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Minitor IV

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Hello,

I hate to bring up such outdated tech, but I cant seem to find any answers via google. I have recently started volunteering at a local emergency services department in western PA and I was issued a minitor iv(4) pager. Long story short, I dont have much of a clue what I'm doing- most of the members carry alpha pagers now and tell me just to purcahse my own. Either way, it is programmed to our local frequency and I read the manual but some things seem to not act properly. For example, Ill set it to scan all radio traffic on the channel and only about 1/4 of the calls will come through (there is an online site i can track them from). Also, one of my options is set to just monitor and alert me for my station, but occassionally I will get dispatches from other stations (they dont alert but they sound) or it will just skip a page alltogether. When it is in the charging cradle it will alert but not play the associated voice message. Is this stuff normal?

Also, sorry if I posted this to the wrong section, it seemed like the most fitting option.
Thanks!
 
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It is really hard to tell as the pager can be programmed to a variety of different settings, and not knowing the system and how it functions can make it difficult to troubleshoot. It almost sounds as though you are in range of some TX sites and not others... again, hard to tell without knowing the system.
 

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Some of the transmissions may not be strong enough to unmute the speaker, since IIRC the Minitor IV is not capable of narrowband, therefore it's receiving a "quieter" signal than if it were narrowbanded...hopefully I'm on the right track here, but it just seems to me like if it's wideband and the transmissions are narrowband and not necessarily too strong in a rural area they might not open up the speaker.

Like 12dbsinad said there are also so many settings that could affect how it acts, the Minitors are very customizable.
 

druhe

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Hello,

I hate to bring up such outdated tech, but I cant seem to find any answers via google. I have recently started volunteering at a local emergency services department in western PA and I was issued a minitor iv(4) pager. Long story short, I dont have much of a clue what I'm doing- most of the members carry alpha pagers now and tell me just to purcahse my own. Either way, it is programmed to our local frequency and I read the manual but some things seem to not act properly. For example, Ill set it to scan all radio traffic on the channel and only about 1/4 of the calls will come through (there is an online site i can track them from). Also, one of my options is set to just monitor and alert me for my station, but occassionally I will get dispatches from other stations (they dont alert but they sound) or it will just skip a page alltogether. When it is in the charging cradle it will alert but not play the associated voice message. Is this stuff normal?

Also, sorry if I posted this to the wrong section, it seemed like the most fitting option.
Thanks!
What county are you in ?
 
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