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G5 MPSCS Performance

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W2GLD

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So far so good with the new G5 on the Michigan's MPSCS system; however, I have a question and/or possibly a suggestion for future firmware releases.

Does anyone know if the low side button can be programming for site search or if site search is even possible? I've noticed that the G5 seems to grab onto one site and not switch until the RSSI is very low; with this issue, we've also noticed missed traffic on several talk-groups that aren't carried full-time on the strongest neighboring site as well; on our XTS5000 series radios, we simply push and hold the programmed site key and force it to switch sites. If this isn't part of the G5 currently, can it be added?
 

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The G5 uses a combination of RSSI and BER to determine when to switch as of right now there is no way to force it to switch without creating a second system lacking the particular site and adding it to a knob position.
 

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I have MPSCS setup as stand alone sites and multi-site configurations just for that reason. I've also setup a limit search that works well for unknown systems. By the way, I've had fringe reception at >=25 miles LOS on the RS800MHz antenna. Great receiver!
 

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Glad to hear all these good reports about the Unication's performance and reception. In regards to that, has anyone experienced signal overloading, dropout, or total signal loss within close distance to a cell tower? This drives me crazy on the scanners. Since this device is meant to be for more professional use than a scanner and is more band specific than a scanner I was hoping it would be able to filter out overcome strong interference from cell sites.
Also, how many different systems can you program on a G4/G5?
 

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...In regards to that, has anyone experienced signal overloading, dropout, or total signal loss within close distance to a cell tower?...Also, how many different systems can you program on a G4/G5?
I have had my Unication G5 for a number of months now and I have never had overloading, dropout, or total signal loss within close proximity to any cell towers or other strong signal sites. Going from a scanner to the G5 is like having a Motorola XTS5000 receiver with many more talkgroups.

With regards to trunked talkgroups, it is kind of confusing, but you can have up to 64 talkgroups in each "channel" position. There are 8 "channel" positions that can be selected with the rotary channel selector. So that is eight possible systems right there times 128, so the correct answer is 1,024 systems.
 

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Thanks for your observation! The reception is as I suspected but I needed confirmation. As to the amount of systems, yes that is a little confusing! But you alluded to the 8 position knob which controls what system you hear. So I guess if you had to program a multi site system like Michigan's MPSCS as separate systems you would end up in this situation...
County A system, County B system, County C system Site 1, County C system Site 2, County C system Site 3... and then you would only have 3 more options? Without getting too far off topic, I am interested in a unit but want to know it's full capabilities first. Thank you again!
 
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I know that is how I was before I bought it. I listen to Minnesota ARMER system, which has simulcast sites near me. I typically have each county as a system. The most populous counties have more. For example, Ramsey County isn't huge area wise, but I have one group of 64 talkgroups for Saint Paul and another group for suburban Ramsey County.
 
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