• 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

analog or digital?????

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jamminjim

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It has been some time since i have played with scanners, but I am looking to get one soon. I need to get ocean county fire and barnegat police. I know I need a trunking unit, but not sure about digital or analog. Also any recomendations on a good unit that wont brake the bank either. Thanks in advance.
 

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Looking at the database for Ocean County NY --> Ocean County, New Jersey (NJ) Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference <-- it appears that for now, you could probably get by with just an analog scanner. With several digital systems in the county and many more in the area, I'd recommend you get a digital scanner to allow you to receive everything you can now and be ready when the existing analog sites convert to digital later. Not all will convert, but many will with the narrow band deadline swiftly approaching.

With few exceptions, the new digital scanners all support the current rebanding effort on 800 MHz systems. This support is either already there or available through a firmware upgrade. If you try to save $ and get an older analog scanner (e.g. Pro-95 from Radio Shack) on e-bay it will not track rebanded sites that moved off the old established channels. There isn't (nor will there be) an upgrade to allow it either.
 
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