11/09/14 158 W - + 10 - 4 Cary Changes to P25 Radio System

On Monday, November 3, the town of Cary switched to a new P25 radio system. Thus monitoring the fire department will require some changes to your equipment and configuration therein. For starters, the new system is digital. And that means a more expensive scanner if you don't already have one.

Some of the talkgroups on the old analog system are being patched, so you may still be able to hear those. Such as Mutual Aid 11C through 15C. But that ends in early 2015. And the police frequencies are now encrypted. Including dispatch. So no mo po-po.

Here's a RadioReference.com forum thread on the subject, including instructions for going forward. You'll need to create a "system" in your programmable digital trunking scanner and enter the new data. Here's that information.

Crossing fingers that Cary fire will finally be more reception-able both here at the house and my, ahem, workplace in Cary.

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