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Motorola XTS Programming

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I'm about to purchase a Motorola xts3000 III UHF and a xts3000 III VHF. I have the CPS programming software but I am wondering specifically if the UHF software can drop as low is 440.000. I am certainly willing to lose the top end at 520.000. Would I need to adjust the VCO in the XTS? Lastly, how can I tell if the XTS is capable of FPP?

The 440 version identifier is H09SDF9PW7BN flash code 590008-0C0600-3 and the VHF is H09KDH9PW7BN flash code 100004-000000-4. I read some people say that the 3000's are not capable of FPP and I know otherwise. I know a couple of hams have 3000 and they have a simple keyboard command. Is there a mod for this? How do they get FPP? Q52 and Q53 options? How do I get flashed for these options

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Thanks Mike. I was expecting someone to answer with that. No, one has a 3000. I've held it; I've used it and I have a large assortment of Motorola's. No argument intended. He only recently purchased a 5000. Government software perhaps? Others that I know also have 3000's in assorted colors but definitely 3000's.
 

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XTS3000

I have three XTS3000 radios and several EF Johnson 5100s. Some of the 5100 radios are actually Morotola designs and they can do FPP, but I have yet to see FPP on the 3000s. If you get the correct model on UHF, it easily covers the range you want, but no FPP.
 
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The UHF S split XTS3000 will go down to 440MHz without issue with modified CPS, no tuning required on the radio. Even using P25 I've never had any issues with the numerous S split 3000's I've owned over the years in the lower end of the Ham band. No FPP on 3000's ever. I usually always opted for the model II for this reason.
 

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And another NO the 3000 will in no way no how do FPP.. Also the EFJ is not a Motorola design. The closest it comes is the first versions used a Motorola RF board after that the only commonality is the batteries antenna and audio accessories. The BS going around about Motorola designed it so there was a competitive bid for government contracts is all a load of ......
 
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I admit when I am wrong. The one ham that I "knew" was using a 3000 on one occasion actually switched to the 5k - same color. You are correct Mike and others. This ones on me. I DID read that there was a government model for the 3K and I fell for it. What is a fair price for a VHF and a UHF high split (450-520)? Will the high split slide down? I can live with a non-FPP since my BK Commander was stolen. I loved that radio. Damn did I love that radio...
 
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One more thing - can these be Frankenstein-ed like some others and I not get what I think I'm getting?


Only between 3000s. Maybe a 3500 but they are not common. The counter to the 3000 was the Astro saber which was a different form factor. You could flash the different models around but that's about it for the 3000.


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I admit when I am wrong. The one ham that I "knew" was using a 3000 on one occasion actually switched to the 5k - same color. You are correct Mike and others. This ones on me. I DID read that there was a government model for the 3K and I fell for it. What is a fair price for a VHF and a UHF high split (450-520)? Will the high split slide down? I can live with a non-FPP since my BK Commander was stolen. I loved that radio. Damn did I love that radio...
The 450-520 or S split radios will go down to 440MHz without issue. You will have to hex edit your CPS to have this work. If memory serves me correct I think it will go down to about 448 or so unmodified. Anything lower you need to hex edit the CPS.
 
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That's great info SkyPilot. I'm unsure if I want a non-FPP radio. I truly loved my Bendix King but all of my ham HT's are bat wings. I don't mind programming them and could live without FPP only because there are only so many repeaters in Los Angeles. I'd just program them all.
 
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I picked up the VHF III today and I look forward to it arriving Friday. I got a super sweet deal on a completely refurbished XTS3000 VHF III, new wide band antenna, new battery w/belt clip, new speaker mic, and intelligent mobile rapid charger. I can't say what I paid. When it arrives I'll give a report and if its good enough I'll let you know. He DOES know of several 3000's that were hacked and made FPP and is getting me the specifics. I won't hold my breath on this one and tend to believe the masses here. Next month I'll get the XTS3000 II P25 UHF 450-520. In the mean time I have numerous MT2000/MTS2000's to sell.

The vendor also have full convertacom's going for only $350 rather than $600 as others are offering.

Motorola XTS3000 XTS5000 XTVA Convertacom NTN8561E Advanced

I'll let you know in case someone is interested. I know these days with so many choices and modes I've decided too stick with analog/P25. For now...

THANK YOU for the advice.
 
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He's not a friend but a vendor and no, that isn't his name. I focused on making a fair deal on a computer programmed professional radio. I got the deal I could live with. There are only so many VHF repeaters. Only a couple P25. Even simplex... Thanks for your early advice.
 
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I have three XTS3000 radios and several EF Johnson 5100s. Some of the 5100 radios are actually Morotola designs and they can do FPP, but I have yet to see FPP on the 3000s. If you get the correct model on UHF, it easily covers the range you want, but no FPP.
I was under the impression the early 5100's were made with XTS5000 boards. Hence the FPP. Don't the 5100's use 3000/5000 batteries?
 
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