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im wondering if a quality scanner would be of help in a SHTF situation?

i remember back in the 70's we use to set and listen to them on the regular.

to us that was fun back then lol. any opinions or thoughts?

Back in the 80's almost all police agencies went to mobile data terminals of one type or another. Other than an 'in pursuit' call, most dispatches are sent digitally. Also, many calls are a call the station (on their cell phone) just so the bad guys can't monitor the frequencies. It might be useful in monitoring emergency services type agencies but I'm not sure they are a good exchange for your money if you are thinking of tracking LEO calls.

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It depends on the scanner you have. I keep a Bearcat BC550A handy. It scans most Fire/EMS/Police frequencies, plus I can scan several different Ham bands. I listen to a lot of Ham Nets on my way home from work on most nights.

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see i was hoping to be able to do the same. thing is, if they are changing their ways of doing things it would be a waste of money for me.

 

You can still listen to the ham bands. In SHTF situations, thats what you're going to want to listen to anyway. Thats how people keep contact. Cb's and amateur radio.

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no sir not yet. with all the "silly season" stuff going on i have had the time. cant wait til it ends.

 

Yea, me too. lol. I've got a ton of stuff to do, but not much time. If you're looking to start listening right now while you're online, go to radioreference.com. You can listen online for free to your area. I do it while at work.

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Yea, me too. lol. I've got a ton of stuff to do, but not much time. If you're looking to start listening right now while you're online, go to radioreference.com. You can listen online for free to your area. I do it while at work.

 

 

hum.... this is gonna be cool!

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I'm a scanner fan. The problem with a lot of larger systems is that they have converted to digital, some are encrypyed and most have gone to what is called trunk tracking. Trunking systems let a large group of 2-way radio users (or even different groups of 2-way radio users) efficiently use a large range of frequencies. Instead of selecting a specific frequency for a transmission, the user simply selects a talk group. The trunking system automatically transmits the call on the first available frequency and also sends (on a different frequency called a data channel) a code that uniquely identifies that transmission.

 

Since the trunking system might send a call and its response on different frequencies, it is difficult to listen to trunked communications using a regular scanner. Make sure you have a scanner that will trunk track and then you will need the freqs. Unless you have software to find freqs this can be a real bear to do.

 

I would think you would have a lot more luck with a Ham receiver.

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Digital trunking is the here and now of public safety communications. Their abilities far surpass VFH and UFH systems although most of America still uses them. Encryption isn't something I want in my duty radios although I've worked for two agencies that had that capability. If you're looking to buy a scanner make sure it has the capability of receiving digital trunking. At that scale, you'll pick up marine bands, airplanes, 800 mhz, digital, VHF high and low band, and even FRS.

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