Originally Posted by jwskinner
I am kind of new to this. I am a retired Vietnam Vet and my main "entertainment" was listening to my HomePatrol police scanner here in Baldwin County. So are you telling me that with the new digital system being encrypted, I'm not going to hear anything anymore? Is there some way around it? I hate that I put $500 into a scanner that picks up nothing.
That's right, your $500 scanner is now as useful to your hobby as a sack of potatoes. There's no way around it and there's no new scanner that will be able to hear it and there's no descrambler gadget you can hook up to it. It's the end of the line.
The good news is they are still selling for outrageously high prices on ebay if you wanted to sell it. A lot of the time the fire and ems channels won't be encrypted so you might try listening for that and see if it's as much fun to listen to. When it comes to small towns where the PD pretty much runs license plates all day, the fire and EMS is far more interesting anyway in my opinion. And if you're REAL lucky, they'll be simulcasting that so you can use some old $10 scanner and trade the homepatrol for cash.