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Spectra for smartnet

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Feb 8, 2007
Houston, Tx
Mabey this has been answered. I have looked and didnt find anything. So here it goes.
What would the model number have to be to use a motorola spectra with a w9 or w5 remote head to listen to the harris county starnet system?.
I looked on the batlabs site and it lists on the 9th letter on the model breakdown what does what. it lists starnet but not smartnet.
Does it matter?
I have limited space and want a remote head and this looks the way to go.
Now before anyone jumps on the bandwagon..I know it can be done.
Wrecker drivers are using motorola spectra's that DO NOT TRANSMIT. Thats what I want to do.
I do not care for pd or law enforcement just EOC and CMOC stuff during disasters since I work EMS.
And also, I keep reading that your allowed only 10 talkgroups. is this true.
I have about 14 id's that I want to listen to.
not an entire talk group but a few things in the talkgroup.
So..what do i need to make it possible.


EMS Dispatcher
Jul 8, 2002
Cobb County, GA
I think I see what you want to do. The 9 head is the larger of the two and will do 11 character readout. The 5 head is the smaller and will do 8 character readout. In the scan group, I believe it is a maximum of 10 channels, as well as the channel you are on (in other words, leave the radio on channel 1 and have 2-11 in the scan group). I use the 9 head and it is mounted along with my RH96 head on my console.

Be on the safe side and have the folks who have the starnet system program it for you (especially since the SAPS will DEMAND that you do it). That way, they may even be nice enough to put the failsoft system in it as well!
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