• 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:


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    Hustler MRMBNC Antenna Review

    I am trialing a few mobile antennas and I just had to write a review about my first impression of the first antenna that I'm trialing. I spend most of my time listening mobile or at work. I rarely listen at home, but I do listen all day when in my office. Environments: Vehicle: GMC Sierra...
  2. w2xq

    Alinco: Review: Alinco DJ-MD5T Series DMR Radio

    HVDN Notebook: Review: Alinco DJ-MD5T Series DMR Radio From the Hudson Valley Digital Network, a comprehensive review of Alinco's new DMR portable is, IMO, an interesting read. A "teardown" article is forthcoming.
  3. K7MFC

    Btech gmrs-v1

    I recently wrote a review of the BTECH GMRS-V1 handheld radio for my club’s forum, and after using it for a few months I would like to share my thoughts here as well. The original review can also be read on my blog. I was in the market for a handheld GMRS radio to be used primarily for outdoor...
  4. CQ

    2017 Year in Review for Pessimists

    Way too much stuff to type: Mainstream media bias (cnn, msnbc, ny times etc.) Social media bias (fakebook, youtube, google etc.) Sex scandals (since JFK and the clan, Wild Billy Clinton and others in-between) Weiner on up to Franken, Conyers and much more out of hollywood (one link shows 24 cnn...
  5. CQ

    2017 Year in Review for Optimists

    Highlights: Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President and Mike R. Pence as 48th Vice President of the United States Thriving economy Increased jobs Tax Reform ISIS strongholds destroyed Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch replaced Antonin Scalia Conservative Judges appointed Undoing...
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    NooElec NESDR SMArt Bundle Review

    This is the USB unit I bought for my first venture into SDR radio. Unlike some others, it's packaged in a metal housing, which is slim enough to allow two dongles to fit in adjacent USB sockets. It comes with three antennas, including two fixed-length and one telescopic which screw onto a...
  7. dugan

    Grecom psr-500 - No Regrets

    I live in Ontario, Canada and mostly listen to the OPP (P25). I decided to buy the Grecom psr-500. Friends told me not to waste my money, because the OPP would encrypt in the near future. I have used that radio almost daily for the past eight years. When I bought it, I figured that if they did...
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    Video I made of setting a Baofeng UV-5R on fire

    Over the past weekend I did some rather extreme testing on one of the Chinese made Baofeng UV-5R dual-band HT's and asked permission from radioreference support to post the link here. Love them or hate them the Baofeng took a lot of punishment and kept on ticking. Definitely a cheap HT, but...
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    BCD436HP: For those thinking about buying a 436

    I had this radio for about 4 months and wanted to share my thoughts with those who are thinking about making the purchase. First I will start with the good things about this radio. I will agree with what others have stated in other threads that this radio on systems such as the ones in...
  10. WX9RLT

    Pro-197 Antenna

    I am looking for a good antenna for my Pro-197 I know I will have to probably pick up 2 different types. I want to monitor the following freq ranges, ranked in order of priority: 800-900 150-160 118-136 I prefer something not outdoors. Any ideas, cheaper the better
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    Elecraft K3 Build Project

    So it starts - don't get too excited the radio hasn't actually arrived yet: Elecraft K3 and N1IC
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    PAR FM Broadcast Filter with PSR-600

    I was getting fuzzy audio in the background on most 2m ham and 155 mHz police transmissions from a 50,000 watt fm broadcaster around 10 miles away. I bought a PAR fm filter from Grove, and the difference in receive sensitivity has been amazing. The distorted audio has disappeared, and signal...
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    Home Patrol Mini Review on Road Trip in CT/MA

    I took a trip from Southwestern Connecticut all the way up Route 15 to I-91 and I-84 and on to the Massachusetts Turnpike I-90 on Monday of this week. I continued East to 495. I thought it would be of interest to report how the Home Patrol worked on the trip and to pose a few questions that...