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Digital radio scanner

Postby JezUK1 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:35 pm

Hi guys. What are the main benefits of a Digital radio scanner? Can you pic up Digital home phones? I don’t understand as I’m new to the hobby. Thanks
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Re: Digital radio scanner

Postby iScottybotty » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:56 pm

Hi,

To be honest, the answers in the question :tongue:

As times and technology moves forward, so does the consumers needs on the ground and my understanding is that Digital, or DMR, and it’s capability of limitising the spectrum with Talk Groups as opposed to individual frequencies per channel outweighs analogue in terms of cost effectiveness and technology, not to mention it’s other features.

You asked about benefits, it’s highly likely that there are Digital users around your area, one benefit is, subject to encryption, you’ll be able to listen in. You can’t do that on analogue my friend.

I guess your asking a question similar to, “what are the benefits of a manual or automatic transmission on my car”... one does what the other one doesn’t.

One thing I will say though is Digital Scanners are NOT plug and play. You can’t for example just get one out the box, switch it on and expect to hear digital transmissions. If that’s what your expecting then it’s not for you, not yet anyway.

Do some research, join some forums, Whistler one for example. See what others are saying whilst at the same time, learn about what it does, and doesn’t do and importantly, what you need to do to get it working.

As for digital telephones, unless the scanner is capable of decoding DECT, I think not.

Good luck.
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Re: Digital radio scanner

Postby Metradio » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:49 pm

iScottybotty wrote:....One thing I will say though is Digital Scanners are NOT plug and play. You can’t for example just get one out the box, switch it on and expect to hear digital transmissions. If that’s what your expecting then it’s not for you, not yet anyway...

The AOR AR-DV1 are and I expect the DV10 will be as well, plug n play.. straight out of the box once connected to power and antenna, dial up a frequency or twiddle the tuning knob till you find something, the modes auto detect and away you go..
They just happen to be the most expensive at £995 - £1200, but are very popular with those who find problems with programming other digital scanners..

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Re: Digital radio scanner

Postby iScottybotty » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:29 pm

That’s really good information, Mike. Thank you.

I assumed Digital Scanners required various code plugs/ zones etc (whistler txi for example).
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Re: Digital radio scanner

Postby Metradio » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:15 pm

iScottybotty wrote:....I assumed Digital Scanners required various code plugs/ zones etc (whistler txi for example).

The Whistler requires some programming, but not to the level of code plugs or zones... Sort of Plug - press half a dozen keys - and Play..
The Uniden 3600, well the less said the better :sad:

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