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Motorola CDM 1550

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slingshot202

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I recently purchased a CDM1550 off E-Bay. I was able to program the unit and even install the unit in my vehicle. I noted though the TX and RX lights did not seem to work (or maybe it is one in the same based on the CDM 1250 in the engine last night I saw).

Anyway, The backlight works, the Scan light works, the monitor light works...could it simply be the red light does not work?

I contacted the seller and he said was all tested good upon leaving him - he has over 30 years experience...(noted in the response).

He asked if a Motorola shop programmed and installed...so easily the answer is no...but I have been installing my own equipment for quite some time.

Has anyone experienced any issues like this before?

I know I am not experienced Moto installer, but...just wanted to see if it is me or him before I give a lower rating due to his response to my inquiry.

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I've got a CDM750 that does that. It doesn't bother me, so I haven't bothered to look into fixing it. It's not a programming issue, if that's what you are asking.
 

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I've got a CDM750 that does that. It doesn't bother me, so I haven't bothered to look into fixing it. It's not a programming issue, if that's what you are asking.
Thanks! Sort of asking on both accounts. He made it sounds as if it could have been a programming or install issue. Really not that hard to hook up power, etc....

I certainly not looking to get into it with an Ebayer, the only reason it bugged me was sort of hard to tell if you are transmitting (I guess knowing that I am pressing the button is key) but if I have a radio failure I may not realize it. Just trying to get an understanding if the unit came "defective"

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Pop the head off the front (the tool is available from wiscomm) and check the white ribbon cable that connects head to main radio body. That flat white cable can easily become partially unseated as it is just stuck into the connector (no retaining clip or similar).
 

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Pop the head off the front (the tool is available from wiscomm) and check the white ribbon cable that connects head to main radio body. That flat white cable can easily become partially unseated as it is just stuck into the connector (no retaining clip or similar).
Thanks for the reply. Be interesting if it is a cable, maybe bad from the get go? I had powered the unit in the house and worked with a friend who programs Motorola's for a living. That being said, from the moment we got it up the lights did not work.

Despite that, I did install the remote head, which took some flip flopping so I would anticipate all the rib cables are in correctly, but, is it possible that maybe the original rib from the head is just defective? Are those things available? I find it odd that the other lights work except for the red one.

It is not earth shattering, but makes me feel better when I key up that I see the radio respond in some manner.... thanks..
 
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