Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Questions about Basic & Detailed Service Manuals?

One of the most common questions we get around here is about service manuals. "What is the difference between Basic and Advanced Motorola Service Manuals"?

First of all we advise most of our customers who operate any kind of fleet of a particular model of radio to invest in the "Basic Service Manual (BSM)", The BSM includes information about the various sub-models to your radio with clear model numbers, they also include step-by-step descriptions on how to disassemble, repair most common problems and reassemble the radio. The BSM also provides a parts listing of most non-electrical components, this is crucial when trying to reorder parts. Along with the parts listing it also includes a comprehensive list of batteries and accessories for your specific model radio.

The "Detailed Service Manual (DSM)" features the electrical breakdowns and technical service procedures for servicing your Motorola radio. These manuals are usually quite large in size (some weighing upwards of 10 pounds) and unless you are a certified technician likely over your head, plus with the complexity and relatively low cost of Depot repairs the information you can gleen from the DSM will still not likely help the process. We rarely need to reference the DSM manuals on a regular basis.

So our rule of thumb is if you have more then a handful of radios in your business and agency you should really invest the $20-$50 in the Basic Service Manual.

We carry most of the manuals for current and slightly older Motorola radios in our store. If you are looking for a manual not list, simply drop us a note and we will see what is available.

Monday, May 2, 2011

GRANT READY, P25 Digital VHF Mobile available from ICOM

We have been getting a lot of requests lately for VHF P25 Mobile radios, working with ICOM we can now offer the ICOM F1721D Mobile radio. This compact, easy to use model is P25 ready out of the box, no costly upgrades. The F1721D is a 50 watt VHF 136-174 Mhz P25 Digital Mobile Radio, Up to 256 memory channels can be divided into 32 memory zones, and allows you quick access to the intended channel. MDC1200, 2-Tone & 5-Tone. The IC-F1721D series is APCO Project 25 (P25) compliant. The mixed mode scan allows you to detect and receive both analog FM and P25 digital modes. A nice, full-size public safety ready microphone and the THREE-YEAR WARRANTY tops the tremendous value ICOM offers.

Best of all, the cost of these ICOM mobiles are likely half of what you would spend with the other guys, stretch those grant dollars further with the quality of ICOM Land Mobile and the F1721D Mobile Radio. Check out the Wiscomm store for the best updated pricing on the IC-F1721D.