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Astro Saber Firmware Question

This forum is dedicated to discussions pertaining specifically to the Motorola ASTRO line of radios (those that use VSELP/IMBE/AMBE), including using digital modulation, digital programming, FlashPort upgrades, etc. If you have general questions please use the General or Programming forums.

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Astro Saber Firmware Question

Postby kb5tac » Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:18 pm

I recently purchased an Astro Saber (VHF) to use on a project. This project requires narrow band freqs so I set out to program the radio. After spending quite a bit of time I tried to write the code plug to the radio and it failed stating the radio needed a firmware upgrade to take the narrow band channels. None of the Motorola shops around her can help me. Is there any way to get the firmware upgrade or am I dead in the water?

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Re: Astro Saber Firmware Question

Postby MattSR » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:35 pm

If you contact a motorola dealer and order a firmware refresh flashkey for something like an XTS5000, it will work on your ASRTO Saber too. Once you have the flashkey, you can download the .cvn firmware files off the internet (there is another P25 forum that hosts these) and then use your current CPS, flashkey and firmware file to do the upgrade.

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Re: Astro Saber Firmware Question

Postby jmr061 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:16 am

There are members here who can do it if you send them the radio. I am one of them. The key question is what is the current firmware version and is it a 512k or 1 meg vocon?

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Re: Astro Saber Firmware Question

Postby N4KVE » Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:32 am

OP, I see you are new here. I recently sent 2 radios to jmr061 for firmware upgrades. The turnaround time was immediate, & the results were fantastic. His price was very reasonable, & if that's what your radio needs, I recommend him to do the upgrade for you. GARY

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