Yep it's a high signal. Unfortunately all I have in terms of physical scanners is a Radioshack Pro-164, so scanning/listening to P25 without SDR is out of the picture for now.Is it a high signal strength on the scanner? The occasional static might be due to simulcasting. But the dongles are supposed to handle simulcasting properly.
One problem I had with the dongles was a cold solder joint. Maybe try using the other dongle for the control channel decode and / or open em both up and see if the soldering looks okay.
Another option is if you have a discriminator tapped scanner, try running DSD+ / Unitrunker off of that instead of the dongles and see what happens. Also, try reducing the antenna (use a smaller antenna with worse receive) or try adding some kind of attenuation.
I have a 24 element yagi pointed at Tampa and cant hear it here.zlandmedia,
Although the EDACS system may be coming in fine, keep in mind that the P25 system may not necessarily be operating at all of the same tower sites at the moment. The system is not fully built out yet.
However, I'm fairly certain Temple Terrace has their own tower site. It's not very far from Thonotosassa at all. Overall, I have found coverage to be great though Tampa, west Hillsborough, and throughout Pinellas. I am currently receiving from inside a building in Pinellas Park.
I would suggest using something other than the stock antenna for your dongles. The one that came with mine was a joke. I have an antenna sitting on top of my hutch, to a multicoupler, and then feeds to all of my dongles and scanners.
I live in a HOA condo so I had to get creative.Ryan, thank you so much for the information. If I may ask, what antenna are you using?
I had actually just started my dongles today for the first time in a couple of weeks and I saw some hefty activity with 1457. Still garbled audio though, as my situation above... lol.They had Tampa Fire Dispatch as 1477 in the database. It should be 1457. I have submitted a correction. This talk group (1457) is active right now as Phase I.