Mother-Moto arrives!

Ahhhhh, sweet Motorola goodness arrived in the form of a USPS Priority Mail box at my front door last Friday. I purchased, off eBay, a Motorola MT2000 commercial UHF portable for a very decent price! Came with speakermic and charger, etc. This is to replace my Kenwood TK-380 which, sadly, didn’t do the 440 ham band. I found, though, that the MT2000, while being older, has slightly more features, which is good! It’ll do 160 different modes (like channels) out of the box, and in basically unlimited zones, I believe, or groups of channels. I’ve heard, however, there’s a setting that will allow you to increase that number of modes up to 255, which I have yet to do.

Regardless, I got it all programmed up as I like it, and I’m very pleased! 4w on UHF gets places, when I’m used to having only about 1.5w on the old Icom IC-24AT. I’ve got all the area repeaters on UHF that I know programmed in (29 in total), and I’m working on adding commercial stuff for scanning, as well as FRS/GMRS. Overall, I’m very pleased. In order to program this beastie, I’ve got to use the Motorola RSS, which works ONLY in MS-DOS mode on a spare Windows 98 computer I have sitting down. Originally, I thought, “Bah, I’m going to ignore all those people who say, ‘You must use DOS to program these…’ But, anything else just plain DOESN’T WORK, not even an MS-DOS prompt window on Windows 98.

Trust me, I tried it, didn’t get anywhere.

Sooooo, if anybody has any questions about the radio or programming it, I’d be happy to help :) Just leave a comment here, or send me an email.

7 Responses to “Mother-Moto arrives!”

  1. Phil, N2MDV Says:

    I really got sick of dealing with that Moto RSS program, so I’ve phased out all but 3 Moto radios. Don’t even have a RIB anymore. I went Icom commercial since the software was just given to me. One thing about the Moto’s that I do like is the audio quality. To me, it sounds the best. One thing about that model Moto is that it might not do NBFM where ya want to use it on FRS/GMRS. Not a show stopper since you can turn down the DEV, but ya might have wicked co-channel interferance on RX. Passing thoughts…. 73’s!!!
    Phiul, N2MDV / WQDG395

  2. maxkelley Says:

    Yeah, RSS ain’t great, but… I’m dealing with it for now :) Just slowly building a collection of Moto stuff. I added a VHF MT2000, as well as a UHF Spectra, and UHF Visar… I’m having fun, though!

    Haven’t had that problem yet on FRS, but then again, I’m not sure if I’ve been in situations where operations were occurring the next channel over, in close proximity. Seems to be working!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Max

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