• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

Replacement for iden

Status
Not open for further replies.

birdieboy

Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2009
Messages
52
I am looking for ideas for replacing iden phones. Currently we have 5 Motorola i355 phones which 3 need phone service and the other two only use the two way radio feature. While we don't need nationwide service, range of about 5-10 miles around the building would be ideal. Nextel coverage is ok in the lower level of the building and we have tried the new verizon/sprint ptt but it is simply unusable since there is no cell service on our lower level.

Any and all ideas appreciated,

Thanks

Tom
 

Sprinter06

Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2011
Messages
59
Location
Kansas City, MO
Just a bit of info to throw in. I used to use Nextel a few years back. I still use the old phones as 2-way radios without service. Some have a talk around feature if you aren't in range of a tower. Just pick you channel and private/open and youre done. A good way to recycle and reuse old equipment.
 

birdieboy

Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2009
Messages
52
Just a bit of info to throw in. I used to use Nextel a few years back. I still use the old phones as 2-way radios without service. Some have a talk around feature if you aren't in range of a tower. Just pick you channel and private/open and youre done. A good way to recycle and reuse old equipment.
We initially thought of doing this, as the direct talk function on the phones has more than enough range for in building ops which is the minimum coverage area we need. The problem we faced was that two staff members need phone capability, I have been looking into the CLS1450 but not sure if its a product which will stand up to repeated use/abuse or if the phone feature will make it through the entire building. Our building is approximately 150ft x 300ft with four floors one being underground and is completely concrete.
 

IAmSixNine

Member
Feed Provider
Joined
Dec 19, 2002
Messages
2,103
Location
Dallas, TX
The building your in, is this a permanent location you are always at? Or a location you sometimes perform jobs in?
If this is a permanent work building, what you could do is put in a BDA (Bi-Directional Amplifier) that is tuned to a carriers network. Sprint for example. THis will give you coverage in the lower parts where it didnt exist. Allowing all members to have communications.

NO matter what you do RF wont penetrate into a basement with out some help. So if you go with commercial 2-way radios, FRS, cellular, IDEN what ever, you need something to help get the signal to the basement.
 

birdieboy

Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2009
Messages
52
The building your in, is this a permanent location you are always at? Or a location you sometimes perform jobs in?
If this is a permanent work building, what you could do is put in a BDA (Bi-Directional Amplifier) that is tuned to a carriers network. Sprint for example. THis will give you coverage in the lower parts where it didnt exist. Allowing all members to have communications.

NO matter what you do RF wont penetrate into a basement with out some help. So if you go with commercial 2-way radios, FRS, cellular, IDEN what ever, you need something to help get the signal to the basement.
We are always in the same building. We have had repeaters put in and they quickly become overwhelmed by the cell phones in the building. At any given time there are 500-600 cell phones in use in the building, heavy college student traffic.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top