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by kc7gr
Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: TLB1564A what have I got
Replies: 9
Views: 913

Re: TLB1564A what have I got

I bought a unit that was labled as a 5mhz reference osscilator, now its here and I am not sure if thats what it is or I have more, it seems it is from a Micor. Part # TLB1564A Sticker on back lists freq as 43.200, thats what makes me wonder if this is more than just the 5mhz reference, I do see the...
by kc7gr
Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Battery Reconditioner
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Try Cadex

Cadex Electronics makes a marvelous battery analyzer that can handle just about every current technology, including LiOn. You can often find their model 7000 on Greed-bay.

HOWEVER -- Be warned that adapter cups are anywhere from $100 to $200 each, depending on what it is.

Happy hunting.
by kc7gr
Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1322

Just getting back to this. I am thinking of possibly going to be a Motorola radio tech. I just would like to learn some of the things that go along with it. I know people here talks about "flashcodes," "keys," and etc. What are those and how do they work? I am thinking about getting that book for d...
by kc7gr
Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCX1000 Analog vs Digital
Replies: 4
Views: 620

jnglmassiv wrote:Say Bruce, would you happen to have any more of that same item? I might be interested...
Regrettably not. I got lucky to find the one, and I didn't need it because I already had a Spectra Consolette waiting in the wings.

However, should I run across more of them, I'll see what I can do.
by kc7gr
Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCX1000 Analog vs Digital
Replies: 4
Views: 620

Re: MCX1000 Analog vs Digital

I just won an auction at the epay site for an MCX1000 Digital radio (MBD43UXA7H00-K). What exactly is the difference between the analog and the digital MCX1000s? Here is the radio I won. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Heck... If you had a question like that, all you had to do was ask me. ;-...
by kc7gr
Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Need someone who can repair RIB's and SmartRIB's
Replies: 5
Views: 708

RIB Repairs

The most common failures I've found in the standard 4008 RIBs are one or both of the IC's. What I usually do is deslobber the old ones, install a couple of machined-pin 8-position DIP sockets, and then plug new IC's in. This makes it much easier to replace if they fail again. Possible alternative, t...
by kc7gr
Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: T5600 Programming Cable: How-To
Replies: 0
Views: 241

T5600 Programming Cable: How-To

A while back (at least a year or two), details of making a programming cable for the T5600 were posted. I just finished experimenting with those details, and with a T5600 I'm about to list for sale on That Site Which Must Not Be Named. Based on said experiments, I'm pleased to present updated instru...
by kc7gr
Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Part # for Capacitors for Sys 9000 control head
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Many thanks for the help and the link. <bigsnip> I was about to order up a batch of capacitors so you guys saved me there. Oh, how I would have hated myself to have done all that work and still no improvement. <smallsnip> FYI: You'll save a bundle on capacitors (and get better-quality parts) by not...
by kc7gr
Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:00 am
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: High Speed Cable or DSL?
Replies: 37
Views: 5185

Depends on many things...

The choice of DSL vs. cable depends on many factors. First and foremost: Do you have even the slightest thoughts of going self-hosted? (as in running your own servers). If so, you need to go DSL. Period. The reason is that every cable company I've ever checked with has strict prohibitions against en...
by kc7gr
Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: SmarRIB
Replies: 5
Views: 795

The XP position is only used when aligning a radio's receiver and electromagnetic intererence (EMI) from the SmartRib is degrading radio performance. It pull's the crystal operating freq of the Smart Rib causing the clock freq to change moving any generated electrical noise off the current radio re...
by kc7gr
Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: VHF SPECTRA intermittent fail code??
Replies: 14
Views: 970

Re: VHF SPECTRA intermittent fail code??

Hey all, need a good guess on a low power Spectra problem. D43KXA7JA5BK I got a couple radios in, [see my trunking problem in the rss forum] and one needs un-trunked, but this particular radio needs a doctor. What happens is once in a while, I get the error FAIL 001, and it comes/goes in RX mode fo...
by kc7gr
Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra audio trouble
Replies: 5
Views: 339

kcbooboo wrote:
<snippety>

Time to get out the 'scope and schematic and follow the audio from the RF board through the command board and see where you don't have it.

Bob M.
AND, while you have the radio open, check for the infamous leaky-caps issue.

Happy tweaking.
by kc7gr
Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:07 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: Good LCD Monitor?
Replies: 17
Views: 4171

Samsung, definitely...

These days, I won't touch anything outside of the Samsung SyncMaster series.

Happy hunting.
by kc7gr
Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1322

Simply "reading it on the Internet" won't cut it..

I checked those websites and didn't really find what I was looking for. I would prefer to just read it on the internet. If anyone has anything, let me know, and thanks for replying. While the Internet is a useful enough tool, it should never be considered the Answer to Everything, as it were. If yo...
by kc7gr
Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:34 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Attention X9000 Guys!
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Re: WSP X9000

I'm not sure if everyone is aware these radios allowed the operators to talk on two channels w/o changing channels by using a dual rocker mic. By pressing up on the mic allowed the operatorn to talk on the "Area" or home channel. Pressing down keyed the selected channel. Two speakers were used, and...
by kc7gr
Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:20 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Radio Call boxes
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Try Allen-Tel...

Wavetar, Give Allen Tel a try. They specialize in oddball telephone enclosures, including emergency boxes, rackmounts, etc. http://www.allentel.com/telephone_index.html Their prices are actually quite reasonable for what they offer. Graybar Electric is a full-line Allen Tel distributor, and can spec...
by kc7gr
Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Former Motorola Technican
Replies: 14
Views: 1645

Re: Former Motorola Technican

bigwheel wrote:As a former Motorola technician I have a question. How is the quality of the radio repairs comming out of Juarez?
As another former Moto tech: I don't want to send any of my radios down to find out! ;-)

Keep the peace(es).
by kc7gr
Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:14 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra Service problem
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Spectra Service problem

I have a Spectra UHF 110 watt A9 head,i have tryed all my RSS to try and get into the service F-2 ,sometimes it just boots back into window,and when i go into true DOS and try,i hit F-2 and it does nothing,anything i'm missing here? Max I ran into similar symptoms with a 900MHz Spectra that I was t...
by kc7gr
Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: DOS RSS with XP using USB to Serial conv?
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Re: DOS RSS with XP using USB to Serial conv?

Anyone know how to run DOS RSS in Windows XP using an USB to Serial converter? Thanks Dave Talk about a double-whammy! In two words: You don't. Not if you value the integrity of your radio's codeplug, anyway. No Windows version beyond 95/98 allows any program to have direct hardware access to the U...
by kc7gr
Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:07 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Can someone ID this for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 909

To power that 110w radio you'll need a 35A supply. The radio probably draws 26-28A while transmitting (my Syntor X draws 28A) and you need some headroom, so a 30A will not be adequate. If you can find one, I would recommend Motorola's old R1011B power supply. That thing is old (1960's technology) &...
by kc7gr
Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Curiousity -- Colored MT/MTS2000's?
Replies: 15
Views: 1569

Curiousity -- Colored MT/MTS2000's?

This is something I've wondered about, having seen fluorescent-colored housings for the XTS series in times past.

Were there ever any housing kits made for the MT/MTS2000 other than black?

Inquiring knows want a mind...
by kc7gr
Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Is Zone capability is function of MLM only ?
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Is Zone capability is function of MLM only ?

I received a D44 C7 Spectra, but it does not appear to be Zone capable. Am I correct in assuming that Zone Capability is a function of the MLM board only and cannot be created or restored in the RSS? <snippety> This is an accurate statement. Zoned operation is only supported with firmware versions ...
by kc7gr
Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:09 am
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: vpn and client security 3.0
Replies: 3
Views: 1179

The bottom line is that I would not trust Symantec to protect a block of moldy cheese, let alone any system I run. My advice would be to try ZoneAlarm and see what happens. That's a good one. Here's a thought though. If you have a router with firewall, why do you need a software firewall too? I dit...
by kc7gr
Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: vpn and client security 3.0
Replies: 3
Views: 1179

Re: vpn and client security 3.0

I cannot get my symantec client security to properly pass built in windows vpn (pptp) to my home xp box. (remote end) When I disable it I can remotly access it. I searched around the symantec website but it had little help. Anyone know of the items to open on this program to allow the data to pass?...
by kc7gr
Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:57 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: rfguys.com RIB
Replies: 21
Views: 4022

Re: rfguys.com RIB

I came across this RIB on ebay today. It looks to be pretty decent, has anyone had any experience with it? <Snip image> No direct experience. However, speaking from what I've learned over the years about how picky programming hardware can be, I wouldn't trust that thing to program a VCR, let alone ...
by kc7gr
Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:12 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Are these good radios for HAM use/RSS versions?
Replies: 8
Views: 2639

Re: Are these good radios for HAM use/RSS versions?

Hi All, <snippety> I'm looking for 2m/NOAA/MURS and 70cm capability. I've done some reading here and at other sites and here's what I've come up with: HT: GP300 Mobiles: GM300 or Maxtrac These seem to be readily availble and fairly inexpensive as are the accessories. From what I've read as well the...
by kc7gr
Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: X9000 VHF Programming Woes for Ham
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: X9000 VHF Programming Woes for Ham

I'm using SP Ham Version 5.02.00 of RSS. I'm using a commercial split radio. I started making the codeplug as 148 MHz - 174 MHz. I want to use it for ham band. Whenever I put in a freq under 145.000 MHz, it blinks "Out of Range" at me at the bottom of the screen, and won't let me enter it. Any idea...
by kc7gr
Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Analog Railroad Spectra Support.
Replies: 13
Views: 1054

kcbooboo, I got a detailed Spectra manual. The R/R Spectra brick is a standard VHF analog Spectra. OOPs you are right about the part number. Thanks kc7gr, I asked my parts coordinator to order some caps and I will give replacing the caps a go. I am also on vacation most of September. I may pick you...
by kc7gr
Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:18 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS 2000
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: MCS 2000

Hi there I just got a MCS2000 and I would like to use it as a scanner only. Is there a power cord to plug it in a standard home plug. If yes were could I found one. Thank you all Pat If this is a high-power (110W) VHF, or a mid-power (40W) UHF, with a Type III control head, I would happily trade yo...
by kc7gr
Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:28 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Analog Railroad Spectra Support.
Replies: 13
Views: 1054

Re: Analog Railroad Spectra Support.

I have a support issue with the Analog Railroad Spectra the Motorola depot does not support the product. :cry: Motorola stopped building Analog Spectras in 2004 but I sent the Depot a radio for repair and it came back this product is no longer supported !!!! After calling around and getting nowhere...
by kc7gr
Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maratrac RSS question
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Maratrac RSS question

I see from searching that some versions of RSS will allow you to enter 2m freqs using the shift method, while others reqire the codelug to be modified. Anyone know what version of RSS the shift method works with? The shift-key trick has not worked for me on any version of the Maratrac software. I e...
by kc7gr
Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:10 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23756

I took a really close look at the picture, and found some interesting stuff: <Snippety> Re: What looks like a 1/4KW station cabinet: After taking a close look of my own, I'm not even convinced that's what it is. Take a look at the sides of the thing again -- it looks like they're detachable. Unless...
by kc7gr
Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: new laptop
Replies: 14
Views: 2821

Re: new laptop

I am by no means a computer expert, but I am looking for a new laptop. What laptops are still being built with the 9 pin serial port. I am looking for the 9pin serial port and something faster. I have a few others for DOS programs, so I am not worried about that part. I am open as to what brand. Ju...
by kc7gr
Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: The New Motorola Depot
Replies: 139
Views: 23756

I've said it before...

...I'll say it again here, and I'll probably end up saying it a few more times in my life.

I am bloody glad I found my way out of Motorola and into civil service!

Keep the peace(es).
by kc7gr
Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:34 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Aftermarket RIBs and programming cables any good?
Replies: 13
Views: 2080

Re: They work fine -- IF...

... <snip> I will say that I'm not pleased with the inexpensive slide switches called out in said list, nor am I fond of the mass-produced D-sub connectors. What I do is build up the RIB using high-end components, such as 1% precision resistors, sealed toggle switches, machine-pin sockets for the t...
by kc7gr
Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:18 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac VHF Output: How low...?
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Thanks!

Experiences and suggestions noted and logged. Thanks much to all responders.

I will definitely do as Will and others have suggested, and monitor the results with a SpecAn. I'll also double-check the antenna to be sure it's a good match.

Keep the peace(es).
by kc7gr
Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maxtrac VHF Output: How low...?
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Maxtrac VHF Output: How low...?

More specifically, and to re-re-use a somewhat (in)famous quote: 'How Low Can You Go?' I know about the rule-of-thumb which says never reduce a Class C RF amp in an FM transceiver below 50% of its rated output, but I'm seriously wondering if anyone on the board has ever taken a Maxtrac below that po...
by kc7gr
Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:46 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Any done this - 1 Mic & 5 Radios (Using Pre-Amps)
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Any done this - 1 Mic & 5 Radios (Using Pre-Amps)

<snippety> I want to make up a unit where I have 1 mic, and through a series of push buttons be able to select where I route the mic audio & PTT signal to. <snippety-two> Suggestion: Do what I did, and adapt an aircraft audio panel to your task. You may have to 'hack' some extra channel positions i...
by kc7gr
Mon Jul 31, 2006 7:40 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: TOP EEPROM USB programmers on eBay?
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: TOP EEPROM USB programmers on eBay?

I'm a little skeptical as the Word version of the manual was written in "Engrish" -- poorly translated. No surprise -- they ship from China. Has anyone used one of these? How'd it work? (PS: I posted this in this forum as fellow BatLabbers might be interested in using this to program EPROMs for the...
by kc7gr
Mon Jul 31, 2006 7:36 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: UHF Spectra intermittant receive
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Receive sens is good. The problem is receiving a local repeater. If the problem is limited to a single repeater, I would suspect that the repeater itself may be off-frequency, or perhaps modulating right out of the Spectra's passband. I've heard it happen. Definitely check the actual injection freq...
by kc7gr
Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: HT1000 Programming Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Re: HT1000 Programming Problem

About 2 years one of the guys at our fire dept. programmed 15 HT1000's. He has since left, and we have no way of contacting him. All of the hardware he used it still here. The cable is a Rib-less cable he got on Ebay, and did work without a rib. The software is 3.03.03. The computer is a 133Mhz Pen...
by kc7gr
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:23 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra Audio amp part number
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Spectra Audio amp IC

Thank you for the information Bruce. I may have found an replacement IC, believe it or not. So from what I gather this is one of the first REVs of the control board. This is the first Spectra I have owned. Really pleased with it. Will any control board work? I would imagine I would have to have a C...
by kc7gr
Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Net bootable DOS RSS environment
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: Net bootable DOS RSS environment

At home, I don't have DOS running on any of my machines - I just net boot into it via PXE from my laptop (a Dell Latitude C400.) To make this happen, you would need: <BigSnip> Would be sufficient interest in this forum for me to bother writing an indepth how-to document for this? Cheers I, for one,...
by kc7gr
Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Spectra Programming Blues - SOLVED. 5th post.
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Re: Spectra Programming Blues

I'm taking my first crack at programming my Spectra. So far it hasn't gone well. I am getting an error on the RSS that say's "Serial Bus Error- Power Fault". Periodically, the radio display flashes and cycles through it's self check over and over. The latest msg on the radio is a "Fail 001" that po...
by kc7gr
Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra Audio amp part number
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Spectra Audio amp part number

Greetings, just got a VHF A7 45 watt Spectra. Fellow I got it from said he had the caps changed when it was programmed a few years ago. I programmed it myself no problem...BUT I guess I grounded one of the audio pins since the RX aud is now low and distorted. I'm pretty sure I know how I managed it...
by kc7gr
Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: spectra no volume...HELP PLEASE
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: spectra no volume...HELP PLEASE

if you know anyone PLEASE let me know..the problem started a few weeks ago I'm one of the folks, Will is another, and I think there's one more. If the problem only started in the last couple of weeks, there's a good chance the radio can be saved. The choice of techie usually comes down to individua...
by kc7gr
Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Programming a MaraTrac
Replies: 8
Views: 6064

MB, The cable is the easy part, but YES you NEED the RIB. Maybe some one who has the required componets can program your MaraTrac for you. I am in So. Calif., and work on lots of MaraTracs if that helps. I would like to be able to get all the stuff so I can do it myself, and so I can make changes i...
by kc7gr
Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: How to program a Syntor X
Replies: 17
Views: 1781

Programming's only the beginning

Keep in mind that programming the radio is just the beginning. If this is a VHF Range 2 radio (150-174), then it will roll off very sharply in receiver sensitivity below about 149MHz. Besides the programming, the receiver's preselector will need to be retuned to accomodate the 2m band (if you plan t...
by kc7gr
Tue Jun 27, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MTS2000 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 2771

Hi all! My MTS2000 (9PW1BN 432AXC 0853, 000001-000000-9) power up ok (w/o any alerts), in generally works ok (incl. transmitting), but only if security switch in CLEAR position. But when i set switch into the SECURE position and try press PTT, display show my KYFAIL message. What it mean? As could ...
by kc7gr
Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:10 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Thumps
Replies: 49
Views: 3373

I gotta do it...

I cannot resist... ;-)

Beware of Spectras that go 'Thump!' in the night! (or 'Knight,' if you happen to be a fan of 'Knight Rider.')

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