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Unication Scanner Input Thread

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Unication... DON'T FIX IT... IT ISN'T BROKEN... Best receiver hands down..
My G5 works for me as well, but I am definitely interested in seeing what the new firmware does for the functionality of adding talkgroup hold. Additionally, this thread is urging Unication to consider making a scanner. How can it be broken if it doesn't exist?
 
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I am happy with Unication units pretty much the way they are but like some other members said all the wiz bang wireless, gps, bluetooth, recording, etc gadgets are going to seriously jack up prices so I'm willing to at least start with it's existing form factor with expanded channel capacity, the ability to link groups and incorporate other digital modes like NXDN and DMR which I need for railroads. I'm not chomping at the bit for a major project retool for a base unit because the existing amplified charging bases with external antenna outputs are affordable enough to have bases in different locations with just one receiver. As it is now I have to use multi band scanners which defeat the purpose of maximum sensitivity of a single band scanner which I can't find or a commercial grade base and portable transceiver which cost a fortune because they contain a transmitter section that I don't need.
 

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I agree with this, but that's just me
What if Unication uses the same quality and performance hardware but added features for the general public that the public safety sector does not need? I think if they try to modify the g4/5 software they might get push back from the public safety sector?
 

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I think if a person wants simple they have it and can keep what they have. There have been request for different features for sometime now and if Unication would want to develop and give options as a scanner platform I’m all for it. If they can deliver and keep the cost down that would be even better. This is why I suggested a app feature. That app could serve so many features. (Remote head for a base unit, gps, bt programming)
 

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What if Unication uses the same quality and performance hardware but added features for the general public that the public safety sector does not need? I think if they try to modify the g4/5 software they might get push back from the public safety sector?
I don't think so. As it exists now per the screen shots we have seen, the 'new' feature(s) Unication is testing is a separate selection in the menu from the existing feature(s). So public safety users will still have what they need and hobbyists can select what they want. Not sure if public safety administrators will be able to lock out the hobbyist feature.
 

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Yes. Would almost certainly have to have two different firmwares. That is what I should have been clear on about modifying software. Tgid hold and tgid delay would be a benefit to a duty user but scanning multiple systems and other scanner like features would possibly cause missed fire tone outs.
 

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Back when I worked on an ambulance I said "Dang, I wish Motorola made a scanner" to which they quickly replied "Well, it would cost you $5K". I'm sure U will be about the same.
 

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Back when I worked on an ambulance I said "Dang, I wish Motorola made a scanner" to which they quickly replied "Well, it would cost you $5K". I'm sure U will be about the same.
Yeah I like the g5 just the way it is but the software could be simple to use.
 

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Excellent idea! I would be in for both portable and base versions.
Like the Unication M2? I'd love to have this unit with GPS for a statewide radio system to monitor. Unit IDs, TG IDs, etc. This would be a killer NAF radio.
 

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Wow - this is fantastic!

This is the right time and opportunity for Unication to bring a scanner to the market. I love my G4 because of the commercial look and feel, the stellar audio, and the perfect P25 performance. I've learned to work around the shortcomings with programming tricks, but it doesn't bother me - the unit is that good. Having a full featured scanner that performs the same way would introduce serious competition. For those who took a chance to buy a Unication pager - we already know how good they are. A scanner would open up that market to everyone else.

For Unication:

The Uniden x36 series was their first serious attempt at quality P25, but they were hit and miss. The SDS series seems to have solved the P25 problem, but that win has been (and still continues to be) marked by many quality, manufacturing, and recall/repair issues. The x36 series had similar quality problems. Whistler has not yet solved consistently good P25 decode, but their DMR and NXDN is successful. These are the current opportunities.

When I turn on my G4, I know that it will work, be tough, and provide perfect receive. That's what people want.

I don't know what is planned for a Unication scanner, but don't make it try to do everything. For example, I like to listen to military air on 225-400 MHz. I already have 3 great radios for that (Icom R6, Uniden 396XT & BC780XLT). I don't need and wouldn't expect Unication to deliver that.

I'm looking forward to whatever comes next!
Unication has previously stated that they have no interest in entering the scanner market. They make pagers for the fire service, period.
 

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Unication has previously stated that they have no interest in entering the scanner market. They make pagers for the fire service, period.
Also, this. The G series pagers are about to get a whole lot more scanner-like, so I guess any previous statements made by them are no longer valid.

 

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That discusses changes to the G series pagers, nothing about them developing a scanner.
 

kuzikan

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Unication has previously stated that they have no interest in entering the scanner market. They make pagers for the fire service, period.
Luckily Unication is a worldwide company headquartered in Taiwan. Their website in Taiwan list more than pagers. Maybe Unication USA made statements in the past because Unication was not interest in scanner development at that time? With the recent posts from representatives it appears to me that things have changed. And that is a good thing. Competition can be a good thing.
 
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