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kc9svj

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Does anyone have a vp900 that they are using? I'm looking for help programming one.
 

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Actually I'm a brand new user of this radio and software. I would appreciate any info or source you may be able to provide. I have a VHF / 800 model and I'm looking to program it for amateur radio and local freq. On the VHF side and put our local 700/800 system in.
 

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So I did a little research and found that one cannot use the front panel program feature unless you work for the federal government.
 

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I have some programming software and cable on the way I've just never used this radio so feel free to send me any hints or tricks. Budrousa I see where you work. I'm sure we would have lots in common...I tried sending you a pm but this system says I"m too new and wont let me. If you do radio programming for your dept. I'd like to chat.
 

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Were you able to get this solved?
I have one of these that I will set up for Michigans MPSCS, Indiana's 800 system and would like to program some HAM systems in as well but I dont know if that is possible?

Mike
 

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I have a zone of local amateur repeaters in my VP900. What questions do you have? I should be able to answer them.
 

kc9svj

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Gentlemen I no longer have this radio. I was successful at programming mine for VHF only. I did a little research into programming the p25 and realized it was much more than I was ready for. You have to have a security key which is a file that you have to have on your computer that you're going to use the program the radio with. You must get this key from whoever holds it for your department. In my case it was the local sheriff's department has control of our radio system and this was not going to be an option for me. Basically when you have the key installed on your machine in the correct place when you open the programming software it will recognize that and give you the option to program the p25.
 

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Radio manufactures have clamped down on p25 programming with regards to programming p25 trunking. You have to obtain that file that allows you to program your radio systems info into your radio, that is how manufactures lock out and protect from just anybody programming a radio onto someone elses p25 trunking system. This is usually not the case when programming p25 conventional, you should be allowed to program p25 conventional, though i have not programmed anything other then analog and p25 trunking in my VP900.
 

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So I am wondering, once the radio is programmed by the state of Michigan (MPSCS for Fire and EMS use) on their P25 will I be able to go in and work on teh analog, and non P25 additions? Or do I need to get the software and program what I want FIRST then give it to them for their additions for P25?
 

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You should be able to make changes to anything but what the state put in it.
 

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Thanks,

Now to obtain a copy of the SW..
I have heard it is almost impossible to get and run..
I have also read that with a new radio you get a lifetime license?

Mike
 

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You should be able to get a copy of Armada from your local Kenwood/Johnson dealer. I don't know what retail price is. Once you've purchased a copy of the software from your dealer they should help you keep it up to date. Dealers get the software digitally through an online portal. The lifetime software licensing you're talking about is the software in the radio, so for example, if you buy the P25 Trunking option and like 10 years from now you decide to replace that radio, you won't have to purchase that license again. The radio software is a large part of the cost of the radio, so this is a big selling point for the Viking series radios.
 

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I looked into buying the software and program cable but at over $500 for the pair list price I am thinking about not buying the VP900 for $3900 list price. As far as the software I was told it did not come with the radio for free.
 

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Anybody happen to have any dummy system keys for the Armada software? I've got them for the old PCC software but they've changed since then. I was going to email EFJ and see if they still send them out like they used to but was hoping to save some hassle.
 
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