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System IDs - who comes up with them ?

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Jan 9, 2004
Murfreesboro, TN
Apologies if this topic has been already covered...

I have been wondering about this off and on,

Do Motorola techs nationwide keep a log of chosen System IDs? Or does Motorola tell the Tech what ID to assign to the TRS?

Or does TRS system ID assignment occur differently?

Thanks in advance for any ideas/facts :)


Dec 19, 2002
The Motorola System ID is programmed when the system is staged in Schaumburg, Ill.
It is not programmed in the field when it is being installed by the techs.

Is there a log, who knows? There have been reports of duplicate system ID's in the past,
but being there are so many other programming patrmeters in a TRS its pretty much moot.


Mar 30, 2006
I wondered the same thing if somewhere online there was a database of all available system ID numbers already assigned.


Dec 21, 2004
Motorola System ID's


A few years ago some motorola trunking radios were brought to the city radio shop by the PD. They were found some where. The PD wanted us to try and figure out who the owner was. We read the radios and got the system ID but did not know who the ID belonged to.

Anyway, I called Motorola and was put in touch with TCMS in Schaumberg. That is trunked controller management system. Anyway, they were able to tell the PD that that the system ID was assigned to some mrss trunking system in Florida.

Anyway, their property was reported stolen in Florida and all of their radios were returned.
Collect of course.

Regards, Joe
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