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Use of EF Johnson Ascend ES 5300 700/800 to monitor Project 25 Phase 1 APCO 25

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smokey222

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I acquired the above radio and am hoping to use it as non transmitting radio on the Ohio Marcs system. Is it possible to program these to function in this capacity without "system key" and somehow just program the control channel(s) and desired agency channel ID similar to programming the trunking scanners? If this is possible, is this something too complicated for the average tinkerer?
 

riccom

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Short answer No, you could listen to each channel maybe, but it wont work the way you want it too.
And with p25 to make it work right, the radio has to affiliate with the system
Best bet, get a scanner.
 

smokey222

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Short answer No, you could listen to each channel maybe, but it wont work the way you want it too.
And with p25 to make it work right, the radio has to affiliate with the system
Best bet, get a scanner.
Thank you for the reply.
 

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I have an EFJ5100, and it works like an analog scanner without a system key and with transmit inhibit turned on. Okay for a few frequencies, but useless as a trunking scanner.
 
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