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I have a police scanner and i am trying to pick up my local goverment but they are trunking (Motorola Type II Smartnet). and they have DEC and HEX, how do i put that on the scanner becaue it is not a frequency?

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  • cablemirc Apr 24, 2009

    how do you inpput hex and dec though?

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You need a scanner that has trunking

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