Originally Posted by kd0fmg
Ok I see what you're saying. I'm sorry I'm still fairly new to trunking. I'm getting Pro-197 or the Grecom version of that the PSR-600? I believe. On my analog conventional radio I can hear 3 control channels buzzing away with data. So if I programmed all the frequencies from those sites would I hear the traffic going over all 3 of the sites? Sorry if I'm bugging anyone I'm just new to this still.
No problem, we were all new at one time and I am still learning after about 40 years of scanning!
If the three control channels are actually control channels (match up with the frequency lists under the MOSWIN sites near you), then yes, you can put them in and catch the traffic from all three sites.
There are also control channel decoding programs like Unitrunker and Pro96com that will work with the models you listed. Those are a lot of fun watching what is going on with a site plus they will show you all the site activity in realtime including the radio ID's and talkgroups as they use the system. You can learn a lot about a site or system using either of those applications.
For the models you listed, I would put each control channel into a separate bank or whatever GRE calls them.
I'm not positive but I think the GRE model you listed will only scan the strongest of the sites if you place all three control channels into the same bank. I think you can link the talkgroups to all three banks though so you don't need to use space by duplicating the talkgroup info.
There are plenty of people on here that will be glad to help you out as you have questions. Today's digital trunked systems and the digital scanners are a whole new thing. If you have been scanning with a regular scanner for years, a digital scanner may throw you for a loop for a while until you get the hang of it. Programming software does make programming those models way easier than by hand but I've always agreed with many others that one should learn how to program by hand as you may not always have a computer available.
I don't think there is any free programming software for the GRE models or Radio Shack clones. Plus to use software to download directly from this site, you must be a premium member which you are already so that part is covered!
When you get the new radio and have questions, post them in the appropriate Radio Shack or GRE forum for general programming or use type questions, if it is about a particular system such as MOSWIN, then you may get a better response by posting your question in the state forum that the system is in.
You might pull a few hairs out learning the new digital scanner but in the end, it's worth it!