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tk-5400 monitor smartnet

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Jul 27, 2005
No, not in true SmartNet trunking mode. The SmartNet (and SmartZone) protocol is proprietary and Motorola has only licensed it to EF Johnson.

You can program in the individual channels on the system and scan them. It might be difficult to follow individual conversations if the system is busy. You'll also need to remove the control channel from the scan group as it's fairly common for SmartNet and SmartZone systems to rotate the control channel through the repeaters, often changing every 24 hours.

I'm sure someone will pipe up and say you can tap off the discriminator and use one of the computer based decoding softwares to do it. I'm sure that's an option, but not a very portable one.


Premium Subscriber
Aug 4, 2004
Hales Corners, WI
ok i thought that would be the case. i don't need them to scan the system as i have my bcd396xt for that. Just curious if it could be done, or if i could scan it conventionally and hear only certain talkgroups. I may still hold on to them since our area is slowly converting to an 800mhz apco 25 system.
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