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Saber??? LAPD LASO

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Aug 23, 2014
Orange Co, CA
Helllooo :)

I want to be able to monitor (Rx only no Tx) LAPD and LASO.

I want to use an Astro Saber II or III but I don't know which one to get exactly...... I don't know what specs to it will need exactly. I know I heard something about UHF 450-520Mhz? I can't find one anywhere.

Thanks guys


Premium Subscriber
Dec 26, 2011
Pinellas County, Florida
Any Saber II or III will work as long as you have Astro/P25 in the flashcode. The flashcode must start with a 1 or 5 in order to have Astro/P25. You can also use any XTS series radio as well (as long as it starts with a 1 or 5 in the flashcode).

If you do not know what these options are and/or don't know how to program a Motorola you would be better off getting a scanner. These radios can be overwhelming to learn and are still a PITA to set up the way you want even if you are experienced.

If you do decide to get a Motorola to listen you must make sure it is P25/Astro capable and in the UHF 2 Band 450-520mhz (also called UHF S Band by Motorola people). You can learn how to program yourself or get someone on here to do it for you (recommended).

A Motorola will only scan 15 channels at one time unlike the hundreds/thousands that a scanner will, not to mention the fact that a scanner can monitor a multitude of different systems and frequencies. This is why you'll see some county/state officers here carry a scanner in their vehicle.

TL;DR: buy a scanner, it'll be more versatile and lead to less headaches.
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