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by kf4sqb
Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MERRY CHRISTMAS
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS

I'll second that motion!!!
by kf4sqb
Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra part number ID
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Spectra part number ID

Motorola_otaku, you're braver than I am! I wouldn't even think of hooking up an SP anything without verifying exactly what the SP consists of. You do, however, appear to be correct in that most of the changes so far seem to be related to the RSSI circuit, with a few changes to the filtered audio cir...
by kf4sqb
Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: PR400 programming cable
Replies: 3
Views: 432

Re: PR400 programming cable

Thanks, that's what I needed to know! 8) I tend to use a RIB, not RIBless cables, here, too.
by kf4sqb
Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:47 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: PR400 programming cable
Replies: 3
Views: 432

PR400 programming cable

After doing a search here, I think I have an answer to this question, but I want conformation. Is the programming cable for the PR400 the same as the cable for the CP150/200? I'm not interested in doing anything but programming. Thanks!
by kf4sqb
Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:46 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: M1225 cable suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 644

Re: M1225 cable suggestions

Looking at how they have designed their products, I would RUN, not walk, away from them! With designs like that, you are just asking to brick (corrupt, ie. turn into a paperweight) a radio. I would suggest either a Motorola original (preferred), or a good, quality Motorola clone, such as those built...
by kf4sqb
Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:09 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra part number ID
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Spectra part number ID

After getting a copy of the schematic of the board in question (thanks, Mike!), I have sat down and done a little comparison. So far, this is one strange puppy. It has U600 (an OPamp, labeled as an "audio mixer"), which the schematic says is normally not installed, installed and connected ...
by kf4sqb
Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: USB to Serial Adapter Reviews.
Replies: 12
Views: 5376

Re: USB to Serial Adapter Reviews.

wavetar wrote:....if you use DOSbox under Windows XP to do programming....


:o

I like my radios non-bricked, thanks....(I do hope you were kidding)
by kf4sqb
Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:04 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra part number ID
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Spectra part number ID

Ah, the one person I was hoping might know something about this. And you don't. Just my luck here lately. Oh, well, I'll go with the "put them side-by-side and compare" method. Thanks to everyone who replied, and I'll certainly post any differences I happen to find, for the use of future g...
by kf4sqb
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Mobil Antenna Fiberglass Roof
Replies: 5
Views: 1786

Re: Mobil Antenna Fiberglass Roof

You have two options (that immediately come to mind): 1. Use a "no ground plane" antenna. I don't have a part number handy, but I know several antenna manufacturers make them. Them are designed to work without a ground plane. 2. Install a metal sheet under the bottom of the roof to "m...
by kf4sqb
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra part number ID
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Spectra part number ID

akardam, the command board shows a part number of HLN6394ASP02. As for putting stock interface board on this radio, I need to go the other way. I want to put the interface off of this one on a stock radio.
by kf4sqb
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: USB to Serial Adapter Reviews.
Replies: 12
Views: 5376

Re: USB to Serial Adapter Reviews.

Tvsjr, that's kinda what I expected, but I wanted to hear it from someone more experienced on the subject than I have. Thanks!
by kf4sqb
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra part number ID
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Spectra part number ID

Good luck trying to find any info on an SPxx for any radio. Yeah, that's kinda what I figured, but there's always that chance (you know, like the chance a snowball has in Hades) that someone has run across it before and knows something about it. Hard to tell just what the mod was unless you compare...
by kf4sqb
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra part number ID
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Spectra part number ID

I just purchased a couple of Spectras from a fellow Batlabber, and have a few part number questions about them. These are 800 MHz, remote mount units, with some mods. I purchased them for parts only, now have a question about whether or not the needed parts are compatible. The main parts I need are ...
by kf4sqb
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: USB to Serial Adapter Reviews.
Replies: 12
Views: 5376

Re: USB to Serial Adapter Reviews.

Along the same theme, what about Express Card - Serial adapters? I know that PCMCIA - Serial adapters are "true" serial ports, not emulated ports like a USB - Serial are, but what about Express Card? Are they also "true" ports, and usable under DOS?
by kf4sqb
Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Part # NMO 'O' ring
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Part # NMO 'O' ring

Try your local hardware store. They should have a selection of o-rings, and they're probably cheaper than ordering them from an antenna manufacturer.
by kf4sqb
Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:38 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Siren on a Spectra
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Siren on a Spectra

I wasn't thinking of cutting a hole in the chassis in my reply, however it should work just fine. It could be interesting trying to install/remove the interconnect board with all the soldered in wires going a new way out of the chassis. I'd say you're probably right, it would be a little interestin...
by kf4sqb
Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:44 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Siren on a Spectra
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Siren on a Spectra

Well you might make a DB-25 T cable, but the standard dash mount has no way to connect an external DB-25 cable. There is also no way to get wires from inside a standard dash mount interconnect board outside the radio chassis. You might try re-wiring the rear DB-15, but haven't even looked at if thi...
by kf4sqb
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Siren on a Spectra
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Siren on a Spectra

Mike, do you think it would be possible to tap into the proper points in the radio to head interface board with a cable, and just hook a siren in that way? Can't you get a "T" cable for doing this on a remote mount, instead of having to plug into the second DB25 on the radio?
by kf4sqb
Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:01 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: FH50c.dll Error
Replies: 9
Views: 731

Re: FH50c.dll Error

If all else fails, try looking on the install disk for the file in question, and manually put it where it goes. Most likely, it goes in the file the program installed the rest of itself into.
by kf4sqb
Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: 110 watt Spectra or Maratrac..Which one handles heat better?
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: 110 watt Spectra or Maratrac..Which one handles heat better?

Check the power out and below 146.00, and above 146.00. Above 146.00 it's is OK. How did you check the fwd/ref power when you installed it without a power meter? As I said, we intend to check it, now that I have a meter to check it with. For original install, the antenna was cut to length with the ...
by kf4sqb
Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Alexander "Smart Charger" questions
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Alexander "Smart Charger" questions

The one downside to the unit, however, is that you have to remove the battery from the radio as it charges on the top pins rather than the back pins like a regular drop in charger... Perhaps there are different versions, but the one I have here doesn't require the battery to be removed from the rad...
by kf4sqb
Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:18 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber error tone
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: Saber error tone

I am assuming that the model II has a display. If so the radio would also display key fail along with the tones and the transmit light not indicating transmit. That's a good point, I thought of that in the back of my mind also. The Saber II does have a display, but I have no idea if the Saber serie...
by kf4sqb
Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:07 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Alexander "Smart Charger" questions
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Alexander "Smart Charger" questions

Can anyone give me any info on an Alexander Technologies model NG12000-4734A "smart charger"? I already know that it has a Saber charging cup on it, but need specifics, like is this some kind of specialized unit with a specialized purpose, or basically just a plain battery charger? Are the...
by kf4sqb
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:58 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber error tone
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: Saber error tone

I could be mistaken, but I believe if you have it set to transmit encrypted (if its encryption-capable), but don't have a key loaded, you get a "no-no tone" like you're describing.
by kf4sqb
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:54 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: 110 watt Spectra or Maratrac..Which one handles heat better?
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: 110 watt Spectra or Maratrac..Which one handles heat better?

Jim, I'm not saying that the problem you describe with the Maratrac in Ham bands doesn't exist, but my brother has one that he's been running on 2m for quite a while now, and has never had a problem with it. We've never had it on a meter, so we don't know what the power output is in the 2m band (or ...
by kf4sqb
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MT1000/HT600 Programming
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Re: MT1000/HT600 Programming

Hi, RJ, and welcome to the Batboard. To program these, or pretty much any other older Motorola radio, you need the RSS (Radio Service Software, legally available only from Motorola, and I'm not sure if they support the Genesis series that these radio are a part of any longer or not) for that radio o...
by kf4sqb
Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:32 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola's for Packet Radio (Ham)
Replies: 12
Views: 3621

Re: Motorola's for Packet Radio (Ham)

Hi, John, and welcome to the wonderful world of Motorola! If this is your first time messing with Motorola, it probably won't be your last (its kinda addictive). I could be mistaken, but I don't believe there is any (easy) way to interface a Saber, any flavor, to a TNC. You would need discriminator ...
by kf4sqb
Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:57 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra Speaker Plugs
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Spectra Speaker Plugs

Isn't this the same plug the X9000 uses for speakers? If so, you may be able to go to a lawnmower shop to get them. I don't know if other manufacturers did or not, but Snapper used them to connect the engines' charging/aux. power system.
by kf4sqb
Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CP200 question
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: CP200 question

I was afraid of that. :( Thanks for the info.
by kf4sqb
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:32 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: CP200 question
Replies: 2
Views: 277

CP200 question

Can the CP200 be programmed to send a RAT?
by kf4sqb
Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:23 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Syntor X9000 Rear Mic via VIP
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Syntor X9000 Rear Mic via VIP

Sounds like you have to add a couple of jumpers to the VIP connector. Good point, Will. Ajmanz, if you want to go the route of modding the head (would mean that it may not work properly for normal VIP functions, if you need them), I'm sure that myself, or several others, can walk you through it. De...
by kf4sqb
Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Sound Problems
Replies: 12
Views: 1687

Re: Sound Problems

Interesting. If the VCO unlock indicator is staying on all the time, then the VCO is unlocked. As you've already seen, it absolutely won't work that way. Is this a radio you've had, and this problem just developed, or is this a radio you just acquired, and it didn't work properly from the start? It ...
by kf4sqb
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Syntor X9000 Rear Mic via VIP
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Syntor X9000 Rear Mic via VIP

Nope, I'm afraid it can't be done. There are no PTT, or mic audio lines in the VIP.
by kf4sqb
Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:40 am
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Sound Problems
Replies: 12
Views: 1687

Re: Sound Problems

You may also want to pop the cover off and see if the VCO unlock indicator is lit or not (it shouldn't be). You may have frequencies programmed outside the radio's bandsplit. If you're not already familiar with the location of the VCO unlock indicator, I'll try to explain it's location to you. Remov...
by kf4sqb
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HT1000 Automatic Emergency TX?
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: HT1000 Automatic Emergency TX?

Its listed as "External Mandown Switch" in the RSS. Once you have a codeplug loaded, from the main menu, hit F4 (change/view/create), then F3 (radio configuration), then F3 (side button configuration). External Mandown should be the last selection in the side button menu. Set it to enabled...
by kf4sqb
Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maratrac Siren Info Needed.
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Re: Maratrac Siren Info Needed.

I don't have any photos or anything, but may be able to give you some insight. There isn't a "radio-siren" cable. There should be a "VIP-siren head" cable that goes from the VIP connector of the radio control head to the back of the siren control head, to route mic audio to the s...
by kf4sqb
Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: VHF Maratrac Programming
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: VHF Maratrac Programming

Another good question is what operating system are you using on your computer? If you're using DOS (real DOS, not "shut down and restart in MS-DOS mode", or a DOS window), Bob may well have hit the nail on the head. If you're using anything else, try changing your OS first, then look to th...
by kf4sqb
Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: A9/Systems 9000 control head dead?
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: A9/Systems 9000 control head dead?

You know, now that I think about it, from your symptoms, I'll bet that you've had a small, furry visitor in your car. What do you think the odds are that you'll find a few wires chewed in two, or at least the insulation chewed off of them, and the bare spots touching something they shouldn't be?
by kf4sqb
Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:13 am
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: What pager have you had the best luck with
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: What pager have you had the best luck with

Seriously though, I just got a Min V to replace my old Min II and I'd like to trade back. Amen to that! If it wasn't for the fact that I need to alert for two sets of tones without a common tone between them (510.5/349.0 & 457.9/368.5), I'd switch back to a II in a heartbeat. I had to "upg...
by kf4sqb
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:31 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: A9/Systems 9000 control head dead?
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: A9/Systems 9000 control head dead?

No insight, but I do have a .pdf format service manual for the Syntor X9000. I know you are dealing with Spectras, but this manual has schematics and board layouts for the Systems 9000 control head, which is common to both the Syntor and Spectra series. If you think it'll be helpful, give me an emai...
by kf4sqb
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: OT: 75 to 50 Ohm Transformer?
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: OT: 75 to 50 Ohm Transformer?

Honestly, the slight mismatch between 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm feedline isn't enough to be concerned about, unless this is for a system that would barely work with comparable 50 Ohm feedline. IIRC, the mismatch will only equate to a 1.3 - 1.4 : 1 SWR over what the same system would be with 50 Ohm feedline....
by kf4sqb
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:13 am
Forum: Motorola Digital and Voice Paging
Topic: What pager have you had the best luck with
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: What pager have you had the best luck with

If you're talking voice pagers, the Minitor II wins, hands down, in my book. They don't have a lot of the fancy bells and whistles available on more modern pagers, but they are rock-solid as far as performance is concerned.
by kf4sqb
Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:08 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Maratrac Cable
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: Maratrac Cable

David, I have the schematics for the A-7 head, including all the cable pinouts, in .jpg format. If you'll give me an email addy, I'll be happy to send you a copy of it. It should give you all the info you need, plus.
by kf4sqb
Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: HSN 9326A
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Re: HSN 9326A

Unless its an amplified speaker (I'm not familiar with the model number), there are a few ways you may be able to tell. Method #1: Open the housing up and look at the back of the speaker. The impedance of most small speakers like are used in these things is usually printed on the magnet. Method #2: ...
by kf4sqb
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: How to interface Mocom control head w/modern radio?
Replies: 6
Views: 868

Re: How to interface Mocom control head w/modern radio?

You should be able to interface to a GM300, or similar radio, through the accessory connector on the back of the radio and do everything you want to do, provided you have the expanded logic board with the 16-pin accessory connector. Speaker audio, mic audio, PTT, and channel steering are all availab...
by kf4sqb
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Homebrew AA Battery Pack?
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Homebrew AA Battery Pack?

The best way I know of is a Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel, a steady hand, and a lot of patience. These packs are "ultrasonically welded", which means, more or less, melted together. They are about as close to "molded in place" as you can get without actually being molded in pl...
by kf4sqb
Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: X9000 HCN1033D VIP Ground Trigger Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: X9000 HCN1033D VIP Ground Trigger Problem

I've just layed out the whole VIP output circuit for you. If its not anything I've layed out for you, it would have to be in the data bus, or the microprocessor. Just because all three outputs are affected doesn't mean that its a part common to all three outputs. It is certainly possible that all th...
by kf4sqb
Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: X9000 HCN1033D VIP Ground Trigger Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: X9000 HCN1033D VIP Ground Trigger Problem

OK then, into the guts of the head we go. From the way you have your subject line worded, I'm assuming that you have your relay wired correctly (one side of the relay's coil wired to a hot, preferably pins 18, 19, or 35 in the VIP plug, and the other side tied to pin 1, 2, or 34 in the VIP plug). Pi...
by kf4sqb
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:10 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: X9000 HCN1033D VIP Ground Trigger Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: X9000 HCN1033D VIP Ground Trigger Problem

OK, lets start with the obvious first:

Is the head properly programmed for the desired VIP functions? Was this a working install that recently developed this problem?
by kf4sqb
Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Regular and Systems Saber board identification
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: Regular and Systems Saber board identification

I've got a Saber II and a Systems Saber III opened up in front of me right now, and I only see about three parts different between them. However, those three could be because the Systems Saber III is secure-capable, while the Saber II isn't. I'd say it's very possible that the firmware is the only d...

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