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any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:45 am
by j+1
are there any technical EFJ 5100/Ascend/ES users alive here?

Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:37 am
by W2WTF
Yea, I still like playing with my Johnson.... needs a firmware boost though...

Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:55 pm
by Intrinsically Safe
Define active? LOL
I check from time to time but not often. Just happened to be around today....

Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:15 am
by ee1993
Former CS user looking for a new EF Johnson home. I do CAP stuff so just VHF conventional P25 and narrowband analog. 5300 and 5100, Starting to see version 6 5300ES radios showing up on EBay. CAP radios are getting rather long in the tooth these days.

Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:17 pm
by N5CWM
I still have my 5100s. Two VHF and one UHF. Sitting up on a shelf nearby looking good but collecting dust.
Every one in awhile I'll charge some batteries and put one on scan for awhile.

When the local UHF P25 ham repeater was replaced with a DMR repeater I no longer carried my
UHF daily.

Still have an XTS3 and 5K as well.

There's a device called a DV4-Mini that will allow you to use your P25 radio to talk to other
users via P25.

For more information and how to set this up, see this link.


Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:58 am
by jim202
It's been a while since there have been any post here.

I am still using both the 5100 and 5300 radios. Have VHF and UHF versions. Not that much UHF activity where I am at, but the VHF activity is doing well. Have the radios set up for both public safety and some ham frequencies. They will do both wide band for ham use and narrow band for public safety.

Have not had any problems programming them, but you can't use a really high speed clocked computer. The radio and or software seems to barf and refuses to run.


Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:16 pm
by W0VNE
To keep the thread alive. A big yes!

I'm very active with refurbing 5100, 5317 & 18s. Since EF Johnson went kinda kerput I've been getting some work fixing them. I mostly sell ones that I refurbish (Clean, test, repair *make cables and find microphones) I reverse engineered a little circuit board to program the radio / update the firmware that I put up on EBAY for $50 so if your still wanting a way to program the 53xx series here is an inexpensive way to do it. I don't do social networking much but if you go to the Facebook and look up refurbatron I did a short video of me going bonkers opening the first box of circuit boards. *100% perfect btw!

I wish I could find the 5300 version one firmware / boot upgrader 1.30.7 Its probably not that important as it seems like most of the revisions are to fix trunking which is not important to the folks I'm selling stuff to.

I've got the 1.64 dsp upgrader but... Anyway I'm still into these radios. Since they are showing up at more rational prices a lot of CAP members are starting to own (And use) a radio again which is great to hear. I've also been selling some to some volunteer fireman and police in small towns that aren't going to 800 MHz *Which I also think is a good thing.

Re: any active EFJ users left?

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:02 am
by motorcoachdoug
I live in Maryland the Non Free State right now as well. I have a EFJohnson Ascend 5100 ES with V6.16.10 also. Trying to get a Motorola Smartzone key so i an monitor Montgomery County FD and PD. So far no joy as well. If anyone can give me a hand i would be grateful. I do have a hex editor and have been trying to teach myself on how to use it as well.
So yes their are a few of us left here