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motorola maxtrac - whats it good for?

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kf4lne

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I am about to become the owner of an 800MHz Motorola Maxtrac radio. I don't know anything about it yet, but I know its not usable in the 902-928 amateur band. Does anyone here know if this thing can be used as a dedicated trunking scanner or should I start looking for it a home?
 

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Howdy.
It all depends whether it's a trucking radio, or a conventional radio.
If it's just 4 buttons and no digital display on the faceplate, forget it. It's no more use than a doorstop. Other than that, there's much firmware and software finnagling you have to do before you can pick up a local Analog truck system.
It will not do any digital systems.
They are great for receiving the lower half of the 900 MHz ham band. You have to do a lot of retuning to make it TX there.
rcvmo
 

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Since Nextel bought up and shut down most of the business 800 MHz trunked systems, there are a lot of these gathering dust.

With rebanding, and the restrictions Motorola has built into their programming software, using it as a scanner would not be feasable.
 

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There are a number of flavors of this radio. It kind of depends on just
what you have. They do or can work as a monitor for analog channels.
If the firmware has been changed, it will function as a trunking radio on
the old analog channels. In this fashion, it sort of can work as a scanner.

What these radios will not do is receive the trunked splinter channels in
the trunking mode. Motorola was very careful not to allow them this
option as they wanted to sell new radios to all the system owners. They
will do some splinter channels in the conventional mode though.

Jim
 

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List the model # is you can, then we can give you better advise. If it's a Privacy Plus unit there isn't much use for it other than a doorstop.
 

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if you can program in conventional channels and is a 16 pin rear connector, it will make an excellent data radio for Trunker, Trunk88, etc. One of the pins puts out discriminator audio so the hookup is simple. I have one and it blows the tapped scanners away.

chris
 

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It is quite possible to setup a Maxtrac PP model to listen to Type II talkgroups. You use sizecode A and have to convert the decimal ID to a Type I ID.

The only caveat is you'll miss traffic anytime the status bit changes.

-Wayne
 

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the PA makes for a GREAT amplifier for a spread spectrum 800 Mhz RF jammer..........
 

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I had one that worked great as a discriminator source for up to 10 800mhz frequencies... one of the pins on the 16pin accessory connector is discriminator audio.

Other than that, it holds doors open pretty well.
 

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Grog said:
Awwww geez, you haven't been banned yet? :roll:
banned? for what? telling a geeky joke??

analog/PP 800 ANYTHING is pretty much a paperweight right now....... hence the "what it's good for" comment....

get a sense of humour buddy....
 

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I use a maxtrac as a dedicated scanner for my local public safety trunking system. The front-ends are rock-solid because they are dedicated, tuned, and filtered to one specific band. While this might seem limiting to some, I hear way better quality signal/audio on my maxtrac than any other scanner i've used.

I'd love to get more maxtracs, and I'd love to get one that does 900mhz so I can listen to other trunking systems in my area...
 
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