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AlanP

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I'm looking to buy a scanner. I understand that the Henry County PD system cannot be picked up on scanners? Can anyone confirm this?
 

AndrewC75

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Almost correct, Mike.

It's an EDACS system with analog and ProVoice modulation. Darn near everything is ProVoice which can not be decoded by any scanner. A few talkgroups, like the dog catcher and some other city services, as well as Fire Dispatch (the dispatches only - the rest of the traffic is ProVoice) are analog and can be heard on a scanner.

In summary:
Any EDACS capable scanner can trunk-track the system (i.e. know which talkgroups are active), and any EDACS capable scanner can listen to the analog talkgroups, of which there a few, but NO scanner can listen to the ProVoice talkgroups, of which there are many.
 

danno145

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Edacs Pro Voice

Any word if there will ever be a scanner capable of monitoring EDACS Pro Voice, such as the one in Henry County?
 

AndrewC75

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It's not the technology that keeps manufacturers from selling ProVoice scanners... it's the patents. I'm sure that Uniden and GRE have scanner designs sitting in their labs right now that will decode ProVoice, but unless and until MA/COM decides to reasonably license the technology and until the scanner manufacturers (and by extension, buyers) are willing to pay for it, there will be no such device.
 
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