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Hello, I’m in the market for a Harris P5500 P25 Phase 2 Radio that I want to get programmed to trunking so i can listen to my local police department and hear what’s going on. I’m wondering if the P5500 has and LSM i don’t want to buy this radio to find out it doesn’t work after.
 

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You want to make sure you have features 33,39 and 47. I would keep an eye on ebay. Do you need a 5500 or just something similar. I have some xg-75 i use as a receive only unit.
 

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I would go with the xg75. We used the P5400 at work and they sounded like crap on a P1 system, decent on analog conventional. The other issues with them were the battery connects to the radio. Very easy to break off.
 

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DO NOT ASK ME FOR HELP PROGRAMMING YOUR RADIO. NO.
Buy a scanner. Stay out of jail.

But at least with a Harris radio, there is a greater chance of successfully programming true no-affiliate scanning into it.

A P7300 would be a better choice.

Refer to this.


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Don't forget you'll also need a programming cable and the software/knowledge to program it. Both can be difficult to get ahold of, and cables aren't cheap.
 

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Buy a scanner. Stay out of jail.

But at least with a Harris radio, there is a greater chance of successfully programming true no-affiliate scanning into it.

A P7300 would be a better choice.

Refer to this.


In before the inevitable lock!!!

Harris are a lot better with no chance of affiliating if done correctly. Motorola, too much work and not so much
 

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Something else to keep in mind, the P5500 radio is 800mhz only. There is no 700mhz capability in that radio which limits what you can listen to. Might be ok for your specific situation but I don’t recommend these radios unless you get it very cheap, and your area has no use of 700mhz.
 

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Any idea where I can find the programming cables for these radios? Will it work with an analog to USB converter?
 

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Any idea where I can find the programming cables for these radios? Will it work with an analog to USB converter?
Look at New London Technology in their online store.

If you go the Harris route also make sure respond to unsolicited affiliation request is unchecked. Change the FNE ID to something random. Be sure transmit and calls are unchecked. Set registration to Never. Don't use a similar or real radio ID even if it's set to never affiliate as an added protection against system affiliation requests.
As a security feature some systems randomly poll radio ID's and look for a response. If two radios respond to the same request and they're on different sites/towers the event will be elevated for further investigation.
It's a slow procedure and normally done at night if it all.

And hope the WACN isn't restricted in RPM.

If you know exactly what you're doing a Harris radio makes an excellent scanner.
If you make a mistake , or your friend makes a mistake you can land in some trouble.

Ultimately your call.
 
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