Originally Posted by Starman918
I am thinking of offloading all Cal Fire frequencies to a dedicated Base Station scanner. My question is:
Do I need a high priced digital scanner? Are they going digital anytime soon?
Do I need PL tone capabilities?
What are your thoughts?
Thanks for the input, I learn a lot from this forum.
1. Digital is not needed, and doubtful if it will be in the forseeable future.
2. PL tone filtering is not needed but is will make your experience much much better. CAL FIRE's system reuses most of the same pool of frequencies for Locals, Commands, and Tacticals throughout the state. They discriminate among the areas by using different PL tones. If you have the tone capability, you can set up channels to only hear the specific locations you want, without the bleed-over from more distant stations on the same channel.
It is a fun system to monitor, and every Unit is different. Have fun!!