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I am trying to track all of the above counties for police/fire/ems, does anyone have any suggestions for a good scanner...? I Have the radioshack pro-528 and have had this for a few years now, and since everything is switching to APCO-25 i figure it is getting time to upgrade.. Thanks for any and all help/suggeestions!!
 

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I won't get in to too much detail here, but the counties you're asking about run a wide range of radio systems.

Bell County is using an analog EDACS trunking system and will be able to be monitored by all the latest generation digital scanners (RS Pro 106, GRE PSR-500 and the Uniden 396XT and HP-1).

Falls and Hill counties are mostly analog VHF, with a few UHF frequencies and the only P25 entity is Hillsboro PD.

McLennan County is a different beast. Most PD/FD (excluding Waco) uses analog VHF. Waco and McLennan County use their analog Motorola trunking system (except EMS which I'll explain in a minute). This system is very active and I'd estimate it will be replaced in the next few years for a digital system, though we're not sure which frequency range (VHF, UHF, 700 or 800 MHz). Most of the small municipalities will want to remain VHF, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Waco in 700 MHz. That being said, if they would all choose P25 systems they could be interoperable no matter what frequency range the system operates on. EMS uses the TxWarn digital trunking system, a wide area radio network that is mostly 800 MHz near you, but 700 MHz in other places.

DPS uses VHF P25.

In all honesty, to be as prepared as possible for whatever systems get implemented in McLennan & Bell counties in the next few years, I'd recommend looking in to the latest generation of digital scanners from each manufacturer. Peruse the scanner forums here and read the "versus" threads where users compare qualities of each.

Necessary options: needs to be a P25 trunking scanner, and it couldn't hurt to get one that scans the 700 MHz public safety band. There is no 700 MHz near you now, but that is the direction a lot of systems are heading.

Good luck, and let us know if you have any other questions.

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...Bell County is using an analog EDACS trunking system and will be able to be monitored by all the latest generation digital scanners (RS Pro 106, GRE PSR-500 and the Uniden 396XT and HP-1)...
John,

What happened to the Bell Co. plan to implement ProVoice?
 

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I remember hearing that, but I don't think anything became of that. I think someone mentioned the word "digital" in the discussion and naturally, as it does when dealing with EDACS, the conversation devolved to a ProVoice one.

I found that thread Lou, it's right here. I find it interesting that they want to switch to PV before 2015.

I think, as with every other system we draw speculations about, we'll have to wait and see where this one goes. You would think, that as "far" as the interoperability discussion has come in the past few years (from 9/11 to Katrina to Rita), the last thing on their mind would be a proprietary solution that only one manufacturer supports.
 

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Falls County Digital

I won't get in to too much detail here, but the counties you're asking about run a wide range of radio systems.

Bell County is using an analog EDACS trunking system and will be able to be monitored by all the latest generation digital scanners (RS Pro 106, GRE PSR-500 and the Uniden 396XT and HP-1).

Falls and Hill counties are mostly analog VHF, with a few UHF frequencies and the only P25 entity is Hillsboro PD.

McLennan County is a different beast. Most PD/FD (excluding Waco) uses analog VHF. Waco and McLennan County use their analog Motorola trunking system (except EMS which I'll explain in a minute). This system is very active and I'd estimate it will be replaced in the next few years for a digital system, though we're not sure which frequency range (VHF, UHF, 700 or 800 MHz). Most of the small municipalities will want to remain VHF, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Waco in 700 MHz. That being said, if they would all choose P25 systems they could be interoperable no matter what frequency range the system operates on. EMS uses the TxWarn digital trunking system, a wide area radio network that is mostly 800 MHz near you, but 700 MHz in other places.

DPS uses VHF P25.

In all honesty, to be as prepared as possible for whatever systems get implemented in McLennan & Bell counties in the next few years, I'd recommend looking in to the latest generation of digital scanners from each manufacturer. Peruse the scanner forums here and read the "versus" threads where users compare qualities of each.

Necessary options: needs to be a P25 trunking scanner, and it couldn't hurt to get one that scans the 700 MHz public safety band. There is no 700 MHz near you now, but that is the direction a lot of systems are heading.

Good luck, and let us know if you have any other questions.

Welcome to RadioReference.
The RR DB shows Falls county as having a digital frequency, 154.0025. I don't believe I've ever heard this frequency in action, but I wanted to add this bit of information. Also, there is some LE activity on the TxWarn system in Waco, but mostly encrypted, DEU. Some, is not encrypted.
 
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