The HP-1 will have everything in the nation that the RR database has in it. What you can pick up from your zip code depends on what range that you tell it to look for. A 50-mile range will obviously give you more than a 10-mile range.Therefore, I will ask my original question again, How can I tell what frequencies will be available on my Home Patrol scanner for me to monitor for zip code 70058.
Yes, as long as the frequencies aren't encrypted or an un-monitorable digital format (ProVoice, etc).
Well, I don't have one, but that is pretty well what I understand the adds and specs say, except that you get to choose the range. Seems pretty clear to me.
And a quote from your original: "How can I tell what frequencies will be downloaded to my Home Patrol-1 Radio from the RR database for my zip code. 70058."
Hey, McK!rweir, I want to thank you for going the extra distance, you are my kind of person. My Home Patrol-1 will be delivered tomorrow, January 5. I like the different tests that you performed and I will try the same on my scanner. In retrospect, my original question was asked without really using my own brain to analyze it before asking it. I will try to ask more intelligent questions in the future. Thank you for your help and I hope I can count on you in the future for any questions I may have. Are you using the antennae that came with the Home Patrol or a different one, if so which one?
Absolutely. It's just that your "quickly set up" equals my "no easy way", 2xlol.......................The best system I've found for reviewing what I'm going to get loaded for a location, is to within Sentinel edit the profile's Favorites page to set all of the Favorites check boxes to "off" or "no", so that no Favorites are set to download or scan, then make sure the checkbox in the upper left hand corner is set to" Monitor entire database". Set your desired location and range on the Location tab and on the Services tab, select a service or all of them you want to monitor. Finally, save the profile and on the Sentinel toolbar under Edit, select "Add Channels on Range" It will create a Favorite with everything within the range and service type you've selected. You can then review and edit that Favorite at your leisure... I've used this to quickly set up Service specific Favorites for a location (like just "Utility")....
Note I set up an extra profile just for doing this..
You wouldn't be looking at 2261 frequencies ... In Sentinel, you'd be looking at the System/Department/Channels selected..Easy to look at in the Favorites editor in the standard tree format. Again, unless you're in the middle of LA or NYC, and have that number of conventional systems, you're getting a count that's probably more Talkgroups than site frequencies anyway...
I realize that, as with any tool, what looks like a solution to one person can look like a problem to others.. I spent quite a bit of time just figuring out how the ACOR edit worked and what the relationship was to the profile, but it's pretty quick now... I do want to load Sentinel on an XP system though, as I wasn't getting good results on a friend's XP based laptop..