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Old 11-26-2013, 5:18 PM
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Unhappy Instalert Schematic

Does anyone have a schematic OR tuning instructions for the tone decoder boards?.. I have two that I need to change tone freqs on and know that instalert is out of business..

I can add a two tone decoder board to the receiver but don't have any info as to what pin does what on the receiver circuit board.. Any help is appreciated
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Old 11-26-2013, 7:53 PM
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Since this is more professional in nature and less scanner related I've moved it to the Industry forum.
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Is this the older style with the metal housing or the newer type in a plastic housing?
I had some info on the plastic model, but wont be able to look until Tuesday
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It is the plastic model.. Thanks
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I have a service manual for the older metal cased versions if that would help.

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My old Plectron and Instalert manuals were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. I think the books for the newer Instalert were above the high tide level.

How far are you trying to move the tone frequency? The existing frequency should be on a sticky label on the actual decoder module. There is some limit to how far you can move them without component changes.
I don't remember what it is at the moment.

For me, the easiest way to tune the modules is to modulate a carrier with the new tone and watch the output connection with a scope - tune for max level.

All of those units were custom - hand made with many different available options. (Virtually no two are alike!)

Let me see what I can find on Tuesday
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No label on the units.. I can add an outboard two tone decoder to the unit if I can get the pin out for the decoder to main board.. Do you know if the decoder goes high or low on decode?
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Odd... I have never seen the tone filters without labels - Nick was very good about labeling them.

The two stand up boards in the left rear (plug ins) are simply Hi-Q tone filters - tuned to the required paging tones. The logic switching is done on the main board somewhere. I will look and see if I have the print for the board on Thursday now.

Each one of those receivers were custom hand made. There were many special options that were available, and a lot of the wiring was all in the owners head.

I will look and see what I can come up with .

Just to double check, there are no frequencies hand written, or labeled on the tome filters , and no paper label on the bottom with RF freqs , tone freqs, and options?

Also, what RF band is it on? Seems silly, but parts were in different places depending on the receiver.
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I have one 162.400 MHz unit and one 460.600 MHz unit..
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The 162.400 unit is just used for a receiver w/o tone decoder
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