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Encryption pamphlet. (news release from Kenwood, public knowledge)


Premium Subscriber
Feb 18, 2005
Attleboro, MA
Lies to sell radios. There is no proof that encryption enhances safety. Worker's Comp stats are public record, and to date no department has reported a decrease in claims that can be directly attributed to the decision to encrypt or an overall decrease for that matter.

As far as the "untimely release of critical public safety information before it can obstruct an official response" there is also no data indicating that the move to encryption has any effect on this-and that would also be public record in the form of higher apprehension rates or lower overall crime rates.

These are scare tactics at best and pandering to the lowest common denominator of departments that have things to hide at worst. I'm starting to reposition radio salesmen higher on my sleaze list, even above used car salesmen and even possibly above snake oil salesmen-and I sold radios at one point.


Dec 19, 2005
Motorola basic and Kenwood Basic ARE NOT THE SAME. M usies 16 bit basic, Kenwood uses 15 Basic.
So while I've also read that M Basc Privacy uses 16-bit, it does use a 8-bit XOR algorithm. It only offers 255 different keys so much less secure than the 15-bit (ie 32k keys) XOR scheme on a Kenwood. 'Proper' 16-bit would have over 65k keys.