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    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

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This has been talked about several times on the forums. It can do RX Only. I believe someone said around $1000 for it. I have inquired several times for an actual price and if its even ship-able in the USA. I would like one to replace my BCD536 monitoring a trunked radio system.
 

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Why would you pay big extra $$$ for a transmitter you will never use? That would get you in legal trouble if you did?
 

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1: I prefer commercial grade equipment to monitor things and not scanner junk.
2: There is no legal ramifications for using an RX mode on a radio. Bendix King and others offer and RX mode even though they are transceivers.
 

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Why would you pay big extra $$$ for a transmitter you will never use? That would get you in legal trouble if you did?
I have had a UHF transceiver in the car for years. Yes, I do have several repeaters that I'm authorized to use, but it is used primarily to scan. The range, filtering and quality is far superior to a scanner. I have had VHF radios in the car as well, but just don't have the room right now.

People on this board don't seem or want to recognize the fact that for some, such as reporters, news photographers, insurance adjusters and many others, the ability to monitor public safety is mission critical and sometimes a commercial radio with TX inhibit enabled provides a more reliable option.

I have posted about the scanner in my work vehicle (formerly in my ambulance) being mission critical to monitor other agencies and multiple people have lambasted me saying that a consumer grade scanner should never be a mission critical item. Now, you're here saying just the opposite to a person who is applying that advice. No matter what you do on RR, someone will always say it's wrong.
 

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I guess it depends on what you consider mission critical. Public service - Police - Fire - Ambulance are certainly mission critical as lives are often at stake. If you require monitor capability when on/off duty then your agency should be providing the necessary equipment.

For the remainder, needing it for work, having commercial equipment is nice to have but the circumstances in which a good consumer grade receiver will not suffice is going to be fairly rare. I think that is especially true for analog VHF/UHF comm's.

For consumers there is nothing wrong with wanting consumer grade equipment to monitor but it is a want not a need. There are good reasons the FCC regulates the sale of commercial radios with TX capability of non-civilization frequencies. All you have to do is look at what happened to the Chicago police radio system a few months back.
 

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All of our ambulances have 325P2s, they are used to listen to police (Boston, State, MBTA, the local colleges and surrounding communities,) Boston Fire and surrounding community fire if the user so desires. The bottom line is that it works. It has saved me from driving into an active shooting scene (the dispatcher relayed the message well after I would have been on scene had I not heard the transmission) and I'm sure it has helped other crews. We have XTLs in the trucks and everyone is issued either an XTS2500, APX4000, 7000 or 8000, they have limited interoperability and do scan, but the command staff put the scanners in specifically to avoid the radios being used to scan, as they want the department radio dedicated to the department.

This is not on an overpriced trunked system. Everyone, with the exception of the State Police (who also give their troopers scanners) is on UHF with individual agency maintained radios. People seem to think everyone is using a system where every channel is available to every user across jurisdictions. It is not always the case.
 

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Why would you pay big extra $$$ for a transmitter you will never use? That would get you in legal trouble if you did?
The same reason people will buy a Motorola CDM1550 or similar to listen to rail band. Superior receiver compared to a consumer scanner. To each his own. There are people willing to pay for a better product.
 

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Not Type accepted for USA use.. Even the G4 - G5 are type accepted..
 
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