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pointman1177

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Okay in my part of michigan almost all of the local police departments around here have switched over to the dark side of digital communication. I have an amateur tech license and have a friend who is good at programming motorolas. My question is this....

Can I get a motorola astro and program it to recieve only most of my local PDs on the digital apco 25 800mhz system? is it feasable within reason? I want a budget digital scanner with the output that only motorola has.

Can I program it with RSS?

does anyone have this kind of setup I am anxious to hear about the possibilities. I think it would be a great experience to do this.

Thank you in advance!
 

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Unless you have the system key, which the agencies will not give you, you can't receive trunked digital transmissions by their particular talkgroups. You can do it by using a digital trunking scanner, however.
 

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thank you for the responses and I am sorry to have basically double posted I had tried to find evidence that someone obviously thought of the concept years ago but apparently didn't look hard enough.

Thanks again
 

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Hey no problem, it's very logical to want to use commercial radios for their advantages but it's really tricky, as you'll read.
 

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"Dark side" of digital?

A GRE scanner does fine with MPSCS. Granted the PSR-800 handles simulcast areas better than the 500 or 600, or their RS clones. The scanners also allow a much larger scan list, as others will have noted.
 
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