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Recommendations for handheld police/fire scanner

Discussion in 'Technology' started by BarcelonaTom67, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Feb 10, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    BarcelonaTom67

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    Howdy all,

    My wife and I are will shortly be moving to our new home, which is a bit out of town, in a very rural area. I'd like to get a handheld scanner to monitor the police/fire channels so that if a major fire or other event in our area is headed our way, I might have some warning. We both currently have scanner apps on our phones, but cell reception in our new area is very iffy.

    Any thoughts on brands / models would be much appreciated.

    Tom
     
  2. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    Bump....??
     
  3. Feb 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    Blais03

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    I assume you’ll want some kind of HAM radio anyway
     
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    HAM radio would be a nice option, but most likely not in the immediate future.
     
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    Do some research on whether your locality uses digital or analog, whether or not they're trunked, and what frequencies they use . That will determine what kind of scanner you should be looking at.

    This is a really great place to start:

    https://www.radioreference.com
     
  6. Feb 26, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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    Thank you! I wasn't sure about the digital vs analog, and trunking capabilities!!
     
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    Agreed the uniden 100 is a great product
     
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    $724.00 bucks for a scanner...damn
     
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    If you are really rural a scanner might not pick up
     
  13. Sep 26, 2019 at 12:41 PM
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    I recently picked up a pair of Uniden Bearcat 125AT's, one each for me and my wife. They pick up decently, we are probably 5ish miles from the Sheriff's HQ, and I presume their main broadcast location. I have some of the primary frequencies form our county official web site, but looking to see if I can find any others that may be of interest.
     

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