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Old 01-21-2013, 12:53 PM
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Default Seeking info on Franklin Co. rebanding:

Looked for an existing thread on this topic but couldn't locate one. Looking for current infomation on Franklin County Public Safety Rebanding. I.e., transition as I understand is in progress, estimated completion date? I did find an archived thread where there was somewhat of a "heated" debate over exactly what the final product would be, I.e fully digital, partial digital ( which I did not think was possible) etc....Lastly given what we know now, specifically what scanners are recommended for monitoring the rebanded system; with an emphasis on Radioshack branded equipment or Uniden scanners sold at RadioShack stores or on thier web sites.
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Looked for an existing thread on this topic but couldn't locate one. Looking for current infomation on Franklin County Public Safety Rebanding. I.e., transition as I understand is in progress, estimated completion date? I did find an archived thread where there was somewhat of a "heated" debate over exactly what the final product would be, I.e fully digital, partial digital ( which I did not think was possible) etc....Lastly given what we know now, specifically what scanners are recommended for monitoring the rebanded system; with an emphasis on Radioshack branded equipment or Uniden scanners sold at RadioShack stores or on thier web sites.
Thanks all for your replies.
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Rebanding Is currently in progress. Radios are being programmed now. It should all be done by march if everything goes planned. But it also could be earlier or even later. Any scanner that can do rebanding will work. Here's a link to comparable scanners.

Radio Shack Scanners - The RadioReference Wiki

Uniden Scanners - The RadioReference Wiki
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Rick - I had the same question a few weeks ago but nobody could provide a definite answer.

Since then, the best facts I could find showed that Columbus was granted an extension to reband until 4/15/13.

I was unable to find any details/extension on Franklin County, but I would bet they are similar to Cbus.

This means that it looks like older scanners are looking at the last 90 days (MAX) of usefulness.

Fortunately, Radio Shack is having a sale (this week only) on several scanners that will work in central Ohio. You can get out the door with a $200 analog trunking scanner that will work around here for several years.

Good luck!

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Rick -

Here are my references:

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Document mentioning both Columbus and Franklin Co:
http://tatools.800ta.org/PublicTaToo...DA_12-1305.pdf
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Also check out unviversal radio. In reynoldsburg. They had a used uniden bct15 for 125. They have some good used scanner prices cheaper than most places.

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Thanks for the responses guys. Still a bit confused; wouldnít Franklin County want a system compatible with the State digital system? I guess thatís what I am trying to determine. If that is the case, we would be throwing away money buying analogue scannersÖ.Also you are correct on the RadioShack Scanners; the pocket-handheld Pro 97 (looks like a mp3 player) is priced at just over $100.00 bucks this month. Spec sheet stated it can be rebanded. Desk Top scanners are on sale as well.
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No the PRO-97 CANNOT be rebanded (nor can its brother, the PRO-2055) - however, if all the talkgroups are analog in nature, and all the system frequencies have a '5' in the 4th decimal position, the scanner will still work after rebanding (with a bit of reprogramming)

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Thanks for the responses guys. Still a bit confused; wouldnít Franklin County want a system compatible with the State digital system? I guess thatís what I am trying to determine. If that is the case, we would be throwing away money buying analogue scannersÖ.Also you are correct on the RadioShack Scanners; the pocket-handheld Pro 97 (looks like a mp3 player) is priced at just over $100.00 bucks this month. Spec sheet stated it can be rebanded. Desk Top scanners are on sale as well.
The ohio Marc's system as powerful as it is is out dated. It's in the process of switching over to a 700mhz motorola TDMA trunked system that only can be moniterd by a PSR 800.
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Thanks for the responses guys. Still a bit confused; wouldnít Franklin County want a system compatible with the State digital system? I guess thatís what I am trying to determine. If that is the case, we would be throwing away money buying analogue scanners.
Handy hint if you're in Franklin County: don't buy an analog-only scanner.
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The ohio Marc's system as powerful as it is is out dated. It's in the process of switching over to a 700mhz motorola TDMA trunked system that only can be moniterd by a PSR 800.
MARCS-IP is TDMA capable, but is not using TDMA at this time; as such, any P25 trunking capable scanner will work.
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If your low on funds and you only can afford an analog scanner then got one at good price. If you can get a digital scanner then get one. Currently during rebanding the county is once again talking with moto techs. They may be looking into an ip 700mhz like the new ohio Marc's system. I personally don't own a digital scanner at the time I will be getting one soon. But I do own two moto xts5000s that do p25 and are currently affiliated with the system to monitor police and fire. They each have thief own unique IDs on the system for monitering.
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No the PRO-97 CANNOT be rebanded (nor can its brother, the PRO-2055) - however, if all the talkgroups are analog in nature, and all the system frequencies have a '5' in the 4th decimal position, the scanner will still work after rebanding (with a bit of reprogramming)

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Thanks for the heads up, was going on what was stated on the product spec sheet at Radioshack.com
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Mr. Swisher, when would you expect the Franklin County/ City of Columbus system to do digital?

Will the psr-500 monitor whatever type of new system they choose?

I am looking to get a digital scanner, but do not want to buy one that will be obsolete. Maybe digital scanners will come down in price. Fingers crossed!
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