Thanks for all the posts so far! I will give you my 2 cents... what the heck
Digital: I am saying digital in a (broad) form including p25, NXDN, IDAS, etc. I think the "newer" technology is way better than the standard that makes the cost of public safety syetems skyrocket. I think you all know what i mean. Anyhow, I think the spectrum effieciency and encryption options are nice. Digital offers clear comms throughout your coverage area, neat gps capability... etc...
Good old analog: Well im in my middle 30's and I wouldnt really consider myself old school... yet lol. Analog still has a place in my heart, and many others. On a fireground scene, you still cannot even compare the audio quality between analog and digital with a nice clear signal. At least that is just my personal opinion. You cannot get better audio quality than hearing your natural voice. Digital is more difficult to troubleshoot. When a mobile radio doesnt work well in the field, what is it? is it low RF power? severe altenator whine? Is the repeater or voter getting hammered with co-channel interference? You have no idea. In analog I can plug the channel in and listen for about 10 mins and say yep, that truck needs a DC noise filter installed, or wow the lift is up on UHF this morning big time!
I love both technologies and work with both. Those are just some of my veiws on each! Keep the posts coming!