Originally Posted by andre364
I've got a BCD346XT Trunk Tracker 3 been listening for 1 year now. I'm having trouble reaching all North Charleston PD frequencies. What frequencies are active now please list them. Another question I've got on my mind how far can you listen to these freq name a few you listen too that's far away.Also what's the best police scanner antenna to buy? Thanks in advance
The scanner model you provided (BCD346XT) does not exist. If your scanner is a Trunk Tracker 3, then you have a BC346XT (no D because it's not digital). This is important because the North Charleston PD is on the Palmetto Project 25 (P25) digital system. The frequencies for the Palmetto P25 digital system can be found in the Radio Reference Database. You will need a BCD396XT Trunk Tracker 4 or other digital scanner to receive this system. You also need to know that the Palmetto P25 towers do not transmit over as large an area as the Palmetto 800 analog towers, so you may not be able to receive North Charleston PD all the way up in Moncks Corner with an indoor antenna. You may need to use a directional antenna (yagi style) pointed at the nearest P25 tower to pick up a signal, and that may not even work if you are too far out. Unfortunately, the Palmetto P25 signal typically drops off fairly quickly once you're out of the intended service area.
I'm in Dorchester County near the Charleston County line, and routinely receive stations in Dorchester, Charleston, Berkeley and Colleton counties. Occasionally, when conditions are right, I also pick up Orangeburg county. I use a discone style omnidirectional antenna with a vertical whip on top to extend low frequency response. The antenna is mounted about 25 feet above the ground. The most sensitive scanner I have is a Uniden HomePatrol. Happy scanning!