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G-5 version recommendations ? North Virginia / DMV

ascoltone

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I own and SDS-100 and was looking for another equipment as I am not that good in programming the trunking systems with UNIDEN (which is a good piece or receiver anyway). By chance this evening I discovered Unication's G-5 and I'm thinking of getting it. I understand that it is possible to import from the Radioreference database onto this model too and I have read very favorable reviews. What does anyone reading this who has migrated from receivers like UNIDEN or AOR think? And what version do you recommend for Northern Virginia / DMV area ? I'm thinking of version C, from 400-470 / 763-776 / 851 -870 including DMR. However, something is lost in the spectrum but it seems to me to be the most balanced version. Suggestions are welcome and I thank you in advance
 

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I have both and I will tell you the G-5 is harder to program. What software are you using with you sds cause proscan lets you import ?
 

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It's a great receiver, great audio and reception in a small package. However, just know at it's core it is not a scanner and does not have the same features as a scanner. The biggest limitation to many scanner users is only scanning 1 system + 1 site at a time, no more than that. You must use the software for programming, and you are limited to what is within the selected frequency bands of the receiver.

There is a much steeper learning curve for programming as well, since this is a commercial product and not necessarily geared to scanning hobbyists. If this seems like a fit for what you want to listen to, it's great. But it's definitely not for everyone.
 

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The two posts above gave you great advice. If you are stuggling with SDS100 programming, you’ll really be in bad shape with G5 programming.

I believe the G5 with UHF-D is the most popular. If you decide to proceed, look at frequencies in your area and decide which band split works best for you.
 
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I have both and I will tell you the G-5 is harder to program. What software are you using with you sds cause proscan lets you import ?
Thank you for the feedback, I am using Sentinel but in Europe the trunk systems are less complex than here in the US so I am not so skilled in programming by myself
 

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It's a great receiver, great audio and reception in a small package. However, just know at it's core it is not a scanner and does not have the same features as a scanner. The biggest limitation to many scanner users is only scanning 1 system + 1 site at a time, no more than that. You must use the software for programming, and you are limited to what is within the selected frequency bands of the receiver.

There is a much steeper learning curve for programming as well, since this is a commercial product and not necessarily geared to scanning hobbyists. If this seems like a fit for what you want to listen to, it's great. But it's definitely not for everyone.
Thank you for the reply. I realized the difference. Appreciated.
 

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The two posts above gave you great advice. If you are stuggling with SDS100 programming, you’ll really be in bad shape with G5 programming.

I believe the G5 with UHF-D is the most popular. If you decide to proceed, look at frequencies in your area and decide which band split works best for you.
Yes, the choice came after a spectrum review and remains a compromise, of course. Thank you.
 

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If your in Virginia only one real choice for a G5 and that is VHF since your Statewide system STARS is VHF. VSP are reported to go encrypted.

With other band of 700/800 you can monitor the local counties TRS.

I have a G5 which I use when in Virginia for work and works well.

Programming isn't too bad if your a premium subscriber to this site and you can just download the systems into the software to be entered into the pager.
 
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If your in Virginia only one real choice for a G5 and that is VHF since your Statewide system STARS is VHF. VSP are reported to go encrypted.

With other band of 700/800 you can monitor the local counties TRS.

I have a G5 which I use when in Virginia for work and works well.

Programming isn't too bad if your a premium subscriber to this site and you can just download the systems into the software to be entered into the pager.
UHF is commonly used by local systems - particularly in western VA, so it going to be a compromise depending on where one lives and what they want to hear.
 

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If your in Virginia only one real choice for a G5 and that is VHF since your Statewide system STARS is VHF. VSP are reported to go encrypted.

With other band of 700/800 you can monitor the local counties TRS.

I have a G5 which I use when in Virginia for work and works well.

Programming isn't too bad if your a premium subscriber to this site and you can just download the systems into the software to be entered into the pager.
Thank you !
 
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