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Motorola XTS 1500

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Mic256

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Hello,

I use a Motorola XTS 1500 at work, and I would like to know if there is way to tell whether it is the UHF or VHF model? Also, Are there any other radios that can listen in on the frequencies of the Motorola XTS. I am new to radios and would appreciate a little help!

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Post the model number. The letter in the 4th position denotes the band. K would be VHF, Q and S would be UHF.

Unless you're using encryption, most scanners would be able to listen in.

The exact model would depend on what type of system you're using.
 

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Like Mike said, the model number will tell you.

If you are running on a trunked system a scanner is almost your only option (another motorola can listen to it of you put some work into it). Also, if there is any form of encryption running you would be SOL.
 

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Thanks for the response. The model # is H66SDD9PW5BN.
This means it is UHF, correct? I googled the user Manuel and it states it can be UHF R1 or R2. The one at work has channels only and does not show the frequency. Is there any way to see which frequency a particular channel is transmitting on?

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Yes, you've got a UHF radio in high split, 450-512MHz.

You'll need to use a scanner with Close Call, a frequency counter or use Motorola software to locate the frequency.

Have you tried looking up the frequencies in the FCC database? You could try your companies name or the service provider they get their radios from.
 

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Sorry for the late response, and thank you for yours! If i were to buy a frequency counter, could it analyze the frequency when the radio receives signal, or would I have to transmit on that signal in order for the frequency counter to work?

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Sorry for the late response, and thank you for yours! If i were to buy a frequency counter, could it analyze the frequency when the radio receives signal, or would I have to transmit on that signal in order for the frequency counter to work?

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Mic
Have you priced frequency counters recently? Beacoup expensive!
 

Mic256

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Thanks! yea i found a shop in culver city(Los Angeles) that sells a $40 handheld frequency counter. I will give that a shot.

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Thanks! i found it in the database but i'm not sure how to read the table. I was looking for LAX airport terminal operations MAIN. The table shows the DEC=201 and HEX=0c9 info with MODE=D but i don't see the exact frequency. It does say that it is trunked also, so does that make it illegal to listen to? I have to start looking up these terms, but I appreciate any help.
 

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Yes, it means it's trunked.

It is possible to listen but it's a complicated process which can cause problems for the users of the system and land you in hot water. Judging by the questions you're asking here, you probably shouldn't attempt to use that radio on any trunking systems.
 

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Yea i definitely don't want to cause any problems. I just have a bearcat scanner that I wanted to use to listen in on along with Air traffic control frequencies. i know uniden has a trunk tracker scanner but i don't want the scanner to cause interference with their system.
 
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