Motorola trbo and nascar

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So nascar has chosen to use motorola trbo for the race communications. Does anyone think that now maybe someone will make a scanner to monitor it since race scanner are popular
 

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RR Wiki says: "National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) - Officials/Scoring Only (not race teams)" under MotoTRBO page. Hopefully the regular NASCAR drivers switch to MotoTRBO in the future. I could care less about NASCAR listening, but would like to see the ability to monitor this format for other users.
 

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I would be very suprised if a change was made to the driver/crew monitoring frequencies. At the races it is too big a business and promotion for radio scanners to make a change like that. Fans can rent scanners at several booths that are set-up, already programmed for that particular race, etc. Just don't think it will be happening. NASCAR is already saying its popularity is dropping - changing the monitoring methods / frequencies would not help them.
 

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MotoTRBO and NASCAR

I would be very suprised if a change was made to the driver/crew monitoring frequencies. At the races it is too big a business and promotion for radio scanners to make a change like that. Fans can rent scanners at several booths that are set-up, already programmed for that particular race, etc. Just don't think it will be happening. NASCAR is already saying its popularity is dropping - changing the monitoring methods / frequencies would not help them.
I dunno...I saw several teams walking around with TRBO radios at Daytona last year. Don't know if they were using them in TRBO or analog mode though.

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A scanner would be great. The thing I wonder about are the time slots. You can only use a time slot with a repeater because the repeater acts as a master clock, syncing the mobiles. How would a scanner be affected by this? As for NASCAR, there are huge benefits for them if they want tracking, text messaging, telemetry, or increased capacity for internal communications.
 

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So with the changeover to TRBO, the only way to listen to your favorite teams/drivers will no longer be feasible with a conventional scanner. Some company (Racing Radios no doubt) will provide fans, for a fee (huge fee, major income to RacingRadios) for a device that can listen to the audio feeds at the track. What a scam. This widespread move to TRBO is just another reason for me to say SCREW NASCAR.
 

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I thought NASCAR said a year or so ago that race control, as well as driver/spotter/crew chief comms would remain analog as to not shut the fans out. Other traffic (Inspectors etc) would utilize digital.

I will be at MIS this coming weekend so I guess I will find out first hand!

Edit: Here is the blurb I was referring to:

NASCAR no plans on keeping radio chatter from fans: Radio transmissions between drivers, owners, spotters and crew chiefs will continue to be available to NASCAR, media and fans. Flak over a torrid exchange between #2-Kurt Busch and car owner Roger Penske last Sunday at Martinsville -- in which Busch called his owner "dude" -- evoked a familiar refrain on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. "The radio, I always thought, has been a team tool that should be utilized just by the teams," Busch said. "We don't get to hear what the coach says to his offensive and defensive coordinators in the NFL. I don't think that we get to hear what they do in baseball when they call to the bullpen. You don't get to hear what they say in the huddle, and what they say in the huddle is pretty animated. Roger and I are on the same page. Martinsville is behind us." That may be, but NASCAR isn't about to budge when it comes to keeping the airwaves open.
"The more access we can give the fans, that's a part of what made NASCAR what it is, the accessibility of the drivers," said Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president of corporate communications. "In my opinion, drivers -- even in the heat of battle -- need to be able to control their emotions. They're driving a racecar around at 200 miles an hour with a bunch of other people. NASCAR needs to be able to hear what's going on with the teams during a race, and we've extended that to the fans."(Sporting News)(4-5-2009)
 
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I thought NASCAR said a year or so ago that race control, as well as driver/spotter/crew chief comms would remain analog as to not shut the fans out. Other traffic (Inspectors etc) would utilize digital....
I was at Pocono Sunday. Race control (including sweepers, pit officials, and flags) and the 4 drivers I was monitoring were analog.

Have a great time at the race!

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That was a pretty interesting video where the described the relationship between NASCAR and MotoTRBO. That was interesting when they showed the racing radio trailer and how they monitor all of the communications and then send them to the TV trucks, interesting stuff. Do the NASCAR officials uses just Portable radios or do they need the Base repeater to operate in addition??
 

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I would need to pause that video, but to me those didn't look like TRBO XPR radios in the trailer. From what I have heard in the past, mainly the Nascar officials and Inspectors were using digital. I'll check back in when I get back from MIS this weekend with an update.
 

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As of 2011 NASCAR season drivers, PA, TV (Fox, Speed, etc), and some others are still analog in thte UHF band. I did not try to find the officials when I was at Martinsville but was able to listen to the Pvt security and numerous drivers. I don't think there are many teams that would switch to a digital system due to cost. The teams provide their own comms and have not heard of any reason for a team to want to go digital since it would be difficult sometimes to be able to talk to other teams that may not be digital. I think the only way teams would go digital is if NASCAR provided the comms for the teams which would cost a lot of money considering the number of radios that are used. Sprint (Next To He**) may want to promote themselves with the comms but with as unreliable as they have always been don't think anyone wants to take a chance with it.

(Sorry in advance to all of the Sprint/Nextel users/lovers) Cell coverage works well but direct connect works just as good as 2 cans with a string connected.
 
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if the teams can buy a ht1250 the can pay 100 more. and get a xpr. there are not that much more. and trbo would work so good for them too. i love the digital. it dos sound better then p25. i would hope they all want digital.
 

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Many teams are using digital, take a close look at some of the crew chiefs of any of the bigger teams. RCR, Hendricks, Gibbs, you'll notice they wear multiple radios on their belts with PTT connections on each ear of their headsets. One radio is for the on track driver communication(analog) while the other radio is used for various functions. Could be a team radio, engineers, tire specialist, and reportedly many drivers switch to this radio, while in the garage, for discreet communications. As far as Nascar goes the "Tower" is in the clear as well as scoring and timing, however there may be a multitude of other channels we cannot hear.
 

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If you put an Impres Lithium Ion battery on an HT1250 (with the appropriate charger), the XPR6550 costs less than an HT1250.

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if the teams can buy a ht1250 the can pay 100 more. and get a xpr. there are not that much more. and trbo would work so good for them too. i love the digital. it dos sound better then p25. i would hope they all want digital.
 

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The most likely reason that NASCAR has decided to start using MOTOTRBO is because of the outstanding background-noise-reduction capabilities of the MOTOTRBO radios. The difference between XPR radios and any analog radio is like night and day.

John Rayfield, Jr. CETma
 
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