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Silent Key (April 15th, 2023)
Feed Provider
Feb 15, 2002
Bragg Creek, Alberta
I had a guy in a fire department's technology section tell me this explaining why he's not implementing the P25 (P16, I guess) talkgroups allocated to him for testing on our radio system. According to what he's telling me, "our" radio IDs (under 710000) are incapable of supporting P16 digital comms. Would somebody just confirm for me please, that the only reason this would be true is if a sysadmin defined the system parameters so that only radios 734000 and higher (as it appears on this system) can use P16? Or is there something else I'm not considering that might make a difference?

I'm a dispatcher with access to ADM and ZoneWatch, and programming (conventional) radios with an understanding of programming for trunks. Guess I'm not as familiar with trunks (or at least ASTRO systems) as I thought, because other than restricting which RIDs can use P16, I can't understand my colleague's insistence that our radios will have to be reassigned new RIDs in order to use P16.


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Dec 16, 2000
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It all depends on how the system administrator organizes their radio ID database. But, each radio ID in the database has its own setting for digital operation (it's not fixed to a group or larger pool). Commonly admin assign ranges as analog only or capable of both. Maybe they don't want to update yours. It is a radio ID specific setting for sure.
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