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    I am considering buying some used Motorola portable radios. I don't want to goof around with buying another cable and Motorola CPS. Can someone refresh my memory on what Motorola radios are/were FPP (Front Panel Programmable)? So far, this is what I have come up with:

    JT1000

    GP2000

    HT1550

    XTS2500 Model III

    XTS5000 Model III

    APX7000 Model 3.5


    These will be used for amateur radio simplex use, so I don't want or need to spend a lot of money of these. I am sort of leaning towards either a couple of HT1550s or XTS2500s.


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    You will still need CPS to initially set the radios up.

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    XTS4000
    XiR P8668/XiR P8668i (XPR7550/7550e with AZ firmware)
    XiR M8668/XiR M8668i (XPR5550/5550e with AZ firmware)
    SL1K / SL1Ki (SL7550/7550e with AZ firmware)

    And don't forget about Cowthief's FPP Spectra.

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    The JT1000 is an amazingly durable radio. Built like a tank. It might work very well for your specific use case.

    Do take note of: https://communications.support/threa...728#post100728

    Reminder... the default FPP password is 581000

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    Don't forget about the old GP68.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor Xray View Post
    Don't forget about the old GP68.
    Or the rarest of them all, the AP10:

    Motorola AP10-1.jpg

    Motorola AP10-2.jpg

    Motorola AP10-3.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mars View Post
    And don't forget about Cowthief's FPP Spectra.
    Yeah, but the problem is that that particular radio with that feature is only available in lowband.

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    Regarding FPP HT1550
    1.) Analog only on VHF OR UHF
    2.) Requires special red FPP enabled battery unless running latest R05.18.01 firmware where FPP is enabled all time regardless of battery type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mars View Post
    XTS4000
    XiR P8668/XiR P8668i (XPR7550/7550e with AZ firmware)
    XiR M8668/XiR M8668i (XPR5550/5550e with AZ firmware)
    SL1K / SL1Ki (SL7550/7550e with AZ firmware)

    And don't forget about Cowthief's FPP Spectra.
    I have an SL7550... which is presently useless as I got stiffed on it... bought it used and
    don't have the password or know how to bypass it / write a new codeplug on top of it...

    So how would I enable the FPP?

    And can someone share details about "Cowthief's FPP Spectra"??? Sounds INTERESTING!

    Mike2

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    Mike2, save Tuner info, do a recovery in CPS, write your saved Tuner info. The password is only used to prevent you from reading the current codeplug.
    I need units, I need units NOW! -J. Dewitte

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2 View Post
    And can someone share details about "Cowthief's FPP Spectra"??? Sounds INTERESTING!
    I'll simply say that it exists only in a parallel universe that only Cowthief can travel to. I'm sure you get the idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2 View Post
    I have an SL7550... which is presently useless as I got stiffed on it... bought it used and
    don't have the password or know how to bypass it / write a new codeplug on top of it...

    So how would I enable the FPP?

    And can someone share details about "Cowthief's FPP Spectra"??? Sounds INTERESTING!

    Mike2
    Sorry, I won't be elaborating. It involves swapping the firmware by changing the region of the radio. Not trying to be a tease, I just have no time for it, no desire to play games with the assholes at Motorola, and quite frankly I just don't give a shit. There are more important things going on right now than playing with Motorola's garbage.
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    How far do you want to go, I’ve built a mod once for an old GE Phoenix radio where a second microprocessor would spoof the radios eeprom. This wouldn’t be feasible for the newer radios but something similar could work for a radio like a maxtrac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2 View Post
    And can someone share details about "Cowthief's FPP Spectra"??? Sounds INTERESTING!
    The real question is : Does that FPP Spectra come with DAEKSTAR-1056 algo ? If not, then don't bother with it ! ^^

    Sorry Mike2, just a running joke =)

    See d119 post above for proper technical explanation =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioSkaf View Post
    The real question is : Does that FPP Spectra come with DAEKSTAR-1056 algo ?
    Hello.

    It's AES-1056 you idiot. DAEKSTAR is a totally separate algo that was only available on aforementioned lowband FPP Spectra.
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    Ah yes ! How could I forgot that !
    Still seeking a compatible keyloader for that though ^^

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    There was also the AP50 that had FPP, I think it was built on the SP50 platform.

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