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DTR550 and other Walkie-Talkies

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Jan 25, 2015
What Motorola handheld radios support some sort of privacy and privacy calling (individual or group)?

I want to have a "public" channel for everyone & set-up a small private group (optionally maybe do some private 1-to-1 calling, but that's not a requirement). DTR550 looks one promising radio. But the 11-digit key seems to be the only thing stopping another DTR550 listening in on the "private" talk. Is that true? Can the key be reprogrammed at all? Can someone read it off the unit? Don't know budget yet but DTR5/650 price looks good...

Also, what models support enhanced privacy (instead of having a 'fixed' key)? One option suggested was to get a CP200D w/ encryption module but that's more expensive...

Any suggestions? THANKS!!!!!
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