their handhelds. Where the footage includes ambient audio, you could hear weak and fragmented signals, lots of yelling and background noise. We later would learn of rampant probl...
by WA3VJB
Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:11 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Why use Genuine Motorola Batteries? Why not BZ or W&W???
Replies: 43
Views: 2792

Is the company "Alexander" still around supplying batteries for the commercial two-way market? Many years ago when I got my first HT220 I bought one of their batteries and it worked fine, for many years, and was manufactured correctly (see my post here about the poorly fitting W&W unit, yesterda...
by WA3VJB
Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:41 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Why use Genuine Motorola Batteries? Why not BZ or W&W???
Replies: 43
Views: 2792

Great. NOW you tell me. I just spent $20 on a W&W battery for my HT220. Sure enough the sloppy mold ridges on the outside of the plastic need trimmed with an Xacto knife, although at least at first charge, the capacity seems okay. I am keeping the receipt for the whole 15 month warranty, purchas...
by WA3VJB
Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:13 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Rare models? MT1000 & HT600
Replies: 11
Views: 1176

Man, can't believe it. After all the making-fun I spent of non-Motorola stuff made in the "Third World." Sure, the MT1000 and HT600 radios themselves were manufactured in Malaysia, but I have to tell you, these things do not seem to break ! Out of the 20 or so I've come across on surplus all but thr...
by WA3VJB
Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Rare models? MT1000 & HT600
Replies: 11
Views: 1176

Any part numbers to distinguish? I guess the best way is to power it up and listen ! Thanks for the addl information. The mail room today just handed me a couple of new Motorola batteries I ordered for the MT1000. The Cell Origin ? Communist China. Is nothing sacred ? The last batch I bought, the ce...
by WA3VJB
Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Better coverage
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Jon, antenna height is your biggest factor in a simplex system where mobiles talk directly to a base station. Do your best with antennas at both ends. You can get an experimental sense of range by taking a magnet mount UHF antenna, putting it dead center on the roof of your car, and connecting it to...
by WA3VJB
Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Rare models? MT1000 & HT600
Replies: 11
Views: 1176

Rare models? MT1000 & HT600

How rare was the tone pad option on the MT1000 and HT600 series radios? I have found an example from each model, both on VHF. I don't know which public safety or commerical services would have used field-dialed telephone interconnect that these radios offer. Sure, the hams use these on the repeaters...
by WA3VJB
Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:19 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23075

This is really sad for Motorola. I have been loyal to the company since we wuz kids and impressed by the HT220 in all its variations. Still have a few of them, plus a Motorola Nautilus in the boat, and a dual receiver Motorola CB in the hooptie (listens to Ch9 and switches to that guard receiver whe...
by WA3VJB
Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

I agree totally Chris, the problem was at the radio end.

Here I was, entering 1050 (nothing after the decimal) and it stared blankly back at me.

It likes 1050.1 or whatever.
by WA3VJB
Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

Chris it's not the specific accuracy of the entry but the ability of the software to complete the algorithm out of the number you've picked. Whole numbers feel incomplete to this thing, so it won't take. (theory)
by WA3VJB
Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:42 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Broken channel selector knobs on MT1000's,
Replies: 10
Views: 1953

Damndest thing, but true, and apparently heat or sunlight related (UV). I have several mint HT600 and MT1000 examples that were stored somewhere near a window (maybe on the ledge???) and the knobs turned brittle, and cracked as soon as you put torque to them. Same thing looks like it's happening on ...
by WA3VJB
Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:36 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

Knowledge acquired ! Enter it out to the decimal point and it will take it. I plugged 1050.1 in there for both frequencies. Waiting now for a big storm to see if it will go off. I can't help but think there's enough wiggle room and distortion on both ends to detect and decode the tone, especially gi...
by WA3VJB
Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:23 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: do i really need pl tones?
Replies: 2
Views: 426

I wonder if you're listening through a repeater or to the units directly. Sometimes a unit will use "talk around" which is slang for operating on the output frequency of the repeater. It is done when two units are in the vicinity of one another and they don't want to clutter up the repeater or be he...
by WA3VJB
Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:21 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

I am guessing that "CN" is the last known update before production ended. [hr] Here's another question, please. Is there a way to convince the Quik-Call II tone programming to accept 1050 hz? That would be a dandy way to monitor the NWS alert tone and open the receiver. Looks like the closest I can ...
by WA3VJB
Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

Interesting on the "CN" suffix = newer production. Is there any list of suffixes to layout, or is it just known that CN is the last. Something like: Old ---- Newer AN - BN - CN (oh and it is a CN, how about that !) Thanks much. The collective knowledge on this board constantly amazes me.
by WA3VJB
Sat Aug 05, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MT1000 5 bandsplits??
Replies: 20
Views: 2305

MT1000 5 bandsplits??

Reading an MT1000 with the RSS software, I see five bandsplits in the tally. My question is what determines or restricts whether you can switch to the widest of the three upper ranges? Why wouldn't everyone just go to the middle choice and squeeze a ham band and upper commercial frequencies out of i...
by WA3VJB
Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:29 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Which is better? Solder w/ heatshrink or butt splices?
Replies: 22
Views: 4601

If you're making wire splices on the bench you've probably got room to maneuver a handheld propane torch. Setting a profane torch on low works real well on heat shrink, since the low flame pressure makes it more diffuse, and you can see how the stuff shrinks and sets as you go along. You can get a k...

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