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by GlennD
Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000 External Mic Compatability
Replies: 6
Views: 931

Re: MCS2000 External Mic Compatability

As for a motorola preamp, you need one from a old metal mic. The current mics have a preamp for an electret mic and you need one for a dynamic mic. Also the preamp is powered from the radio so no isolating cap is used.
by GlennD
Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: MCS2000 External Mic Compatability
Replies: 6
Views: 931

Re: MCS2000 External Mic Compatability

Since you are a firefighter, the preamp from a David Clark mic works well.
I used one to interface a centracom cie gooseneck mic to an XTL5000
on an emergency van.
by GlennD
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Dead Battery
Replies: 21
Views: 3593

Re: Dead Battery

We have seen this problem in some of our XTL5000s that fleet installed into police cars. If the red wire at the radio has continous 12V then the control head red wire must also be connected to cont 12V. This is shown in the later install CDs but it is wrong on the original CDs. In our case fleet ran...
by GlennD
Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: MC2000 MDC Decode and Button Issues
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: MC2000 MDC Decode and Button Issues

The city replaced my desktop computer with the latest dual core dell. It seems to be too fast. I can no longer program MCS2000s and Astro Spectras with it. Astro 25 radios work fine. I have to bring out my Panasonic CF52 to program using the same hardware. Our city has a rigid changeout policy. YOU ...
by GlennD
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTL5000 Dual Radio
Replies: 33
Views: 7039

Re: XTL5000 Dual Radio

You have to modify each version of the software. We have 450-512 radios and I have programmed ham frequencies in the 440 area in some recent motorcycle radios for a couple of amateur radio officers.
by GlennD
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Need your help on picking a Service Monitor on a Budget
Replies: 21
Views: 1506

Re: Need your help on picking a Service Monitor on a Budget

Avoid a CE-3 since it is band segmented. Ce-4,5,6 are continous coverage.
by GlennD
Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:50 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Dead Spectra head
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Dead Spectra head

You really should have a close board layout. Common problems are the 10Mdf cap at the edge corrodes the thin foil trace supplying 12V, If you have 12V at the FET switch, when the radio is turned on there must be over 20V at the gate. This is supplied by a square wave tripler and limited by a 36V zen...
by GlennD
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: XTL / XTS Firmware upgrade question
Replies: 6
Views: 818

Re: XTL / XTS Firmware upgrade question

I did about 500 XTS5000s going from the problem 8 version to a 9 version using the USB cable with no failures. Never used a serial cable on a portable but on a mobile it takes over 20 min. The XTS USB is less than 3 min.
by GlennD
Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Dead Spectra head
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Dead Spectra head

Uh, That is the processor crystal and it will read open. There is no fuse in the control head.
by GlennD
Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber Antenna Question
Replies: 4
Views: 480

Re: Saber Antenna Question

The hole is there only to protect the center pin if the wrong antenna is screwed on. In the past I have found sma antennas screwed on to Sabers. In this case the only thing radiating is the stud. With our system, they still worked. Going the other way, you are screwing a shield cap on the antenna. I...
by GlennD
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:27 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option

Our SP version was 6.28 and it was used for all uhf radios except some fire radios that needed more PLs. In that case it was programmed with 6.28 and the Pls added with 7.01 without touching the freqs or it would revert to the band limits. The vhf radios were all programmed with 7.01 All of the radi...
by GlennD
Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Wireless Technician Job Openings
Replies: 13
Views: 1952

Re: Wireless Technician Job Openings

We pay for social security and 2 or 3% of the Calpers retirement. When I joined it was 1.8% but we paid an additional percent to go to 2.7%. Public safety people get 3% at 50. Ours is 2.7% at 55.
by GlennD
Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Wireless Technician Job Openings
Replies: 13
Views: 1952

Re: Wireless Technician Job Openings

I joined the City of Long Beach at 50. I will retire around 66 so I will have 16 years times 2.7% times 66K. It is certainly time enough for a fair retirement starting at 50. The real problem is that most cities, counties, and states are broke. Long Beach has a hireing freeze and we lost our three o...
by GlennD
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTL5000 Fail 01-90
Replies: 15
Views: 6731

Re: XTL5000 Fail 01-90

The control head can not talk to the trunk unit. Make sure that the rear unit has power and the control cable is firmly plugged in at both ends.

It is not likely a control head radio mismatch since it was working.
by GlennD
Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Impress Battery Initialization Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1761

Re: Impress Battery Initialization Problems

We have batteries turned in with no battery display. When questioning the user it turns out that they never allow the battery to fully charge. If you pull out the radio to go on a call, sooner or later the battery status will go away since the battery charge is not known anymore. In all cases so far...
by GlennD
Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option

I have never seen a memory alloc error. We mostly used an sp version of 6.28 with + or - 10Mhz band limits. For VHF fire we used 7.01 since they needed more pl freqs than 6.28 supported. I used an ancient DEC 486 50Mhz computer. When I was first dragged into the screen room the slow computer was a p...
by GlennD
Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option

All Long Beach surplus is picked up by property room.com. After that it seems to end up at dealers or even on Ebay.
by GlennD
Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:59 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Motorola Saber 2: *k Restore from 2k memory option

The radios say error because we corrupt the code plug by turning off the power while programming. If you follow the batlabs procedure it is very easy to recover the radio. The trick is that you must let at least one dot show and quickly turn off the radio. Then program in a valid 8K code plug. We ar...
by GlennD
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Article on "Issued" vs. "Shared" radios
Replies: 10
Views: 1361

Re: Article on "Issued" vs. "Shared" radios

Years ago the PD Sabers were shared and they had to be checked out at the start of the shift. We managed to purchase enough for the officer to be issued a radio. The maint went down since if a radio is yours, you tend to take care of it. Currently our XTS5000s are issued and I have very little probl...
by GlennD
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Digitac Voter Line Levels
Replies: 10
Views: 494

Re: Digitac Voter Line Levels

Years ago we had a MSF5000 that always voted. We finally tracked down the problem. It turns out that the tech that programmed the radio forgot to disable the 2175hz filter.

This made the unit look better than the other seven receivers.
by GlennD
Mon May 24, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming old saber 2's
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: Programming old saber 2's

You have to be very fast. Let no more than two dots appear. Then program it with an 8K codeplug. I have had 100% pass rate.

We no longer use Sabers so I have not done it in a while.
by GlennD
Sun May 23, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Programming old saber 2's
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: Programming old saber 2's

Follow the procedure on batlabs to recover the radio. If a 2K code plug is forced into an 8K radio the radio will then be 2K until fixed. I found many fed surplus radios this way
by GlennD
Tue May 18, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Computer/Technical Assistance
Topic: Panasonic CF-29 and CF-WEB273 Dock
Replies: 8
Views: 2931

Re: Panasonic CF-29 and CF-WEB273 Dock

Most of the CF 29s on Ebay are H revisions. It looks like a :o load of toughbooks came out of lease from GTE. You can buy a reburb from overstock.com or a rough one from Ebay. I purchased an Ebay one and it cleaned up to used status and works fine after cleaning it up. The worst part was cleaning up...
by GlennD
Tue May 18, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Weird Spectra wiring
Replies: 24
Views: 1176

Re: Weird Spectra wiring

If you have access to spectra lab, I will send you a command board for $10 shipping and handling.
THAT IS REALLY UGLY. IF I DID THAT I WOULD HAVE TO RESIGN AS A TECH!
by GlennD
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:42 am
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Basic programming proceedure for XTL1500
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Basic programming proceedure for XTL1500

You can use the USB pins on the rear connector. I built up a cable that way and it works fine. No rib is ever used with Astro25 radios. My city only purchases XTL5000s so I can not help you on the rest. When I first programmed an Astro25 radio I could not figure out where to put in the frequencies s...
by GlennD
Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Celwave Duplexer Tuning Question
Replies: 20
Views: 7858

Re: Celwave Duplexer Tuning Question

Remember the duplexer does not have receive and transmit ports. It has high and low frequency ports. The notch slopes are not symentrical. If you align them backwards there will be increased insertion loss.
by GlennD
Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Legacy Batboard Motorola ASTRO (VSELP/IMBE/AMBE) Equipment Forum
Topic: Any local agencies still using the Astro Saber ??
Replies: 61
Views: 4351

Re: Any local agency's still using the Astro Saber ??

We had some task force officers issued LASO Astro sabers with bad batteries. Since the city XTS5000s had more than enough room for the LA city and LA Sheriff channels, i just added them to the city issued radios so they would not have to carry two radios. Based on this, the LA Sheriff dept is still ...
by GlennD
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: VRM650
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: VRM650

You do realize that you have to wright the new settings back to the vrm?
by GlennD
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Saber rack charger problem?
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Saber rack charger problem?

Look very closely at the power supply connector where the PS plugs into the PCB. Very often it has burned pins.

There was a TSB recommending that the wires be soldered directly.
by GlennD
Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Are my radios obsolete when narrow band hits?
Replies: 50
Views: 18932

Re: Are my radios obsolete when narrow band hits?

The really bad thing is that if you want to purchase wideband equipment to use now with the idea of narrow banding in the future you must buy this year. No wideband equipment may be sold after Jan 1, 2011. This is putting a major crimp in some of our departments since Long Beach has major money prob...
by GlennD
Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Vehicle Radio Installs
Topic: Whelen lightbar shuts off with RF
Replies: 19
Views: 3944

Re: Whelen lightbar shuts off with RF

We had similar problems. Whelens response was too bad, move the antenna. We ended up with the 800Mhz data antenna close to the light bar and the UHF PD antenna close to the rear of the Black and Whites. Looks unbalanced but at least the bar does not turn off on a code 3 run when the Officer uses the...
by GlennD
Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Saber Error 0 81
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Saber Error 0 81

We, The City of Long Beach corrupt the code plugs on radios sent to salvage. It is corrupted by turning off the radio after a few dots appearing on the screen. It is much faster than programming a bogus code plug into the radio. Since we get vurtually nothing for the radio, speed is of the essence. ...
by GlennD
Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac jumper configuration
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: Spectra Tac jumper configuration

Regarding our MDC, It is muted on most channels in the voter. On LG1 and LG2, It is repeated since towing uses button boxes for status. They use lg1 until the refuse gorillas stop using lg2. Then they switch to a clear lg2. Since the refuse people have no courtesy they make the channel unusable for ...
by GlennD
Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: Spectra Tac jumper configuration
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: Spectra Tac jumper configuration

All of our comparators use E & M keying over our microwave network and they have no click. On most channels we vote seven receivers. You really have to be watching the voter display to see receiver changes. There is no audio difference.
by GlennD
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: ASTRO Spectra remote mount
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: ASTRO Spectra remote mount

If you do not need to load keys, Normal Spectra parts work fine on an Astro Spectra. Quite some time ago we ordered 100 radios for the Gas Dept. They were a fifty fifty split between dash and trunk. It ended up that most were installed as trunk mount. We converted the dash mounts using Spectra parts...
by GlennD
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: XTS5000 Battery Contacts
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: XTS5000 Battery Contacts

I have seen a couple from fire but none from pd. It might be due to the fact that they have bolted leather cases to the engine cab for the radios.
by GlennD
Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra FAIL 001, No Change with Recapping
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Spectra FAIL 001, No Change with Recapping

The Saber references work fine in the Spectra. You will need to set the frequency after changing it. I always check dev but so far it has been in the ball park.
by GlennD
Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: MTR2000 Baud Rate
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: MTR2000 Baud Rate

We have all of our Quantars, MTRs, MSF 5000,s run through mux to our shop. I think that they are all normal 9600 baud.
by GlennD
Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:56 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: battery consumption with Power OFF
Replies: 16
Views: 2063

Re: battery consumption with Power OFF

Looking at the flat rate list dated 9/2/09 it looks like $284 for a HT1250.
by GlennD
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 610
Views: 59507

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

Well, after hearing no screams!, I gathered up my courage and tried to upgrade to the latest firmware. My 3920 does not see the flash drive on any port. A USB mouse works fine. The other 3 units we have have not been upgraded to the last release and they see both flash drives just fine. Since they a...
by GlennD
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Saber programming laptop, is a slow PC REALLY needed?
Replies: 10
Views: 973

Re: Saber programming laptop, is a slow PC REALLY needed?

When I was first put into the screen room the programming computer was a pentium 100. This sorta works with Sabers. It would program but it would not transfer the tuning info properly. I went into the junk room and found an old DEC 486-50. I now use this as my DOS programming computer. We have moved...
by GlennD
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 610
Views: 59507

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

I just downloaded a new version firmware for my 3920. I am afraid to install it until I hear some good news from others. The last one turned my unit into a brick until they posted a fix.
by GlennD
Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Radio Programming
Topic: Saber III Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 859

Re: Saber III Problems

I use a 486-50 with no problem with 6.28 and 7.01. When I was dragged into the screen room the programing computer was a pentium 100. This programmed OK but it would not retrieve any tuning info.

The reason we used both versions was that the 6.28 was SP with + or - 10mhz band limits.
by GlennD
Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: OK, what is it with Saber batteries?
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: OK, what is it with Saber batteries?

We are no longer a Saber shop but we used to use a lot of NTN9485 and 9486 batteries. Many would analizse OK but not hold a charge due to low internal resistance. Good new batteries last a long time between charges. I rarely charge my test batteries but they are charged when I need them for the rare...
by GlennD
Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Motorola Astro Saber's Control Top disassembling questions
Replies: 20
Views: 2377

Re: Key to turn off Astro Saber 'Nut, Antenna Switch'

Same as a normal Saber. Motorola part number 660371B34.
by GlennD
Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: Spectra grounding mike question
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Spectra grounding mike question

Just go into the radiowide settings and disable the HUB switch. Since we are on exclusive in our area channels, we usually disable this as an option.

On a shared repeater system this is not a good idea since the FCC requires you to monitor before transmitting.
by GlennD
Sat May 16, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: General Motorola Solutions & Legacy Radio Discussion
Topic: W5 head with some segments brighter than others
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: W5 head with some segments brighter than others

I have found missing segments are usually corroded foil traces. Some dim segments are usually caused by a bad driver IC. If you look at the segment signals with a scope they should be nice flat square waves. Any tilt signifies a bad chip. Also check the chip high voltage input for ripple. The very f...
by GlennD
Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Base Stations, Repeaters, General Infrastructure
Topic: AUDIO Level settings for remote radio tone control circuits
Replies: 14
Views: 1387

Re: AUDIO Level settings for remote radio tone control circuits

If you set for +10 db in the digital world you will get very unreliable keying since the mux will not have enough bits and it will strip the hi guard tone wake up. We use a max of 0Bd. With rare exceptions all of our traffic is carried on our in house microwave links and we have had a tech set the l...
by GlennD
Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Test Equipment & RF Equipment Alignment
Topic: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions
Replies: 610
Views: 59507

Re: Aeroflex (IFR) Questions

Yesterday I downloaded the new 1.75 update for my 3920. It promptly turned my monitor into a thirty-five thousand dollar brick! I have to fault Aeroflex for releasing a update that was not fully tested from the download. The support person bricked three test units with the same download, but I must ...

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