Worth it to get back into scanning Twin Cities Metro?

CcSkyEye

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Xcel energy 800 trunked in the Twin Cities is encrypted. As a critical infrastructure it makes sense to have the system encrypted but it was. Sure helpful during power outages to listen to the crews to get a clue on how long things would be down.
I agree.

One of Xcel's towers is basically in my backyard. Call me a dork, but it was interesting listening at times to the outages and other communications even when it didn't directly affect me.
 

KD0NDO

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Look into SDRs if you aren't going to be using it walking around. $100 cheapo Elitebook and two $35 SDR dongles and my radio monitoring experience is much more enjoyable than it was with a $600 scanner...
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Any chance you would share your radio id tags? I've been working on a list myself with unitrunker. Maybe swap some info.
 

tadsmith

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mmtstc can you tell me what software you using to log/display all of those calls on your screen?
 

MCWKen

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Yex, inquiring minds want to know.. SDR’s on the way!. Not spending $600 for an SDS to listen to one talk group on a simulcast system.
I have been using OP 25 for a few years. Had my ups and downs, but now my laptop and desktop run on Linux. I tried VirtualBox, but the computer would take resources away from it, causing poor performance.

Now that both use Linux (Ububtu flavor), OP25 runs very reliably.
 
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