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Digital scanning novice HELP!

Postby doddster » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:43 pm

Hi everyone, I'm new to digital radio scanning and I'm wondering what's the best radio to get to listen in locally. I have a little knowledge of this band. I want something to listen in to local shop watch/ pub watch? I have an old analog scanner is it any different? Plus, I've read about tytera radio and I see some on eBay being sold pre set up... Is it any good? I have experience using dsd on a SDR dongle but only get garbled sound... I'm looking for a radio I can use from the off ... Any help will be greatly appreciated
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Re: Digital scanning novice HELP!

Postby m0lsx » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:32 am

The simplest & cheapest option is one of the dongles & freeware to decode. There is no radio available (or planned to be available) scanner which will work on the common UK digital systems & the systems that are about to become available (for the American digital systems) are over priced & not fully sorted, plus they are not aimed at listening to PMR.
Your current analouge scanner could be modified so that the output audio is what a PC needs to hear, this is called a Discriminator tap, but you will still need to use software & spend a lot of time sorting out codes, colours etc etc.
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Re: Digital scanning novice HELP!

Postby doddster » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:58 pm

Thanks for the reply :) I have Unicom scanner quite a high end one. I'll continue to get rid of that garbled noise. Is there an decent SDR that can make these changes? plus, I live in Manchester do you reckon I should dive more into the digital side of things or stay as I am for now?
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