My Department used Minitor III's several years ago, (we have Minitor V's now). They're nice pagers although I wouldn't give up my Minitor V to go back to one! As far as where to lay your hands on one, I'd try the back of Firehouse Magazine or eBay. Hope this helps, stay safe!
We use minitor 2-4-5's in our dept.personally i like the 2.Our chief's use the 4-5's.I had bought a minitor 4 on e-bay last year and i like it.Stay away from the 3 they dont last long.Go for the 4 or 5.Try e-bay they seem to have alot But buy it new.
I have a Minitor III, and I think that it works pretty good. The only thing it does not have is the Stored Voice Recorder. Other than that it is a really good pager. Just watch the price on it. A little friendly advice. KW
Minitor III pagers are the worse ones motorola made. The buttons fall off, the case cracks with little warning (rips at the clip) the battary doors break, and the reception sucks.
To save yourself money, look at buying a Vertex Standard. It is a portable radio that you can program up to 16 channels in, you have the benefit of using it as a portable radio or receive only (more like a pager/scanner) and you also can have a page channel installed into it so you get an alert when your tone drops. The total cost for a vertex standard with a charger will run about $225, far below the minitor IV and V.
The reception is excellant, and it is well worth the price.
Jacob, I've been repairing our department's fleet of pagers for the past 10 years so I'll tell you what I know.
The Minitor 3 and 4 pagers are very similar inside - they are basically the same design except the 4 has more robust knobs and channel selector switch. There may have been very minor changes elsewhere but in reality they are the same design.
We had far fewer problems with out Minitor 3s compared to the 4s. We bought 30 Min 4s in 2005 and have sent almost every one of them back to Motorola at some point for repair. None of the 3s had to go back that I can recall.
The 5s are better in my opinion but I would not hesitate to buy a 3 in good working condition. Ebay is a good place to look.
my department has ZERO as discretionary income ....operating budget is a joke...but we just got brand new Minitor V's (to supplement our plectrons...go ahead...laugh.....everyone does)....and they gave me one to use as a test...to be honest? My Minitor 2 does a better job...less crossover noise bleed...the range is better, and for less than half the cash its doing everything I need it to do.
Why spend the $ on pagers when you can use the dollars to bolster an air pack spending account?
Well, one reason is that there aren't any more replacement parts for the 2s - to fix them you have to cannibalize non-working units. But when they're in good repair they work very well. Our fleet of M2s is on average about 20 years old.
And a comment about Plectrons - we have some that are approaching 40 years old and are still working well. They don't fit on the hip as well as the pagers do, though. At least MY hip.
Plectron..... Wow theres a voice from the past. I have one, and it worked amazingly until the radio's went from low band to Ultra High band. (viva progression...) Nothing woke you up like a plectron that forced you to get out of bed to turn it off. (hell I'm up already, may as well go :):) )