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5/6-Tone Paging / Minitor Issue

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Premium Subscriber
Mar 3, 2007
Our department is currently transitioning to 5-tone paging. Much faster than the old 2-tone. We have a ton of Minitor V's and they work great. Unfortunately I can't find any Motorola pagers that receive 5-tone signals. Anyone know somebody at Motorola I could talk to about converting the board inside the Minitor V over to 5-tone? Then we don't have to sell all the V's and switch to Swissphone pagers.

Sep 5, 2004
I'm not sure if you want to go older, but the old Motorola Keynotes would do 5/6 tone paging. (Some of them would).


5/6 Tone (Decimal Digital) was developed for the Telephone industry while Public Safety standardized on 2-Tone sequential.
I don't think Motorola ever made a pager aimed at the public safety (now mostly fire) market the used 5/6 tone.
Most of the Telco pagers were 5/6 tone until their digital (Golay or POCSAG) counterparts took the market over.
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