• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

EFJ 5300 and Lightning control head

Status
Not open for further replies.

E5911

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
514
Are First Gen 5300s compatible with the lightning head ?
 

n3obl

Ø
Database Admin
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
1,480
Location
PA
No. It has to be a version 6 firmware radio to support lightning. The older flat top radios will not support the control head.
 

Jlanef

Newbie
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Apr 5, 2014
Messages
2
No. It has to be a version 6 firmware radio to support lightning. The older flat top radios will not support the control head.
No. It has to be a version 6 firmware radio to support lightning. The older flat top radios will not support the control head.
Is the lightning and "SL" control head interchangeable? Can you just take off the SL, (bubble out speaker), and put on the Lightning? Then reprogram? If so, how do you get the SL head off and the lightning head on? Anybody know of where to get a service manual on a VHF 53ES with a lightning or SL head? Jeff
 

n3obl

Ø
Database Admin
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
1,480
Location
PA
Yes you can pull the head off on an ES model and put the lightning head right on. You need a plastic pry tool to slip under the edge of head and on top or bottom and it will release.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top