Ottawa scanner Frequencies

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Yelaeh

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I read another thread a while back last active in 2011. The thread had conversation about Ottawa Police using Pro-Voice or something similar. There was debate on not being able to monitor the police, even on a digital scanner due to the type of encryption.

I am hoping this is no longer the case. I am moving from an analog area of Alberta to Ottawa later this year and wondering what digital scanner I should purchase and where. I'm pretty sure the average price is roughly $600+. Can someone pass along some info and suggestions?
 

robertmac

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If you are asking about Pro-Voice or something similar I can't answer that. If you are looking to purchase a digital scanner and where to purchase, there are numerous other threads on the Ontario and Prairies that would direct you to stores or internet links.
 

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Ottawa police are Pro-Voice, which is not encryption, but cannot be monitored by any scanner.

It can be listened to with a discriminator tapped scanner or DVB Stick Reciever of the right type coupled with a program on your computer. You need a pretty powerful computer like dual or quad-core to get good decoding.

From what I understand they are gearing up to go to a P25 system soon since the current system is nearing EOL. You can pretty much bet the bank they will be encrypted.
 

IdleMonitor

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When I go into the city I'm using a BC396T radio, which does me just fine.

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