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Another Ray's Pager Sales endorsement

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After trying everything I possibly could in attempting to decode the Floyd County, GA P25 system (and trust me..everything from scanners, SDR, Yagi antennas, amplification, attenuation...even to using my Agilent spectrum analyzer to attempt to discover a sweet spot), I came to the conclusion that I am located in a crappy spot.

While I understand the VERY basics of Linux, I have never been able to get OP-25 running. At all. So, I was trying to decide whether or not to pull the trigger on the G4. After actually finding the funds (thank you reward points), my next decision was where to purchase it from. After reading the reviews here, I decided to email Ray last Sunday,. Bright and early Monday morning, I had a reply, giving me the information I asked for, as well as more that I didn't ask for.

I placed my order with him last Tuesday, and had it in my hands on last Thursday. I must say that to me, the programming is much easier than EZ-Scan, and it decodes where I am PERFECTLY. I've had 2 instances of garbled reception, but then the units had to ask the dispatcher to repeat, as they couldn't understand what was said either. So, it was a system error, not an error on my end.

The G4 is the best at a reasonable price point versus either a consumer grade scanner or a commercial two-way radio (yeah, you can buy them on Ebay, but they are a PITA to properly set up, you have to have the right cables, programming software, et al, and really know what you are doing) to solve simulcast issues.

While one can purchase the G series from numerous sources, Ray was the most responsive, and genuinely cares about his customers.

Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share my experience.

73

Mike
 

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I second your remarks about Ray. I got my G5 on Saturday and was lost on programing, and Ray spent some hours helping me. I did test the G5 on Saturday in Pinellas County and this unit was perfect and worked in the drink tray in the car with short antenna. I was surprised at how good this received P25. I would ask Ray to write a book for dummies on how to program the G4 & G5, and I am sure he could sell them. I give Rays Pagers AAAA++.
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