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    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

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    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

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    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

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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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Narrowbanding Updates, Info, & Licensee Resource Site

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David - Did you happen to see the following on the page you referenced?

"The purpose of this site is to provide an accurate, up-to-date, informative, meaningful, and vendor/agenda neutral resource for all Part 90 VHF and UHF licensees. Thank you for sharing this site with other two way radio system users."

I have deliberately refrained from promoting (read "advertising") the name of the company responsible for providing the site in an effort to adhere to the vendor/agenda neutral aspect mentioned.

The site is a personal effort to "get the word out" to ALL Part 90 VHF/UHF licensees regarding the Jan 1, 2013 FCC's Narrowbanding Mandate.

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Failing to disclose your connection to a business that you are promoting in a non-commercial venue is unethical.
While I would generically agree with you, I don't think that Nick has done anything nefarious here. In fact, I would think that you'd thank him for trying to put together so much narrowbanding information in a neutral fashion. I don't see anywhere where he says something like "XYZ's radios are better for narrowbanding than ABCs" or "these guys provide the best radio programming services."

I have lots of disagreements with Nick. This isn't one of them.

While Nick's site is devoid of commerical information, I've tried to take the opposite route toward neutrality. I went to all of the significant manufacturers and consultants (and trade associations to boot), and gave them the opportunity to participate in a neutral site that would (hopefully) cut through the saleman misleading people and other misinformation that has occurred. Plus, I just added an RSS feed.

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