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  1. Digital radios work basically like a phone, except that YOU are the person in charge of managing the logistical/technical aspects of it as well. You have to manage contacts, talk groups, frequencies, etc... much the same way that when you sign up for T-Mobile or ATT cellphone, etc, they add your info to their database, thus effectively adding your "contact" to the database, and then handing you a phone with a number (same as handing you a radio with an ID ) that is programmed to work on their towers (frequencies/channels) G.
  2. TETRA is another option available, but is not very popular in the US. Its basically the big brother of DMR... 4 slot TDMA... Prepping and SHTF, you should probably use AM/SSB to establish contact, then use digital encrypted for trusted intercom. I think FM still has issues due to PL/DCS codes potentially preventing interoperability like AM/SSB would. Digital has other advantages over analog, that I use extensively, text messages and call alerts, along with radio checks and if you have a dispatch console or something like that you can do real time tracking of assets etc, OTAP... etc. G.
  3. Dang this thread is picking up! Way to go LScott... G.
  4. MH-700D --- DTMF Back-lit Microphone MH-25 A8J --- Microphone BTW, I couldn't find that particular radio on the MOL site, so it must be prior to the Moto/Vertex merger. G.
  5. Yep, the pot issue was fixed after certain serial #, or TANAPA, don't remember when... but two of my three remaining 6550 have a pretty solid volume pot, but the other one is a bit on the flimsy side... Agree with Radioguy, just get another radio, unless you have mad soldering skills... so : G.
  6. I got mine setup here: https://www.motorolasolutions.com On the right upper corner, click -> Sign In, there is a popup, at the bottom of the popup it says "Don't have an account?" click -> Register and follow the instructions there. That is how I opened mine.
  7. @Lscott Still, admitting these things in public forums could get you in trouble, just saying. I personally decided to purchase the software, 169, considering the amount of radio equipment I've purchased over the years, I figured it wasn't too bad. @tweiss3 I think Moto is been split into two companies for a while now, Motorola Solutions is supposedly the same as the original Moto from back then. Wonder if its browser related? I remember Motorola preferred IE back when I opened mine... maybe that's changed. Or perhaps if you are using a VPN its throwing it off. All I know is that aside from the 1-2 weeks wait time until my MOL account was approved, the application was pretty straightforward. If you like Vertex, all the software is freely available for download at MOL, again: free of charge!!, and the EVX line of radios in particular is pretty nice... and quite affordable too. G.
  8. Sadly... and it doesn't have to be that way, you know it... Yep, that page you provided is awesome, and I've exchanged emails with Jason about a few things... guy is a walking encyclopedia.... but a man should know his limitations, and soldering something like that is not something I am willing to risk ruining the radio... heh. Not when I can get some more XPR 5550e radios to boot (darn Motorola fanboy) G.
  9. We shouldn't be posting publicly how to break the password of a TRBO radio. Motorola might not like that... just a word of caution. It promotes people potentially stealing radios. G.
  10. Yep, I didn't like when the Vertex lineup went away either, I own several of these EVX radios which have served me well... but I am not partial to Yaesu, the thing was that these EVX radios had pretty decent receivers, on par with the XPR7550 (non e model) but lacked some of the bells and whistles their XPR counterparts had, and some of the stuff isn't quite compatible with XPR radios... but they work.Those can be had for cheap on eBay, and the CPS is free, as it is available in MOL resource center, free of charge. Well, yes, good antenna is certainly important, no doubt, but it needs to be mated to a receiver capable of handling it and taking advantage of the antenna gain, otherwise, using a poor receiver means worse performance. This performance degradation shows in two forms: Desense or intermod. Most low end direct conversion receivers will desense, really bad in some cases, and superhets with piss poor front ends (or no front end) will intermod like its going out of style. For example, mating the AT-578 to the 2-bay dipole kills the radio due to intermod, I get massive intermod from the NOAA station blasting <1 mile from base, this intermod breaks in every single frequency on that 578 radio, but that intermod doesn't happen with none the EVX radios nor the XPR radios, nor the CDM radios I have. When performing ISO-tee tests on direct conversion receivers, which work "reasonably well" with a rubber duck, will desense several dB when mated to the 2-bay dipole, or a high gainer vertical. So, while the antenna might offer a hefty 4.15 dBd gain, the 10 dB desense on the receiver will yield a net gain of -6 dB, thus mating a good antenna to a poor receiver will result in lower range than if you were using a rubber duck. Again, quality of the receiver is paramount if you expect your range measured in tens of miles as opposed to tenths of a mile. A good antenna depends on the receiver as much as the radio depends on a good antenna, both go hand in hand. Now, the one thing that is above having a good receiver, and a good antenna, is elevation, period. If you want range, you need height, but if you can't get height, then you must resort to better receivers and better antennas (which is what I had to do) I understand your concerns about Motorola, but let me tell you, I had no idea about Motorola radios 1 1/2 years ago, total noob. In fact I was somewhat worried about going Motorola, all those old wives tales about Motorola lawyers, Motorola hating hams, hating individuals, MOL account denials... etc... etc... plus I was a total noob, too... (still am, b/c those radios have so many options (LScott can vouch for that) and some of the more advanced stuff like CapMax, etc, I've never even used.) Anyhow, I persevered and got the hang of it (for the most part). Documentation is aplenty on Motorola equipment, and you can download service manuals for pretty much everything, there are training videos all over the internet for their stuff, and the software is just 169 bucks. I know, its not CCR free, but the thing works, and the guys who wrote it deserve being paid, they do make a salary, as opposed to the forced labor who wrote the CCR CPS, probably made 10 dollar per week, at best ... The point is that a single purchase gets you all the radios you can buy, forever. I did it, and never looked back. While I understand the software might be accessible via non-legal ways, I will NOT advocate doing that. The CPS 16 can also be download from MyView, along with the latest CPS (which personally I don't recommend using unless you don't have a choice) Then there are forums of people who all they use is Motorola gear, you can always ask around. G.
  11. You are luckier than I am then... I rarely get 10% off buy it nows, etc... the only way to get a deal is by snipping stuff and being lucky... G.
  12. @Radioguy7268 I totally agree. IMO, there are a lot more to those Motorolas than just a darn good receiver, which is, IMO, the utmost important component in a radio, of course, followed closely by a good transmitter; but then there is the whole management aspect on those Motorolas: Like OTAP via WiFi or BT, programming with no cables, on the go, and the whole battery management stuff that is pretty darn useful (and cool) too. @Lscott Yep, that going around testing batteries is no longer an issue with the IMPRES stuff. You can see every bit of relevant information over the life of a battery... and b/c the charger knows the status of the battery, it helps the batteries last longer too. The calibration cycles (or yellow) discharges the battery help keep the batteries cycled and simulate a full duty cycle every once in a while. Lithium packs don't usually like to be left on the charger fully charged for long periods of time... so on the IMPRES 2 stuff you get a flashing green-yellow indicating you should let it run the calibration cycle... or swap the pack and set the calibration on that one... It gives you a snapshot of the state of the battery fleet, and like radioguy7268 said, you can also report that info via WiFi too... so pretty darn cool. Welcome to the Motorola country club! G
  13. Yep, I know that well... With that said, I believe that something like a CDM 1250 will be a far better radio for GMRS, or some of the older Kenwood/Icom/Vertex LMR mobiles, plus those won't get blitzed under heavy RF traffic (as in: no desense, and little to no intermod) The CDM Professional radios can be aligned manually at home with a simple signal generator and a SINADder. The software can be found on the web and the the programming cable+jumper pin can be made at home for the cost of a CAT5 adapter. Maybe having a tiny 2" inch color screen is more important than having a decent receiver... ? G.
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