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Unication g5 questions.

Ringopfd

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Hey all, purchased a g5 and had it programmed for me by the wonderful Ray at Ray‘s pager sales. I can’t say enough about him. Very nice guy. I’m totally green when it comes to scanners and the Unication g5. I purchased the g5 mainly to monitor my local PD and Fire. My first question is,

1. If I decide to plug into the PPS software For the first time to see how this pager is programmed will I lose all the programming that was done for me?

2. I live in Hartford county, Plainville Ct. ..I have Pd And Fire programmed into the g5, I’m having trouble picking up PD. Sometimes it comes in with no problem, and a lot of other times it will be silent for hrs. Are there any suggestions on some changes I need to make to the program? Or could there be a problem with the unit itself?
As I get more familiar with the radio and software I hope to add some more frequencies down the road. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

NebraskaCoder

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  1. Reading the pager with PPS will not overwrite any programming already on the pager. Only if you write to the pager will it overwrite the config (you'll be able to see the description and avoid that).
  2. You may have to ask in the local forum for your state/area but it could be that no units are affiliated with the tower you are connected with. You may need to connect with other towers if they are in range or, if it's like my local state system, you will have to wait until a unit connects to the tower you are listening to.
 

N6ML

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1. If I decide to plug into the PPS software For the first time to see how this pager is programmed will I lose all the programming that was done for me?
The first thing you'll want to do is use PPS to create a profile using "Read Profile From Device". You can then tailor it to your preference, and program it to the G5. Ray may be able to send you a copy of the profile to import too - not sure if he keeps copies.

2. I live in Hartford county, Plainville Ct. ..I have Pd And Fire programmed into the g5, I’m having trouble picking up PD. Sometimes it comes in with no problem, and a lot of other times it will be silent for hrs. Are there any suggestions on some changes I need to make to the program? Or could there be a problem with the unit itself?
(Based on the RRDB) it looks like PD is P25, and fire is FM, both on VHF conventional? The G5's not really renowned for having stellar VHF receive. The amplified charging base with an external VHF antenna might help....
 

bob550

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The first thing you'll want to do is use PPS to create a profile using "Read Profile From Device".
Before making any changes, export (save) a copy of the PPS profile to a folder on your computer. That's tab F, then F2 "Export Profile". That gives you a verified good backup to use just in case.
 
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