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do encrypted talkgroups in a trunked system not allow the users to turn off encryption or operate in the clear? thanks
 

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It all depends on how the radio is configured. It can be configured for user selectable encryption, or it can be configured to be 100% on that channel/talkgroup.

Personally, I think the 100% strapped is safer...no chance of talking in the clear when you thought you were encrypted.
 

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Personally, I think the 100% strapped is safer...no chance of talking in the clear when you thought you were encrypted.

I have to agree with Thunderknight. 100% encryption is safer for communications and officer safety. Some personnel may not have full understanding of encryption and allow communications in the clear, if user selected encryption is implemented.
 

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100% strapped is not in the scanner listener's best interests. So, I like the fact that it can be toggled off. ;)
 

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Safer? I have heard agencies turn OFF encryption in the field because they can not hear each other with the encryption On,the radios failed to decode the digital signal.So yes they do sometimes shut the encryption off because theres less data bits to put back together at the other end,and with it OFF they can then communicate.So happy monitoring all.And LEOS,stay safe out there!
 

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on the system I care for, all encryption on deployed radios is strapped per TG.
on my radios I do have it set to select for testing purposes.
Same here. I can't get users to remember to not use the antenna as a handle. No way I could expect them to remember to turn encryption on and off.
 

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If citizens are not willing to be open with what they do, why would you think the government would ever be?

Citizens claim it's in their best interest to have all their daily communications encrypted.The government makes the same claim on their end.
 

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There's like a whole thread devoted to the encryption debate. OP is wondering if TGs can be strapped to secure or be turned on/off...not if its in the best interests of the user.
 
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Yes you can strap the talk group secure. One of the things I've found (with some radios) is that even once the talk group is strapped secure, you will receive a no-permit tone if a secure/clear switch is programmed and not set to secure (and vise versa with clear strapping). There can be a lot of user confusion in that case as well.

A few months ago I had to reprogram one of my service radios as one of my customer's talk group's was tied into another system at the core level which had a 100% secure policy. That is how I discovered the above.

Moral of the story, only techs should be able to have the option to select secure/clear for testing...everyone else should be strapped.
 
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