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26
Dec

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio, Uncategorized

Midland Land Mobile Model and Features Table
The Syntech I (AKA Syntech 1 or ST1) uses a “Z-273” module to hold the codeplug in a UV-erased PROM – i.e. the frequency and tone information. Changing anything requires erasing the PROM chip under a UV light and then reprogramming it with the 70-1000 stand-alone programmer, or the 70-1000c programmer which uses a PC to reprogram the eprom module. The Syntech II (AKA Syntech 2 or ST2) and XTR have a programming connector for programming by a PC using the the 70-1308A cable. The ST1s were made in the early 1980s… the XTR was the transition model between the I and the II, it and the ST2s came out in very late 80s/early 90s. The STI control head has blue pushbuttons, the ST2 head has white buttons. The newest models are the Bantam and Titan models. The Bantam radios are the smallest, programmed through the RJ-45 microphone connector with the 70-1309 programmer in line between the radio and a PC serial port. The Titan models are their current production units. The Securicor radios are Titans that were manufactured during the time Midland was owned by Securicor (Midland is now back under its own name).

Model Type Split Power Channel
Count Comments
Syntech I & 8 Channel
70-336 ST-1 150-174 35 watts 8 dash mount VHF
70-526 ST-1 470-470 25 watt 8 dash mount UHF

70-343* ST-1 150-174 20-40 watt 80 Marine use, dash mount
70-443* ST-1 150-174 20-40 watt 80 Marine use, trunk mount
70-343A* ST-1 150-174 1-25 watt 80 Marine use, dash mount
70-443A* ST-1 150-174 1-25 watt 80 Marine use, trunk mount
* These are type accepted for off shore and harbor use

70-050 ST-1 30-50 50 watt 80 Dash Mount low band
70-055 ST-1 30-50 50 watt 80 trunk mount low band
70-052 ST-1 30-50 50 watt 80 Dash Mount low band
70-056 ST-1 30-50 110 watt 80 trunk mount low band
“A”=29-37 MHz, “B”=35-44 MHz, “C”=40-54 MHz

70-066 ST1 66-80 MHz 40 watt 80 Dash Mount mid band
70-076 ST1 66-80 MHz 40 watt 80 Trunk Mount mid band
“A”=66-80 MHz, “B”=75-88 MHz

70-340 ST-1 136-174 40 watt 80 dash mount VHF
70-440 ST-1 136-174 40 watt 80 trunk mount VHF
70-342XL ST-1 136-174 40 watt 80 dash mount wide band VHF
70-442XL ST-1 136-174 40 watt 80 trunk mount wide band VHF
70-380 ST-1 136-174 80 watt 80 dash mount VHF
70-480 ST-1 136-174 80 watt 80 trunk mount VHF
70-382B ST-1 136-174 80 watt 80 dash mount wideband VHF*
70-482B ST-1 136-174 80 watt 80 trunk mount wideband VHF*
70-385 ST-1 136-174 110 watt 80 dash mount VHF
70-485 ST-1 136-174 110 watt 80 trunk mount VHF
“A”=136-156 MHz, “B”=148-174 MHz
The 70-382 and 70-482 radios are noted as “B” models because they were not available in A range.

70-530 ST-1 406-512 30watt 80 UHF Dash Mount
70-630 ST-1 406-512 30watt 80 UHF Trunk Mount
70-565 ST-1 406-512 65watt 80 UHF Dash Mount
70-665 ST-1 406-512 65watt 80 UHF Trunk Mount
“A”=406-430 MHz, “B”=450-470 MHz, “C”=470-494 MHz, “D”=494-512 MHz, “E”=430-450 MHz

Conventional 800 radios
70-915 ST-1 806-870 15watt 800 MHz Dash Mount
70-970 ST-1 806-870 15watt 800 MHz Trunk Mount
70-935 ST-1 806-870 35 watt 800 MHz Dash Mount
70-980 ST-1 806-870 35 watt 800 MHz Trunk Mount

Trunked 800 radios
70-9015 ST-1 806-870 15watt Dash Mount
70-9035 ST-1 806-870 30watt Dash Mount
70-9115 ST-1 806-870 15watt Trunk Mount
70-9135 ST-1 806-870 30watt Trunk Mount

Desktop Base Stations
70-058 ST-1 30-50 25-50 watts 80
70-840 ST-1 150-174 20-40 watts 80
70-842XL ST-1 150-174 20-40 watts 80
70-930 ST-1 450-470 15-30 watts 80
70-908 ST-1 806-870 >5-15 watts 80
70-909 ST-1 806-870 20-53 watts 80

Table Top Repeaters
70-805b ST-1 150-174 2-5 watts
70-834b ST-1 150-174 5-35 watt
70-905b ST-1 450-470 2-5 watts
70-924b ST-1 450-470 5-25 watts

XTR & 8 Channel
70-0351A XTR 30-36 60 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0351B XTR 36-42 60 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0351C XTR 42-50 60 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0355A XTR 30-36 60 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-0355B XTR 36-42 60 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-0355C XTR 42-50 60 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-0371A XTR 30-36 110 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0371B XTR 36-42 110 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0371B XTR 36-42 110 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0371C XTR 42-50 110 W 22 Dash Mount
70-0375A XTR 30-36 110 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-0375B XTR 36-42 110 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-0375C XTR 42-50 110 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1066A 66-77 30 W 8 Dash Mount
70-1066B 77-88 30 W 8 Dash Mount
70-1070A XTR 66-77 40 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1070B XTR 77-88 40 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1075A XTR 66-77 40 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1075B XTR 77-88 40 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1336A 136-160 25W 8 Dash Mount
70-1336B 150-174 30 W 8 Dash Mount
70-1340A XTR 136-160 40 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1340B XTR 150-174 40 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1342A XTR 136-162 40 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1342B XTR 148-174 40 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1395A XTR 136-160 110 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1395B XTR 150-174 110 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1440A XTR 136-160 40 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1440B XTR 150-160 40 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1442A XTR 136-162 40 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1442B XTR 148-174 40 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1495A XTR 136-160 110 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1495B XTR 150-174 110 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1526A 403-430 25W 8 Dash Mount
70-1526B 450-470 25W 8 Dash Mount
70-1530A XTR 403-430 30 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1530B XTR 450-470 30 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1530C XTR 470-500 30 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1530D XTR 490-520 30 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1532A XTR 403-430 30 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1532B XTR 450-470 30 W 22 Dash Mount
70-1595A XTR 403-430 100W 22 Dash Mount
70-1595B XTR 450-470 100W 22 Dash Mount
70-1630A XTR 403-430 30 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1630B XTR 450-470 30 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1630C XTR 470-500 30 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1630D XTR 490-520 30 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1632A XTR 403-430 30 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1632B XTR 450-470 30 W 22 Trunk Mount
70-1695A XTR 403-430 100W 22 Dash Mount
70-1695B XTR 450-470 100W 22 Dash Mount
70-9020 806-870 15W 200 LTR Trunked
70-9160 XTR 806-870 35W 22 Conventional
70-9170 806-870 15W 8 Conventional
70-9170 806-870 5W 8 Conventional
70-9180 XTR 806-870 35W 22 Conventional

Syntech 2 Low Band
70-0501 ST-2 30-54 50watt 320 dash mount
70-0502 ST-2 30-54 50watt 320 dash mount w/deluxe head
70-0551 ST-2 30-54 50watt 320 trunk mount
70-0552 ST-2 30-54 50watt 320 trunk mount w/deluxe head
70-0557 ST-2 30-54 50watt 320 trunk mount w/small head
70-0521 ST-2 30-54 110watt 320 dash mount
70-0522 ST-2 30-54 110watt 320 dash mount w/deluxe head
70-0561 ST-2 30-54 110watt 320 trunk mount
70-0562 ST-2 30-54 110watt 320 trunk mount w/deluxe head
70-0567 ST-2 30-54 110watt 320 trunk mount w/small head
“A”=30-36 MHz, “B”=36-42 MHz, “C”=42-50 MHz
CWB indicates 11 MHz T & R
The deluxe head has an LCD display

Syntech 2 VHF (wideband, 24 MHz)
70-3421 ST-2 136-174 40 watt 320 dash mount
70-3422 ST-2 136-174 40 watt 320 dash mount deluxe head
70-4421 ST-2 136-174 40 watt 320 trunk mount
70-4422 ST-2 136-174 40 watt 320 trunk mount deluxe head
70-4427 ST-2 136-174 40 watt 320 trunk mount small head
70-3851 ST-2 136-174 110watt 320 dash mount
70-3852 ST-2 136-174 110watt 320 dash mount deluxe head
70-4851 ST-2 136-174 110watt 320 trunk mount
70-4852 ST-2 136-174 110watt 320 trunk mount deluxe head
70-4857 ST-2 136-174 110 watt 320 trunk mount small head
“A”=136-160 MHz, “B”=150-174 MHz

Syntech 2 UHF
70-5301 ST-2 406-470 30 watt 320 dash mount wideband 24 MHz T & R
70-5302 ST-2 406-470 30 watt 320 dash mount wideband 24 MHz T & R, deluxe head
70-6301 ST-2 406-470 30 watt 320 trunk mount wideband
70-6302 ST-2 406-470 30 watt 320 trunk mount wideband, deluxe head
70-6307 ST-2 406-470 30 watt 320 trunk mount wideband, small head
“A”=406-430 MHz, “B”=450-470 MHz

Continuous duty repeaters
70-0700 ST-2 148-174 45-70 watts VHF
70-1500 ST-2 148-174 100-150 watts VHF
70-2500 ST-2 148-174 250 watts VHF
70-4050 ST-2 450-512 30-50 watt UHF
70-4120 ST-2 450-512 90-120 watts UHF
70-8030 ST-2 806-870 30 watt 800 MHz
70-8100 ST-2 806-870 100 watt 800 MHz

24
Dec

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

Try the region hack:


Regedit – open up HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Motorola -> ProRadio -> FSK and edit the string called “SerializedString” and replace it’s data with @%&MAHUS (was UHM@)

then start up CPS. This removes the region restrictions

3
Mar

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

After 6 months of sitting on the shelf, @KC4HAD convinced me to sit down and make this thing work.

openSPOT is a standalone digital radio IP gateway / hotspot

Key features:

  • Supports DMR (Brandmeister, DMRplus), D-Star (DCS, REF/DPlus, XRF/DExtra, XLX), System Fusion (FCS, YSFReflector) networks. More supported networks and features will be available with new firmware releases.
  • Supports cross modem modes. Talk with your C4FM radio on DMR, and with your DMR radio on System Fusion networks!
  • Very easy to use, works without a computer. No additional hardware required, works out of the box. All accessories included.
  • Web interface for configuration and monitoring.
  • HTTP, UDP/TCP API support.
  • Custom 2FSK/4FSK RF protocol support with TDMA.
  • USB powered, low energy consumption, 20mW RF output.
  • Create your own private radio network using our open source server application.
  • Runs fully embedded software written in pure C, running on an embedded real time operating system. No Linux, bulky Windows software or failing SD cards

 

One of the most interesting parts of this (for me) is getting a current status log, with user info, etc.  Kinda fun..

21
Feb

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

Was having quite an issue finding the correct software for my Hytera PD362.

 

Finally!  http://gigaparts.net/downloads/    gigaparts seems to be the local dealer for the ham line of radios, and offers this stuff for download

CPS 205.03.002 NA2  is what worked for me, After a quick run in with a “fake” prolific chips programming cable, I can at least read the radio!

 

 

15
Feb

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

 

Hytera PD362 DMR HT UHF Radio, 430-470MHZ, 256 channel, 3W, IP54

Pocket Size Design
The color display allows good visibility even under extremely strong light. The compact antenna design and light weight PC & Metal frame design. The PD362 is 4.84 x 2.17 x 0.91 inches weighing 5.64oz.

Micro USB Port
The Micro USB port allows you to use a standard USB to Micro USB to charge the radio.

Compact Antenna
The creative and compact antenna design makes the PD362 sleek and gives it a cellular phone feel.

Dual Mode: Analog & Digital
Dual mode (analog & digital) operation ensures a smooth analog to digital migration.

One Touch Call/Text
Supports One Touch features that comprise of Preprogrammed Text Messages, Voice Calls and Supplementary Features.

Simple Scan
Capable of scanning of analog voice/signaling or Digital voice/data.

Versatile Voice Calls
The intelligent signaling supports various voice call types, including Private Call, Group Call , and All Call.

Various Analog Signaling Types
Various analog signaling types various squelch control types (CTCSS / CDCSS), thus providing higher function expansion capacity to the analog world.

Monochrome Display
Two line display with monochrome color and supports messaging with up to 64 characters.

Frequency range UHF: 430 – 470 MHz
Channel capacity 256 (128 Analog / 128 Digital)
Zone capacity 16
Channel spacing 12.5/25 kHz
Operating voltage 3.7 V
Battery 2000 mAh Li-Ion
Battery service life (5/5/90) approx. 10 h (analog)
approx. 12 h (digital)
Frequency stability ±0.5 ppm
Antenna impedance 50 Ω
Dimensions (H×W×D) 4.84 x 2.17 x 0.91 Inches
Weight 5.64 oz
Transmitter
RF Power Output UHF: 1.5 / 3 W
FM Modulation
(Analog Emissions Designator)
11 K0F3E at 12.5 kHz
16 K0F3E at 25 kHz
4FSK Digital Modulation
(Digital Emissions Designator)
12.5 kHz (data only): 7K60FXD
12.5 kHz (voice & data): 7K60FXW
Conducted/Radiated Emission -36 dBm < 1 GHz
-30 dBm > 1 GHz
Modulation limiting ±2.5 kHz at 12.5 kHz
±5.0 kHz at 25 kHz
FM Hum & Noise 40 dB at 12.5 kHz
45 dB at 25 kHz
Adjacent channel selectivity 60 dB at 12.5 kHz
70 dB at 25 kHz
Audio Response +1 dB to -3 dB
Audio Distortion ≤ 3%
Digital vocoder type AMBE++ or SELP
Receiver
Sensitivity (analogue) 0.22 μV (12 dB SINAD)
0.22 μV (typical) (12 dB SINAD)
0.4 μV (20 dB SINAD)
Sensitivity (digital) 0.22 μV / BER 5%
Adjacent channel selectivity
TIA-603
ETSI
60 dB at 12.5 kHz / 70 dB at 25 kHz
60 dB at 12.5 kHz / 70 dB at 25 kHz
Intermodulation
TIA-603
ETSI
70 dB at 12.5/25 kHz
70 dB at 12.5/25 kHz
Spurious response rejection
TIA-603
ETSI
70 dB at 12,5/25 kHz
70 dB at 12.5/25 kHz
Spurious response rejection 40 dB at 12.5 kHz
45 dB at 25 kHz
Nominal audio power output 0.4 W
Nominal audio distortion ≤ 5 %
Audio sensitivity +1 dB to -3 dB
Conducted spurious emission < -57 dBm
Environmental Specs
Operating temperature range -30 °C to +60 °C
Storage temperature range -40 °C to +85 °C
ESD IEC 61000-4-2 (level 4)
±8 kV (contact discharge) ±15 kV (air discharge)
Protection against dust and moisture IP54
Shock and vibration resistance MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G
Relative humidity MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G

 

 

15
Feb

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

AT-D868UV-500x500

A friend suggested one of these, another in the next gen color screen, super cheap DMR radios.

VHF/UHF Dual-band Digital/Analog Part 90 DMR commercial transceiver with GPS and 1.77 inch color TFT display. Ideal for Fire, Search & Rescue, EMS, Police, Sheriff, Forestry and Security operations. 4,000 Channels with 10,000 Talk Groups. Frequency coverage 140-174 / 400-480 MHz. Includes USB Programming cable. 

Memory Channels: 4,000 channels

DMR Talk Groups: 10,000

Digital Contacts: 150,000 (Complete worldwide database from DMR-MARC)

Power Levels: 4 programmable power levels: 6/4/2.5/1 Watt Transmit Power LEvels

Zones: 250 zones, up to 250 channels per zone

Display: 1.77 inch color TFT Screen with selectable dual channel or single channel display

Battery: Operates 35+ hours between charges with the supplied 3150mAh lithium ion battery in the power saver mode

Bandwidth: 12/5/25.0 kHz Anaglg, and 12.5 kHz DMR

Import/Export: Enhanched CPS allows direct input and export of channels, digital IDs and talkgroups

Industries: Ideal for fire, search & rescue, EMS, police, sheriff, forestry, security patrols, business communications, schools, universities, and other organizations that have FCC licensed frequencies

DMR Compatibility: Supports both Tier I and Tier II operation, making it compatible with DMR repeaters that utilize two-slot TDMA technology

Amateur Radio: Also operational on amateur radio DMR networks and analog frequencies. Software importable worldwide amateur contact database

Programmable: FCC 47CFR90.203 requires the keypad locked in the shipping configuration. Software keypad unlocking and re-programming are available with the included USB Programming Cable.

Accessory Connection: 2-pin style Kenwood/Wouxun type earphone and speaker mic connection for a variety of accessories

Quiet Tones: 2-pin style Kenwood/Wouxun type earphone and speaker mic connection for a variety of accessories

Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480 MHz RX/TX

Package Includes: Dual-band VHF/UHF GPS Radio, 3150 mAh extended life lithium ion battery, desk charger w/ AC adapter, Dual-band GPS antenna, belt clip, free USB Programming cable and downloadable software, user manual

Certifications: FCC Part 90 Certified, FCC ID: T4KD868UV

 

1
Feb

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio, Tech

Since I joined the P25 crowd, I’ve kept a VHF radio in the truck almost all the time.  This has been great fun, with the exception of dealing with the antenna each day.  My parking garage at work is very low, and I was getting out of the truck twice a day to move it.

Yesterday I purcased a Diamond K9000 motorized antenna mount.  From the comfort of the truck I can UP to use, or DOWN the antenna to safety.

During install, I noted a few things.  First, the documentation for mount type is vague at best, and thus I ended up with the wrong one, though I made it work.  Second, the “control” box is lame and goofy looking.  Luckily it just sends 12v one way to raise and reversed to lower, so I can easily make something more desirable.   The unit has limit switches, one fixed, one adjustable.  This lets you set the amount of “down” and you pre-load the “up” at install time. You must hold the button on the control box down till it reaches the position you want, as there is no way to tell where it is in its travel.

Last issue I will have.  I installed an NMO mount in the K9000, The K9000LRM accepts ground-independent antennas, which I do not yet have.  I’m not sure how this will impact the SWR, but I’m not expecting great things.  More on that later.

19
Sep

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

Here’s all the programming info for the Icom U-16. (The H-16, V-100 and U-400 are programmed in the same way. There are some slight differences between the H-16/U-16 keypad and the EX-494 programming keyboard used with the V-100 and U-400.)

The H-16 can also be used to clone an H-16, V-100 or V-200; the U-6 will clone a U-16 U-400 or U-200. Appropriate clonig cables are required.

If the U16 has been made programmable by moving a jumper:
Hold FUNCTION KEY down and enter 159357 It’s now in programming mode.  Exit with FUNCT-CLR.
If the jumper has been removed a colon will now show up between the Ch and channel number. You have only 30 seconds time between entries or the radio will time out and return to operation mode.

Function + 1    Encoder tones (1-37)
1=67.0,2=71.9,3=74.4,4=77.0,5=79.7,
6=82.5,7=85.4,8=88.5,9=91.5,10=94.8,
11=100.0,12=103.5,13=107.2,14=110.9,
15=114.8,16=118.8,17=123.0,18=127.3,
19=131.6,20=136.5,21=141.3,22=146.2,
23=151.4,24=156.7,25=162.2,26=167.9,
27=173.8,28=179.9,29=186.2,30=192.8?,
31=203.5,32=210.7,33=218.1,34=225.7,
35=233.6,36=241.8,37=250.3
” 2    Decoder tones (1-37)
” 3    ?
” 4    Delta + / Delta – offset, 5 digits
” 5    Frequency, 5 digits (400MHz +)
” 6    ?
” 7    Sch. Ch. numbers. Allows alias ch numbers.
” 8    Transmit timeout enable.
” 9    TI, Transmit Inhibit
” SCAN Priority Scan/Ch Scan
” S.CH Channel Masking
” CLEAR  End programming mode

—————————————————————————
Channel select:  Standard method (up/down arrows or CH# + [ENTER])
Frequency:  Hold [FUNC], Press [5], enter 6 dig freq, [ENTER], release             [FUNC]
Rx CTCSS:  Hold [FUNC], Press [2], enter 2 dig code, [ENTER], release             [FUNC]
Tx CTCSS:  Hold [FUNC], Press [1], enter 2 dig code, [ENTER], release             [FUNC]
Offset Freq:  Hold [FUNC], Press [4], use [#] for up offset, [*]
for               down offset, then enter freq to offset by (ie: [#] [0]
[0]               [0] [0] [0] for no offset, [#] [0] [5] [0] [0] [0] for the
standard +5MHz UHF offset), [ENTER]

Timeout Timer: Hold [FUNC], [8], Release [FUNC]
Tx Inhibit: Hold [FUNC], [9], Release [FUNC]

————————————— 2

Special Channel Number: Hold [FUNC], Press [7], enter the
special channel number (17-99), [ENTER], Release [FUNC]l
Data Transfer MASTER: Hold [FUNC], [BEEP], Release [FUNC]
Data Transfer SLAVE:  Hold [FUNC] with power off, turn on, release [FUNC]
” end-