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Old 04-19-2015, 11:45 PM
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You didn't listen to the same stuff I (and everyone else I knew) did! Yeah, there were days where not much happened, but wow, when the jackpots came, they were awesome! The sex calls, the breakups, the fights, threats, family dramas ( A neighbor who was a real evil guy pulled a really evil plan that blew up in his face, it was amazingly entertaining. It's too long to tell here, but the way it all fell apart and he was tossed out of the house by his wife was one of the greatest things I've ever heard), pimps and hookers, and on and on. Rarely was a "boooorred", usually I was laughing my head off. I miss the hell out of those days.
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It was 1987 and the place was Lake Elsinore, CA. I saw a few scanners in the local Radio Shack and had to get in on listening to the Riverside County Sheriff and Fire...
I was maintaining that system back then, and spent many a happy day at sites in and around Lake Elsinore. I didn't need a scanner to listen at home. I had a rather clever way of using a Bearcat DX-1000 listening to voted audio at about 200 KHz.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:51 AM
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owning an alinco DR-119 in the late 90s taught me exactly how boring cell conversations were.

Yall missed nothing. boooooring "what do you want for dinner" stuff.

Fun to tune in though.
I didn't have a cell-capable scanner...I was at the time married to someone who couldn't abide the sound of a scanner and thought it was immoral to listen to anything and that it probably should have been illegal. But a crony of mine did have one (Pro-2005, maybe...been too many years) modified for cell band and I sometimes listened to that at his house. It was kind of like working Dispatch...hours of boredom and routine stuff interrupted by a few minutes of excitement every now and then!

It sure made me cognizant of what I should and should not say on the cellulars, though.
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owning an alinco DR-119 in the late 90s taught me exactly how boring cell conversations were.

Yall missed nothing. boooooring "what do you want for dinner" stuff.
Wow. Waaay off the mark there.

- guys calling home and saying they were stuck at work, then calling the girlfriend and arranging their special time

- copper calling the station and filling them in on what happened at the neighbour's house down the street; nothing informative went over their dispatch channel, but lots on the cell about a woman who picked up a guy at a bar, brought him home and then things went south in a hurry...

- two-train subway crash with print reporters calling in their stories to the news desk and literally taking cash bets on how high the final fatality count would go

- guy calling one of those pay per minute lines where you can meet dates; he'd listen to women's recorded greetings and every time he recorded a reply to one of them, he'd include his vital statistics and for some reason, the reported length of a certain body part kept getting larger; I guess he figured that the lower numbers weren't getting results?

- guy in the park parking lot calling 911 to report guys in a couple of cars checking out handguns that they had in their trunks; since we were in the same lot, we rolled by them and got the vehicle markers and passed them on to the high strung PD crew that assembled down the road; when the excrement hit the fan, we got to see a lone PD sergeant detain a dozen grass-kissing proned out teens with the pointy end of a shotgun; they'd run from the lot and he'd found them; one of them tossed a handgun as the shotgun came out - somehow, that individual didn't get shot

- lots more, not gonna type for an hour


The "local" calls, like the subway incident, were the best - one scanner would be on the repeater input, the other on the output - stereo separation of caller and callee. Good times...
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I didn't have a cell-capable scanner...I was at the time married to someone who couldn't abide the sound of a scanner and thought it was immoral to listen to anything and that it probably should have been illegal. But a crony of mine did have one (Pro-2005, maybe...been too many years) modified for cell band and I sometimes listened to that at his house. It was kind of like working Dispatch...hours of boredom and routine stuff interrupted by a few minutes of excitement every now and then!

It sure made me cognizant of what I should and should not say on the cellulars, though.
Had 2 Pro-2006 and 2 Pro-43 scanners and had lots of fun monitoring everything.
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i'm jealous, you guys got all the juicy stuff! hahahahahah. Great stories.

I noted the other day that nobody really cares about the AMPS cell block any more, or the FCC would be getting crankier over the RTL SDR sticks.
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When I started monitoring the airwaves as a kid in the late Sixties, the only restrictions were from the Communications Act of 1934. The only restrictions that would have affected me would be not being allowed to divulge the content of anything we received to anyone else. Since as a kid I wasn't even aware of that, it really made no difference, anyway!
Things started to change for the worse with the passage of the ECPA in 1986.
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When I started monitoring the airwaves as a kid in the late Sixties, the only restrictions were from the Communications Act of 1934. The only restrictions that would have affected me would be not being allowed to divulge the content of anything we received to anyone else. Since as a kid I wasn't even aware of that, it really made no difference, anyway!
Things started to change for the worse with the passage of the ECPA in 1986.
Got started around the same time. Getting to turn on that old Midland slide-rule radio was predicated on me getting my homework done and that was a huge incentive for me. And I had no idea about the laws at the time...I was often the most popular kid on the bus the next morning, depending on what I'd snagged the night before! Thankfully nobody cared enough about it to make any trouble for me. When the first scanner came along it sort of took some of the fun out of things, though it sure caught a lot more than the tuner did.
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Here is a fun memory!
When cell phones first came on the market, there was nothing available to receive 800 mhz.
I found an old 800 mhz TV tuner that was a continuous tune type.
It was easy to attach an antenna, power, and then send the output to a low band scanner.
I believe the output of the tuner was some where in the 45 mhz region.
This set up worked extremely well especially when connected to an outdoor antenna.
Sure had a lot of fun with that set up.

...things sure have changed....
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Here is a fun memory!

When cell phones first came on the market, there was nothing available to receive 800 mhz.

I found an old 800 mhz TV tuner that was a continuous tune type.

It was easy to attach an antenna, power, and then send the output to a low band scanner.

I believe the output of the tuner was some where in the 45 mhz region.

This set up worked extremely well especially when connected to an outdoor antenna.

Sure had a lot of fun with that set up.



...things sure have changed....

Very crafty!
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