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New Unication G5 owner- need some guidance

floridafuzz

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Hi to all-
I just received my new G5 a couple of days ago. Battery installed and all charged up. I need some help on where to begin to learn how to program my unit.
I watched a video on the Unication site last night on programming and it seemed very involved. Where do I begin? I would like to program in the RISCON system into my unit to start. I would like to get it working with one talk group to start so I can load my information into the beta software for digital trunking. Is there a Youtube video or guide posted somewhere that would help me get started? Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I downloaded the software for the G5 from the Unication website. It is asking me for a user name and password. Do I have to sign up someplace to use this software?
 

floridafuzz

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Is it possible to import the RISCON system into my G5 from Radio Reference? I have a premium paid subscription.
 

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you need to download the csv files for the system from RR. then import into pps.
 

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I was at your starting point one month ago. There is a steep learning curve but once you get it, you "get it". Start by going to YouTube and searching for "Unication Programming" and "how to program Unication G5" and searches like that. There are about 5 videos I found, and 2 of them REALLY helped me get started. Another thing you can do is go into Rhode Island sub-forum here on Radio Reference (based on your location under your user name) and search in that sub-forum for a PPS code plug that someone shared. Or, ask in that sub-forum if someone is willing to share a code plug with you to get you started. You can then import that into the PPS software. This is how I started and once I had my "ahhh ha" moment I started my own PPS code plug and eventually built it into 16 zones with 8 knob positions each for multiple P25 systems in my area! Good luck its a great radio I love mine!
 

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I was at your starting point one month ago. There is a steep learning curve but once you get it, you "get it". Start by going to YouTube and searching for "Unication Programming" and "how to program Unication G5" and searches like that. There are about 5 videos I found, and 2 of them REALLY helped me get started. Another thing you can do is go into Rhode Island sub-forum here on Radio Reference (based on your location under your user name) and search in that sub-forum for a PPS code plug that someone shared. Or, ask in that sub-forum if someone is willing to share a code plug with you to get you started. You can then import that into the PPS software. This is how I started and once I had my "ahhh ha" moment I started my own PPS code plug and eventually built it into 16 zones with 8 knob positions each for multiple P25 systems in my area! Good luck its a great radio I love mine!
Wow! Thank you for that information! There is someone in the RI Forum that extolled the virtues of the G5 over a regular scanner radio. That is one of the reasons I went with a G5. Todays scanners still miss all or part of the calls on the radio. I wanted something better. I have been reading the Unication forum and decided to take the plunge. Thank you again!
 

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Wow! Thank you for that information! There is someone in the RI Forum that extolled the virtues of the G5 over a regular scanner radio. That is one of the reasons I went with a G5. Todays scanners still miss all or part of the calls on the radio. I wanted something better. I have been reading the Unication forum and decided to take the plunge. Thank you again!
If you haven't done so already, register for the beta software. It is not released yet and Unication Nation is anxiously awaiting the end of May which is the purported release time frame. This will give you a solid 2 weeks to learn the PPS software and once the beta is released all you'll need to do is learn how to program the new features in PPS. From what I have read, we will not need to start over again, but I suspect I will make a duplicate code plug and make numerous changes to my zones. The ability to hold on a TG is a major new anticipated feature that will allow me to combine many zones and knob positions for seldom used TGs on a particular P25 system into a single zone / knob position that I can "hold" during an incident. It will make operation of the G5 way more convenient. This feature is coming to firmware 1.3 even if you do not install the beta; however, its not in the current PPS so you cannot program it yet. The 1.4 beta that allows scanning multiple P25 systems will also be pretty neat. I mostly use for fire monitoring for my jurisdiction and surrounding jurisdictions, and I plan on programming the beta in such a way that I can put the main dispatch TG for 5 different P25 systems into a single knob position when things are slow at our firehouse and I am casually listening. I would then be able to flip the knob to that jurisdiction and scan tactical TGs to hold on the incident TG to listen to the incident. At least that's the concept but I don't yet know how the programming will work on version 1.4. Really looking forward to the beta but loving the radio as-is in the meantime. And, you are correct. A moment will soon arrive for you that your G5 will lock on to the P25 system you want to hear, and then lock on to the TG you want to hear, and when that happens, a subtle "holy ****" will be mumbled under your breath as to how much better the G5 blows away P25 monitoring on scanners. It is literally the same as holding a $8K portable radio.
 

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If you haven't done so already, register for the beta software. It is not released yet and Unication Nation is anxiously awaiting the end of May which is the purported release time frame. This will give you a solid 2 weeks to learn the PPS software and once the beta is released all you'll need to do is learn how to program the new features in PPS. From what I have read, we will not need to start over again, but I suspect I will make a duplicate code plug and make numerous changes to my zones. The ability to hold on a TG is a major new anticipated feature that will allow me to combine many zones and knob positions for seldom used TGs on a particular P25 system into a single zone / knob position that I can "hold" during an incident. It will make operation of the G5 way more convenient. This feature is coming to firmware 1.3 even if you do not install the beta; however, its not in the current PPS so you cannot program it yet. The 1.4 beta that allows scanning multiple P25 systems will also be pretty neat. I mostly use for fire monitoring for my jurisdiction and surrounding jurisdictions, and I plan on programming the beta in such a way that I can put the main dispatch TG for 5 different P25 systems into a single knob position when things are slow at our firehouse and I am casually listening. I would then be able to flip the knob to that jurisdiction and scan tactical TGs to hold on the incident TG to listen to the incident. At least that's the concept but I don't yet know how the programming will work on version 1.4. Really looking forward to the beta but loving the radio as-is in the meantime. And, you are correct. A moment will soon arrive for you that your G5 will lock on to the P25 system you want to hear, and then lock on to the TG you want to hear, and when that happens, a subtle "holy ****" will be mumbled under your breath as to how much better the G5 blows away P25 monitoring on scanners. It is literally the same as holding a $8K portable radio.
Adam-
Thanks for your suggestions! I watched one video on Youtube, very informative. I created and uploaded my first program to the G5 and waiting to hear my first broadcast. Spent about 3 hours doing it, my head is a little blown out! LOL. But if you follow the Youtube video, it all worked out so far.Got to take a break. Thanks again.
 

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What does the lightning bolt icon above the Trunking registered icon stand for? How would I get the Trunking scanning icon on my display?
 

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If you have the T with a yellow bolt as you put it, it means it is locked on a control channel, if the T is flashing and has red X over it you are not locked on to the control channel
 

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If you have the T with a yellow bolt as you put it, it means it is locked on a control channel, if the T is flashing and has red X over it you are not locked on to the control channel
Hi Mike- How would I unlock the control channel so the unit would scan?
 

floridafuzz

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Are you hearing any talk groups ?
Hi Mike-
was away from the computer. Not hearing any talkgroups. Tim sent me a cp file for the RISCON system. Got to figure out how to import it into my radio. Then I can see what I am not doing right. I want to learn the proper way to program my radio so I might help other new owners in the future. I can still send you my original file if you would like. Do I use the export link in the software? what address would I send it to?
Marc
 
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