These radios contain the same RF circuitry as the Syntor X but have their own personality and common circuits board. Radios are available in VHF low and high band, 406-512 MHz UHF and 800 MHz versions. The VHF low band is most prized, because of its ability to cover 29.5 to 54 MHz without tuning. Syntor X9000 radios have a nonremoveable eeprom in the radio and one in the alphanumeric head. Each is programmed through a RIB box connected to a pc, and a cable to the radio connector. RSS (radio service software) from Motorola is used to program the radio and the head. Info on the RIB box is on the batwings site. Software is only available from Motorola or those who have a close tie to M. A special ham software version of the radio software exists to extend the radios onto the ham frequencies. This software is often refered to as 'lab software', presumably modified by a ham within Motorola. The radios still sell for about $500 because of the glitz of the alphanumeric head, and because they are still very current. Performance is no better than that of the Syntor X which is about one fifth the price.
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