Ok, will only upgrade to V8.. unfortunately I don't have access to V8 FW, just v9 FW.What do you think going to 9 will give you?
You will loose TDMA mode (I think the 982 had this?)
You will loose the ability to open analogue squelch (god only knows why they removed this)
I took a X1P from 7 to 8 to 9. 7-8 no issues. 9 I lost the analogue squelch. The x1p never had TDMA mode. It gained the digital buffer that lets you press ptt and talk immediatly, but this has interactions with call confirmation in direct mode so althoguh its a nice gimic, I stopped using it. I also ended up with wierd behavior that was somethig odd in the codeplug. I factory reset the radio, started the codeplug from scratch and it was fine.
Have bricked a 985 updrading, so its not without risk (was on 9 already though)
I would certainly take yours to 8. I am not sure I would go to 9.
My two RD982 repeaters are running CTCSS and CDCSS when in analog mode. One repeater is operating in mixed digital/analog mode and the other is operating analog only. They are NOT running with just CSQ when in analog mode.I am surprised what is the need for CSQ in a repeater? I have never used this as all repeaters I met in last decades had subaudio sq or any other means of protecting opening just to some random noise.
My repeaters are all mixed mode, so they operate also in analog beside DMR, but sure I have there subaudio condition at least. Here in Europe, operating a repeater with just CSQ means it will open almost all the time.
I previously had the TDMA simplex feature and didn't want to lose it.As far as TDMA simplex mode, this feature is not really important when you go and test really. If I need more connections, I use Pseudo Trunk. I have this with customer who is very happy with it. Lot of talk about delays in what ever are more of psychologic impact, some people believe they have some delyays or timings where there might be some measurable by sophisticated instruments, but not noticable in real life.
For people who need some kind of mixed mode operation on portables, the mixed mode channels, which were introduced already with 48x series, are now implemented in v9.
In mobiles, I can now change between USB and UART via CPS, this feature was not existing with v8 and one had to buy the radio either eith USB or UART on the accessory connector.
I suspect being able to manually hold CSQ open on an analog channel was an unintended casualty due to code changes required to take away features as part of the lawsuit settlement.The open CSQ, 'monitor ', well I do not understand what Motorola had to complain about, as this function is older then any motorola radio of all ages. It might be just the way how the noise or better no noise was detected in the software.
However this function was always used and named(!) as for adjusting the volume knob. Have never seen any customers having any other use for it.
You can adjust what "Open", "Normal", and "Tight" represent in the Common menu in the CPS. Each setting is adjustable from 2 to 9 with V9 FW. With pre-9 FW, it was adjustable from 0 (open) to 9 (tight).Well as far as I can se it all is from 2 to 9. The question is maybe what exactly means the level. What in Terms of sensitivity?
Or how to measure and compare what exactly is going on.
I checked now one of my repeaters (VHF however) the repeater goes open with subaudio sql at 122dbm and transmitts what ever it receives this way. it will however tend to go off with 123dbm as the tranmitter pissing slightly into the rx path which is normal.
I did not test so far with carrier SQL, as this Operation makes anyway no sense in repeater.
I might make other test with carrier SQL later, but I have to remove the subaudio SQL from the cp first.
it looks like all my mobile radios and repeaters have csq set to 'normal' and this again is set to level 3, what ever it means