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Programing macom p7100 radio for San Antonio Fire Department

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Premium Subscriber
Apr 27, 2010
Hello everyone. Would it be possible to program a MaCom P7100ip radio to listen to the San Antonio Fire Department? I know there is a feed for it but I dont know how he/she is doing it. I believe they might have an actual radio to monitor it. If so how would it be done? I would like to program a p7100 radio but wouldnt know how to do so and is it even possible to do so. If It is it would be to listen only and basically turn the radio into a scanner that could not transmit a signal.


Colorado DB Administrator
Database Admin
Feb 29, 2004
They're most likely using DSD to feed that up - or the digital voice conversion method. At any rate, since the SA system is ESK, you're out of luck for listening to it in trunked mode on the 7100 without having an ESK smart card from the SA system administrator.
Aug 24, 2013
Maryland Shore
It is quite possible that the system is being broadcast by an authorized system user (or the system administrator) using authorized system radios. This is a pretty common practice. While it has already been mentioned that you can't do what you are trying to do, it is worth noting that the reason ESK is on a system is to PREVENT exactly what you are trying to do. This is with good reason. Take a look at the P7100 programming thread on this board.
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