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rizzjc

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Well, in simple terms digital is encoded, so you can't just pick it up without the correct decoder. Apparently this APCO25 system is the latest and greatest, and since a lot of agencies use the counties services, and the county switched to that system, it requires the digital radio for almost everything. Probably the reason why the guy was selling a $300 radio (Or $230 on Amazon) for $135. Actually, I know a guy who is a vol. fireman, so I'll ask him about it, just to make sure.
 


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huh...didnt know that, ill have to read up on it sometime when i get bored. i live in a small town so i think everyone uses regualar ones around here. cant pick up scrambled frequenices with the digital scanner can u? i know all the state cops are scrammbled around here.
 




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Joe -- thanks for alerting me to digital transmissions. My home county is still eons behind others, and relies on analog dispatch. Philadelphia, of course, is a little ahead.

I'll be using the scanner to pickup railroad frequencies. I can always count on the railroad to use analog signals. :)
 




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wow those digital scanner are like 500 bucks....http://www.usascan.com/files/bcd996t.cfm

might look into one tho maybe later. looks like they tell ya who the chanell is tho, thats pretty neat still expensive as hell tho lol
 




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I'm not too up on it myself, like I said, was pretty surprised when I read that everyone (almost) around here uses this new system. It's some sort of digital trunking system. Supposed to be much better coverage, but beyond that I'm not sure the technical details of it. But from what I was reading I'd have had myself a high dollar weather radio if I bought that Bearcat I found. I'd rather spend the money on a nice shortwave/weather radio, and then wait for the digital scanners to come down.
 




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