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Old 07-13-2014, 6:00 PM
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Banks is going to Nexedge platform soon. RFP for radios ~

http://co.banks.ga.us/documents/RFP_..._EQUIPMENT.pdf

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. Banks County Communications Committee has voted on a Kenwood platform; all equipment bid must be a
Kenwood digital or compatible solution in order to work with the platform being followed.
Another NE Georgia county going black. Only thing they are leaving open is 154.325 for fire paging.
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I didn't see anything about infrastructure in that document, just portables and mobiles (NX200s and NX700s), programming and installation. If they are just migrating to NXDN digital (non trunked) then you can easily monitor them using DSD, or buy an NXDN subscriber radio programmed for receive only.

Of course all bets are off if they enable encryption, which is a mouse click on NXDN, or if they implement NXDN trunking as far as passive monitoring goes.

It's not the end of the world, at least they aren't wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on some race to waste P25 phase II system they would never fully utilize.
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I didn't see anything about infrastructure in that document, just portables and mobiles (NX200s and NX700s), programming and installation. If they are just migrating to NXDN digital (non trunked) then you can easily monitor them using DSD, or buy an NXDN subscriber radio programmed for receive only.

Of course all bets are off if they enable encryption, which is a mouse click on NXDN, or if they implement NXDN trunking as far as passive monitoring goes.

It's not the end of the world, at least they aren't wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on some race to waste P25 phase II system they would never fully utilize.
Talked with some folks today all Law enforcement will be encrypted.
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There's still time.
Go to the meetings Banks scannists
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Go to the meetings Banks scannists
So how'd that work out for ya?
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They must have some great salespeople to pull the wool over the public safety officals eyes.
P25 is the national standard and multiple vendors make multiple models of radios for portable and mobile use. NXDN and similar offer very little advantage other than telling the buyer it cannot be monitored which is not true. Now they are locked into a particular manufacturer which is the argument people use against Motorola or Harris. At least buying Motorola Trbo you get two talk paths for each channel unlike the NXDN single path.
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Nope done deal ..... BOC appears fully on board.
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So how'd that work out for ya?
Well the last time I went to a meeting, I sure got a lot of pens clicking.
You can tell how agitated the bubbas are by the rapid-fire pen clicking and the constant pouring and drinking of water. Although the reason I went before my board-o-bubbas wasn't over public safety communications. I couldn't get anyone else on board to go with me on that and I don't listen to them anyway. When I want to know what's going on, I just dial 9-1-1 over and over.
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Thanks guys for the update.I knew eventually it would happen and sad to see it may be coming to a end as I have been listening to banks county on a scanner since I was 10..lets say over 35 years.

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