- Jul 28, 2018
- RANCHO CORDOVA, CA
Scannerboy02, the G5, do you know how many channels it can store?
Welcome to the new (not really new, this P25 system has been on the air since 2013) world of Project 25.
As many of you have, or will soon find out, this system is going to be much more difficult to hear than the analog system was. This is due to the P25 systems use of Linear Simulcast Modulation (LSM) and a lot of the older scanners have extreme difficulty in processing this type of modulation.
The difference between being able to receive traffic or not receive traffic can be as little as a few feet, it's all about location, location, location. If you have a P25 Phase I(1) capable scanner and are not able to receive traffic try moving the scanner (or more so the antenna) around a little. You can also try orientating the antenna horizontal instead of vertical or remove the antenna completely and maybe try something like a paperclip (just be careful not to damage the scanners antenna jack). The biggest help I can give for someone having reception trouble is try things that will REDUCE the amount of signal you are receiving, not increase it. Good reception will require a very careful balance of just the right amount of signal.
As for scanners (and other devices) that handle LSM well.
From worst to best, *in my opinion*
Whistler TRX-1 and TRX-2.
Uniden BCD436HP and BCD536HP.
Uniden SDS100 and SDS200.
Unication G4 and G5. (Note, these are not technically scanners but they receive VERY well.)
Additionally, I used links to places I have purchased scanners in the past but most of these can be purchased from many different dealers.