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by jim202
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: P25
Topic: EFJ 5100…Information Sources
Replies: 38
Views: 1921

Re: EFJ 5100…Information Sources

On a slightly different tact, the PCC programming software does allow for different serial ports to be used. So at this point, I have never tried to program the 5100 and the 5300 radios on a computer with only a USB connection with a serial port convertor. I will say the PCC doesn't like fast comput...
by jim202
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: P25
Topic: EFJ 5100…Information Sources
Replies: 38
Views: 1921

Re: EFJ 5100…Information Sources

The moderator for the "Radio Information Board" is Willbartlet (think that is how he spells his name) and he does frequent the board to help people looking for info on which version of the PCC software you will need to program the different 5100 and 5300 radios. Just put a post on there and he shoul...
by jim202
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: P25
Topic: EFJ 5100…Information Sources
Replies: 38
Views: 1921

Re: EFJ 5100…Information Sources

Sorry it took so long to locate the web site i was looking for to help on the EFJ 5100 programming issue. As always, it was the last computer I looked at for the site. Think it was like number 12 or near that number. Here is the link to the site. There is also a number of other radios beyond just EF...
by jim202
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: X Series
Topic: XTL1500 Menu Options
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: XTL1500 Menu Options

I've recently been exposed, for the first time, to an XTL1500. Are you limited to only four menu items on these radios? It seems, by reading information online, that you should be able to scroll through the options if there are more than four present, but thus far I'm unable to get it to function t...
by jim202
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: P25
Topic: EFJ 5100…Information Sources
Replies: 38
Views: 1921

Re: EFJ 5100…Information Sources

One of the things I can suggest is to look and see where the radio was made. It will either be MN. for the older radios or TX. for the newer radios. The ones build in MN. do not have the same amount of memory as the newer radios that were made in TX. The other thing that will help you is to watch th...
by jim202
Sat May 20, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Ham Radio
Topic: Ham radio modes and gripes...
Replies: 25
Views: 1287

Re: Ham radio modes and gripes...

In general, in my travels around the country, you all seem to have molded the use of most repeaters into the mode that they are used these days. it really irks me to listen to a conversation between a couple or 3 people for over an hour and i still at the end have to wonder just what the topic was. ...
by jim202
Sat May 20, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: P25
Topic: P25 CAP
Replies: 39
Views: 2031

Re: P25 CAP

The real problem with Interoperability is with the old upper management. You can provide all the radio equipment needed and program it up so that it will work. But the upper management won't allow any time for radio training. The foot solders get training on weapons, driving, paperwork, how to manag...
by jim202
Sun May 14, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Encryption
Topic: Basic ADP Encryption Setup
Replies: 20
Views: 1184

Re: Basic ADP Encryption Setup

Motorola is very well known to supply ADP encryption in their radios to keep the competition out of the radio system they installed. The DHS just came out with an announcement that the will no longer approve any grant money for a radio system that will not have AES encryption in the radios. I am sur...
by jim202
Sun May 14, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: X Series
Topic: Quick Call II question
Replies: 44
Views: 2696

Re: Quick Call II question

As was briefly mentioned earlier, the repeater deviation is very important here. I have found many radio shops don't have a clue on how to set up repeater throughput deviation. Most of them seem to think it is better to have a positive gain from the input to the output. They feel this way when you g...
by jim202
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: X Series
Topic: Quick Call II question
Replies: 44
Views: 2696

Re: Quick Call II question

Most paging encoders have a pre delay to allow for the control transmitter to come up and also allow for the delay that the repeater takes to come up. I like to see at least one second for the control transmitter and another one second for the repeater. If there is more than one paging encoder at th...
by jim202
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Test Equipment
Topic: What do you use for test equipment?
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: What do you use for test equipment?

Service monitors and other test equipment has always been an interesting topic. Generally the first question to ask is "What are you going to be testing?" Will it be all analog or is there a possibility that you are going to have to test some digital radios? Next comes the question of what modes of ...
by jim202
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: "Common Across Multiple Platforms"
Topic: Aftermarket RIB boxes
Replies: 14
Views: 1763

Re: Aftermarket RIB boxes

One thing to consider using the Motorola RIB, maybe even on some of the copy cats, is that they are set up to be able to use the 12 volt power that can be supplied from the radio. I make most of my Motorola programming cables and always use the 12 volt power that can be obtained from the radio progr...
by jim202
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Mag Mount, or Install? Which do you prefer?
Replies: 47
Views: 2291

Re: Mag Mount, or Install? Which do you prefer?

Mag mounts were made for those applications where the vehicle is not yours and you need an antenna for temp use. Long term use of a mag mount is a sure way to destroy it. Water will get into it even though most companies that make them say it won't. Use of a mag mount for any long term use (over a c...
by jim202
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: P25
Topic: Heads up on Tait ARC4
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Heads up on Tait ARC4

Just a heads up the current firmware release from Tait for the TP9400 that supports ARC4 (ADP) only supports 1 encryption key not multiple keys. Called them due to trying to program some radios for my department that require multiple keys of ADP and got informed that they had not made that availabl...
by jim202
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Mag Mount, or Install? Which do you prefer?
Replies: 47
Views: 2291

Re: Mag Mount, or Install? Which do you prefer?

I agree with the previous drilled comments. I used to go the magnet route but never will again. The performance difference is amazing. That said for your purposes and certain applications magnet mounts maybe the best solution just cover the magnet with a rubber boot to prevent rusting of the vehicl...