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Question on a recently purchased Astro Saber Model II

spdfile1

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In my collection of Motorola Radios (just see my QRZ page under N4SYR) I've recently acquired 5 Sabers, 3 of which are Astro Sabers. One of the Astro Sabers brings me to my post & question. It is a Model II (H04KDF9PW7AN) with a flash code of 000001-002000-5 which translate's to H35/G48 - Conventional Operation & Q241 - ASTRO Ready (Analog Operation ONLY). What exactly is the Q241 mean in laymen's terms? My best educated guess (and mind you I've just started getting into the Saber models) is it is set up to do Digital like P25 but currently doesn't the way it is now?!?!?
 

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This very much depends on the DSP firmware. If the DSP firmware version in the radio does /NOT/ start with a N or I then it requires firmware reflashing and a FLASHcode uplift to enable P25. If the radio's DSP firmware version starts with a N or I then it only needs a FLASHcode uplift.
 

spdfile1

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This very much depends on the DSP firmware. If the DSP firmware version in the radio does /NOT/ start with a N or I then it requires firmware reflashing and a FLASHcode uplift to enable P25. If the radio's DSP firmware version starts with a N or I then it only needs a FLASHcode uplift.
How would I find out if the DSP firmware contains the "N" or "I"? Does is show in RSS/CPS?
 

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You can read the radio, or just put into field test mode by powering it on, within 10 seconds, hit the SB1 five times in succession within those 10 seconds, and the radio will beep, then start scrolling it's model, serial, flascode, VOCON size, HOST/DSP, encryption (if installed).
You may have to do it two or three times to get all the data as it scrolls quickly.
 

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So I tried to upload the pic but this forum is saying the file is to large. Anyways under version info the left single box shows "000C" and the two right boxes (one above the other) both say "UNKNOWN". What's to be made of that?
 
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