I just bought a BCD536HP a few weeks ago and I am thinking of exchanging it for a SDS200. The BCD does not really handle the Simulcast in my area all that well and from what I see on these forums is the SDS200 is the way to go...any comments?
The SDS models are somewhat more susceptible to interference from strong adjacent signals than the x36 modelos, although most of the time that can be dealt with using filters and/or IFX. But that has nothing to do with digital/analog.Maybe a better question is how does the SDS compare to a 536 in a certain band with/without strong adjacent signals?
I reviewed the link you provided and I don’t think it is relevant to this discussion. At his location neither of the two systems will desensitize, cause intermod or IF related issues. As I stated we do not live in a high rf environment like New York City or Chicago. And frankly, I have not heard of this being an issue from others SDS users on 700mhz/800mhz P25 systems. Maybe UHF Reception in a New York City highrise might suffer from what you describe but the Chester County system is 30+ years, ahead and 1000x more efficient than those ancient analog uhf systems. But I will admit I prefer analog uhf from a reception and intelligibility perspective - big power and loud audio make for good listening....You can listen to the audio file how it sounds when a moderate level 800Mhz signal are applied from a signal generator . and how it affects most other frequencies in the band. Do your own monitoring from your antenna in analog mode in the 800Mhz band.
Actual test of a SDS100
Exactly the point I was trying to make, especially where the OP lives (and myself). I have had the SDS units in Manhattan (probably a worst case as it pertains to uhf rf overdose in the USA) and I never experienced any of those symptoms.In theory.
In practice it's an issue far less often than you claim.