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I need to know what kind of scanner would help in a disaster. I have not had a scanner in 15 years and am not up to date with what I will hear and what is "blocked". Thank you.
 

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If you've been out of the scanner world for awhile, two of the newest things to know about are digital and "trunking". Digital comes in two forms, encrypted and unencrypted. Local police often use unencrypted for their normal call channels, but will often have encrypted channels which they will use for other operations. Of course when their radio channels are encrypted there's basically nothing you can do to listen in, but regular digital is fine as long as your scanner supports it. Trunking is something that is done to save on radio bandwidth, but long story short, there are I believe two popular kinds of trunking which you'll want to get a scanner that supports both of those - otherwise you'll only hear part of a conversation because they constantly switch frequencies and you'll need your radio to know how to follow.
 

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I would go with a portable wideband scanner receiver.
That way you have wide frequentie coverage and you can take it with you when you have to bug out, don't forget the batteries ;)

Something like the Icom R20:
http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/widerxvr/0020.html

There are even wideband scanners with lcd screens so you can monitor/watch wireless security cameras.
I can't find a link to one, sorry.

Take care.
 

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What all can I hear on something like this? Thank you!
It is a shorter list of what you CAN'T hear. :D:

I would recommend this radio also. Get the software package. It makes it -much- easier to use and adds tremendous functionality.

You will need a good antenna. I have one of these:

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/3587.html

A quality piece of equipment. :thumb:

I had an Icom R7000 all-mode receiver hooked up to a computer...deadly. :cool:
 

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It is a shorter list of what you CAN'T hear. :D:

I would recommend this radio also. Get the software package. It makes it -much- easier to use and adds tremendous functionality.

You will need a good antenna. I have one of these:

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanants/3587.html

A quality piece of equipment. :thumb:

I had an Icom R7000 all-mode receiver hooked up to a computer...deadly. :cool:
Okay, what can't I hear?Thanks! Software Package?
 

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Okay, what can't I hear? Thanks! Software Package?
Not much...! :D:

Of course, the cellular bands are locked out. You won't be able to hear anything that has been encrypted.

Still leaves a lot, though.

As to the software, here is one place that sells it (there are others):

http://www.blackbagsoftware.com/arcXT/

Here is another supplier:

http://www.scannerworld.com/content/product/model/ARCXT-PRO

Get the Pro version as it has several extra functions that are very useful, such as the 'bandscope'. That allows you to see activity across the band.
 

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Being in the DFW area, your gonna have a ton of stuff to listen to. Thing is that there are several different trunking systems out there and seems that alot of the departments in the DFW area are on different systems. And Dallas is still currently using a conventional system on 460 Mhz. I have a friend that lives in Tarrant County and has 3 scanners. Primarily listens to things in the Ft Worth area and the DFW airport. But he does have one scanner that has some Dallas stuff in it. He just doesn't listen to Dallas all that often. Also check the website RadioReference.com for info on scanners and frequencies.
 

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Being in the DFW area, your gonna have a ton of stuff to listen to. Thing is that there are several different trunking systems out there and seems that alot of the departments in the DFW area are on different systems. And Dallas is still currently using a conventional system on 460 Mhz. I have a friend that lives in Tarrant County and has 3 scanners. Primarily listens to things in the Ft Worth area and the DFW airport. But he does have one scanner that has some Dallas stuff in it. He just doesn't listen to Dallas all that often. Also check the website RadioReference.com for info on scanners and frequencies.
Thank you for your help! Can you just hear the airport, police, fire?
 

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Talked to my friend in Tarrant County. He did confirm that the DFW DPS are using a digital system that there is no scanner that will listen to it. But there is plenty of other systems for you to listen to.
 
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