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Question for anyone living in West Virginia

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Hi,

One of my customers lives in Parkersburg, West Virginia in Wood County. He was told by a Radio Shack employee that the city police are digitally encrypted. Can anyone confirm this? It would be most appreciated.

Glenn Cohen, Scanners Unlimited
 

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I'm not in WV, but this one is an easy answer....

Just click on the URL Glenn, and you'll be taken to the WV Interoperability DB listing. Actually Wood County is listed here (same deal - just click on it)

http://www.radioreference.com/modules.php?name=RR&ctid=3050

Unfortunately many RS folks equate digital with encryption, and it's simply not true. While it looks like some of the Interoperabiity talkgroups are encrypted, the vast majority are not. In addition, it looks like 1 city in Wood County is using P25 on a conventional frequency. Any of the current digital trunktrackers will deal with this.

73s Mike
 
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Thanks, Mike

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your link and your explanation of why the Radio Shack employee might have thought that Wood County and Parkersburg were encrypted (equating digital with encryption). Apparently, at that Radio Shack store, many people returned scanners they bought saying they could not hear those agencies. Most likely, they did not buy a digitally capable scanner, and so the transmissions sounded like noise, and someone assumed that was the sound of an encrypted signal.

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It just goes to prove the quality of people Radio Shack is hiring these
days. They don't know what they are talking about anymore.
Digital does not nescerially mean encrypted. I'm talking business in general.
 
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