Long Term Projects
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Motorla MX Radio

I inherited a number of these. They're hopelessly obsolete as a portable radio. I think this was the last generation of portable two-way radio that could actually be repaired to the "component" level (I saw one being serviced once, and basically you replace "hybrid" modules using a pair of forceps… much like you replaced tubes once upon a time.

I think they are very cool looking, and very satisfying for my big hand to hold. My fantasy is to gut them out and repurpose them into something else more modern, but still retain most of the look and feel. Some ideas:

  • Lithium Ion battery; rebuild the existing pack and charger.
  • Put an LCD in the middle.
  • Rebuild nearly everything, including battery (we have Lithium Ion batteries now).
  • I probably better get moving on getting some accessories like Microphone before they're completely gone.

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