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Could someone please explain how the red emergencey button works on a security radio? Does it have a gps link or how does it work?
You might get a more useful response if you post the make and model of the radio. The information should be available on the FCC type acceptance label on the back or bottom of the radio.
Generally, the panic button is for police systems to lock open your radio and the repeater so that only you and the dispatcher can transmit on the frequency. Nowadays, given the fact that a lot of radio systems are digital now, there may be some additioal features involved.
This feature will probably be useless unless the radio network is setup to support it.
You can always look up the manual for your radio online, to find out what your model does.
It probably does different things for different agencies. I spent 12 years detailed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the last 4 of which were in a penitentiary. We called them 'Body Alarms' and when activated it would override every other radio in the joint and would activate your transmitter without having to push the 'push to talk' button so that the 'Control Center' could hear what was going on in your immediate vicinity. Each body alarm was assigned to a specific staff member and to a specific area so when activated, the control center would announce to 'all listening radio units, we have a body alarm in.......' and other staff would head for that area poste haste. Most of the time (fortunately) it would be a false alarm because it never took much pressure to accidently activate it but on occassion we would have to spray some whoopxxx on some thugs. I don't miss it, though.
Rich N0MN ex-N5AOU, KB5FN, AA0NU
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