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    Hi all, I haven't been a member of this forum for very long but I have found some great info to help me get through my probie period. I am currently a probie with the Bristol, RI volunteer fire department, and I will be starting firefighter 1 classes in a few days. Unfortunately, I won't get a pager issued until july because of the large FF1 class, and the lack of pagers and funding for pagers for everyone. So I went out and bought one on ebay, only to find out it was defective and I got ripped off. The volume knob doesn't turn off, and it doesn't alert when the tones go off. I already replaced the case hoping that may fix the knob problem, but it didn't. Does anyone have any experience with repairing these issues? Any and all help will be much appreciated, because currently I get woken up numerous times each night while listening on "monitor" because of all the rescue calls on the same frequency.
    Thanks,
    Chris

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    It needs to be sent back to Motorola for repair. There is nothing you can do for it. Contact your nearest Motorola dealer for service.
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    • #3
      1) Never buy anything on ebay unless you're willing to get ripped off. It does happen occasionally.
      1a) Only buy from sellers with a good reputation to reduce the chances of getting ripped off.
      1b) Buy with PayPal and only when you get their buyer protection on the sale so you can get your money back from PayPal when you get ripped off.
      1c) Be sure to leave negative feedback -- detailed is better than nasty where feedback reports are concerned -- to help out the next guy when you get ripped off.

      2) Did the pager happen to come programmed on the right frequency or did you have someone program it for you?

      3) Who programmed your alert tones into the pager? I'd talk to them about why it doesn't activate on alert. Possibly you supplied the wrong tones or they weren't programmed correctly?

      If it doesn't alert properly then the of switch is the least of your problems. (At least it's stuck "on" instead of "off".) I wouldn't worry about fixing that unless you can get everything else working.

      Personally, I don't think July is all that far away. You won't be able to do much on the fireground before you finish your basic training anyway so not having a pager for a few months isn't really a big deal.
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      • #4
        If you want to just know when you station is getting dispatched, buy a scanner at radio shack. They cost about 90 bucks, and you add LOTS of different frequencies...it will get you by till a pager is issued to you.
        Just my two cents
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        • #5
          I had it programmed by the guy in my department that programs all of the pagers, so he did it correctly. I did some quick research on my own and apparently the III's are known for having the chip that recieves the tones and activates the alert pop the pins in the board and need to be re- soldered. I was wondering if anyone has a picture of what the board with that specific chip looks like. I am tight on money and cannot justify sending it somewhere and paying almost what I paid for the unit to get it to work. I am fairly handy with things like this and would be willing to try to solder the chip my self. Thanks for your quick replys.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ckulak View Post
            ....apparently the III's are known for....
            This why the IIIs weren't around for very long and why the IVs look so much like them. A Minitor IV is basically just a Minitor III redesigned so that it works...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
              This why the IIIs weren't around for very long and why the IVs look so much like them. A Minitor IV is basically just a Minitor III redesigned so that it works...
              Except that even the IV doesn't work.

              F*ucking belt clip and flexing issues.
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              • #8
                Glad to see everyone posting solutions to the issues you're having instead of just throwing in their 2 cents about everything else.


                I believe this is what you're looking for, a page on how to fix the non-alerting issue with the board.

                http://andyknitt.googlepages.com/minitoriiifix

                As far as the volume knob, are you able to adjust the volume in any way? By sticking a screwdriver in the hole perhaps? Just curious what volume level it's stuck on right now. If it's stuck on low and you can't hear the alert beeps, there's an option you can program into the software called "Fixed Alert" that will always sound the alert beeps at the max volume. It's REALLY loud though, so if that particular model has vibrate in it, you may want to have your guy program one of the modes for vibrate alert only.

                Now, since I actually provided you with solutions, I can throw MY 2 cents in! The Minitor II is the best pager Motorola has ever made, and probably ever will be. The V was a marked improvement over the POS III and IV, but no synthesized unit will ever match the crystal controlled II. More features? Sure, but at the cost of reduced performance. I will be buried with my II on my hip, that's a fact.
                Last edited by Chauffer6; 02-15-2007, 03:09 PM.

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                • #9
                  Thanks Chauffer6,

                  That info was exactly what I was looking for. Also, the knob is still there and it adjusts the volume, it just doesn't turn the unit off. It is always on, and the knob rotates infinitely around. I'm not very worried about that issue, except for when I get on the truck i'll just have to remember to leave the pager behind.

                  -Chris

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                  • #10
                    The Minitor II's in my opinion are the AK47's of the pagers. I had one for 5 years that never broke or needed repair. No matter how much use/abuse it got. The only thing that I didn't like about the minitor II's was that there was no vibrate feature and no playback which is useful when I am in high noise environments.

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                    • #11
                      You can actually add a vibrator to single channel Minitor II's. The Director II came with a vibrate option that easily installs in the II. The reason it has to be a single channel is because the "2" on the mode knob becomes the vibrate alert setting. You can physically add it to a dual channel pager, but once you do channel 2 will be useless. Unfortunately, they never did make the SV model in low band, which is a shame. VHF and UHF, yes.
                      Last edited by Chauffer6; 02-16-2007, 05:47 PM.

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                      • #12
                        I have a Minitor II Stored Voice. I have a 1 channel model with 2 alert settings. There is EMS and Fire alert, middle is open to all traffic and third is fire alert only. Is it possible to outfit this model with a vibrating function?
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                        • #13
                          That's a tricky one. Your pager is equipped with what's called "On Duty/Off Duty" where in the "bell" position you get both EMS and FD alert, and FD alert only in the "2" position. You could have the vibe installed, but you would have to pick one of two options:

                          1. The pager would vibrate in the "2" position for FD only. This would be similar to how it's set up now, only instead of audible beeps for the FD only position, it would vibrate only

                          OR

                          2. The pager would vibrate for EMS and FD when in the "2" position. In this setup, you would lost the FD only setting.

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                          • #14
                            Where could I go about getting the vibrating module?
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