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    Does anyone listen to scanners?

    Hi all, I'm thinking about getting a scanner so I can listen to police and ambulance calls. The problem is that I know nothing about them and there is quite an array of them available.

    I'm looking to stay under 200.00, and I'm assuming that I need a trunking scanner. Can anyone help with recommendations?

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    Taylor, Go to your local Radio Shack andlook through a copy of their scanner frequency book, unless you just want to buy it. Look under you state, county, and possibility town and see what frequencies are used. THEN take that info, to the front counter and see what scanners they have that will cover what you want to hear. Some scanners are gonna have different frequency ranges than others. Thats the best way to get what you want.
    I would also do alot of searching on the subject on the internet for familiarization.
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    I can't help you with your scanner, other than saying I love messing with people with them... We have two radio we use for communication one is secure and the other is not.

    I'll say goofy stuff on the unsecure band just to watch all the looky lou's go running to see the UFO crash downtown. I also like to make up "codes" and such. It amazes me how many people will come ask me months later "I heard someone talking about a code 100 on signal 1 with massive 99, what is all that?!"

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    It may be a waste of time and money, most agencies are going digital and a digital trunked scanner is going to run more than $200, also in regard to finding out freqs, it is not priveliged info and can be obtained through the FCC.

    Also currently there is lots of rebanding going on due to Nextel buying up a bunch of the NPSPAC freqs and supplying agencies with new freqs, these are most of the LEO communities 800Mhz freqs, so even if your scanner works today, it may not work in 2 years when Phase 1 of the rebanding is complete.

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    I wish I had time to do that.
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    Okay, I know this one lol.

    I've been into scanners for years and have about 5 of them, two base and three handheld.

    1st, if you are buying to esedrop onto people's conversations or to listen to restricted freqs, you can't. Anything newer than 1990 IIRC has been restricted on the freqs that it can scan.

    2nd, about the cheapest that I've found are from Radio Shack but they are low end. Depending on what you want it for, it may not be worth buying.

    3rd, if you just want to listen in during the times that you are home, get a base and not a handheld. You can attached a huge external antenna to the base.

    4th, go to the pawn shops and the antique stores. Yes, the antique stores. My oldest handheld was purchased in 1989 and is not restricted. The base I found in an antique store and it is not restricted. The other three are restricted but they were gifts and I didn't have a chance to tell the folks what to look for when buying.

    Oh, it is not against the law to have/own a scanner that is not restricted. The law just states that anything that you overhear is private and cannot be disclosed to another party.

    It is fun to listen. Also, some cities do have secured freqs for the police and the emt's, check on that. You can buy one that you can program the codes into that will enable you to listen but make sure it's legal.

    Wayne

    *Just a heads up, if you think the ATFE is harsh, just try to mess with the FCC! Had a friend that got those GRS radios and didn't get a call sign and was using the GRS freqs... got fined way above the $80 it costs per person per call sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugerman View Post
    I wish I had time to do that.
    LOL, I love my job! I get paid very well to play and train others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj1231 View Post
    Hi all, I'm thinking about getting a scanner so I can listen to police and ambulance calls. The problem is that I know nothing about them and there is quite an array of them available.

    I'm looking to stay under 200.00, and I'm assuming that I need a trunking scanner. Can anyone help with recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    go to this link and find your area and see if you need a trunking scanner. I checked out a couple counties and they were still using analog uhf and vhf frequencies ( example 465.425, 155.790)
    you can get a decent one for under 200.00 that does trunking and non trunked, just depends on what you want to listen to. maybe the forum there can give you some answers as well! good luck.

    http://www.radioreference.com/module...ame=RR&stid=16
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    Google can be your friend. Search for <your city> scanner frequency

    Don't forget to search for nearby big cities or any places you travel through on a regular basis.

    I tend to use it for background noise on the job, and to keep up with what's going on locally since our local paper borders on useless.

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    Yes, go to radio shack, talk to them they may have local hand outs for your area agencies and freqs. other freqs can easily be obtained by listening to freq spectrums with search mode. Use the small antenna that comes with the radio so you listen to your area only.

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    Thanks!

    Boise, City of

    Frequency Input License Type Tone CH Description Mode
    154.37000 KEX211 BM Fire - Dispatch FM
    154.43000 KGL498 BM Fire - FM
    154.25000 KKL983 BM Fire - FM
    453.30000 458.30000 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL A Police - Primary FM
    453.35000 458.35000 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL B Police - Valley Tactical FM
    453.42500 458.42500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL C Police - Bench Dispatch FM
    453.57500 458.57500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL D Police - Bench Tactical FM
    453.90000 458.90000 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL E Police - Tactical FM
    453.17500 458.17500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL F Police - Administration FM
    453.47500 458.47500 KRO367 RM 167.9 PL Police - Narcotics (Encrypted) FM
    453.57500 458.57500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL Police - Narcotics (DVP Encryption Used) FM
    458.61250 M TAC 1 Police Tactical 1 FM
    458.66250 M TAC 2 Police Tactical 2 FM
    458.71250 M TAC 3 Police Tactical 3 FM
    458.93750 M TAC 4 Police Tactical 4 FM
    458.81250 M TAC 5 Police Tactical 5 FM
    458.88750 M TAC 6 Police Tactical 6 FM

    These are the ones I'm mainly interested in listening to. I don't want to do anything illegal. I assume the encrypted ones are the only restricted ones? What does RM(type) stand for? This all seems much more difficult than I expected LOL.

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    I got a trunking scanner from radio shack. I followed it for about three months and got bored with it. It was a passing fad for me. I heard some cool calls, but not very many. Mostly peoples plates and names being run. Boring... I did see a guy get arrested in front of me while listening to the police end of it with headphones. That was pretty neat. I keep it in my car just in case something crazy ever happened. I wouldn't spend too much money on it. As other post-ers have said most agency's are upgrading their units or use locked out frequencies.
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    yeah, I probably better wait for awhile. I'm sure it will pass with me too!

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    I have one but do not listen to it since I carry a radio,two cell phones
    at work.I guess I am tired of listening to all of the stuff 9 hours a day.
    I do turn it on when I hear sirens near the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj1231 View Post
    Boise, City of

    Frequency Input License Type Tone CH Description Mode
    154.37000 KEX211 BM Fire - Dispatch FM
    154.43000 KGL498 BM Fire - FM
    154.25000 KKL983 BM Fire - FM
    453.30000 458.30000 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL A Police - Primary FM
    453.35000 458.35000 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL B Police - Valley Tactical FM
    453.42500 458.42500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL C Police - Bench Dispatch FM
    453.57500 458.57500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL D Police - Bench Tactical FM
    453.90000 458.90000 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL E Police - Tactical FM
    453.17500 458.17500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL F Police - Administration FM
    453.47500 458.47500 KRO367 RM 167.9 PL Police - Narcotics (Encrypted) FM
    453.57500 458.57500 WPYF663 RM 167.9 PL Police - Narcotics (DVP Encryption Used) FM
    458.61250 M TAC 1 Police Tactical 1 FM
    458.66250 M TAC 2 Police Tactical 2 FM
    458.71250 M TAC 3 Police Tactical 3 FM
    458.93750 M TAC 4 Police Tactical 4 FM
    458.81250 M TAC 5 Police Tactical 5 FM
    458.88750 M TAC 6 Police Tactical 6 FM

    These are the ones I'm mainly interested in listening to. I don't want to do anything illegal. I assume the encrypted ones are the only restricted ones? What does RM(type) stand for? This all seems much more difficult than I expected LOL.
    these frequencies are not trunked frequencies, you can pick up a cheaper scanner, like on eBay , for under or at around 50.00 to listen to these. Its not illegal to listen, some states do have a law against having one in the vehicle tho. In Oklahoma, its only illegal to use a scanner if its used in commission of a crime
    good luck!
    RKBA

    John

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