Scandata faq q8
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============================================================= Q8: Is it possible to "TrunkTrack" without a TrunkTracker? It didn't used to be, but times change and YES! It is now possible to track the trunks without a 'real' TrunkTracker Scanner, and better, for that matter!!! Like the other subjects in this FAQ, it all begins with a Data Decoder Interface. See Q&A #4 and Note 10 in that answer for the tiny extra addition you need to make to the Decoder Interface. Next, you need a PRO-2004, PRO-2005, or PRO-2006 scanner, although we hope to add other scanners to the list in due time. For now, it's one of those three. NOTE: It is possible to track the trunks with a AR-8000 and perhaps with one of the Opto Interfaces, but these are specialized situations where detailed info must be found elsewhere. Then you need a CE-232 Scanner/Computer Interface (or its predecessor, the HB-232). You will also need the hot, new Windows program for the CE/HB-232 called Pro-Turbo. Lastly, you need one fairly modern computer, Pentium 133 or better, for the easiest way to track the trunks, but there is another way almost as easy, if you have two computers, one a 486DX2/66 or better and the other, a PC-386 or better. There are other requirements, too, but the above are the main ones. It is beyond the scope of this FAQ to spell out all the details, but the V8N9 issue of the monthly World Scanner Report tells it all. You can order this or any other back issue of the World Scanner Report since Jan-91, including 6-mo and 1-yr subscriptions. You can also download a more detailed text file on TrunkFollowing with the PRO-2004/5/6 from my FTP site at: ftp://ftp.cts.com/pub/bcheek/ce-232/trnkscan.txt For more information on the Pro-Turbo software for the HB/CE-232, contact: Paul E. Turton RR # 3; Wainfleet, Ontario Canada L0S 1V0 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Web: http://www.iaw.on.ca/~jabba/pro-turbo.htm For more information on the CE-232 Interface, you can download a file called PRODINFO.ZIP from: ftp://ftp.cts.com/pub/bcheek/products or you can view and download all the individual files from the \CE-232 directory. Or, you can ask for it as an e-mail file attachment from: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the information in my signature box below. But yes, it is now possible to track the trunks without a TrunkTracker scanner, and do it better than any of the "real" TrunkTracker scanners! The cost can be a lot less than the cost of a real TrunkTracker, too. The cost largely depends on what you already have, or can scrounge up, but at worst, it's well within the budget of many scannists.
The programs mentioned here are of course not available as stated; however, a search of the RR forums show a reference to this interface and supporting software in this thread.
Programs such as Trunker and UniTrunker can also provide trunktracking, using a 2nd radio connected through a COM port. One radio supplies the data from the control channel, the other becomes the 'tracker'. Please check out our Trunked Radio Decoders article for information on these and other such programs.
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