Fortunately in Cowtown we don't have to deal with that flaming dumpster.I did know someone who was running a similar PSR 500 and was happy with it. It wouldn't work well on the Edmonton area simulcast cluster.
I have both a PSR-500 (handheld, cousin of the PRO-106) and a PSR-600 (base/mobile, cousin of the PRO-197, though that one is offline due to a power brick issue) and have relegated them both to control channel monitoring duty with PRO96COM. They work great for that. I haven't used them for actual voice monitoring in ages - they aren't designed well for multi-site monitoring as you say. If you're using them in a stationary location, and only committed to monitoring one site, I would think they would work OK. As far as I recall, the 700 MHz issues with the GRE built radios is in the upper part of the band, in the "inputs" (if you will) which if you're doing normal monitoring shouldn't be a factor. In specific I recall that freqs in 796-805 may be either contaminated with images from 800 MHz (851-869) systems, or blocked from access, depending on what version of firmware you have in the radio (blocked in later firmware revisions because of the image problem).Fortunately in Cowtown we don't have to deal with that flaming dumpster.
I have a shot at getting one for a great price but, there is some ambiguity about its' coverage in the portions of the 700 Mhz band where AFRRCS dwells. I'll keep on searching on RRef and elsewhere for a definitive answer.
I'm surprised by how much emergency service traffic is in clear. As well as the two dongle/Unitrunker setup does work it doesn't follow groups from tower to tower as they move around.
These are among the channels I have picked up on Calgary and area sites.I'm curious about what you're planning to monitor in the Calgary area?
Last I looked in the database there's weren't many non-encrypted talk groups.
I've heard lots of mutual aid traffic in clear. EMS/Fire/STARS and CPS/RCMP among others. Nothing confidential affecting investigations, operations in progress or patient information of course. I've copied traffic on the Simplex Freq's as well esp. Sim 1.I have a PSR-600 and a Pro-106. Bought the 600 from Universal Radio back when the Canadian dollar was close to par. What a deal compared to buying in Canada! I was in California for a wedding, and popped into a Radio Shack, and grabbed the 106.
Both have performed quite well despite being in a not-so-great reception area in the deep south. Mostly used on the Calgary Municipal Trunked system.
Thanks! I set up DSD+ on the Banker's site at work and monitored for a while. More going on than I thought.These are among the channels I have picked up on Calgary and area sites.