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You may want to do some research before getting "joe blow" to program your radio. You may want to just find a cheaper company to do it.
 
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So very true on that note NCFire11. That is why I sent him a message. This board is about helping people out. I am also on batlabs as well. Everyone should do there home work before sending "Joe Blow" or I prefer Joe the Plumber myself, there stuff. We do the same with companies we deal with also. Never the less he said he could not find anyone local to help him and I just offered to help him out. Its the friendly thing to do.
 
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Ok, I found a place to program radios in New York City: Metrocom

From their website: "METROCOM has been providing two way radio and wireless communications in the New York area since 1979. We are proud to be the largest Motorola two way radio dealer in New York."

I spoke to Phil there for 15 minutes, this guy is on the ball, very reasonable pricing and I can see I will get great customer service. He the right answer for all my technical questions, he seems to know his stuff.


Motorola Two Way Radio Dealer New York Manhattan Bedford Hills Lagrangeville METROCOM
 
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Emcomm - What was your experience in dealing with METROCOM? What is the turn around in getting it completed? I purchased a MT2000 over the weekend via EBAY and am looking to get it programmed ASAP. Of the 160 available channels, could possibly be ~ 100. I have been away from the hobby for some time and am excited to get involved w/ the NYC ham community.
 
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Just as an FYI - I started programming Motorola stuff about 12 years ago, and when I quit my last job at a radio place, I foolishly got rid of my RIB and all of my cables.

Still have my software though, and with getting back into the HAM community more Im realizing how much I miss my /\/\ gear - I will be purchasing a new genuine rib and cables again and begin programming radios.

I would love to extend the service to other hams and scanner enthusiasts on this board if needed. Ill make a new post when I get all set up most likely, but if anyone needs any help feel free to PM.
 
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A quick update. Today, I called Metrocom whom informed me I had to wait and speak with the individual who programs the radios next Monday. When I mentioned I was looking to have more than 16 channels programmed, the reaction seemed a bit alarming. Why is this? It seems for the MT2000, 16 is the magical #. Does have something to do w/ the software and ease of use w/ the first 16? And for those of you out there that are curious, I also called Barry Electronics today as well regarding programming to be informed they're unable to accommodate on this radio. To their credit, not sure of the name, they were extremely nice to speak with; I will be making a visit soon to meet the guys at the shop. KJ6HCB, any word when you will be up and running? Can anyone tell I'm eager to get this fully programmed? Ha.
 

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I can program them too, but judging by your reaction to other people on an "anonymous internet forum", I'm probably just padding my post count.
 

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To the OP:

You probably won't like this response, but it may be helpful to give you some perspective:

1) Most competent radio techs have to get $75-100 per hour to make ends meet.

2) Depending on firmware, your MT2000 is capable of holding 100 or 255 conventional "personalities."

3) Each "personality" requires specification of umpteen more parameters than simply freq and tone. This is particularly true if you tend to get fancy with scan lists or signalling. A big problem for programmers is users who don't specify up front all of the parameters needed to do the job, which means doing the job in fits and starts, with multiple phone calls to clarify things.

4) The MT2000 requires the comparatively kludgy DOS-based MTSX RSS. Not only is programming more arduous than with the later CPS packages -- a lot of jumping back and forth between screens and you have to make paper lists of channels, personalities, scan lists, MDC system and other things -- but it is also more error prone, which means more time spent proofreading your work.

5) I've been doing this for more than 20 years. Time permitting, I often undertake to do a quick one zone, 16-channel job for deserving folks, provided it doesn't involve anything fancy. Beyond that, I work on an hourly rate.

6) Understand that if you want any Part 90 channels programmed for transmit capable, most ethical programmers will require either a license or a letter.
 
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RKG: Thank you for the very thorough response. Appreciate all the insight. I enjoy the radio, so once I get my ham freq in and rx only on others, I will be all set.
 
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