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Possible to convert 128 ch Astro Spectra to 255 ch

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Is it possible to upgrade or change an Astro Spectra VHF T04KLF9PW5AN Model W5 (146-174 MHz), 50-110 Watt to do 255 channels instead of the 128 channels motorola says it can do?
 

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As far as I know the only ones that will take 255 channels are models with the W7 and W9 heads. Yes it is possible to change from a W4 head to a W7 head radio... but it a lot of cases the hassle isn't worth it. I have sold both of my W4's and bought two W7's on ebay. It actually ended up making a few bucks after everything was said and done.
 
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So how do I get my W5 to do 255 modes instead of the 128? I could really use the extra channel space because of all the required channels we use.
 
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