All the new radios are P25 capable and others will be flash upgraded to P25 capable. The infrastructure will need to be upgraded before full P25 can be implemented, however, and that will take some time.
Interesting... though don't confuse 3600, 9600 and P25, the systems are very differnt, they may saying they will move more talkgroups to digital but for them to go full P25 that means a 9600 system like Orlando and that also means every radio (no expection) must be digital, there is no analog 3600 trunking will be interesting to see how it all plays out, we'll all know after april i guess.Well, you could be right since it would no longer be a 3600 system anymore. Where I got this was from monitoring yesterday two radio techs talking on TG 24592. They also talked about the huge amount of new radios they had to order and the fact that they were not looking forward to changing out radios in 1500 school buses. They certainly seemed to suggest that at the very least there would much more digital on the system than there is now.
The OCPS radios are XTL1500's. Fully upgradeable with a flash, which is probably what the radio guys meant. Each of those radios will have to be touched during rebanding. I can tell you from firsthand experience, THAT is a REAL PITA!!!It could be that the radios in the school buses are not upgradeable?
I can give you a suggestion... its basically the same set-up that I am currently using. Keep in mind, that others may have set-ups that also work well, or that can be placed in a mix and match combination, but this is what I currently use, and I do believe that this set-up will work well for you. Also remember, that your budget will play a key role in this combination.Thanks for your response.
I'm inferring from your comments that all other Orange County/Orlando agencies (except OPD) would then be accessible via a current-model scanner, and therefore put my hoped for purchase back on the front burner???? I would ask for a "trunking / digital scanner"? Do you know if the unencrypted agencies will be encrypting anytime soon?
Can you recommend a brand / model / style? I'm thinking handheld Radio Shack. Model??? My current scanner is an unmodified Radio Shack Pro-2005, which I'm hoping to sell.
I'm guessing I'll need a cable to connect it to my laptop, and software, too? Are they sold seperately? If so, is there a kind of software I should look for, or are they proprietary to the radio?
This is getting exciting. Something to look forward to! -Bob