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At this time I do not have any Syntor, Syntor X, Syntor X 9000 or Spectra radios, control heads or accessories for sale. I posted this page partly to help head off e-mail requests from people who were only looking for items to purchase.
Where to locate parts:
If you are looking for Motorola radio items, I recommend HAM swap meets (ask anyone with any Motorola gear), the Netnews group rec.radio.swap, Batlabs discussion board for sale adds, one of the auction web sites like Yahoo or eBAY, cruising the web via a search engine or even asking the local Motorola radio shop if they have any for sale. Government auctions can also turn up these parts.
So far I have had the best success with asking around at HAM swap meets, auctions (on-line and sealed bid) and purchasing directly from Motorola.
What to look for:
Sometimes the Syntor X 800 MHz radios come with cables, control heads, microphones, etc. and can be relatively inexpensive. Beware, the Syntor X trunking cables and control heads are useless for conventional Syntor X radios. The trunking Syntor X 9000 and HCN1032 dedicated trunking control head are useless (the cable and some 800 MHz RF boards are the only parts used in a conventional Syntor X 9000). The trunking Syntor X 9000E is a good source of cables, control heads (conversion to conventional required), microphones, radio Personality Board (the U501 EPROM must be changed to convert it to conventional), etc.
Looking up Motorola parts on-line:
Look here for instructions to lookup Motorola retail prices.
One last word about knowing the value of anything you purchase, especially at auction. For example: many of the older manuals are still available directly from Motorola. Many times I have seen used manuals on eBAY with a starting price or final sale price that is significantly higher than the Motorola new retail price. I have also seen many reasonably priced manuals and some great deals on used manuals. The important thing is knowing the value so you do not overpay (why buy a used one if you can have a new one for less?). If the manual is NLA or it is a RSS manual that is not normally sold to the public and not listed in the on-line database then you have to wing it.
There are other items that are priced for the government budget or corporate capital budget market. For example; Motorola will get $ 295.00 retail for a DTMF microphone, but on the used market they can be as cheap as $ 20.00 or less. So the new retail prices are only a guide that does not always apply to the used market unless the used market is trying to sell something for new prices or higher.
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