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Astro Spectra question

Post by wmdecker20 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:49 pm

Hello all,

I have an Astro Spectra in my pov that I’m wanting to change some stuff in programming wise.

I already have the software, given to me by the person I bought it from, but need to know what kind of programming setup I need for a computer with usb connections only. It’s for a low power (45 watt radio).

Also, will I be able to program the radio with Windows 7 or do I need to find something with XP on it?

Thanks all.
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Re: Astro Spectra question

Post by Notarola » Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:58 pm

Win 7 32 runs the AS CPS with no issues. You will need a rib box and the serial cable unless you have a USB cable designed to fit the Spectra DB15. If there is no USB cable available then you will need a USB to serial adapter the rib box and cable (DB25 on one end db15 on the other). A FTI based adapter should run fine.
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Re: Astro Spectra question

Post by wmdecker20 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:42 am

Notarola wrote:Win 7 32 runs the AS CPS with no issues. You will need a rib box and the serial cable unless you have a USB cable designed to fit the Spectra DB15. If there is no USB cable available then you will need a USB to serial adapter the rib box and cable (DB25 on one end db15 on the other). A FTI based adapter should run fine.

Ok. So these items would work for it correct?

Rib box (used to make it cheaper): https://shopwiscomm.com/RLN4008E-RLN400 ... gImGfD_BwE


Usb to serial adaptor: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-1 ... lsrc=aw.ds

Programming cable: https://www.ebay.com/p/Programming-Rib- ... 8ffff7d318
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Re: Astro Spectra question

Post by NavyBOFH » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:04 pm

Buy a USB-serial adapter with an FTDI chipset and nothing else - trust me there is a difference and CPS pukes even with a legitimate Prolific chip. As for the RIB, get the "Valley Enterprises" or "Kawamall" one for personal use... its $30 and works just as well as the Motorola one.
FTDI chip cable: https://www.ebay.com/itm/FTDI-Chip-UT23 ... Sw4qBazMPN
RIB: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Programming-In ... Swd4tT7Zv9

As for the programming cable... if you're savvy with some wiring and a D-Sub crimper or a soldering iron - you can build a programming Y-cable that works awesome for less than $15. It will program via the rear DB15... take out your DB15 ignition sense/speaker wire, plug it into programming cable, plug programming cable into DB15, and third end into RIB... makes it much easier to program since you won't be fishing for a 12v source for your programming cable otherwise. Link for the cable: http://www.repeater-builder.com/motorol ... cable.html
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Re: Astro Spectra question

Post by Notarola » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:12 pm

navy made the one comment I was going to make the FTDI chipset is a must. It looks like you have everything else lined up right. The last version of CPS was v5.03.00
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Re: Astro Spectra question

Post by RadioRookie » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:52 pm

wmdecker20 wrote:
Notarola wrote:Win 7 32 runs the AS CPS with no issues. You will need a rib box and the serial cable unless you have a USB cable designed to fit the Spectra DB15. If there is no USB cable available then you will need a USB to serial adapter the rib box and cable (DB25 on one end db15 on the other). A FTI based adapter should run fine.

Ok. So these items would work for it correct?

Rib box (used to make it cheaper): https://shopwiscomm.com/RLN4008E-RLN400 ... gImGfD_BwE


Usb to serial adaptor: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-1 ... lsrc=aw.ds

Programming cable: https://www.ebay.com/p/Programming-Rib- ... 8ffff7d318
As luck would have it, I sold my last Astro Spectra yesterday. I just happen to have a Kawamall RIB ( also have an OEM RIB) and an OEM programming cable available. All you would need is a usb to serial adapter. Send me a PM if you want to save some more money. I have no use for either of the two any longer.
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