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P25 digital on the cheap?

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Astrogoth13

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Part of my local stuff is digital P25 Phase 1. Can a low cost handheld radio decode that and if so what model? I don't want to get back into programing another ASTRO.
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Deleted. Didn't see you wanted a transceiver not just a scanner.
 
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You are not going to find anything in the budget radio selection that offers P25. The licensing alone for P25 isn't cheap and cost more than these cheap radios and then some.

Your best bet would be to find something used in the commercial market if you don't want a scanner. They're a lot of manufactures who make P25 gear nowadays.

EDIT: You also didn't advise what type of system you need to listen to. Conventional, Trunked?
 
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Used Astro products will be the easiest to obtain.

That being said, Astro Sabers and XTS3000s are becoming fairly cheap these days. The XTS1500/2500/5000s are nearing end of life and are being phased out for APX models by the dozens on some Motorola infrastructure. Also, First generation GE/Ma-Com radios are beginning to pop up as radios are being upgraded.

As far as "new" budget level entry, your lowest cost entry portable will be from someone like Simoco or Kenwood.
 
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