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What Moto gear can be moved to 220MHz?

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KF5YDR

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I'm curious if any Motorola radios can be re-tuned to the 1.25MHz ham band, particularly portables. It's easy to put them on 2m and 70cm, and reasonably simple to retune to the 900MHz 33cm ham band, but I've always wanted to play with 220. Once you catch Black Radio Disease, it's hard to settle for the abysmal build quality and often terrible audio of most ham gear.
 

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I have seen Waris radios from other countries for sale on that auction site that work on 220 mhz. The problem is the software is not available in the US even if you wanted to legally buy it, as the radio isn't sold here. On these particular radios the seller was including a "disc", but I assumed it was the "owner's manual".
 

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Hmm. I'd love to get my hands on a MOF 230, but those seem to all be in the hands of collectors.
 

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I have seen Waris radios from other countries for sale on that auction site that work on 220 mhz. The problem is the software is not available in the US even if you wanted to legally buy it, as the radio isn't sold here. On these particular radios the seller was including a "disc", but I assumed it was the "owner's manual".
What are you talking about? The Waris Series has been available in the USA in the 220mhz bandsplit for years. It has since been cancelled, but they are definitely out there. They program with regular CPS.

http://www.daywireless.com/downloads/motorola/motorola_ht1250ls+_specsheet.pdf

This thread on batlabs goes into detail on how to get amateur 220 stuff into the radio:

Batboard • View topic - HT1250 220MHz Modification - Any help?

Furthermore, there are no less than three 220mhz CDM1550LS+ mobiles on ebay right now:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTOROLA-CDM1550LS-220MHz-LTR-MOBILE-TWO-WAY-RADIO-MODEL-AAM25MHF4DP5AN-/200977954307?pt=2_Way_Radios_FRS&hash=item2ecb383603

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorola-CDM1550-220-MHz-Mobile-HAM-/331265779423?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Transceivers&hash=item4d20faa6df

They'll do 220 ham with some software tweaks as well:

http://communications.support/threads/316-CDM1550LS-Plus-200MHz-To-220-Ham-Band-Change
 
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I had several HT1250's and CDM1550's on 220... they worked and sounded great. My interest in 220 died and I sold them all off except for the guts of one 220mhz HT1250.
 

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I guess that's true. 220 has always been the weird experimenter band anyway. ^_^
 

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In NJ 220 is quite active ,we have 22+ repeaters that get used at different times of the day.Weird that Yaesu only gives you 1 watt.Another alternative is the Kenwood TM-742A with UT220.TYT makes a nice mobile with 55 watts for 220 called the TH-9000,careful it comes in other bands too so read the ad. Amazon.com : TYT TH-9000D 55 Watt 222Mhz Transceiver Amateur Ham Radio 200ch 220 Mhz : Automotive Cb Radios And Scanners : Electronics

http://www.radio-mart.net/TYT-TH-9000D-220MHz-50w-Transceiver.html

Yes if you did p25 on 220,you'd be pretty much private.The CDM-1550 is a great radio!
 
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Yeah out there on the East Coast I hear y'all can't use most of 440 cos of Pave Paws.
 

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Bringing back an old post as we're looking into building a 220 MHz repeater here in Michigan because our 70-CM range is terrible with all the flat area and tree, 220 MHz has proven to be a real winner band here, especially since they're aren't any 2-Meters pairs available now or for the foreseeable future... So other radios that support the 220 MHz band and can be purchase new or used are the following Tait units; they are true commercial grade radios that require no modifications for the amateur radio bands or for widebanding either and their repeaters are full-duty cycle as well; be sure to checkout the following:

  • TB8100 Base Station / Repeater
  • TB7100 Base Station / Repeater
  • TM8250 Mobile
  • TP8100 Portable
 

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There was a dealer in VA (Mechem Radio) that had converted numerous VHF Micors for 220 mhz, and he had hundreds of Fed high spit mobiles. I don't know if he is around anymore, and I havn't seen his ad in any of the trades for years. Last I spoke to him he had retired from DC Fire as a Medic in late 90's and was running just his radio business.

Just looked him up in G, he is still in business.
 
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There are plenty of 440 Repeaters around and in-use

Not Flame throwers, and owners had to adjust antenna's but Pave Paws has not caused the end of 440, Yes those closer to Cape Cod (Pave Paw Location) were more impacted, but the end was not/is not near.


Yeah out there on the East Coast I hear y'all can't use most of 440 cos of Pave Paws.
 
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