• 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.

Job Opening

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Dec 19, 2002
Job listings

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to the general public.

Work Schedule: This position is not exempt from FLSA requirements and is overtime eligible. The normal workweek is normally Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Work Location: This position is currently located in Tukwila, however Radio Communications will move to a new location in SeaTac, Washington after the beginning of the year.

Additional Materials Required: Please include a resume that documents your experiences. You must still completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or answer questions "see resume".

This fully benefited, term limited temporary position will perform skilled technical work programming, installing, and troubleshooting mobile and portable two way radios, mobile data devices and fixed site equipment. Additionally, the position will assist with Infrastructure Projects including communications site and equipment grounding installation and repair, maintenance of land mobile radio equipment, including related auxiliary equipment and coordinating with vendors on tower work. Work is performed in both shop and field environments for users of the regional radio systems. This includes the King County Sheriff’s Office as well a wide variety of other government agencies. The duration of this work is expected to last up to three years.
Job Duties:

Install and remove all types of 2 way mobile radio and electronic communications equipment, radio site fixed equipment, and electronic security systems, including communications site and equipment grounding including working with tower vendors.
Perform preventative maintenance to the “box” level.
Provide troubleshooting of mobile and fixed radio equipment installations. Identify failures to the either radio equipment itself or the auxiliary equipment in the systems installed. May provide mechanical or assembly level electronic circuit board swaps as appropriate.
Assist in scheduling installation and removal of mobile and fixed radio equipment.
Provide needed equipment documentation including install/removal history and maintain records regarding work orders and installation procedures and practices.
Provide initial point of technical contact for communications equipment user and vendors performing work on the radio system infrastructure.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

One year experience installing and maintaining land mobile radio equipment and related auxiliary systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of basic electronics, communications equipment and auxiliary equipment.
Demonstrated capability to use basic electronic test equipment (DVM, wattmeter, service monitor)
Demonstrated proficiency in using computers and computer software to perform system diagnostics, interpret results, program equipment and maintain equipment and system databases.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Must be able to create and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Must be able to execute work tasks when directed either orally or in writing.
Must have the ability to pay attention to detail.


Completion of a two year program in communications electronics or the equivalent military or vocational school training.
Two or more years experience working in a radio repair facility for a self maintained government entity or a radio maintenance service enterprise affiliated with a major communications equipment manufacturer.
Experience working on a Motorola 800 Mhz Radio System
Experience with Smart Zone/Smart Net radio software.
Supplemental Information:
Candidates selected for this position are required to pass a physical examination prior to beginning employment.
Candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a background check.
Candidates must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire), have a good driving record and the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner in a variety of County vehicles.
SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be screened for clarity, completeness and qualifications. The most competitive candidates may be invited for functional and written testing on basic electronics and/or a panel interview.

UNION REPRESENTATION: This position is represented by the IBEW Local 77.
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