Introduction to P25

Introduction to P25

Podcasts
It goes by several names, but not all of them are correct. Sometimes you will hear P25, Project 25, APCO 25, or "digital". This week's podcast, an "Introduction to P25", runs through the building blocks of a P25 system. P25 is made up of 8 pieces that are interconnected through a series of standards.   We'll cover each of the interfaces and how they work. Conventional P25 is covered in this podcast and trunking will be covered next week. (more…)
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Consulting Call with Jon Goldenberg

Consulting Call with Jon Goldenberg

Podcasts
Be a fly on the wall on one of my consulting sessions with Jon Goldenberg.   Jon was one of the winners of the Free Consulting Contest that we had in February of 2018. Jon and I discuss his current scanner needs and discuss some ways on how he can setup his scanners.   (more…)
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Analog Trunk (Trunk Tracker III) Scanner Reviews

Analog Trunk (Trunk Tracker III) Scanner Reviews

Podcasts
We have finally wrapped up our first three trunk radio systems, LTR, Motorola, and EDACS.  Scanners that monitor these three systems are usually called "Trunk Tracker III" scanners.  They are scanners that do not support pure digital trunk systems such as P25, DMR (MotoTRBO), or NXDN. (note - some of the links below are affiliate links.  Scanner School will receive a small commission if you use these links to purchase a BCT15X at no additional cost to you.   This is a great way to help support the Scanner School podcast) (more…)
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Rebanding

Rebanding

Podcasts
Rebanding - a necessary evil in the 800 MHz spectrum in the United States.  In this session of Scanner School, we discuss why rebanding happened, how it changed the landscape of the 800MHz spectrum, and what it means for the scanner radio user. (more…)
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Motorola Type I, Type IIi Hybrid, and Type II Trunk Systems

Motorola Type I, Type IIi Hybrid, and Type II Trunk Systems

Podcasts
Motorola Trunking comes in several flavors, Type I, Type IIi Hybrid, Type II Smart Net, Type II Smart Zone, Type II Omni Link, and Type II VOC (Voice on Control).   Scanner School Session 10 outlines the first generation trunking, Type I and the path to Type II via Type IIi Hybrid.   We discuss how a Smart Net builds into a Smart Zone, and large Omni Link networks.   We also quickly discuss how Voice on Control systems operate. (more…)
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EDACS Trunk Systems

EDACS Trunk Systems

Podcasts
EDACS Trunk Radio Systems (Enhanced Digital Access Communications System), is similar in ways to LTR Trunking, which we talked about in Session 8 of the Scanner School podcast.   In Session 9 of Scanner School, we discuss the multiple forms of EDACS Trunking, how they operate, and how the talk group id's are configured (more…)
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