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maceffects

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Okay, let me start by saying I am a complete newbie at radios, my mail experiences is with computers not radios. I have and gets lots of Motorola Radios (Astro, Spectra, GM300, MaraTrac, MaxTrac, A9, A5, etcs). And I need to program them to certain frequencies, tones, etc. But I don't know what all is needed. I seen RIB/RSS things but no have the right connectors, and none have software (I'd Assume it hooks to a PC??). I really could use some help :)
 

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maceffects said:
Okay, let me start by saying I am a complete newbie at radios, my mail experiences is with computers not radios. I have and gets lots of Motorola Radios (Astro, Spectra, GM300, MaraTrac, MaxTrac, A9, A5, etcs). And I need to program them to certain frequencies, tones, etc. But I don't know what all is needed. I seen RIB/RSS things but no have the right connectors, and none have software (I'd Assume it hooks to a PC??). I really could use some help :)
1. If you wish to program a trunking radio, you have to be authorized to do so by the system manager for each particular system, and must have been issued the unique system key for each one you wish to program. Unless you're an authorized Motorola shop (I'm guessing not) your chances of getting such authorization range from zero to none so I would not hold my breath waiting. For conventional systems, you must obtain authorization from the licensee of that system. If it's for legitimate operational or mutual aid purposes, they would likely give authorization; it all depends on the department in question.

2. The RIB (Radio Interface Box) is available in various places including eBay; it's really just a level converter, but for many Moto radios there's more to it than that.

3. RSS (Radio Service Software) is unique for each radio or series of radios, and you have to purchase a licensed copy from Motorola of the RSS program for each radio/series of radios you need to program. Motorola is very tight with their software; they'll sell it to you, but only after you have signed the software agreement. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of money (generally, multiple hundreds of dollars) for each program. Once you've signed the agreement and finalized the sale, you own that software, period. You cannot sell or otherwise transfer it to another person, even if you sell the radio it is for.

4. Each radio/series of radios requires a unique programming cable to go from the RIB to the radio. These mostly tend to use the microphone connector but some radios use other connectors. You can buy these from Mother M or build them yourself.

If you're really serious about programming your own radios and are authorized to do so, check www.batlabs.com for a good programming primer and information on building your own cables.

Tom
 
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