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Old 02-16-2014, 10:36 AM
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Remember, the GRE PSR-900 wasn't finished when GRE shut down, so this will be their first "new" scanner. Admittedly, it's mostly a PSR-800 inside, but there are significant differences (based on seeing and operating a pre-release version of the PSR-900 at a local hamfest anyway). The removable faceplate it has isn't a trivial thing.
Based upon comments posted on another Internet forum by the U.S. programmer primarily responsible for the workings of the PSR 500 and 800 the PSR 900 was indeed ready to be released to the public. But GRE knew it was shutting down and did not want to release it. Thus my guess is the former PSR 900 will be released with how it was in September 2012 with perhaps some fine tuning since then, depending on who Whistler hired from GRE to work behind the scenes.

In a few months we will all know the answers. No matter what Whistler releases it will be a player in the scanner market based upon what we are now seeing as released radios.
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I saw a working unit a couple of years ago at a Hamfest. Raj from GRE was there demonstrating it and I didn't see anything that would prevent it from being released to the public.
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Based upon comments posted on another Internet forum by the U.S. programmer primarily responsible for the workings of the PSR 500 and 800 the PSR 900 was indeed ready to be released to the public. But GRE knew it was shutting down and did not want to release it. Thus my guess is the former PSR 900 will be released with how it was in September 2012 with perhaps some fine tuning since then, depending on who Whistler hired from GRE to work behind the scenes.

In a few months we will all know the answers. No matter what Whistler releases it will be a player in the scanner market based upon what we are now seeing as released radios.
I hope you are right. So far I am not impressed with the Uniden new scanners..... they look awesome but digital signals really suck on decoding.
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I hope you are right. So far I am not impressed with the Uniden new scanners..... they look awesome but digital signals really suck on decoding.
we sure are getting conflicting reports on the new Uniden scanners....I'm not sure what to believe at this point...The GRE 500 and PRO 106 I have do not do a bad job on the digital signals....I'm not sure I want to invest $500.00 for less improvement or the same...just saying.......
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we sure are getting conflicting reports on the new Uniden scanners....I'm not sure what to believe at this point...The GRE 500 and PRO 106 I have do not do a bad job on the digital signals....I'm not sure I want to invest $500.00 for less improvement or the same...just saying.......
I agree. One of the feed I listen to (Montco, PA Fire/EMS) used a GRECOM 600 for the fire feed which is all digital. Two days ago he switched over to a 536HP and tried everything to get the digital audio correct and never did. He has opened a ticket with Uniden but good luck on that. Nothing is perfect but $500/$600 for less than stellar is not worth it IMO.
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I saw a working unit a couple of years ago at a Hamfest. Raj from GRE was there demonstrating it and I didn't see anything that would prevent it from being released to the public.
Probably similar to the unit I saw, although I believe it was Wayne demoing it here. Talking with him he said it was one of the first working units he'd gotten (earlier demos that year just showed a non-working prototype) and he thought they may still be fine tuning the design. It couldn't be released to the public if only because GRE hadn't gotten FCC certification for it. They could've still been tweaking the design (to fix issues or to optimize manufacturing) or simply hadn't gotten the paperwork done.
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Not sure it makes a lot of sense for Whistler to re-release a marginal radio and it's desktop twin unless their are some significant enhancements.

I posted the video of my truck crushing my PSR-800 on youtube -- seemed like a novel idea given the poor performance of that device here in Philly (severe simulcast issues plus the crappy battery life even with the software trick). Two of my buddies, that recently purchased the new unden offerings, just gave me their 800's so I can make a stereo version of the video . Guys in Philly were really disappointed with the 800 - most of them could not get it to decode our Type II system from day 1.

I gave my PSR 500 to a friend in Buck's - that radio didn't seem to deserve the same fate ...
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Gentlemen, once again, let's remember this thread is for discussing Whistler's new scanners.

There are already enough threads in the Uniden forum for SD card problems and poor reception that we don't need to discuss it here.

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we sure are getting conflicting reports on the new Uniden scanners....I'm not sure what to believe at this point...
Ain't it the truth? I gave up reading the Uniden x36HP performance forums because there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus about their digital simulcast performance. Seems like the only way to know if an x36HP scanner will work for you is to roll the dice and buy one .... something I'm not prepared to do.
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Ain't it the truth? I gave up reading the Uniden x36HP performance forums because there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus about their digital simulcast performance. Seems like the only way to know if an x36HP scanner will work for you is to roll the dice and buy one .... something I'm not prepared to do.
Yeah I hear you but rolling craps for $500 is kinda high. What has me hedging at this point is listening to a person who provides a feed for my county's Moto system (Montgomery County Fire) - prior to using the 536HP he had his GRE 600 decoding Fire TGIDs (digital) without any problems. Nice clean audio almost like analog. After installing the 536HP many transmissions are missed, choppy, or of poor quality.
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Gentlemen, once again, let's remember this thread is for discussing Whistler's new scanners.

There are already enough threads in the Uniden forum for SD card problems and poor reception that we don't need to discuss it here.

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I am holding out yet. My PSR 500 does great in my area, conventional and on SAFE-T. Lake County is still dragging their feet on what is going to happen here, they are supposed to do a consolidation of 17 PDs and FDs to 1 central dispatch center by the end of this year. I am pretty sure they will be going to P25 Phase II on 700mhz that is supposed to work with the SAFE-T system from what I have been reading. When I do finally decide to get a new scanner I am going to go with the unit that performs the best in my area.
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Anybody else ready to crush a 500 or an 800 please give it to me LOL!!
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Anybody else ready to crush a 500 or an 800 please give it to me LOL!!
NO, NO, NO - give it to ME!!!!
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Anybody else ready to crush a 500 or an 800 please give it to me LOL!!
Ditto!

Though, IF you are NOT wanting an arm, leg, and/or left testicle for it I will also entertain paying for either model if it's in reasonably decent condition and the box and accessories are available. (Though the last items are not a total deal breaker as I really don't need another CD or cable.) Of course {GRIN!} IF you just HAVE to give it away... {CHUCKLE!} I won't complain.
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Not sure it makes a lot of sense for Whistler to re-release a marginal radio and it's desktop twin unless their are some significant enhancements.

I posted the video of my truck crushing my PSR-800 on youtube -- seemed like a novel idea given the poor performance of that device here in Philly (severe simulcast issues plus the crappy battery life even with the software trick). Two of my buddies, that recently purchased the new unden offerings, just gave me their 800's so I can make a stereo version of the video . Guys in Philly were really disappointed with the 800 - most of them could not get it to decode our Type II system from day 1.

I gave my PSR 500 to a friend in Buck's - that radio didn't seem to deserve the same fate ...
Hey, you want to get rid of them, I'll take em. LOL

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I am holding out yet. My PSR 500 does great in my area, conventional and on SAFE-T. Lake County is still dragging their feet on what is going to happen here, they are supposed to do a consolidation of 17 PDs and FDs to 1 central dispatch center by the end of this year. I am pretty sure they will be going to P25 Phase II on 700mhz that is supposed to work with the SAFE-T system from what I have been reading. When I do finally decide to get a new scanner I am going to go with the unit that performs the best in my area.
This is the situation I am faced with now as Contra Costa County switched and comopletely disappeared on the Freqs. they used to be on. All I get is Contra Costa Fire and Antioch PD which stayed the same.
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This is the situation I am faced with now as Contra Costa County switched and comopletely disappeared on the Freqs. they used to be on. All I get is Contra Costa Fire and Antioch PD which stayed the same.
Same here when I travel to your neck of the woods. San Mateo is still mostly analog but I am dying to scan East Bay but I gotta get a digital for that......
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Same here when I travel to your neck of the woods. San Mateo is still mostly analog but I am dying to scan East Bay but I gotta get a digital for that......
Oakland was always hot even 30 years ago and worst today. SF is also lots of trunking traffic.
But contra costa used to be single freqs. pure and simple not even a trunking system.
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Honestly I prefer scanning single frequencies and I hate trunked systems. I just like the diversity of all those different channels instead of a handful of frequencies and lots of TGs. But it is what it is.
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