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Tim Hallam
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Scanner Advice Needed Reply with quote

I'm looking for a good police/fire scanner to put in my Jeep. I don't know much about scanners or radios but I am very interested in them and would like to learn more.

What would be a good scanner to put in my Jeep for picking up the local police/fire frequencies?

I live in a small town and a mostly un-populated county (Siskiyou County) in Northern California so I would imagine interference wouldn't be much of an issue.

Any input is appreciated.

Thank you -

Tim
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm more knowledgeable about radios than scanners but if I were you, I'd probably look into something like a handheld scanner that you could attach an external (roof) antenna to. Without the antenna, I don't know how good your reception would be in your area. I don't imagine there are too many agencies up there using trunked systems, so a regular scanner should do the trick.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Radio Shack Pro-2096 Digital Trunking scanner in my heep. It's large, but I cut the front vents out from the dash to fit it in. There are other mounts you can use, but I found that this was the best setup for the cabin size I have. I also run an extra coax antenna to the roof for improved reception.

There are other handheld scanners out there so shop around. It's important to look for a scanner with these features:

1: Digital trunking. Without it, you won't be able to hear most cop frequencies since they either no longer use analog or in the process of moving over to trunking.

2: Auto-band programming. Attempting to find frequencies to program into your new scanner can be a royal headache. Most newer scanners can auto-program frequencies by region so you won't have to hunt everywhere to find good codes.

3: Wide-range frequency coverage. Everything from 25-50MHz VHF-Lo to 806-960MHz (excluding cellular bands) and 1240-1300MHz can be received with the exception of exclusive gov't frequencies (FBI, etc...), cop task force (DEA, ATF, etc...), all military bands, and Air Traffic Control/Commercial Air Broadcasting.

4: PC-to-scanner linkup. Allows for easy updating, programming, and unlocking features to make your scanner more effective.

5: Weather band. Always nice to have this feature. Picks up WX weather bands from NOAA that are broadcast all across the country and free to use.

6: Manual programming and personal code storage. For all those special codes you happen to find, it's nice to have anywhere from 100 ~ 1000 empty storage banks to keep them in. Also, with a PC link, you can backup and restore your personal frequencies in case you accidently delete one.

Here is a handheld model that's pretty popular, and has many of the features I've listed:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036238
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Find out what frequencies and systems the local emergency service agencies are using. Start there.
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