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Motorola Expo: A trilogy

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Back in the mid/late 1990s, I was that guy who loved his 9800XL Ultra Classic phone. Best RF of any (then current) handheld cellphone (remember when people actually TALKED on phones and not just stared at them while ignoring their friends/family?).
I wanted a PFD3000 just to be that guy. My old radio system supported full duplex interconnect. Heck, we were paying AT&T for three PLIB lines until 2016! I remember making a full duplex call on our old system back in 2000. Would have been the cat's shit to have a PFD3K back then.
 
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Back in the mid/late 1990s, I was that guy who loved his 9800XL Ultra Classic phone. Best RF of any (then current) handheld cellphone (remember when people actually TALKED on phones and not just stared at them while ignoring their friends/family?).
I wanted a PFD3000 just to be that guy. My old radio system supported full duplex interconnect. Heck, we were paying AT&T for three PLIB lines until 2016! I remember making a full duplex call on our old system back in 2000. Would have been the cat's shit to have a PFD3K back then.

Freakin' awesome! There was a transportation company in Seattle using full duplex PP radios, I believe.

I've got some oddball Uniden and EF Johnson duplex portables I'll post up later.

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PFD3000 Product page
 
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Speaking of oddball duplex SMR radios, I present the EF Johnson Viking CX and Uniden SPS8000ED.

They're big pics, so click away!

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What's the deal with the Uniden unit? Never seen one before. I threw it in to Google and all I got were Russian sites...
 

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What's the deal with the Uniden unit? Never seen one before. I threw it in to Google and all I got were Russian sites...
That looks a lot like one of those Qualcomm PCS phones that were private labeled.
 
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What's the deal with the Uniden unit? Never seen one before. I threw it in to Google and all I got were Russian sites...

I was told both the Uniden and EF Johnson were 800mhz full duplex LTR radios. I've got a manual for the EF Johnson and *might* have a user guide for the Uniden. I'll look in some boxes.

I've also got an Ericsson IPE200 which was also an 800mhz full duplex EDACS radio / phone. There was another one known as the Allegra: http://www.repeater-builder.com/ge/lbi-library/lbi-39110a.pdf
 
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What's the deal with the Uniden unit? Never seen one before. I threw it in to Google and all I got were Russian sites...
Okay, found the owners manual, original packaging and a second NIB unit! Apparently it's a full duplex 800mhz radio which operates on LTR or ESAS trunking. Can also do regular PTT conversations and half-duplex interconnect.

More on ESAS trunking: https://urgentcomm.com/2002/09/01/poor-mans-multisite-trunking/

Also a couple images of the IPE200 duplex EDACS radiophone. It's a solid block of aluminum and a fraction of the size of the L3000 / Lingo handset. This makes me want to try and track down as many SMR "phones" as I can. This has certainly piqued my interest.

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Another piece of Motorola folklore has been acquired. A fellow member tipped me off to the availability of some BNIB MOF230 radios on ebay. Ordered one on the 28th and it arrived yesterday. Seller still has two portables and two mobiles for sale. I'm planning on cutting down an OEM helical VHF antenna for a proper 220 antenna. The included antenna is a bit odd.

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220 was the firecracker band that only sizzled. It was the FCC's first attempt at (very) narrowbanding. A lot of different analog solutions, and none of them great. I've never seen this MOT offering. MOF is an odd choice for a product line name, but perhaps appropriate. I can only imagine the cussing people did trying to use it.
 

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I bought a mobile and a portable from him. They aligned great! I have an issue with the portable, one of the pogo pins on the battery connector is intermittent. I need to go open the way back machine and see if i can swap them or replace that board from a run of the mill HT1000 radio.

I agree the antenna is goofy, but it does work just as well as the OEM orange tipped one from my 220 HT1250LS, so IDK.
 

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I bought a mobile and a portable from him. They aligned great! I have an issue with the portable, one of the pogo pins on the battery connector is intermittent. I need to go open the way back machine and see if i can swap them or replace that board from a run of the mill HT1000 radio.

I agree the antenna is goofy, but it does work just as well as the OEM orange tipped one from my 220 HT1250LS, so IDK.
Programmed with what for the mobile??
 

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I also recently picked up one of those NOS MOF 230s from the same seller, mainly just to add to my collection. They are neat but quirky! I've read they were made specifically for the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, hence the name.
 

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I also recently picked up one of those NOS MOF 230s from the same seller, mainly just to add to my collection. They are neat but quirky! I've read they were made specifically for the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, hence the name.
Swearing is very illegal in Indonesia so there would be no joking about those MOFO's!