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Grog

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If there is conventional systems for you to monitor, it'll work great.

If you want to listen to trunked systems, you'll be breaking the law as well as risking the radio getting "bricked" if it's not set up to monitor correctly (and I would bet that 99% are not).

Oh, it's rather tall :D plus it's only one band VS many bands that a scanner can cover. You'd be paying top dollar for P25 on a scanner, but you can also listen to the many VHF & UHF P25 frequencies.
 
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What is the HOST? How about the DSP? What about the flashcode? If you can't get these questions answered then you should not purchase this unit. If you don't know what these terms are, then you should not purchase one until you do. Do you know what it takes to program one of these rigs? If not, then it takes $$$.
 
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What is the HOST? How about the DSP? What about the flashcode? If you can't get these questions answered then you should not purchase this unit. If you don't know what these terms are, then you should not purchase one until you do. Do you know what it takes to program one of these rigs? If not, then it takes $$$.
Dont have the slightest idea what goes into setting one of these up. I was looking at some radios on ebay and notice this one. I think I will stick with the Gre and Unidens, etc..for the time being.
 

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How does this radio http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=220210777910&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=012 measure against other digital handhelds such as the PSR500, Pro96, and the Uniden396. Also is this a good price for a P25 Motorola.
<insert "get a scanner" comment here>

Unless you really need to transmit on an 800MHz system, and you have or can get the software to program it, a scanner is a better investment. Between the cost of the radio and the cost of the software from Moto, you'd have spend the same amount on a PSR500.
 

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Looks like it's programmed for the San Diego RCS based on the screenshot. Anyway somebody else bought it and as other said, it would be much easier to stick with a scanner for doing trunking systems.
 
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