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    Default Had some wall space in the spare bedroom...

    I picked these shelves up a few months ago and had to do something with them. I've been slowly collecting oddball Motorola radios, and figured this would be a good use for them. Why not share my dorkiness with all who enter my home.

    All three of the MX radios are SP versions. I've never seen an all black w/ DTMF before. The PFD3000 is one of my faves as well- I'd kill to have the ability to program it up, but info is hard to come by. Still want to find a boatload of other radios- especially an SSE5000, yellow HT1000 and clear XTS5000 housing. A guy can dream, can't he?





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    is that a clear mtx case?

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    That clear Jedi Case is making me drooooooool

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    Sure is. I'd love to find a Model I and II version at some point.

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    So awesome! Can't quite tell what's on the far right though.

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    that is an MT500 on the far right

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtrotdelta View Post
    So awesome! Can't quite tell what's on the far right though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firecpt809 View Post
    that is an MT500 on the far right
    Bingo.

    From left to right:

    Ericsson LPE200 900mhz EDACS (for local gas Co. monitoring)
    MTX Classic (MTX800)
    HT1000
    Radius GP1200
    MT2000
    Clear MTS2000 900mhz
    PFD3000
    MX360S All black SP model w/DTMF
    Saber SI
    ASII 800
    ASIII 800
    Visar DTMF
    GTX 900
    GP350 DTMF
    Saber R VHF
    Saber R UHF
    MX350 SP model Brand new!
    MX360s DTMF SP model
    STX
    TK-340 Brand New
    EF Johnson Viking 800mhz LTR Multinet
    MT500

    Looking to get crazier and add:

    L3000 Lingo
    R750
    MTP200
    MTP300
    XTS3000 I / II/ III in Yellow
    XTS5000 I / II in Yellow
    ATS3000 case (from that other thread)
    Yellow HT1000
    Yellow Chessie MT500 DTMF
    DTMF MT1000
    Saber II R
    Astro Saber R / II R
    STX821

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    Thanks for the clarification. Pretty sure there's only a few of those clear cases (from original engineering) in existence, right?

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    Motorola is missing out on sales here, how many of us would love a clear case!

    I know they're not concerned with the second-hand ham market share and would never release them but maybe some enterprising person should start molding them... I'll take a few for XTS5000 Model III's!
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    Give it a few months Lindawang on Ebay will start popping out some clear cases. They can add them to the crappy Jedi and Blue waris ones they push out.

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    There are no clear plastics or composite resins that are as strong and rugged as the colored cases we currently all use. The radios with legit clear cases are no where as strong/ rugged as a normal case. Motorola builds clear cases to check out the fit and parts placements in the radios when the case is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella237 View Post
    Motorola is missing out on sales here, how many of us would love a clear case!

    I know they're not concerned with the second-hand ham market share and would never release them but maybe some enterprising person should start molding them... I'll take a few for XTS5000 Model III's!
    I found this example on some Chinese radio site. Do want!

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    Mike, I have an SSE5000...

    The clear XTS5000 case is awesome!

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    What I would do for a SSE5000 lol. What is a fair price for these units?

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    Well, NYPD hasn't surplus-ed them yet so its kind of hard to say, the only ones I'm aware of in the wild are the developmental and sample radios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus View Post
    Well, NYPD hasn't surplus-ed them yet so its kind of hard to say, the only ones I'm aware of in the wild are the developmental and sample radios.
    Gotcah. I saw one on ebay a few weeks ago I forget how much it went for but the seller also included a new housing that didn't have "NYPD" on the front. I'm curious into how many NYPD actually has of these radios in service, a few years ago I was down in the city for New Years I did see a few of these floating around with different officers who looked like they were PCT officers and not assigned to a special unit.

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    I was in NYC last week, every cop I saw around Manhattan and at Yankee Stadium was carrying a Vertex VX-537, with the exception of parking officers who had Saber 1E's.

    I've heard that they only wheel out the SSE5000's when they need extra radios for special events (such as NYE.)

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    cool that is a really nice self

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    The SSE5000 is used by some emergency service officers (ESU) and is also issued to auxiliary police officers. Regular patrol officers are not issued the SSE5000 in NYPD, they use Vertex VX537 portables. The transit bureau uses APX7000 UHF2/VHF and They also still use some saber I's.

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    Yep, they just crumble after a few years.

    I have a a clear Bendix/King case that was neat as heck but it basically fell apart.

    BTW, I found some bad ass glue that works great with moto cases and even the clear stuff. If you have cracks in cases or are trying to fix some of the clear ones it's perfect. It's called WELD-ON. I got it on ebay and it's in a small metal can and comes with a syringe. It's the exact consistency of water. I use the cheap hobby paint brushes from wal mart and just dab a bit on. It's actually not a glue at all and evaporates very quickly. It basically melts the plastic almost instantly and then disappears almost as if you were melting it with heat. This stuff is marked ACRYLICS butyrate, polycarbonate, styrene. I used it to fix a snapped pair of Oakleys the other day. I just dabbed both ends in the stuff for about 20 seconds and joined them. After a minute they were as good as new.

    Anyway, sorry to ramble but it's the absolute **** for working on housings.

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    Here's my personal "Clear" radio collection. These are for unencrypted comms only! (get it?) :P

    From what I was told, these are prototype cases that allow the mechanical designers to view how the internal guts are sitting in the cases for design and ergonomic considerations.

    First, a clear SM50. Sadly, it's only a half-case, it doesn't quite cover the entire top of the radio, so it's for museum display only...

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    Next up, a clear SP50...

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    This beastie is callled a "Telario", it was a Moto designed glorified cordless telephone system, kind of like a small digitial trunked system with handset-to-handset comms and telephone interconnect. The base could connect to up to 4 telephone lines, and could address a number (maybe 255) handsets. It required a special license to operate, because it used a commercial 1.7 GHz band to operate in. Anyway there are two types of handsets, one that looks like a cordless phone with keypad and display, and a tal**** type handset for in-house (no phone) operation. I think I have a clear one of the telephone type handsets around, but I can't find it now. It's somewhere around, if I locate it I'll post a pic of that too. Anyway, this is a clear talkie-type handset...

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    Finally, here's my pride and joy, a clear GP300! This is very special, it was (for a time) the only 220 MHz GP in the world. I started with a VHF board, then I removed the RF frontend, and redesigned the entire 7 stage chebyshev filter and the RF mixer and recalculated the resonance of the entire RX frontend so it would work at 220 MHz, then replaced the ferrite cores in the VCO with brass ones from a UHF board so the VCO would lock up at 220 MHz. This worked very well, but only put out 1 Watt up at 200 MHz as the RFPA was crapping out that high. I lived with that for a few years, then finally they made a 208-218 MHz split for European GP300's, and I was able to find an RFPA module from one! That put the output at 5W in 220 MHz with reasonable battery draw. Finally, I took a blue (high split) heliflex antenna, and cut off about 1 1/2" of it and re-glued the end cap on to make a 220 MHz rubber duckie The last "special" thing about the radio is the lower area where the keypad would go has a small glass capsule with phosphorus and Tritium in it, so it glows green in the dark! Here 'tis:

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    Lastly, here's a clear XTS5000 battery (that would go with the clear 5K above SOOO NICE...) It was a dealer sample at a radio dealer I used to work for. Unfortunately they would not provide or sell any more than the 1 sample.

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    Years back on the BL there was someone who used some special plastic paint and made (I think) a red XTS case. Has anyone had much luck doing that? I'd love to take some of my old beat-up cases and make them funky colours. What foamer wouldn't want an MT2000 in neon yellow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha View Post
    Here's my personal "Clear" radio collection.
    That is the MOTHERLOAD! Thanks for sharing that awesome collection. I saw a small Telario system up for sale earlier this year on fleabay, but was too scared to pull the trigger. Would've been fun to mess around with.

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    What no HT100, HT200, HT220, HandiCom, or PT200. Nice collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMINN699 View Post
    What no HT100, HT200, HT220, HandiCom, or PT200. Nice collection.


    Thanks! Definitely working on adding to the collection. Missed out on a nice blue DTMF HT220 a few days ago.

    Acquired a few new goodies over the last few weeks. Still yearning for more clear radios, the elusive yellow HT1000 and a red MT500. Maybe Linda's Wang (or whatever her name is on ebay) will make some.

    Found a matching clear speaker mic for the Jedi.
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    Some sweet Genesis series prototypes.
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    And a yellow Chessie MT500 DTMF
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