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Old 05-31-2018, 8:56 AM
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Just ordered mine from ZipScanners. Itís so very cool that theyíre a locally based company. Once it arrives, I know some trouble spots Iíll be hitting in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and in Dakota County to test. Iím happy to take requests for other LSM trouble spots in the metro and report back. Iíd also be happy to demo the unit at a local gathering. I havenít been able to attend one yet, as I work Sunday evenings, but if thereís interest Iíd be open to other times. Either way, Iíll keep the forum updated on how it does with ARMER.
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Old 05-31-2018, 9:51 AM
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Awesome, I didn't realize they were available to order yet. I just ordered one from them too. Looks like the estimated ship date is June 11th.

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Old 06-02-2018, 10:45 AM
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SDS-100 production models are arriving to consumers this week.

Also, in case anybody here missed it, Whistler has announced their intent to produce LSM capable scanners, both a portable and a base/mobile version.

Also, SDRplay introduces the RSPduo with dual independent tuners.

There will be some interesting new equipment available this year.



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https://www.rtl-sdr.com/sdrplay-rele...called-rspduo/
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Well, that didn't take long!

https://www.ebay.com/i/Uniden-SDS100...vEr&rmvSB=true
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Can anyone report how the SDS100 performs on the ARMER system?
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The short answer is very, very well. I can't say it never garbles or misses a transmission, but so far the testing I've done has yielded very positive results on the Minneapolis CC, Minneapolis N/S, Hennepin East, Ramsey, Dakota, Goodhue, and Rice sites.

I've tested it in the 436hp's "dead zones," including Highway 52 and Cedar Ave in Dakota County, and 50th and France in Edina. It receives nearly perfectly in those places. My first ride with the SDS was great-on and off deafness on the 436 while the SDS was consistently chatty up and down 52 from St. Paul to Zumbrota and back.

My apartment is a strange place evidently. My G5 has struggled a bit to decode on a number of sites, but my XTS500s have never seemed to have an issue. The SDS does well overall, but misses some transmissions and comes late to others. Average RSSI seems to be around -100dbm, fluctuating between -116 and -80, depending on where I am in the apartment.

I seem to be able to pick up 2-3 more sites in the apartment than the 436 can, although side by side the 436 has caught some transmissions on the stronger towers that the SDS has missed. I'm investigating further.

I've heard a few garbled transmissions when the RSSI has been around -45dbm, and seen the digital error count rise up to 45 or so.

I do wonder how attributable the few instances of garbled/missed audio are to RF interference. There's a cell tower at Cretin and Lincoln in St. Paul that deafens both G5 and SDS100, while the XTS is completely unphased.

BTW, this is all with RadioShack 800mhz BNC antenna with the adapter. I ran an all-band antenna mag mounted to the car, and heard much more transmission garbling, and found that it completely lost the signal just like my 436 loves to do. Switching back to the RS antenna inside the car fixed that issue. I tried a Laird Phantom 800 mhz antenna yesterday on the same mag mount, and it performance was comparable to the RS antenna-overall good.

I'm going to keep testing and posting.
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Excellent info. Thank you!
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I can add that the SDS100 is working very well on Anoka County simulcast and Hennepin systems so far after first day of use here. On par with Unication G4 side by side. Both using stock antennas. No garbled transmissions thus far.
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I can hit the Beaver Creek and Kanaranzi - Ellsworth towers and so far I'm very impressed with it's performance. I live in Sioux Falls, SD so it's a stretch reception wise but I'm very happy.
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Sounds great on the Duluth Simulcast system as well with stock antenna.
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