• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:

newbie help

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    Recommendations for best scanner

    Hello. I have been reading through the forums but figure I will ask my question. I have been listening to scanners since I was 15 (now 48.) I have been using a Radio Shack Pro 43 but finding it doesn’t catch too much. I am looking to upgrade but not sure best option. I want to pick up the...
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    Advice needed with listening to DMR

    Hello! I am fairly new to the world of radios. I have used an analog radio for a little while, and I feel comfortable with it. Recently, I decided to get into digital radio, so I purchased a Baofeng DM-5R. I have realized that listening to digital radio is much trickier than analog radio;). I...
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    Need help with digital and CTCSS/DPL tones

    Hello! I am new to the radio community and am looking for some help. I just purchased a Baofeng UV-5R radio and had some questions about how to listen to some channels. I live in the Bentonville, Arkansas area, so any frequencies I refer to can be found on the website here. After playing with...
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    Kent County Newbie needs advice

    OK, I'm an idiot, right? I need some advice so, please forgive me. I have a Uniden BCD536HP. I have it set up and I have the Sentinel software on my PC. I updated the firmware and the database of frequencies on the SD card in the radio. OK, here's my question: How do I (easily?) create...
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    Location Based Scanning

    Hi dear friends of the forum. Before all, I'll like to say that I'm a totally newbie at this, so, maybe it's possible that my asking and conclusions might be wrong. Sorry for that. I always be captivate by radio things, and now, maybe I have some more time to dedicate to this and I decide to...
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    Complete Newbie

    Ok, I'm a complete newbie, beyond newbie in fact. I'll be completely honest I don't know what half these letters stand for and I am beyond confused. So... I would really like some help finding a radio. I want to be able to listen to pretty much anything, not broadcast, just listen. I would like...
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    Franklin County / Columbus Configuration

    What is the recommended Site / Group / Option configuration for Freescan to monitor in Franklin County. I have a BCD396XT Scanner. I'm interested in CPD, FSO, Car to Car, and the personal Radios. For Trunking Sites there's: Bixby Columbus City Columbus MARCS Darby Discovery Franklin...
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    Sound equipment question

    Hello. I am a complete noob when it comes to electronics. Recently I got a shortwave radio with plug for headphones. I have had fun with trying to find various international stations (I think this is called DXing) and other sounds. The radio is pretty simple and the sound isn't great. I find a...
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    Whistler WS1010

    Hello, I would like a police scanner. On Amazon I can see that the Baofeng and the Uniden are popular. I have also come across the Whistler WS1010, but that one doesn't have a lot of reviews. Is the WS1010 a decent buy as a first scanner? One complaint that I see about the Baofeng and the...
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    New to This and a Bit Confused

    Hey all, first of all, very cool to be a part of all this. A friend of mine gave me a scanner as they were moving and didn't see a reason to keep it. After the initial wonder wore off, I started playing around with it, trying different bands and frequencies listed on pages in this wiki, as well...
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    County Not listed at RadioReference

    Hi, Newbie in Gilchrist County, FL. Near High Springs, Ginnie Springs, etc...Gilchrist county just purchased and set up an emergency radio tower within 1/4 mile of my house. There's also a medical helicopter pad across the road...I'd like to be able to scan these, but RadioReference has no...
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    I have an older Radio Shack scanner that no longer picks up my local police and sherriff departments as they have all gone digital, APCO25. I am looking to purchase a new scanner that will receive them again. My question is, which one is best out there right now? I'm not new to programming, but...
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    My radioshack Pro 2054 problem

    im new to this sire and this is my first post.im in need of some help. I Installed my radioshack pro -2054 scanner in my truck. it works fine other than when i have the truck running i get alot of feedback through the scanner. i thought that it would have something to do with the ground but i...
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    Programing Opitions?!

    I have a few questions im trying to program a radio and i have all these options and i was wondering if some one could maybe give me a short definition of what each means. Please see the attached PIC. Many thanks anything will help! Also i dont think this is the best software to program this...
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    BCD996T Usage question

    I just recently started using a BCD996T (I'm very new to the hobby) and have it all programmed and scanning nicely. My question is, when I put the 996 into search mode to search through a frequency band, say custom10 or custom3, how do I go back to scanning mode and stop searching custom10 or...
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    Yupiteru MVT7100: help needed, please

    Forgive me if this is the wrong question in the wrong place; please forgive a newbie. I do not know how to get my MVT7100 to listen and scan where I want, even if I use the "Owners Guide" by N2MCA. I suspect that most of it is because I do not understand what the lables mean. Can someone please...
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    Forsyth County P25 System Newbie

    I am brand new to scanning and have a few questions. I just purchased my first scanner, a Uniden BC246T. While reading a lot of forums and the user manual as well as a lot of information on this site I found the system type in Forsyth is a Project 25 Phase I (FDMA). Forsyth County Public...
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    Newbie wants to know?

    Hi i'm completely new to the whole GMRS thing and wanted some info. I just applies and paid for my GMRS license on the FCC website (very easy). Now what do i do, there is a lot of chatter on a lot of channels and i'm not trying to hog anybody's airspace or stumble on any police frequencies. I...
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    Newbie here

    I am in the Charleston area and just got a RS Pro164. I also have Win97. Is there a place that I can get some more detailed info on usingWin97? It is quite lacking.. I guess I need some basic scanner 101 --
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    PRO-164 CTCSS or DCS

    Hello. I'm pretty new to the scanning world. I'm using a PRO-164 and I come seeking knowledge! How do I know if I should use CTCSS or DCS for a frequency? It seems that for most of the Police or Fire frequencies if I use CTCSS, a code will show up on the display and when two parties are...