CommandSTAR Lite™
Desktop Console
The CommandSTAR Lite is designed
for mobile radio communication
dispatch applications with 10
or less operators.
Available in 4, 6 and 8 channel configurations
For mid-size dispatch
operations with up to 10
operator positions.
Maximum of 8 Operator
Control Modules can be
customized to meet the
unique requirements of each
operator position and allows
for easy maintenance.
Up to 8 base stations or
repeaters can interface to
each operator position.
Parallel status updating
(on digital or tone control
channels) between positions,
with no central electronics
Digital remote control
modules are capable of
unlimited mode changes.
Comprehensive multi-tasking
dispatch functionality.
Field programmable for ease
of maintenance and
All electronics are
housed internally.
Available in 4, 6 and 8 channel configurations with the flexibility to
add individual auxiliary control modules, conventional channel
control modules, and digital remote control modules. The
CommandSTAR Lite console is capable of independent operation or
in parallel with multiple positions. Multi-tasking allows the operator
to perform various tasks simultaneously – providing efficiency during
busy periods. It comes standard with a call-director audio interface
or optionally, a 2-line telephone interface. The CommandSTAR Lite
is software-controlled, so it can be easily adapted to specific
requirements and system expansions.
Dual Channel Control Module (CCM)
Features per channel include one channel select button
with Status LED, Call Detect LED, Instant Transmit button
provides immediate access to channel even if not selected,
Mute, and Volume Control. Three buttons may be
programmed with any number of station features, such
as Coded/Clear, Main/Standby, PL or Frequency select.
Non-display model can be used where MDC messaging
and PTT ID are not required.
Dual Channel Control Module with Display (DCCM)
Same button customization as CCM without Display, but
includes a 2 line x 8 character LED display with brightness
control. Display shows MDC 1200 decode functions such
as PTT ID and emergency messages. DCCM’s can further
improve efficiency of the operator via this display window
on a per channel basis.
Digital Radio Control Module (DRCM)
Each DRCM can control one of three digital radio types: Astro
Spectra Consolette (Model W9), MCS 2000 (Model III), and
iDEN (Model M470). All DRCM’s are shipped with the Mute,
Select, and Transmit controls. All other function buttons
emulate those on the specific model of digital radio being
controlled. DRCM gives complete access to all features of the
radio and unlimited mode changes.
Tone, DC, or E&M keying
Provides for E&M, tone, or DC (optional) station control per
channel for up to eight channels; or tone and DC signaling
over the same wireline in specific applications. Provides
flexibility by accommodating a variety of station types.
Auxiliary Control Module (ACM)
Each ACM provides 16 buttons, with two LEDs and
customizable labels that can be created in the field. There
are over 40 features that can be programmed under these
buttons. Functions such as one button paging, patching,
multi-select, MDC 1200 features, and I/O control. Quick
one-button access to dispatch functions helps to minimize
response time.
18 Button Keypad Module
Equipped with 12 alphanumeric keys for telephone dialing and
entering signaling codes; a 2 line x 16 character display
shows date, time, paging aliases, paging status, queued MDC
1200 messages, console features, programming and test
functions; VU meter; and a main transmit button. Module
also includes four standard function keys for built-in system
tests or reprogramming the console features. Crucial dispatch
functions are contained in a single module. Customer can
choose the location of the module within the console.
Dispatcher Busy Indication
LED signals when there is audio present, indicating a
dispatcher is involved in a radio or telephone conversation.
Helps to minimize disruptions.
Provides digital station control for up to six channels.
Completely mimics the control head of the radio. Allows for
unlimited mode changes.
Multiple Frequency and PL
Up to 16 frequencies or up to 6 Private Line codes are
available per channel on compatible tone control stations.
Gives the console the flexibility to work efficiently in larger
system configurations.
Audio Accessories
An internal condenser microphone is provided as the standard
audio input device. Auxiliary connectors are provided for an
optional gooseneck microphone, desk microphone,
footswitch, or up to two headsets. Allows user to select the
audio accessory of their choice. A Dual-headset provides for
supervisory monitoring of dispatcher training or backup.
Direct Telephone Interconnect (Optional)
Allows a customer to access two dial up analog phone lines
directly from the console without the use of a separate
telephone. Lines can be used to answer or initiate a phone
call or for phone patch operations. The use of a headset
allows for full duplex operation. Direct landline access allows
for more flexibility and user productivity.
Parallel Status Updating
Frequency immediately updates as other parallel positions
make changes to the tone or digital control station. User
always knows current setting of radio.
Alert Tone
Customer can alert system users of an urgent message by
transmitting a distinct signal over the keyed radio channels.
One, two, or all of the three available signal tones can be
used per console operator position to designate different
levels or urgency. Urgent transmissions can be flagged so
they are given proper priority in the field.
Select and Unselect Speakers
The Select speaker is dedicated to receive audio from the
selected channel. All other receive audio is heard through the
unselect speaker. Allows users to focus on primary activities.
Coded Clear
A signaling system which provides a scrambler “on or off”
command to a Motorola Secure equipped station prior to
each key up. Two LED’s indicate coded or clear transmissions.
Allows for system integration of secure stations.
Auxiliary I/O’s
General relay inputs and outputs can be used for supervisory
control, main/standby, audible alarms, voting receiver
comparators, control of external functions such as a security
camera or a magnetized door. Twelve opto-coupler inputs
and six form-C relay outputs are available with each optional
I/O module. Up to 4 I/O modules can be added to each
console. Provides user with additional system control.
Integrated Paging Encoder
Supports industry-standard paging formats: Motorola 2-Tone,
Quick Call I & II, DTMF, 5 tone, 6 tone, GE99, NEC5, NEC6,
Reach 1+1, Plectron, Pulse and Custom page formats. Helps
eliminate the need to deplete space and resources to accommodate an external encoder.
One Button Paging
Buttons on the Auxiliary Control Module(s) can be pre-defined
with paging destinations; including channel, frequency, page
format, and cap code. A single page transmission can be sent
out to multiple pagers by depressing up to 16 page buttons
prior to page transmit. Provides a fast and accurate paging
Alias Paging
Aliases, preprogrammed with the proper page code and
destination, are recalled on the Keypad module display with a
button press. Selecting the correct alias by scrolling through
the list, and pressing page transmit sends the page over the
correct channel and frequency. Up to 512 aliases are possible.
Does not require the availability of multiple ACM buttons.
Multi-Select with Memory and APB
Radio channel combinations can be grouped and stored for
simultaneous transmission, such as an All-Points-Bulletin.
Up to 8 channel combinations can be stored in memory and
recalled when needed. Dispatching the same message to
multiple channels with a single transmission saves time.
Operator Crossmute
Acoustically mutes a channel at one operator position every
time another operator is transmitting on the same channel(s).
Useful when operator positions are located near each other in
the same dispatch center to eliminate the possibility of
acoustic feedback between positions.
Channel Crossmute
The receive audio is automatically muted on desired
channels when a crossmuted channel is keyed. Helps
prevent cross-station interference from being heard.
Buttons can be configured to intercom with maintenance
personnel located at specific base station sites or other
operator positions. Dispatchers can engage in productive
communications without using the airwaves.
Patch with Memory and Instant Transmit
Any combination of available radio channels can be patched
together, regardless of band, with any number of available
phone lines or call director circuits. The customer can recall
these combinations, which are stored in memory, at any time
and choose to interface with the patch or proceed with other
activities. Up to 5 simultaneous patches are possible per
operator position. Storing patch combinations in memory
allows customers to be more productive. Linking channel
users allows for a more reliable transfer of information.
Stat-Alert Signaling
MDC 1200 data signaling format supports the following
functions on a per channel basis using a DCCM with display.
PTT ID encode/decode, Radio Check encode, Emergency
Alert decode, Call Alert encode/ decode, Voice Alert
encode/decode, Smart Status/Message decode, Vehicle
Status Request, Radio Inhibit and Enable, Repeater Access
enable and disable, Repeater Access Code, Remote Monitor,
Queue, and Data Operated Squelch. Allows users to manage
their mobile fleets in a more efficient manner by inter-mixing
voice and data transmissions on a standard radio channel.
Data can be decoded per channel, allowing for a clear
separation of channel activities.
DTMF Decode
DTMF data signaling format supports two modes
of operation, to ease the migration from DTMF to MDC
1200 systems:
1) Automatic Number Identification (PTT ID) with Alias
2) Pager function – radio channel is muted until distinct
DTMF digits are received.
CommandSTAR Lite™
General Specifications
Other Audio Ports
Desktop = 7˝ (18 cm) H x 18˝ (46 cm) W x 13˝
(33 cm) D [+ 4˝(10 cm) for cabling]
Maximum 7.7 kg (17 lbs)
Temperature Range:
0°C to +50°C
95% at 50C° (non-condensing)
Line Protection:
Fast acting solid-state surge protection.
Memory Protection:
Settings preserved in non-volatile memory.
Maximum Number of Remote:
10 parallel units (tone, DC, E&M)
Recorder Port (per channel):
The output shall consist of summed transmit/
receive audio of the channel with a 2175 Hz
filter. The output level is adjustable from
–40 to +11 dBm into 600 Ohm.
Recorder Port (per console):
The output shall consist of mixed selected receive
audio (telephone and radio) and the operator's
transmit audio. A fixed nominal
output of –10 dBm into 600 Ohm.
Auxiliary/Paging Input:
Adjustable from –40 to +11 dBm, balanced
600 Ohm input.
31 parallel units (digital remote control)
End-to-End Specifications
Audio Controls
Frequency Response:
300 to 3300 Hz +1, –3 dB @ less than
2% distortion.
Individual Volume:
0 to –21 dB in 8 discrete 3 dB steps. Muting configurable for –24 dB or full mute.
Hum and Noise:
65 dB below rated output at any port.
All Mute:
Cross Talk:
Less than –65 dB at 0 dBm transmit level.
Level Control:
Digital Automatic Gain Control (AGC)- Constant
output (< 3 dB change) for all voice input levels
over the rated range:
–60 to –22 dBm
Receive Line:
–40 to +11 dBm
24 dB or full muting of unselected channels with
timer programmable from 1 to 120
seconds or for infinite duration.
Base Station Controls
Channel Control:
Each channel can be separately configured for
E&M, Tone, DC control, or digital.
Tone Control:
Guard tone and one function tone in the 300 to
3300 Hz range, frequency adjustable in 0.1 Hz
increments. Total tone duration adjustable from
0 to 60000 ms in 1 ms increments. Parallel status
update on function tones (550 to 2050 Hz in 100
Hz increments). Guard tone configurable for 2100
Hz, 2175 Hz, 2300 Hz, or 2325 Hz.
DC Control:
Digital Control
125V DC. Positive and negative currents
(0.5 to 12.5 mA in 0.5 mA increments).
Maximum loop resistance including base
station termination: 10K Ohms.
5000 feet aggregate cable length to junction box.
Status Outputs and Inputs
Panel Indicators:
Solid state LED indicators. Red, yellow, green
depending on function.
PTT Relay:
Form A dry closure. 150 mA, 60 VDC
non-inductive load.
Auxiliary Outputs:
Form C dry closures. 150 mA, 60 VDC
non-inductive load.
Auxiliary Inputs:
Opto-coupled inputs, 5K Ohms impedance,
5 to 20 MA input current, unbalanced.
Power Supply
AC Input Voltage:
110-240 VAC, 6A maximum
Input Frequency:
50/60 Hz, +/– 3Hz
Power Output:
110 watt maximum
DC Outputs:
V1 +5 Vdc @ 10 amps
V2 –5 Vdc @ 1 amp
V3 +12 Vdc @ 5.0 amps
V4 –12 Vdc @ 1.0 amp
Transmit Line Outputs
Agency Approvals:
UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
Line Output:
Adjustable from –40 to +11 dBm
CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
Output Impedance:
600 Ohm or 10K Ohm
CE Mark (Conformite Europeenne)
Receiver Line Inputs
Receive Sensitivity:
Adjustable from –40 to +11 dBm.
Call Light Sensitivity:
Adjustable from –5 to –32 dB, per receive
Line Balance:
60 dB @ 1004 Hz
Input Impedance:
600 Ohm or 10K Ohm
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