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Old 06-15-2020, 07:40 PM
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I was asking about scanners and radios recently. The digital trunked scanners go for about $300 and up including software. That is a bit pricey for me right now. There are the analog models like the one below for $120. I know alot of transmissions are digital and/or trunked. Do the analog scanners like below pick up things worthwhile or should I forget those and not buy a scanner until I can afford a digital/trunked one?


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I buy cheap analog scanners at yard sales all the time. One scans the air bands. One ham bands. The next one I find will be set up for MURS/FRS/GMRS.

I do have an older digital/trunked scanner. The County is still on a phase one digital trunking system so it still works for now.
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I buy cheap analog scanners at yard sales all the time. One scans the air bands. One ham bands. The next one I find will be set up for MURS/FRS/GMRS.

I do have an older digital/trunked scanner. The County is still on a phase one digital trunking system so it still works for now.
How much do you get them for?
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How much do you get them for?
$5 to $30 usually depending on condition and type.
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It all depends on what info you want to have access to.

I have a top of the line digital trunk-tracking scanner and I have several analog scanners. The analog are great for getting ham 2-m transmissions for listening in to the storm-spotters. Weather awareness, here in tornado alley, is very important.

Most larger police departments have gone to digital, so monitoring them requires the expensive digital scanners. Knowing that there aren't many listeners on digital, sometimes cops talk about stuff that I would have never heard on an analog radio. Some departments use encryption though, so you can't listen.

I like to monitor the ham and storm spotters during severe weather and can have up to 5 minutes or more additional warning time than by watching TV or even listening to the NWS weather radio. I also find monitoring the military very interesting. I will know something is happening before any news comes out. The other night I heard unusual radio traffic on the military air controller channels, and it was about the time the plane went down in the north sea. I also was able to follow along with the Blue Angels when they did the hospital flyovers a few weeks back and position myself to be where they flew right overhead and know exactly when they would be there.
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...Some departments use encryption though, so you can't listen...

...I will know something is happening before any news comes out...

I heard it is possible to bypass encryption. I don't know if that is true.

...And what you learn may be more accurate than what the news says.
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I heard it is possible to bypass encryption. I don't know if that is true.

...And what you learn may be more accurate than what the news says.
Some "old-school" encryption is fairly easy to bypass. I have some GMRS radios that have built-in Voice-Inversion scrambling that makes you sound like Donald Duck. Some of my business-band radios have a digital scrambler that is harder to break. The encryption on digital trunked radios is a whole different animal. Very hard to crack and requires lots of expensive equipment.

Still, having the ability to listen to 99.99% of radio traffic is very valuable. I would consider another analog scanner if it had full band coverage and the price was <100.
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Many localities continue to transmit their fire and EMS main dispatch channel on analog even though their primary radio systems have gone to P25. The purpose for this is to provide emergency information to the general public, tow truck companies, citizen corps groups and volunteer fire who are not on the digitally trunked radio systems.
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Remember, in a catastrophic event, where multiple agencies need to communicate, they WILL use analog vhf/uhf comms...

I have uploaded several docs detailing bands/freqs/agencies/ttp's etc...
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I buy them and old CB radios every chance I get, most of them that dont work is a broken solder connection. Easy fix and cheap. There is always a way with the older electronics
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I was asking about scanners and radios recently. The digital trunked scanners go for about $300 and up including software. That is a bit pricey for me right now. There are the analog models like the one below for $120. I know alot of transmissions are digital and/or trunked. Do the analog scanners like below pick up things worthwhile or should I forget those and not buy a scanner until I can afford a digital/trunked one?


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You're better off getting your tech class ham license and a cheap COMMUNIST Chinese Baofeng HT radio. It'll likely scan all those freqs, plus allow you to transmit on the ham bands. If you can afford more, get a more expensive Japanese Kenwood or Yaesu. But even trunk scanners are showing their limitations now, as more departments are encrypting.
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One I always recommend:

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