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XTS5000 Model III Question

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Premium Subscriber
Feb 1, 2012
Long Beach, CA
So I have a question regarding a Model III radio I have. I have a radio that shows that it can handle 1000 channels or talkgroups.

Another radio that has a complete new fresh code plug and has the latest firmware version of 20.50.09 only shows that the radio only can handle 850 channels/talkgroups.

Is it a setting that I need to enable or something? I have never seen this issue before. Not sure if anybody on RR.com has ever ran into this problem or has a simple answer for me.

Jul 12, 2008
Cobb County, GA Stadium Crime Zone
This is usually what happens when someone uses the "dirty" method to upgrade firmware. Legit i-button firmware upgrades not only upgrade the HOST and DSP, but codeplug (which includes enhancements, like channel capacity).

1,000 channels has been standard on the 5K for quite a few HOST versions.

If your XTS5000 has less, the firmware upgrade wasn't done correctly, or it's some lab/depot codeplug that isn't as "fresh" as it may appear...
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