On batteries....I've had my -800 for a few days now. I agree with Troymail........record everything.
It's really cool when you're trying to figure out a new TRS or user for that frequency, etc.
Did the "hide it while out of the vehicle" trick and found a few new talkgroups on a 'new' TRS.
With a 16GB card installed, I'm not deleting the 'good' stuff - just the 'trash'
Just hope the batteries make it through the work day tomorrow (in the stealthy recording mode).....
Ditto on the Maha Powerex 2700. I'm also a new fan of the Sanyo Eneloop 2000.On batteries....
The best bet I have found is Maha Powerex 2700 batteries, two sets so you can rotate, leaving the radio on external power whenever possible. Those batteries give about a half day of steady use for me, with backlight only on during active RX>
Impressive. Just placed my order for the Powerex 2700's!! Already have the Eneloop batteries.Ditto on the Maha Powerex 2700. I'm also a new fan of the Sanyo Eneloop 2000.
As part of some recent testing, I did this:
* Brand-new Powerex 2700 batteries, fresh from the Maha C9000
* Monitoring the Colorado DTRS, one site, 183 talkgroups
* Only about 25 talkgroups are reliably active
* Recording 13 of the active talkgroups
* Backlight on all the time ("Low")
* CC logging turned on
* Volume level: 14
The PSR-800 ran for 13.5 hours. It recorded 3.2 hours of audio in 1,106 recordings. This 3.2 hours does not represent the total time that the scanner was "talking", since not all of the talkgroups were recorded.
I think the issue is that the recording is initiated with the data about the recording (talkgroup, radio ids, etc.) before the ID is captured from the stream -- many times I see a zero for the radio ID at first but then the display updates when the radio ID if finally captured - but by that time, it's too late - the recording is already started. I suppose this could be improved (or maybe not) by storing the info in some type of memory for up __ seconds to gather as much data as possible before writing to the SD card. There may be reasons why this won't work - some pretty obvious... on the other hand if you have alot of things to do (as a developer) you need to decide what is high on the priority list and what can wait (or never get done)..Yes record is a great feature! The only problem is whenever I try to listen to certain systems with P-25 transmissions, it doesn't pick up the Radio IDs on the recorded audio, even though I have my radio set to display radio ID and Radio ID alert. Is it just that the system isn't coming in well enough, or perhaps because several units come across each transmission, it can't simply pick up one Radio ID. Mind you, while the radio is going live, it will display the radio ID's, its just that I can't see them in my recorded files. I'm working on a project to identify all the RIDs of a certain system.
As a developer, I see that as a marketing-driven company. "The scanner goers on sale on xx-xx-xxxx." Whether the development is done or not - so it better be done by then.on the other hand if you have alot of things to do (as a developer) you need to decide what is high on the priority list and what can wait (or never get done)..