Gloucester Shopwatch

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Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by glosscanner » 19 Aug 2016, 15:29

Hi.. I've just been given a Baofeng UV-5R+. Found frequency's for the shop watch of Gloucester - 165.1875 169.9875
I programmed them into the radio via CHIRP but not hearing a thing. Any ideas or help out there ?
I ONLY WANT TO LISTEN NOT TRANSMIT.

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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by hamtrektng » 22 Aug 2016, 19:49

They could be on 165.7875 which is their pubwatch but under a different ctcss code.

Try it out, I know I would ;-)

Make sure you set tone in RX-CTCS menu 11

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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by Admiral » 23 Aug 2016, 06:38

hamtrektng wrote:They could be on 165.7875 which is their pubwatch but under a different ctcss code.

Try it out, I know I would ;-)

Make sure you set tone in RX-CTCS menu 11
You won't need any tones if you're just earwigging.
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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by glosscanner » 24 Aug 2016, 22:22

Ok so I'm totally new to all this... Had a look at the ctcss function, that gives me the option to turn it on and then gives me options of 67.0hz to 254.1hz. What do need to set the ctcss to ? I am hearing what sounds like radio traffic in the form of like a buzzing sound... Any more help would be great

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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by EMarkM » 25 Aug 2016, 07:12

As Admiral said, you won't want to use the CTCSS tones for scanning, really.

They're there to filter stuff out, not give you more. Useful only when there are two signals on the same frequency and you only want to hear one.

The buzzing could be many things: a weak signal, a transmission in a mode you can't decode, interference, all sorts.
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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by thelad » 25 Aug 2016, 08:17

CTCSS set to off.
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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by jhampton2000 » 25 Aug 2016, 19:18

I think I read somewhere that Gloucester Shopwatch are MotoTRBO digital.....it sounds like this: http://www.sigidwiki.com/wiki/Digital_M ... adio_(DMR). And they should be on 165.7875 not 165.1875.

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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by glosscanner » 25 Aug 2016, 23:07

Thanks for the info guys... So if they have now switched to using dmr radios would the solution be to buy another radio such as Retevis RT3 Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) ? Would I then be able to eavesdrop lol ?

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Re: Gloucester Shopwatch

Post by hamtrektng » 28 Aug 2016, 14:26

Only if they haven't got 'Privacy' encryption enabled. Most of the time they use Basic. I would buy a RT8 (more rugged and has IP67 water-resistant material)

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