Overview Motorola for Hams

This article is currently incomplete and may be re-written

If you’re an amateur radio operator there is no doubt at one point you’ve run into a commercial Motorola radio and wondered….
How can I use that on the ham radio bands? What hardware where I need, what software etc.

This is the first part of many on the topic. Today we are going to focus on what hardware you may need and touch a little bit on programming cables and software.
In general the Motorola Ham should have these tools in their arsenal of programming gear.


Now that you know what you might need let me explain a little bit


A Motorola Radio Interface Box also known as the RIB (Part Number: RLN4008B).
You can buy this unit from Motorola for a hefty price or purchase a Chinese knock off. For our purposes the Chinese model will work just fine.

You can buy one here:

The rib is required to program a slew of radio series such as but not limited to the HT/GTX/Maxtrac/GM/GP/Radius/etc