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Posted: 7/23/2008 6:19:48 AM EDT
My grandpa has a police scanner that he uses to listen to police and fire frequencies. He bought this scanner in the early 1990's and I believe he said it was a UHF scanner (I could be remembering incorrectly though). Anyway he used to be able to pick up more channels than he can right now and was asking me why he can't get police/fire channels that he used to get. I said it probably has to do with the new radio equipment the departments along with the fact that his scanner is old, but I am just guessing. Is this the reason why he can no longer hear frequencies he once could?
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:22:36 AM EDT
Departments have been switching to analog trunking systems for years. In addition, there are now digital trunking systems for larger departments and cities.

Short answer is he probably needs a newer scanner.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:23:40 AM EDT
Most agencies have been switching from old frequencies as technology has changed and their old frequencies were sold by the Feds for other uses.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:24:30 AM EDT
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:26:53 AM EDT
Dig around here for his area, it'll help you determine what he'd need these days.
www.radioreference.com/
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:27:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By delemorte:
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.


So you know whats going on?
They can be rather interesting.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:28:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By delemorte:
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.


Probably because they feel like it.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:29:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RealFastV6:
Departments have been switching to analog trunking systems for years. In addition, there are now digital trunking systems for larger departments and cities.

Short answer is he probably needs a newer scanner.


+1

Thats it.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:29:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By delemorte:
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.


Same reason everybody stands outside their house when the police are at the neighbors house. We're nosey.

Takes awhile to get used to the way cops talk on the radio before you can understand whats going on.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:30:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By delemorte:
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.


In a large urban area, they are not too useful in my opinion.

In a rural area with limited local radio and TV coverage, I would almost consider one to be a must.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:32:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By delemorte:
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.


I pull my hacked ham out when I want to know why I'm sitting in traffic, where the police/fire are going or what to really expect at work when trauma's are being scooped up to come to the ED.
My local PD has scrambled their freqs....
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 6:32:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ampn:

Originally Posted By delemorte:
I had a uncle that had one..


Why do people listen to scanners any way? I dont get it.


In a large urban area, they are not too useful in my opinion.

In a rural area with limited local radio and TV coverage, I would almost consider one to be a must.


The urban areas are where you get the best entertainment.
Link Posted: 7/23/2008 7:19:04 AM EDT
One word.

Trunking.


New scanner will solve this problem.

-Mark.

Link Posted: 7/23/2008 7:20:18 AM EDT
Go to this database, click on the state of interest, and see what frequencies and system types are in use in that area.


www.radioreference.com/apps/db/



CJ
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