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xts1500 to monitor only P25 Phase II NJICS?

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hfas1921

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Hello- to be up front, I'm the President of the Howell Township First Aid and Rescue Squad #1 and in chanrge of the radio programming for our organization. Our Police Department has recently switched to the NJICS P25 Phase II state system which operates on 4 different talk groups.
I am looking for cost effective way for the squad to be able to monitor the PD in the ambulances on calls. We have been offered by the pd to have radios programmed and put in our vehicles, but can not afford the astronomical price nor justify it just to listen.
I purchased an xts1500 to play around with (LEARN) and program them just to receive. Is there a way that this can actually be done or am trying to learn something that will not be able to be done with this series of radio?
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P25 Phase II WILL NOT work on the XTS series radio. You have to get an APX radio to listen to Phase II.

The only way a Phase II system will work on the XTS is if there is still Phase I users on that specific talk group, otherwise no dice.

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-Frank C.
 

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P25 Phase ll

It would still be expensive, but would one of the newer Whistler or Uniden scanners fill this need? Four new scanners would be much less than even one APX.
 

hfas1921

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Ok thanks for the information. I guess I'll resell the two xts1500's on ebay since I have no use for them. Technology is great, but gone are the days where you can just pop in one set of numbers and hear everything lol.
 

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Purchase a few Relm/Bendix King KNG-P800's. They can positively be programmed for receive only on a TDMA Phase II system. Generally a third of the cost of an APX but the big benefit for you is they do receive only out of the box by simply checking a box in the programming software. The programming cable and software can be purchased without restrictions as well from Relm/BK or any reseller.
 
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