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Motorola Commandstar?

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Completely Banned for the Greater Good
Jun 23, 2008
just a quick question,

Can you hook and use a mobile radio into a motorola commandstar dispatch console, or does it have to be hooked into the repeater?


May 10, 2003
The console doesn't care whether it's connected to a mobile or to a remote line input/output device to the repeater or base station so long as the input/output connections and programming are mutually compatible. To do that requires some sort of remote adapter and proper programming of the mobile unit as well as configuring the I/O of the console. Those devices are readily available through the console manufacturers, the radio manufacturers, and the aftermarket. I've personally done several installations that connected a mobile on a power supply to the console.
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