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Akardam's website has directions for forcing the CPS for the Astro25 series out of band. Now, keep in mind that this is just a software modification, and that there is no guarantee that the hardware in the radio will perform well or at all outside of it's rated bandsplit (although it is possible, you might want to ask on the Batboard if anybody has experience with this).
An "S" split (450-512) unit should, in most cases, operate down to 440MHz just fine, without the need of any fine-tuning. Most Astro/Astro25 radios can perform +/- 10MHz of the rated band-split without serious degradation in signal quality.
As was mentioned above, you will need to hex edit the CPS to allow programming out-of-band.
However, it does not have a tag on the back. I'm interested in conventional Public Safety / Fire / EMS monitoring and Ham use which it seems like it will do. However, with no tags of any kind, I just don't know exactly what I am getting. I would have to rely stricly on the selller's word.!
I have bought Radios from that seller more then once and have had no issue even with no tags the serial number in CPS is always fine his radios used to all have 123abc serial numbers but all have good numbers seller also ships super fast so dont worry about no tags
Thanks a lot!
I am new to this particular radio. I have experience with kenwood commercial radios and some experience with Sabers and GP380s. I just want to make sure to ask all the right questions before diving in...