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Old 08-02-2018, 2:56 PM
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AD0TY, I sure will. I appreciate it.

So my first Orions came in today. Didn't have time to play with them before work so I rushed home all giddy and got to it.

First impression: Tank. Built like a brick out house. I like it. Size is similar to the Motorola MCS2000 only it feels way better built.

Mine are dirty. Both from service and storage. The control heads are filthy, a pet peev of mine. I dove right in and disassembled the first control head. Wow. They built them right. The JRC components were a pleasant surprise.

After carefully disassembling the head I gave it the general good scrub. Buttons cleaned up great, the head cleaned up great. Hell everything cleaned up great. Gave the boards a quick brush of D5 and called it good. I'll finish them up this weekend.

Couple questions: Has anyone removed the blue display lens without destroying it? Mine could stand a good polishing. Lots of swirls.

Does anyone have a list of the buttons or what the abbreviations refer to? Some of them I'm familiar with, some I have no clue.
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Ok, after a little break I'm back on these GE radios.

Trying to get the radio and computer to communicate. I am using a RF guys cable.

Radio and cable and control head are hooked up. I turn the radio on and it reads " PC PROG" on the display.

I open ProGrammer and click read, it indicates "Error reading or writing serial port"

Comport settings are all correct.

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Double check your port settings.

What operating system? I found 10 messes a lot of stuff up.
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That's the odd thing. The computer I use for windows based radio stuff is an old slow-ish XP machine. I think it may be the RF guys cable, unless the previous department did something to inhibit reading/writing to the radios.

Comport is set to 1 in programmer, my COM1 port is a true serial port and settings are as follows:

BPS: 9600
DATA BITS: 8
PARITY: NONE
STOP BITS: 1
FLOW CONTROL: NONE
FIFO BUFFERS are at default.

Are the Orions sensitive to COM port speed like some of the older Midland gear?
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bump it up to 115200
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That got it! I would have never guess to go that high on the BPS. I do appreciate it.

Unfortunately, I get "radio was programmed with a later version of radio Programmer software."

Is there a way to roll these back or will I have to track down a later version? I'm using R18B02.
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That got it! I would have never guess to go that high on the BPS. I do appreciate it.

Unfortunately, I get "radio was programmed with a later version of radio Programmer software."

Is there a way to roll these back or will I have to track down a later version? I'm using R18B02.
PM me a way I can contact you, Ie FB, and I'll walk you through it.

Can't discuss software here.
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Ok will do. Thanks.

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