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Jan 22, 2006
Anybody help me a little here. Our sheriff office just went nextedge 155.490. I was wanting to know where I could get a kenwood or Icom maybe a NX240. I do have a ham ticket. Thanks guys for the help.


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Jul 27, 2005
LATA 722
Check your local Kenwood dealer. I'm not aware of anyone that sells them new on the internet. The Kenwood way of doing things is to use localized vendors.

You might want to keep your eyes on E-bay. Any of the NX-200, NX210, NX-220, NX-240's will do what you need. All of them will tune into the 2 meter amateur band without any issues.

A couple of things you should consider before purchasing the NX-240:
- It only does 6.25KHz NXDN/NexEdge. Some systems use the 12.5KHz NXDN/NexEdge. This radio will not do that.
- It will not do NexEdge trunking.
This might not be a big deal, but make sure you find out if any of the agencies you want to listen to are using 12.5KHz NexEdge.

The NX-240 is intended to be a basic business type radio, thus the lack of functions. A new NX-240 is going to run you $392 list price, but you should be able to find it considerably cheaper than that. (think 20-25% or so). An NX-220 is going to be around twice a much, but it gets you an LCD display, 6.25 and 12.5KHz NXDN, additional channels (260, vs 32 on the 240), more function buttons, etc.

An Icom would work just fine, but Icom NXDN/IDAS radios only do 6.25KHz NXDN. Again, might not be an issue if that is what the agencies you want to listen to are using.

There appears to be an NX-220 on eBay for less than $200 right now.
NX-210 with speaker mic for $350.

The NX-210 is good radio. I've got about 300 of the NX-410 (800MHz version of the 210) on my trunked system and they've been doing great. Our police department just ordered a bunch of NX-210's to replace aging Motorola gear.


Dec 19, 2005
Holebilly, before spending all your hard earned dollars on a new handheld, I would really recommend trying out a decode of the signal with software called DSD+. You'll need a scanner with a discriminator tap or a low cost dongle to plug into your windows pc. This will tell you the type of nexedge signal in use, if its trunked and if the dreaded encryption has been enabled.

Lots of info over on this forum:
Digital Voice Decoding Software - The RadioReference.com Forums

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