Looking at the system in the database, it's a P25 Phase I system. None of the sites are tagged as simulcast, so any of the P25 trunking scanners should work. The most current Uniden models (325P2, 996P2, 436HP, 536HP, SDS100, SDS200, HP-2) can handle the system. These also handle P25 Phase II. The GATRRS system also covers some of that region, and is a P25 Phase II system, though at present, the listed talkgroups are still Phase I. At some point, those talkgroups (on GATRRS) might upgrade to Phase II. Or. perhaps, LRGVRRS might upgrade to Phase II. Some of the sites on GATRRS are simulcast, but at this point, none of them in your target area are noted as such.Good morning, just looking for some quick info on what kind of scanner/monitor i need to listen to the LRGVRRS system? I might even be interested in listening to the GATRRS system as well...
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I did not mention the 396xT or 996XT simply because they are discontinued. But if you can find one in good shape, indeed they would work well.Steve explained system very well. Also a 396xt and 996xt that I am using work great. As Steve asked what area do plan on monitoring as there is a lot of encryption in Hidalgo county and city of Brownsville.
While there is free, downloadable, software for the Whistler/RadioShack/GRE database scanners, there is none for the WS1040, WS1065, and the related models, which are the ones I'm referring to.The software for the Whistler scanners and upgraded RS and GRE versions is a free download. With the TRX models and upgraded factory firmware in older versions, some simulcast systems or locations work. I am located where my factory upgraded RS and PSR-800 work as well as my SDS100 on simulcast, but other locations will vary.
Yes they in the clear, and in that area you will hear quite a bit of unencrypted radio traffic. Also program some conventional channels like Donna fire, Edinburg fire and Elsa fire. If using outdoor antenna there are several more you could hear.
The SDS100 will work well for your local systems. Plus, it will also work well if you are in an area with simulcast sites, such as what you’ll encounter in the Corpus Christi area, or even farther north around San Antonio or Austin (or here in the DFW area if you get up this way).I went wild and picked up the SDS100. It should arrive today.
After dealing with it for a while, you may have what has been called the "light bulb moment", when the pieces come together for you & you begin to understand what does, or does not, work.Well I got my SDS100 in and Wowzers this thing is a trip to understand. Think I’ve got it sorted out. I have a favorite list and enabled/disabled the channels I want to hear/not hear. I definitely need to go through the easy online manual and watch a couple of youtube vids to learn all of its capabilities but as of right now I’m hearing local traffic so not too bad…
The "zip code programming" on the GRE/Whistler scanners (and the RadioShack labeled models) is different than Uniden's location based process. For the GRE/Whistler scanners, entering a zip code pulls the systems in the county where the code is located. If you were near a border, entering your zip will get what is in your county, but not what is a mile or two across the border in your neighboring county.I am using a Pro-668 works well for this area just put in the zip code and you are off and running........
What would be a better way for the Pro-668 put in the county or multi countys....The "zip code programming" on the GRE/Whistler scanners (and the RadioShack labeled models) is different than Uniden's location based process. For the GRE/Whistler scanners, entering a zip code pulls the systems in the county where the code is located. If you were near a border, entering your zip will get what is in your county, but not what is a mile or two across the border in your neighboring county.
Uniden's location control, instead, uses the actual location (latitude & longitude) both for the person monitoring, as well as that of the systems in the area. If the ranges entered for the scanner's location overlap the range circle for the specific system's departments & sites, the system is included in the process, regardless of which county it is in.
If it works for you, in your location, that's fine for you. But it may not work as successfully for someone in another area.
Use the Library import on a county by county basis. You'll see the available frequencies, based on your selected categories (service types) for each county. If you used location control, even when using county (not zip), it will blindly import a lot of things you probbaly don't want, instead of letting you choose anything. For instance, it imports all of the statewide listings for TX DPS & TPWD, & TX Forest Service.What would be a better way for the Pro-668 put in the county or multi countys....
good call. I was just going to give my 2cts and say to just go ahead and spend the money on the SDS100/200. While you may not need it now, I like to always think about the high possibility that you could need it later. Or it could be said that you'll never wish you would have gotten the older, less functional models. But there's always the chance that you'll wish you would have went ahead and got more.I went wild and picked up the SDS100. It should arrive today.