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Who Hear Uses Commercial Equipment To Monitor Federal Activity?

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As posted above, I am interested in hearing who hear uses commercial equipment to monitor federal activity? I am using a Motorola APX7000.

Also, what frequencies do you monitor in mixed mode? I have the Civil Air Patrol configured for mixed-mode, but it seems like everything else that I monitor is Astro (APCO P25) exclusively.
 
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Once and awhile, my EFJ but why tie up a two-way that scans slowly and limited scan lists, when the Scanner is much more efficient.

I could see if it is dedicated to a particular Band with matching antenna to listen, maybe with a base/mobile set-up, which I prev had used in the analog days. But there is just so much out there, that the scanner is probably the best avenue
As posted above, I am interested in hearing who hear uses commercial equipment to monitor federal activity? I am using a Motorola APX7000.

Also, what frequencies do you monitor in mixed mode? I have the Civil Air Patrol configured for mixed-mode, but it seems like everything else that I monitor is Astro (APCO P25) exclusively.
 
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I use strictly commercial two-way radios for monitoring everything except aircraft (118-136 & 225-380) and Satcom.

All of it is "GE" family of equipment (GE, Ericsson, M/A-Com & Harris), for the simple reason it is all modular, and after 34 years of dealing with it professionally, I can fix it if the need ever arises.

In my area, the Fed agencies who routinely run mixed-mode are: CAP, USFS and the National Park Service. (I can see cars on the Blue Ridge Parkway out my back door!)
 
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Also, with regards to encryption, do most people here find that agencies that encrypt, generally do it 100% of the time? Locally, one of the few that I don't hear encrypting is FPS and possibly TSA.
 
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Also, with regards to encryption, do most people here find that agencies that encrypt, generally do it 100% of the time? Locally, one of the few that I don't hear encrypting is FPS and possibly TSA.
We have agencies that have separate talkgroups which are encrypted.
 
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