This is a discussion on Does anyone listen to scanners? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Not since i turned in my pack set lol ( hand held radio ) Unless your small town scanners are going to be an annyance ...
Not since i turned in my pack set lol ( hand held radio ) Unless your small town scanners are going to be an annyance , not a real benifit day to day . If you know everyone in town then hearing who officaly did what can be intresting , if not ... i would say dont bother , and the secure channels arnt ... but again if you dont know the folks involved why bother to decript them .
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The PL tones are a nice feature if you can find a scanner that uses them, but most of the stuff you find at Radio Shack won't have that. You won't miss anything without them, but they do cut down on the interference.
If you really want pretty much the best non-trunked ~$200 scanner, check this one out:
Yaesu VR-120D AM/FM broadcast bands, shortwave, all the regular scanner bands, and it's a lot smaller than the Radio Shack stuff. It also claims 20 hours on 2AAs, which is about what most of the others claim for 4AAs. The only real drawback is the lack of direct entry keypad, but if it's like other Yaesu products, they've probably found some way to make it easier than I might expect.
I used to have one, then I could hear neighbors convos. pawned it.
I have a Radio Shack Pro-97. Its awesome. I try to listen to it quite a bit but my wife gets annoyed pretty quickly.
Why? All the "good stuff" is either on an encrypted channel or the Officers use a Cell Phone. Most everything else is House Keeping. Dispatch sending someone to check on an abandoned car, dead cat, stolen bicycle, or fender bender.
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Mine has a signal stalker. I use it occasionally when I go to town. I can pick up drive throughs. I'll actually use this to get an idea of what sounds good.
The most important thing, I was listening one day while my wife was still at work. There was a 911 call from the bank not one block from where she works. I wasn't too far from where she works either. I heard the LEO's try to manuever themselves quitly around the building. I was at my wifes work very quickly. Probably a stupid thing but if there was a bank robbery not a block from her, I wanted to make sure I was there with/for her. Turned out to be nothing but still pretty interesting.
well, I saw a cheap pro92 today and picked it up. Once I got all the local frequencies entered, it works pretty well. I've heard 2 suicide calls, and some kids getting busted smoking dope under a bridge in the last 3 hours. Now to figure out what the heck they're saying the other half of the time!
Bar nights can make for some entertainment, and now that McDonalds is doing the 24hr drive-thru thing, our local one seems to have a policy of reporting any obvious drunks that come through. After three drunks in an hour one night last week, one of the cops commented that they should sell off their cars and just open their own all-night fast food place closer to the jail.
Another local all-nighter steadfastly refuses to report drunks unless they start tearing the place up, and just can't understand why McD's has less-than-one-minute average response times to police calls while they're around three minutes.
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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I have a Radio Shack portable.
It's a 1,000 channels (triple trunking) scanner.
Not sure exactly which model # but, it was right up at the top of the line when we bought it.
I used to just keep it locked on my local Police & Fire.
Be aware of the fact though that if any Police action gets really hot and heavy - most Police switch their critical communication over to personal cell phones.
The sound quality is great. I don't use it much these days though.
Suggestion: If you buy one Buy the optional AC Adapter because they EAT AA batteries even with the Power Save feature on.
It does not just eat them - it has an insatiable appetite for them.
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I have had scanners since the 70's. I currently have three - a base, mobile and a hand-held. All of them are Uniden Bearcat, trunked models. The base stays on 24-7. The better ones have the weather alert functions, which is a must-have feature. Once you learn the codes, it gets much more interesting. We always know if there are any fires in the area, police chases, etc. A lot of the smaller commuties are not trunked, but I would definately advise getting the trunked model. It workes on either mode. If you get one, I'll bet you'll like it. I can only recommentd Bearcat. I've had the Radio Shack units, and IMO, they are not high quality products, as is true for most of their chinese junk. Right now, we're listening to the ham radio weather watchers track a possible tornado thru Arlington Texas. Very interesting.