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    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

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tamptpe

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I just bought a BF-F8HP radio. I am new on this. I have work with the website and other means to be able to listen. I have programmed the frequencies in my county and near by. However, after I read some of the threads in this forum about many frequencies gone digital, I ask myself a question: what good is to have this radio if I can't listen to Nothing? And, What is this radio good for other than to have it as decoration on the shelf?
Somebody answer please.
 

alcahuete

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First of all, it's a 2-way radio, not a scanner. What good is it? If you use it for what it's intended, it's great! If you are trying to use it as a scanner, not so much, because that's not what it is.

There are many digital formats along with analog, trunking, etc. The only thing this radio is going to cover is analog FM. If you want a scanner, spend more than $50 and buy a scanner.

Also, not knowing where you are, what are you trying to listen to? It's possible that everything in your area is FM analog, which you should be able to hear fine on this radio, but without knowing where you are, nobody is going to be able to tell.
 

bob550

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what good is to have this radio if I can't listen to Nothing?
The Baofeng could be:
  1. An interesting paperweight,
  2. A conversation piece for the coffee table,
  3. A place-holder on your desk for an actual scanner,
  4. Something to leave out in plain sight in your house to serve as a decoy to protect your real radios from theft during a burglary.
Too many people are falsely attracted by the cheap price of these radios, only to find they have limited usefulness. Research your needs based on what you want to monitor in your area, make an intelligent and well-informed choice, and enjoy the hobby. Oh and by the way, welcome to RR!
 

tamptpe

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First of all, it's a 2-way radio, not a scanner. What good is it? If you use it for what it's intended, it's great! If you are trying to use it as a scanner, not so much, because that's not what it is.

There are many digital formats along with analog, trunking, etc. The only thing this radio is going to cover is analog FM. If you want a scanner, spend more than $50 and buy a scanner.

Also, not knowing where you are, what are you trying to listen to? It's possible that everything in your area is FM analog, which you should be able to hear fine on this radio, but without knowing where you are, nobody is going to be able to tell.
Thanks for your reply. I am in the area of Chatham, and Liberty County, Georgia.
 

alcahuete

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Thanks for your reply. I am in the area of Chatham, and Liberty County, Georgia.
It looks like you're actually in luck in Chatham County. Everything still appears to be FM analog. No problem picking that up on the Baofeng.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=407

Liberty County, not so much. It appears they have moved everything to the Southeast Georgia Regional Radio Network (SEAGARRN), which is P25, and not something you will be able to monitor on the Baofeng.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=471
 

hiegtx

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It looks like you're actually in luck in Chatham County. Everything still appears to be FM analog. No problem picking that up on the Baofeng.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=407

Liberty County, not so much. It appears they have moved everything to the Southeast Georgia Regional Radio Network (SEAGARRN), which is P25, and not something you will be able to monitor on the Baofeng.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=471
While not referenced on the Chatham County page for the individual jurisdictions, it appears that there are a number of city and county agencies in Chatham showing to have talkgroups on this P25 Phase 1 system the same as noted above for Liberty):
https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6694

Someone in the area would need to verify if indeed many have moved to the trunked system. If so, a database update needs to be made to show that on the county's database page.
 

alcahuete

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While not referenced on the Chatham County page for the individual jurisdictions, it appears that there are a number of city and county agencies in Chatham showing to have talkgroups on this P25 Phase 1 system the same as noted above for Liberty):
https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6694

Someone in the area would need to verify if indeed many have moved to the trunked system. If so, a database update needs to be made to show that on the county's database page.
Oh, you're absolutely right! Didn't see that. Yep, looks like Chatham County moved as well. Out of luck then, I'm afraid.
 

tamptpe

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While not referenced on the Chatham County page for the individual jurisdictions, it appears that there are a number of city and county agencies in Chatham showing to have talkgroups on this P25 Phase 1 system the same as noted above for Liberty):
https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?sid=6694

Someone in the area would need to verify if indeed many have moved to the trunked system. If so, a database update needs to be made to show that on the county's database page.
Oh, you're absolutely right! Didn't see that. Yep, looks like Chatham County moved as well. Out of luck then, I'm afraid.
Thanks :(
 
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