In the center of the MX-300S below
you will see the memory module. It is the first (top) module that has
the white sticker (farthest to the left) with the UP arrow that says
"TOP WARNING". The second module labeled with "TOP WARNING"
is a Securenet Encryption module. Unless you have a US Government
surplus radio more then likely that module is not there.
Disregard the overlay label that says "Memory Module" it is in the wrong place and I have not had time to rework the picture.
The image below shows the memory
module sitting on the top of the synthesizer. It is identified with the
"NLN5096C" on it's side. If it has an "NLN5096A or B" these are PROM's
and once programmed then can not be reprogrammed. If the it a "C", "D"
or REX-1090 then these are EEPROM and they can be reprogrammed.
The image below shows the memory
module screwed to the top of the synthesizer. The shaded area is the
synthesizer. The memory module can be removed by unscrewing the three
small phillips head screws on the top. The only module needed to
program the radio is the module on top.
Things to consider if you are trying to put an old MX-300S back into service or reprogram it;
1) People will tell you that other zones in the PROM can be burned.
Motorola recommended against it as the device was not designed to be
"burned" twice. I will not attempt it as I don't want to be
responsibile for destroying a PROM.
2) The MX-300S radio's were designed to operate in multiple splits in
the VHF and UHF bands. The only way to tell is to physically open the
radio and look at the part numbers on several of the modules or if you
are lucky the previous programming plate with model number from the
factory that lists the frequencies programmed.The VHF splits were
136-150 Mhz, 150-162 Mhz and 162 to 174 Mhz. You might be able to get
the synthesizer to lock 1-2 Mhz outside of the design split but the
performance is degraded. Within each of these splits the radio can only
function in about a 4Mhz spread of frequencies. Going beyond that
yields unpredicated results and again performance is degraded. If you
reprogram the memory module outside of the 4 Mhz it was previously
programmed & aligned for again performance will be degraded or the
radio synthesizer will not lock rendering the radio useless. Same goes
for the UHF radio's they are broke up into multiple splits and I do not
know the exact frequencies but it is something like 406-430Mhz,
430-450Mhz, 450-470Mhz and 470-512Mhz.
3) I will program the memory modules but I am not interested in
servicing the radio's or realigning them to operate outside the
frequencies they were previously programmed. It is not cost effective
as it can require anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. If you want
a memory module programmed you can send me the EEPROM with a list of
frequencies and the model number of the radio (model is required
because of differences in the programming between models). My fee's for
programming are listed on the previous page Motorola Programming
4) If the radio model or anything (modules) inside the radio end in
"SP" you have a "Special Projects" radio which means Motorola changed
the design or added a special module/function to the radio. No easy way
to tell what that is without documentation or close inspection.
Motorola long ago stopped supporting these radio's so they have no
documenation available nor anyone to ask.
5) I will be happy to answer any questions via email. My email address is jjc <at> oceanviewcom.com.