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Yes Joe I have been
scanning for 60 + years . Both Crystal and Binary code
scanning at the begining . Many changes and like Jim said it
is always good to try to learn how to manually tweak the
settings as it is not only handy but gives you a better
insight as to how it all works & connects the dots. Happy
On 4/17/2020 11:15 AM, Joe M. wrote:
Jim didn't mention is the learning curve. A brief anecdote:
Back in the 80s, I learned radio programming on GE software
(anyone remember them?). Then when GE's delivery times got
ridiculous (more than a whole year from order to delivery -
REALLY!) I had to learn Motorola software. You would think
programming one brand vs another would be simple. NOT SO! It was
almost like learning from scratch again.
Software came on 5.25" floppy disks back then. (anyone remember
A few key concepts for Motorola:
A "mode" is what most call a "channel".
A "codeplug" is what most call a "file" or "programming".
CG (Channel Guard) became PL (Private Line). (both are just CTCSS)
I won't even get into "templates". I'm sure Jim knows those too
So I can appreciate the fact that even Jim knows Motorola
(assuming) software, Sentinel is a completely different animal.
This is also true with scanner software from different authors.
That is why I have such little input on scanner SW recommendations
and "which is best". The "best" is what you know for the most
part. That's not to say it is the best overall, but it is the best
On 4/17/2020 1:58 PM, Jim Walls wrote:
On 04/17/2020 10:38, Bernie Burawski
You are right that the scanners are
getting more difficult to program,
but you then have to study the directions carefully; I just
to have to read a long narrative and study the procedures
until I feel
comfortable programming. Scanning is getting more and more
and that won't change,.
That is a true statement. Scanners are more complicated because
radio systems are more complicated. If you think that
scanner is hard, try real radios. I run a regional trunked
system for a
living, and writing codeplugs for various radios is a major part
job. The only advantage that we have is that we have KNOWN
information - as opposed to what scanner users often have, which
partially right (or in many cases, flat out wrong) information
frequencies, talkgroups, etc. When I bought my SDS100, I
system I run into it first from what RadioReference had, but
hours fixing it. For me that was largely academic since I have
radios on the system, but it helped me learn the Sentinal
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