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Futurecom DVR w XTL2500


Feed Provider
May 11, 2008
Jeffersonville, IN
Okay. Here goes.

We have the XTL version of the Futurecom DVRs wired through a remote mount XTL2500. We have had these for some time now but we have purchased new fire apparatus and are transferring Futurecom DVR equipment into the new apparatus.
The problem I am running into is this: With the new setup we are trying to use a mic extension cable ran to the main transceiver of the XTL2500 for a sleeker install (instead of plugged into the remote head). When the mic extension cable is plugged into the main transceiver brain it stops receiving the Futurecom DVR status information on the XTL display and ceases to control the Futurecom DVR via XTL VIP cable. When you unplug the mic extension cable the DVR status on the XTL display and VIP cable DVR control capability return.
Is there any specific way to program around this issue or am I going to have to do away with the mic extension cable??


Dec 13, 2010
I do know the mic extension cables do not have all the same wires as the mic. You can not program thru a mic extension cable because of this.
My thought is the repeater is looking for something from the mic and when you use that cable it does not see it