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03-28-2013 until 01-28-2025
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Posting the same content to more than one forum or thread is not permitted

This is effective immediately: anyone who posts the exact same thread or post to more than one forum, or thread, within a week's period will be issued a full infraction by the system. Why are we doing this? Two of the biggest time consumers for us that we should not have to handle are this issue and members who hijack other member's threads. I understand that we have a lot of forums but we are here to help if you decide you posted to the wrong forum, or feel you are not getting the response you wanted. Rather than duplicating your thread, report it! Click the warning triangle at the upper right of your post and let us know. It is not fair to the other members for someone to break this rule and get greater attention than what is normally needed. No one likes to browse the forums and see the same threads posted to multiple forums.
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All rules and guidelines are covered in this forum. These are required reading for new members and all existing should follow for any updates.
01-01-2013 until 01-28-2025
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Negative posts regarding encryption and audio streaming will now cease

Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

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.

If you are found to violate this announcement you post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
To contact me please use the forum email function as I do not accept Private Messages unless you're on my contact list.

All rules and guidelines are covered in this forum. These are required reading for new members and all existing should follow for any updates.
11-23-2009 until 01-01-2032
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Acquiring Radio Programming Software

To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

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.

If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

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

The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

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).

This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.
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05-30-2008 until 12-30-2032
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Forum Rules and etiquette

Has anyone wondered what proper etiquette is when using the Radio Reference Forums? Well, here are some great rules of thumb to follow and live by when interacting with your fellow radio communications enthusiasts:

1. God gave you 2 ears, and 1 mouth. Listen (read) before you speak (type) - and everyone will be better for it, including yourself.

2. Resist the urge to post to every single thread in every single forum. You might know everything there is to know about radios, however not everyone wants to hear that "you know." If you see a question posted about a system in Kansas, and you live in Louisiana, let the Kansas folks have a chance to answer the question.


4. Check your spelling and grammar before posting your message. Escpecially if you're prone to pst long discertaions tht proclam THAT u wanna litnen to sum rdions.

5. Posting message with a subject that reads "Question" or "Hello" does not give a good description to those who are passing through threads to respond to. Always post a descriptive subject, such as "Frequencies for Dare County Fire Department?"

6. Stay on topic. If the thread topic is about "Your Favorite HF Frequencies" and you jump in and post "What is the best HF Radio?" then you are just taking the thread into the weeds. Start a new thread if it isn't on topic for the existing one.

7. Let a dead horse die. Please don't keep beating a horse in a thread. Leave that dead horse that is dead alone, since he is dead. If the horse is dead, don't beat it. Don't beat stuff around a dead horse either, since a dead horse is dead, and beating stuff around it is typically just pounding on sand.

8. Please do not post just to increase your post count. As crazy as this sounds, we have members here that believe their social status will rise considerably if their post count exceeds 10,000.

9. Do not become the Internet police and do not assume the role of a moderator. If you see a thread that needs attention, or discusses illegal activities, or is otherwise potentially problematic, click the Report Post link and let the moderator know. Do not assume that you can handle these issues yourself. (you can't, you'll make it worse, every time)

10. Please do not tell the moderators how to do their job. They are well aware of the forums and actively attempt to manage them as well as they can. If you see a post or thread that needs the attention of the moderators, click the Report Post link () and send us a message.

11. Last, but certainly not least, take a deep breath before you post a message. Could someone misconstrue your message as an attack on their character? Could someone misinterpret what you said as an insult? Many subtle items can be lost in written communications, so be sensitive to the fact that some people may view your message differently than what your intention was.

Follow these rules of thumb, and the community will be much better off. All of our policies and guidelines will be covered, or will appear, in the Rules and Guidelines Forum. If you post on this site it is your responsibility to read all threads in that forum.

Most importantly, have fun!
Lindsay C. Blanton III
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