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Motorola Spectra

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emtbls1987

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hello all. i just have one question. I have a Motorola Spectra i know these radios are not narrowbanded. I heard some were that you can get these narrowbanded but will cost you more then just buying a new radio. but wanted to see if this is at all possible. that and have noticed that this radio sometimes dies. I am wondering if it is a cap that is the problem though i have checked and dont see a leak like they usally do
 

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You did not mention the frequency band of your Spectra.
You probably have the leaking capacitor problems common with Spectras.

Yes the Spectra CAN be narrow banded but it mite not program some frequencies. The RF board from a 900 mhz Spectra is already narrow band..2.5 khz deviation.
 

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Thanks for the info. the band or freq. i have is the 140-174. all i really need is between 150-169
i looked online and saw a forum were someone toke the board out of a Astro and put it in his Spectra. I believe that would be impossible to do since the spectra is analog. that and you would have to find some way to get a board if that was possible.
 

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One thing about the Spectra. You DO have the leaky cap issue unless the radio has had the caps replaced, period. If the leaks are visible, it's almost too late since the damage has spread to the board. Unless the acid from the cap has gone down a feed-through hole, this board damage generally isn't fatal, but does make the repair much more difficult.
 

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Does anyone know if recapping the Astro Spectra is necessary? I have a few that have late 99 date codes.
Yes we have seen many that have the same leaky capacitors.
I repair them for board members at a special rate. PM for info.
 
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