• 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:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

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  1. ClwnMan76

    Returning Listener - Need Advice On Scanner

    First off, I hope I got the right forum. Like many of you probably, I'm so scared to post for fear I've chosen the wrong one or didn't read all the rules correctly or something. LOL I haven't listened to a scanner for a few years now. I'm in Tampa, FL and am going to purchase a handheld...
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    Question about radio scanner in a basement

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  3. M

    Gift for my husband - getting started from scratch

    So folks, For my apologies, as this is probably the most basic, most boring thread to start and/or read. But I really need help. My husband has been talking about get a radio for a long time. He's aware that he needs training and a license. Can someone help answer my questions so I can...
  4. P

    Newbie Upgrade from 1995 lol.....Best scanner for starcom 21

    What would you guys suggest for monitoring starcom21 systems with the ability to record specific departments? Oh, and I'd like to keep it under $500 lol
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    Newbie from Grand Rapids here to say HI!

    Hello folks! I am (somewhat) of a newbie. Let me explain; I was, at one time, a licensed amateur radio operator (General License) my call was KC8TBY. Although my ham license has lagged I am getting back into the radio hobby slowly. I am looking into police/fire/EMS scanning at this point in...
  6. T

    BCD436HP - suggestions on getting started

    Hi. A newbie here with both a Whistler TRX1 and Uniden BCD436HP. The Whistler is easy stuff. I input my zip or city. I select my scan list (Law Dispatch). Boom, I get my city, adjacent cities, state police, etc. I try to accomplish the same thing on the 436HP but with much less success...
  7. E

    Simulcast on Viper

    Edgecombe county NC fire dispatch has a frequency of 154.16000 VHF and being on a fire department in Edgecombe county i have a county supplied Minitor 6 that is set to this frequency only allowing you to hear dispatch . the only thing is i want to hear the trucks check in so i bought a Unication...
  8. G

    68cm antenna

    I'm new to UHF radio and I have yet to hook a decent antenna up to my Kenwood HU8360 radio. I'd like to build a custom antenna but I am quickly learning that doing a good job means learning a confounding number of topics. I have seen several J-pole DIY guides but they are all focused at the 440...
  9. apsyms

    Need Help Programming VX-800

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  10. C

    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...
  11. N

    Newbie question

    I'm not a total newbie. Quite some time ago I bought a yupiteru 7100. Nice kit. so...life changed and it sat in a drawer for a decade. In the meantime the world changed. I used to like listening to the cops. so can someone fill me in on life these days? I"m in Niagara. I know that many things...
  12. T

    Frustrated Newbie BCD436HP

    I've been trying for 2 weeks to get something on the new scanner, my Iphone 5.0 police scanner App gets more action than my scanner. I tried the zipcode location, the favorites with Sentinel, bought a 800Mhz antenna, no great increase in activity. My questions What is the best software? Any...
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    How to get paper license

    I passed my tech. exam a while back and I got my FRN number with password in the mail. I was wondering when I would get a physical copy of the license itself. From what I have been told, the FCC might not actually send these out anymore unless one asks them to. Is that correct? If so, how can I...
  14. T

    Preloaded BCD396xt

    My first and new BCD396xt scanner should be arriving today in the mail. From what I understand the scanner comes preloaded. From reading (and watching) reviews online I can understand that one might want to reset the scanner and delete the preloaded content. I think one does this by turning on...
  15. T

    First radio for newly licensed

    I didn't know if I should ask here or if I should ask in the New User forum (it seems like this forum is more for scanner questions, but please move it if it fits better there.) I wanted to learn more about amateur radio and so I have been studying for the Technician license exam. Recently I...
  16. E

    Newbie Help

    Hi guys, I am new to all this radio stuff, and was looking into possibly buying a scanner. I would like to be able to listen to most of the channels in the Hastings County area in Ontario, as well as other parts of Ontario (Hamilton, Burlington, etc.). Could anyone recommend me a fairly cheap...
  17. C

    Need knowledgeable radio folks...

    Hello, I am new to the forums. I need help scanning my local police radio if anyone will bother teaching me how. I've read the wiki and stickies but I am still not sure on how to go about. My local radio is Dobbs Ferry, New York in the Westchester County. What will I need to purchase and do...
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    20 Group limit, can I combine them easily?

    I have a BCD996XT, using FreeScan I import US\Washington\King\Seatte-King County Public Safety, which if over the max groups. Ok tried the choosing yes to let it combine, also selectively imported as three separate systems. Problem is that each system that gets a hit that does not have the...
  19. B

    New Radio, Need Assistance Please!

    Hey there guys! I am new to the forums. I know very little about radios other than what I learned in a HAM class back a few years ago. So, here is the deal. I joined the local volunteer fire department and I just got my EMT-B licence. They told me I needed to get an 800 trunking radio. So I...
  20. T

    Complete Newbie needs some help

    Hi, I purchased a Uniden BC125AT just so I could monitor my local police, fire, etc. communications. This is the first time I have ever used a scanner. I went to this website to find the frequencies for programming my scanner. The first frequency for my PD is: 853.77500. When I try to...
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