Author Topic: PAGERS as receivers?!? Motorola Advisor II, Pilot XP  (Read 4598 times)

buckyswider

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Hi!  This thought never crossed my mind until I read this forum.  But I often had pagers with bad displays and/or buttons that aren't worth repairing, so they end up in the scrapheap.  But what they actually are is always-on receivers listening on a defined frequency.  Instead of a scanner, what is the potential for using a pager hooked up to an RS232 slicer and thence into PDW?  What we use today are Motorola Advisor II and Apollo Pilot XPs.  Wonder if any of them have potential?  I read on another forum that the line-level from pagers is way low, but I'm not really sure.  Thanks!

Bucky

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Re: PAGERS as receivers?!? Motorola Advisor II, Pilot XP
« Reply #1 on: 12 May 2014, 07:52:31 »
Hi Bucky,
There's a number of pagers that can be used - Rene has details of the taps on his Discriminator.nl site under pagers.
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...Steve

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Re: PAGERS as receivers?!? Motorola Advisor II, Pilot XP
« Reply #2 on: 12 May 2014, 08:45:52 »
I actually started monitoring paging by using discarded pagers some 20+ years ago  ;)

The pagers I have modified all had an output level of about 1 to 1.5 V peak-peak, which is more than sufficient to drive an interface or line input.