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Astro Spectra XTL W7 Head

LowderK

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Ok I'm sure this has been answered before but I could not find it any where... at one time there was a mod for the W series head so that when the screen was on the brightest setting the keypad light were on.... the head I have now is a NIB head and it only has keypad lights on the low and mid settings with the dim button on bright the keypad lights are not on.... thanks for any help
 

ecollins11

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I have an Astro Spectra with the W5 head when I push the dim button Setting #1 Bright display with no keypad lights (setting for use mobile in daylight) Setting #2 dim display with the keypad lights #3 setting display slightly dimmer with keypad lights on. Setting #4 display and keypad lights off. The keypad lights does not need to be on in bright light..
 

LowderK

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Yes that is the factory default but there is an tech mod from Motorola to fix that so you have keypad light on everything but covert mode
 
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