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    i have had my minitor v for the past year and this is the secont time i have to send it off. the volume on it keeps gettin lower and lower even though its turned all the way up. eventually it gets so low you dont even hear the tones. when i first got the v it was very loud and eventually it the volume gets lower and lower. i sent it off and when i came back it was very loud again but now its lower again. anybody got any ideas or has anyone else had this problkem. or any help on this problem.

  • #2
    Yep, same problem along with crackling and ringing in the speaker. Sometimes you can squeeze the pager at the speaker during voice transmissions to relieve the ringing. Also charger failures have been common. Phantom pager beeps with recorded static with no known cause can happen also.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by enginhouse2 View Post
      Yep, same problem along with crackling and ringing in the speaker. Sometimes you can squeeze the pager at the speaker during voice transmissions to relieve the ringing. Also charger failures have been common. Phantom pager beeps with recorded static with no known cause can happen also.
      I've had two out of the three issues. Knock on wood, I haven't had the volume issue yet.
      "A fire department that writes off civilians faster than an express line of 6 reasons or less is not progressive, it's dangerous, because it's run by fear. Fear does not save lives, it endangers them." -- Lt. Ray McCormack FDNY

      "Because if you don't think you're good, nobody else will." -- DC Tom Laun (ret) Syracuse

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      • #4
        Good Old Minitor III, which is about as old as I am is still running strong. Survived two falls off of a bin and other abuse. Right now its missing the volume knob and the replay button. It's amazing what an 8-32 screw cut to the right length and some black tape can fix.

        Edit: As far as the V, we have had a few issues with the squealing. They seem to not play very nicely with certain electronics. Even my pager, when I walk by a certain computer at school it will open up like I'm holding the squelch. I know we have had a few V that have had to be sent in.
        Last edited by CGITCH; 12-01-2010, 12:51 AM.

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        • #5
          I believe that is the first time I saw "Good" and "Minitor III" used in the same sentence.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
            I believe that is the first time I saw "Good" and "Minitor III" used in the same sentence.
            I must have gotten lucky...I have heard some pretty bad things about them. When I was first issued it I thought you have to be kidding me, this P.O.S., but its stood up well, and I abuse stuff terribly (Ask my cell phone(s))

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            • #7
              I have been lucky with our Mintor V units, they have been pretty solid. We still have a few II, III, and IV units in use also. I have heard that with the narrow banding that Minitor V is the only version that will work in the future. Any body else heard this?

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              • #8
                I've had good luck with the V's as well. They are leaps and bounds better than the useless 3 & 4.
                Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                • #9
                  I had a III for many years, didn't have a problem with it. I was resistent when assigned a new V. They are bigger and heavier.. After using it for over a year I've prettymuch gotten over that. Haven't had a problem despite having it fall off my belt and kicking it across the parking lot while running in for a call several times.

                  If anything I think the volume is TOO loud.. even at its lowest setting it is not work, or wife appropriate.
                  So you call this your free country
                  Tell me why it costs so much to live
                  -3dd

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                  • #10
                    Have had better luck with the IV's over the V's.

                    Phantom pages and static are most common issue with the V's that we have had. Batteries coming loose on their own is also common.
                    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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                    • #11
                      I've had my Minitor V for well over a year now, not a single problem and has never failed to trip for a call. Its been dropped, slammed, soaked, heated and smashed by kegs. Still works like a charm, my only complaint is the dam removeable belt tab. Stupid thing gets loose all the time.
                      Opinions expressed by myself here are just that, mine. And not that of ANY organization or service I am affiliated with.

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                      • #12
                        Started with OLD minitor 2's that had seen much better days. Went through a coupld of abused ones before getting one that worked. Was updated to a 4 after probation and to date - no problems. I do like the standard easily available batteries.

                        With narrow banding - I'll soon get a 5 but I have no complaints with the 4

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                        • #13
                          I have had the unfortunate opportunity to use 2 minitor 3 pagers. I have successfully destroyed both of them under normal conditions. The first pager was damaged in a freak accident when i fell off an atv, but that didnt finish it off. What really did the trick was not the fact that they were structurally damaged but both pagers have stopped alerting for tones makeing them all but useless. What good is a pager that does not page? just about none.

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                          • #14
                            Sweet.....We are going to Field 16 of the V''s in the next 2 weeks.
                            Courage, Being Scared to Death and Saddling Up anyways.

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                            • #15
                              Alternative to the Minitor...

                              http://apollowireless.com/WebPage.js...=820&ipid=1804

                              We use both the voice and alphanumeric and have had minimal issues, and we're working on about 4 years now. That said, NOTHING beats the Minitor II!!!
                              A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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