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Old 08-06-2017, 4:18 PM
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Default BCD536HP,will not pickup P25 frequencies from Worcester,MA. 18 miles away.

I puchased a BCD536HP base model scanner to continue listening to Worcester MA police frequencies,Im only 18 miles away in North Brookfield.The system used in City of Worcester changed from a EDACS to P25. I never had an issue with my old Uniden BCT8 scanner receiving the Edacs system frequencies from here.Im only using the antenna thats included in the box. But that's how I also used the older model. I also drove to home in the City of Worcester and plugged the scanner into an outlet and I was picking up the P25 frequencies fine. Any Idea's what the problem might be ? Thankyou. dpw5rp
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Old 08-06-2017, 4:19 PM
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You were simply out of range. You need to be on a high hill or some place where you have line of sight to the city.
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Old 08-06-2017, 4:24 PM
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Default BCD536HP,Worcester to North Brookfield.

No Im not on a hill , but there are only very small hills from Worcester to North Brookfield, and It did not seem to be a problem wth my other scanner.
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Old 08-06-2017, 4:33 PM
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The new Worcester P25 system doesn't use the Paxton transmitter site which was the highest transmitter site for the old EDACS system. This has significantly reduced the range of the system. I used to be able to hear the old system fairly well here in the Boston area but can't hear the new system at all.

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Old 08-06-2017, 4:42 PM
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Default BCD536HP,Worcester to North Brookfield.

Thanks for the advice, Gordon and from Hudson. I'll just try a Roof antenna and hope for the best. With that line of sight to the city, I don't no if it will work. Thanks again for the info. dpw5rp
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They shouldve kept the old paxton site. I too could hear Worc EDACS from a pretty good distance away on my 346XTC when they were EDACS
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