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XTL CPS Programming - best channel layout?

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Jul 18, 2016
Bothell, WA
Hi All,

So I finally obtained my first XTL 2500 and I've noticed the CPS programming is different than with my XTS 2500/5000 radios.

I think I figured most of the differences out but I'm curious what others do for their XTL radios in terms of channel layouts.

My biggest issue is with scanlists. IIRC, the XTS CPS will let you scan only one zone at a time. The XTL will let you create scanlists across zones but it looks like you're only limited to 15 channel scanlists?

Then these scanlists appear to be tied to a personality. I thought I could get away with having just 3 personalities. One for Astro digital Tx, one for Analog Tx and the third for Tx inhibit. But doing that limits me to only two scanlists.

So it looks like the best strategy is to create a personality for each zone. That's fine but what if I have two zones with all Marine VHF and Railroad VHF freqs?

Is there any way to get off the 15-limit scanlists?

Anyway, I'd appreciate in seeing/knowing how you plan or layout your XTL radio...

PS. Can someone confirm that you cannot transmit analog when the personality is set to Astro digital? It looks like if that's enabled then analog Tx is disabled on that personality...

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