VHF band plan I believe is set for Canadian bandplan and the V folders have Canadian Provinces systems pre programmed.Can anyone please tell me if there is a difference between the PSR 500 and the PSR 500c. I'm about to purchase one online, but the only one I've seen in action is the 500c. I live in Canada, if that helps.
While living in Texas, someone sold me a PSR 500. However, when I sent the radio to GRE repair, they refused to fix it. They indicated I owned a Canadian model. Eventually, they replaced it with an American model. So, to answer your question, I could not tell any difference in the performance of both radios. However, I don't know if firmware updates, etc. would be affected. Furthermore, I don't know how GRE handles radio repairs for the Canadian models.Can anyone please tell me if there is a difference between the PSR 500 and the PSR 500c. I'm about to purchase one online, but the only one I've seen in action is the 500c. I live in Canada, if that helps.
Thanks for your help guys. I still wasn't sure, so I e-mailed GreAmerica directly, and just incase this question ever comes up again....here's his answer :
No, the USA version will NOT work for CANADA. They are set differently. The one is for CANADA and the other version is set for the USA.
Not sure I understand how the settings can be different, but I guess it's better to err on the side of caution and spend the extra cash if you live in Canada
I think you are confused if you think that FCC Part 97 has anything to do with scanners and the blocking of cellular frequencies. That doesn't detract from the main thrust of your comment however.
So, when I operated the Canadian model in the U.S. I had access to wireless frequencies?LOL that is just a typical answer from GRE, so they can get more money. There only difference is the band-plans are a bit different. For example, scanners sold in the US are required by federal law to block the cellular portion of the bands out, and must comply with FCC part 97. Everything else is the same, including firmware updates. Just go to their site and look for yourself. Same file for both the 500 and 500c. I have taken my PSR-500 in to Canada many times (living in Detroit), and it does not magically explode or self destruct. In fact back when cellular phones first became popular, before the digital encrypting, many U.S. residents bought scanners from Canada / Europe so they could listen to cellular.
There is an option in my PSR-500 program software (PSR Edit) that all oyu do is check a box that says use canadian bandplan, and it does the rest. According to the help file, by setting this option it does the following....
Use Canadian Band Plan (VHF/UHF):
This option changes the default step size between 138MHZ and 174MHz to 5KHz, and the range 406-420 to 12.5Khz. This option is especially useful in Canada or near the Canadian border with Ontario where the Bell Fleetnet system operates. This option allows the radio to tune the proper steps for this system.
Save yourself a lot of money and just get a PSR-500.
So, when I operated the Canadian model in the U.S. I had access to wireless frequencies?
I never noticed any difference between the two radios, Canadian or American. Oh, there was a "C."
When I had the unfortunate experience of inadvertently ordering a Canadian model GRE PSR 500 in the U.S., GRE representatives appeared to be thinking aloud when they said, "how did they get this through customs?" If I am not mistaken, radios are supposed to bear a label indicating the FCC has blessed them and given the go ahead to come into the country. But, in this day and age, I bet legal radios are at the bottom of their list of priorities.Ha! That's funny that they said one for one country won't work in the other.. Maybe they meant out of the box. I've taken my 500C to the US and to make it 'work' in the US I only had to put the Maine, Mass. etc frequencies in it.