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 Secure radio communications : A primer 

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A) Only has a couple channels, and that's to communicate with family or friends 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
B) A, Plus local stuff in your county 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
C) A and B plus stuff in your surrounding counties 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
D) The kitchen sink ( Federal interop, State Patrol, DNR, CBP, etc) divided into manageable zones. 88%  88%  [ 22 ]
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I'm really looking forward to my chance to meet him and chew the fat, and coerce him into programming mine! Until then I'm trying to learn what I can on the internet, it's alot to take in.

I've been playing around on the ship here, but there isn't a whole lot to listen to that isn't scrambled (voice inversion). Seems these fisherman want to keep all the shitty fishing a secret! I also suspect there's some traffic on the 2m band I'm not able to grab. Antenna setup is not ideal trying to listen from my stateroom window... Mostly get some marine VHF that's often scrambled, and of course I've figured out what frequency the bridge is talking to the deck on. Bought a hackrf with a portapack, that's been cool to play with it has an app for grabbing AIS signals and translating....


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Huge thanks to TW for coming out and programming my radio and learning me :bow:


Sorry if I talked your ear off. I can be a little verbose.

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Hpynhl wrote:
Huge thanks to TW for coming out and programming my radio and learning me :bow:


Sorry if I talked your ear off. I can be a little verbose.


Nope, all good. We enjoyed your company and would be happy to have you back.


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Just want to give props to TW for taking the time to share this information with the group. Thanks!

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Radio pouches showed up today

Good fit for the XTS5000 even with the hand mike attached

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Nice.

So my JT1000 works, but only one battery. My new chinese 'extra Mh' battery is totally dead. Maybe it could be repaired.

But might have to get a replacement for it. Hopefully I can do a HAM test soon.

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Nice.

So my JT1000 works, but only one battery. My new chinese 'extra Mh' battery is totally dead. Maybe it could be repaired.

But might have to get a replacement for it. Hopefully I can do a HAM test soon.


Follow the instructions I laid out near the beginning of the thread.

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So what do you think of the MOTOROLA XTS2500? Frequency range seems to be similar to the 5000 series

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTOROLA-XTS2500-Model-III-3-VHF-136-174-FPP-ASTRO-P25-DIGITAL-RADIO/264648588780


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So what do you think of the MOTOROLA XTS2500? Frequency range seems to be similar to the 5000 series

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTOROLA-XTS2500-Model-III-3-VHF-136-174-FPP-ASTRO-P25-DIGITAL-RADIO/264648588780


It's the same series(Astro25). Same capabilities, but much less of a radio. Smaller batteries, less durable.

Crypto modules are harder to find, more expensive, and limited to 1 algo.

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So what do you think of the MOTOROLA XTS2500? Frequency range seems to be similar to the 5000 series

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTOROLA-XTS2500-Model-III-3-VHF-136-174-FPP-ASTRO-P25-DIGITAL-RADIO/264648588780


It's the same series(Astro25). Same capabilities, but much less of a radio. Smaller batteries, less durable.

Crypto modules are harder to find, more expensive, and limited to 1 algo.
The reason I ask is a former coworker hooked me up with one he’d gotten at some point. I’m a little leery of some aspects of it, I think someone replaced the body, but it was a trade for stuff I didn’t need.
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So what do you think of the MOTOROLA XTS2500? Frequency range seems to be similar to the 5000 series

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTOROLA-XTS2500-Model-III-3-VHF-136-174-FPP-ASTRO-P25-DIGITAL-RADIO/264648588780


It's the same series(Astro25). Same capabilities, but much less of a radio. Smaller batteries, less durable.

Crypto modules are harder to find, more expensive, and limited to 1 algo.
The reason I ask is a former coworker hooked me up with one he’d gotten at some point. I’m a little leery of some aspects of it, I think someone replaced the body, but it was a trade for stuff I didn’t need.
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What's the model number?

Nothing wrong with free. lol

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So, it's VHF, but if the case has been changed, it's no longer submersible (the i in xts2500i)

Platform: XTS2500
Flashcode: 1000080004881

Q806: ASTRO IMBE Digital Operation
H38: SmartZone Systems Operation
Q173: SmartZone Omnilink MultiZone Operation
Q361: ASTRO 25 9600 Baud Trunking
Q574: 9600 Baud Trunking

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So, it's VHF, but if the case has been changed, it's no longer submersible (the i in xts2500i)

Platform: XTS2500
Flashcode: 1000080004881

Q806: ASTRO IMBE Digital Operation
H38: SmartZone Systems Operation
Q173: SmartZone Omnilink MultiZone Operation
Q361: ASTRO 25 9600 Baud Trunking
Q574: 9600 Baud Trunking


He said he got it off ebay, and it came with a new charger and battery, but he never got the programing cable and it just sat in his storage space. It looks brand new until you look under the battery. If I can make this work I'd like to, but I'm not against getting a xts5000 as well if it keeps us all standardized.


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This is an awesome thread. Thank you TW for suggesting it. I have been interested in this for a long time. Wondering if there is another source for these radios than Ebay. (seem to be popular right now) Or should I just bite at 500$.


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