GRE PSR-800

Discussion in 'CB & Scanner Discussion' started by Capstick, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Capstick

    Capstick Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    I just purchased this scanner and it was delivered today. I thought this model would be the easiest to use. It is much smaller than I thought it would be. The pictures below show it next to my Galaxy Nexus.
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    The scanner is very easy to navigate. I was able to have 5 scan lists built in a couple minutes. I could not find my local city police on the database though. I am sure this is due to the fact that I had never messed around with a scanner until today. This is almost like using an iPod.

    I had only had the scanner operational for around 5 minutes when an armed bank robbery took place in my county. It was pretty cool listening to all the units swarming the area. I hope this helps me while I travel. I spend a lot of time in Colorado and the signs that say area patrolled by aircraft drive me crazy. This is why I bought the new toy. I will update this as I become more familiar with the unit.

    I ordered a much better antenna that will not be here until Tuesday.
     
  2. BestRadarDetectors

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    The problem with scanners today is many departments are switching to digital and encrypted, I have not been able to listen to local PD in years since they switched over.
     
  3. spinner55

    spinner55 Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    the 800 is digital capable: AM, FM, NFM, P25, MOT, EDACS, LTR, CTCSS, DCS - Only one digital system that NO scanner can receive is Harris Corp 'open sky'. (and any encrypted systems like Florida)
     
  4. zr1

    zr1 Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    Several local departments here switched to digital unencrypted....but the local SWAT runs digital encrypted.
     
  5. Capstick

    Capstick Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    This thing is pretty cool. I went to the radio reference web site and used it to navigate through the 800. I found everything I was looking for.
     
  6. nhdriver

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    Can I assume the radio chatter that sounds like a robot is digital? I often hear it on my radio scanner app these days especially with State Police. A very compact unit by the way...would love something like that.
     
  7. Dan

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    If you're listening through a scanner app on your phone, I wouldn't necessarily assume that sound means the department's radios are digital - could be the radios, or something between the feed's scanner and the app. That robot sound is the result of some digital audio packets getting dropped somewhere along the way though.

    The RadioReference database will tell you if your local department's radios are digital or analog.
     
  8. Solidjake

    Solidjake Heterodyne Advanced User Premium Member

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    Awesome scanner. Enjoy!!!
     
  9. ersin

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    Congrats. It's a great little scanner. This is currently the only one that is able to pick up Phase X2 (TDMA) digital systems like they use in PG County, MD. However, APCO P25 Phase 2 (TDMA digital, but not X2) is coming on line now. Current Bearcat scanners have no hope of picking up Phase 2 since they cannot do TDMA. The PSR-800 receives TDMA right now, but not phase 2. It might be possible that the PSR-800 will be able to gain this capability with a firmware update. Which reminds me, check GRE's website periodically; they actually do put out firmware updates.

    GRE has announced the PSR-900 which looks to be just a re-packaged PSR-800. However, it could be that the PSR-900 will have APCO P25 Phase 2 capability. That would be great. But don't hold your breath. For Bearcat, we'll have to wait for a new generation of scanners from them to support Phase 2.

    Another trend, so it seems, is more and more departments are going to encrypted traffic. When digital transmissions are encrypted correctly with a decent algorithm, like AES, then it would require a tremendous effort to break it and hear the transmission; this is -- for all intents and purposes -- unbreakable. Even if you could break it, FCC regulations state that it is illegal to do so. On the PSR-800, a little "E" icon appears when it detects encrypted digital transmissions. You can also set what you hear when it pics up an encrypted signal: silence, noise or a tone.


    Cheers.
     
  10. Capstick

    Capstick Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    I have been pleased with the unit so far. I have had one save and have listened to some crazy incidents. I am using a new 15" antenna that works better but not great. I am going to buy a magnetic roof mount for a new whip antenna. I bought a Anli RD-88H, that is portable. Do you have any recommendations on a magnetic mount for this scanner?
     
  11. ersin

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    I have used a number of mobile scanner antennas throughout the years. Any outside (trunk or roof mount) antenna will work loads better than the portable antenna. However, between the mobile antennas there does not seem to be much difference. The ones I've had I picked up at HAM fests and they are no-name brands. If you go mail order I'd get a cheap one. You can get an antenna designed specifically for scanners (wide-band) but I've found that even CB and HAM radio antennas work just as well with a scanner.

    There are also several types of antenna connectors to consider: NMO, PL-259, 3/8-24 threads, etc. For scanner use any of these three are the most popular and I wouldn't say one is better than the other. There are also many styles of mounts from those where you need to drill holes to magnetic mounts, trunk lip mounts, mirror mounts, etc. The mounts also come in a variety of NMO, 3/8-20, etc. connectors. Some have quick disconnects that you might want to consider.

    Then there is the cable from the antenna to the radio. I believe you need a BNC connector on the radio end of the cable for the PSR-800. RG-58 type of cable is good. RG-8X is better but you probably won't notice any difference at all.

    So when getting an antenna you need to choose not just the antenna but make sure that the mount fits and that the cable connectors are the right ones. You usually get the whole shebang (antenna, mount, cable) in one package when ordering off the internet, but make sure first. I can't really recommend one over another but you can try scannermaster.com and universal-radio.com. Also google it.


    Cheers,

    Ersin
     
  12. Capstick

    Capstick Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    I am going to order one. I looked at my local radio shack and they did not have anything I wanted. I have no idea where else to look locally. Thanks for the info.
     
  13. GTO_04

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    Speaking of GRE, they just ceased scanner manufacturing operations. GRE America is now an independent operation, selling out the remaining inventory and provide warranty repairs. How long that will last is unknown.

    http://forums.radioreference.com/co...s-personnel-attempt-restart-gre-business.html

    The PSR-900 has already been cancelled BTW.

    GTO_04
     
  14. Capstick

    Capstick Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Seriously? I may have to box this up and send it back if they are out of business.
     
  15. Dan

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    yikes- no wonder its taking so long to get more TDMA scanners out there. Lets hope GRE America is successful in keeping the business open
     
  16. Capstick

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    I read all 13 pages of the post on the RR site. It does not sound good. Of course this happens when I finally make up my mind.
     
  17. ersin

    ersin Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    Well, that sucks. Just at they've come out with the beta firmware for P25 Phase 2.


    Cheers,

    Ersin
     
  18. darkpenguin

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    New press release from GRE:


    I have one of these by the way. Excellent scanner. Best part is when you are in a new area and want to listen in to things in the area, you can just punch in a city or county and the objects you want with no computer interaction. The entire database is stored on the SD card.
     
  19. ersin

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    Rumors are (or at least it has been reported) that a new GRE factory may be coming to the US. That would be cool. But it will take a while, I'm sure.


    Cheers.
     
  20. GTO_04

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    In the long run this could turn out to be a positive development. Restrictions on scanner development placed on the operation by GRE Japan will be removed and can result in a lot of product advancements.

    GTO_04