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.
- Motorola Radio Interface Box (Part: RLN4008B)
- A China made model can be had on the cheap https://amzn.to/2BWDiDE
- Depending on your radios you’ll need the RIB Cables which vary on model.
- A Windows laptop with a REAL serial port
- You’ll also want DOS
- You can install freedos or buy a Freedos bootable drive: https://amzn.to/2Cxjbgm
- A USB Prolific adapter
- Generally NOT recommended but can be used in some cases. https://amzn.to/2Pem2O5
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