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by kc7gr
Mon Feb 17, 2003 11:03 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

Re: drilling holes in the roof

That is an incredible install, I guess the one thing I find hard to believe is the fact that drilling a hole in your roof is going to lead to problems. I am surpriesed that no one mentioned this. Working for a two way shop our install guy has done 1000's of installs and has never had an leak or rus...
by kc7gr
Mon Feb 17, 2003 10:57 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HCN1073C Head and spectras
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: HCN1073C Head and spectras

Will a Systems 9000 head numbered HCN1073C work on a Motorola Spectra??? It should. That's what I've been using on an A9 VHF radio for some time now. Also how do you get a 9000 (A9) head to work on a Spectra with an A4, or A7 series head???? Do you need to get a different MLM board???? In sequence:...
by kc7gr
Mon Feb 17, 2003 10:49 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Anyone have an opinion on expos?
Replies: 14
Views: 723

Re: Anyone have an opinion on expos?

Just figured i'd throw this up and see what type of experiences you've had if you've owned or worked on expo radios. How hard are they to either recrystal yourself or to get done by someone else. Also, what style of PL reeds (if any) do they use? And overall, are they somewhat decent radios? And ar...
by kc7gr
Mon Feb 17, 2003 10:38 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: What documentation do you request before you program???
Replies: 40
Views: 2481

What docs do I ask for?

Easy stuff. If it's hamateur, I'll ask for the callsign, and I'll usually check it against the ARRL or QRZ database search. If there's a discrepancy, I will also check for FCC violation notices against that call. For GMRS: A copy of the user's license. For any public-safety (utilities, fire, PD, med...
by kc7gr
Fri Feb 07, 2003 2:52 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

I stand corrected And my suggestion was submitted with respect, the final decision on the install would always be yours. 8) :-) I would never presume to be perfect, and I certainly appreciate the feedback. When I was still with Motorola, learning how to do installs, I was fortunate to have a very e...
by kc7gr
Fri Feb 07, 2003 9:24 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

Well, there's gotta be one in every crowd. The install is Top-Shelf all the way, but..... Been a firefighter (both paid and volunteer) since 1966. Dug a lot of people out of a lot of wrecks, some their fault and some not, but after the collision, if you're hurt, it doesn't matter. When you hit some...
by kc7gr
Fri Feb 07, 2003 9:19 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

If your not part of mars or cap, your not going to get a field promotion to a member. If your in a situation where you find youself out of the blue being approved to use public service frequencies by some miricle I would say that conditions are so dire that using a ham radio on commerical freq woul...
by kc7gr
Fri Feb 07, 2003 9:12 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

Re: WOW!!

I showed the pictures of your van to my XYL...her reply was "DON'T EVEN THINK IT!!". I also have a Grand Caravan, 2000. So enlighten me, where did you drill the hole thru the firewall? I haven't installed anything in it yet, I just got it back in October. The firewall hole went above and to the rig...
by kc7gr
Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:11 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

I still think your better off with some freq agile ham gear for ARES work. Unless you have programmed every pair and every PL your asking for trouble. Granted day to day is fine on the commerical rigs. Also I dont buy the maybe Ill get to use the commerical radio on commerical freq some day. Unless...
by kc7gr
Mon Feb 03, 2003 10:54 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Anyone have comments on the Phantom by Antenex antennas
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: Anyone have comments on the Phantom by Antenex antennas

I'm considering replacing some of our vhf whips with these low profile unity gain antennas, but was concerned about their performance. The whips are taking a beating at the car wash and in the garages not to mention a mag mount theft. Any comments/concerns would be appreciated. As a user and (SHAME...
by kc7gr
Tue Jan 28, 2003 9:43 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: APRS RADIO??????
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

APRS Radio?

Youbetcha. I've had excellent results from a modified Mitrek. The mods involved were changing two capacitors in the transmitter section (so the multipliers would tune up -- I had the 150.8-174 split radio), and having International Crystal re-do the channel elements for 144.3900. The only other chan...
by kc7gr
Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:37 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Need Help w/ Handset Hookup to Spectra
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Spectra Handset

Hi, Klep, Looking at the command board schematic in the detailed service manual (which I highly recommend getting, BTW!): PTT is normally communicated by the micro-p in the control head. HOWEVER -- There is most definitely a provision for manual PTT, which sounds like what you want. More specificall...
by kc7gr
Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:11 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

Thank you!

Thank you... It was the most challenging install I've taken on to date. As for the man hours: I didn't keep exact track. However, I can tell you that I was working on it for at least 3-4 hours per night (after getting home from work), plus 7-8 hours per weekend, for about three weeks. I know that se...
by kc7gr
Mon Jan 27, 2003 9:34 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details
Replies: 31
Views: 8249

Dodge Grand Caravan SE Install Pics & Details

At the risk of seeming like Yet Another Brag Page (I'd like to think I have some useful advice on the site as well), I've placed photos and details of the custom install I did in our van on my hamateur site. http://www.bluefeathertech.com/kc7gr/thevan.html Among other things, I ended up using SMC in...
by kc7gr
Fri Jan 24, 2003 9:24 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Sys9000 direct mode entry
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Sys9000 direct mode entry

This is a long shot, but I'm curious: Was there ever a way to, on a Systems 9000 control head, do either of the following? (1) Enter the number of a mode directly on the keypad (Example: You want to go to mode 104, you enter '104' on the pad and, say, hit the # key)? I already know about programming...
by kc7gr
Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:47 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Syntor X9000 head on Spectra
Replies: 3
Views: 431

HCN1073 works...

And I can say that from direct experience. I have a pair of Spectra A9's in the van -- one VHF 110W, one UHF 40W. The UHF, as I recall, is using an HCN1045 series head, while the VHF is quite happy with an HCN1073C (I think it's a C). The kicker is that, as I recall, the Spectra radio in question mu...
by kc7gr
Thu Jan 23, 2003 10:53 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Transmit sidetone from Spectra conventional
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Transmit sidetone from Spectra conventional

Fellow BatWingers, I'm in the process of adapting an aircraft-type audio switching panel to work with a pair of Spectra radios in a mobile configuration. The panel has provisions for transmit sidetone input when used with a headset, and I would like to use this feature with the Spectras, just to rem...
by kc7gr
Fri Dec 27, 2002 8:35 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: changing ranges in spectra?
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: changing ranges in spectra?

Is there a way to make a d44 spectra that is in range 4 transmit in range 2 or 3? What I want is to make a spectra that is now in the 480-512 range work in the 450-460 range Possible? Possible? Yes. Cheap? No. I went through this with a Range 3 UHF Spectra that I wanted to use in Range 2. Modifying...
by kc7gr
Sat Oct 26, 2002 7:37 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Another Ebay Wonder!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 697

If they really do have encryption, you can bet your bippy that it was not made by Motorola, and it's most definitely not DES or DVP. I can say this with confidence because I used to work on MT500's, day after day, for nearly three years, and I became intimately familiar with every standard model (an...
by kc7gr
Tue Sep 24, 2002 8:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: need spectra code plug
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Try hitting F2 and keep on trucking. You must have changed something in the features. Normally the radio will accept it and continue after hitting F2 for continue. Jim I'll second that. I had the same thing happen when I programmed my high-power VHF unit. I simply hit 'F2,' it programmed, and it's ...
by kc7gr
Thu Mar 14, 2002 8:25 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra UHF VCO
Replies: 0
Views: 230

Hi, gang, I've got a UHF Spectra in Range 3. It has been programmed for a number of ham freqs, but the VCO is reluctant to lock down around 440 (no surprise). I was going to try 'painting' over one of the laser cuts on the tank inductor with some conductive goo, but it looks like said inductor has m...

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