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Surplus XTS3000 with ASK, need to wipe/reprogram

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Sep 8, 2002
Florida, where you wish you were!
I was given the task of reprogramming a bunch of surplus XTS3000s and then testing them.

Sounds easy.

But they were last programmed with trunking data using the ASK, Advanced System Key.

My NORMAL procedure would be to simply create an additional trunking personality as a dummy, using
a system key that I have which is for a system that no longer exists, and then delete the exising trunking
personality from the radio, and add conventional channels.

But you can't do that with an ASK-enabled radio. Once ASK has been enabled, I have not yet found
ANY method of writing to that radio without having the correct advanced system key in my computer,
which I do not have.

Does anyone know of any way to get around this problem?

I suppose the radios could be sent to the depot but knowing them that'd cost a few hundred bucks a radio.


Dec 19, 2002
Depot will not touch XTS3000's anymore. They were written with and ASK that write protected the radio, similar to one that was inhibited, and would probably need a clean S-Record that would need to be programmed.

P25.ca might have the information to hex edit it, but be sure to search before creating a new thread as most of their good stuff is a sticky at the top of the threads.


May 5, 2004
Piedmont NC
I got ahold of a couple radios with ASK...

I couldn't get the method at p25.ca to work, I ended up having to write a new S-Rec to the radios.
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