• 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:

Investing in a new scanner.

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May 23, 2003
When my Pro96 dies I won't be buying another scanner. I have my HAM license so if anything I'll buy a 2M HT with the weather band. Why? lets look at some of the things I could hear 20 years ago that I can't now.
1 - Ambulances (all moved to LINC.)
2 - State EMA (LINC except for those UHF repeaters they never use.)
3 - Alabama Power (LINC)
4 - Hospital / Ambulance (Cell Phones or LINC due to HIPAA)
5 - Moody & soon to be ST.Clair CO. Fire (MotoTRBO)
6 - Trussville Fire (testing MotoTRBO & I'm sure will be moving to it soon.)
7 - Almost ALL commercial / business users. (LINC, NEXTEL or MotoTRBO)
9 - Federal stuff (DES Encryption)
10 - Cellular & Cordless (various digital platforms)* I mention this for informational purposes
only as the ECPA of 1987 prohibits monitoring these!

Yes, the Birmingham / Jefferson CO. SmartZone system host's a lot of local agencies, some still
in the analog mode but I'll bet encryption isn't far away. Just my opinion.


Database Admin
Aug 5, 2006
On the Road
Well on the Trbo side provided they aren't encrypted you can monitor with DSD (see our wiki), but I'll concede that since it requires a PC, Linux, and a tapped scanner, it isn't an ideal solution...


Premium Subscriber
Nov 27, 2008
15 miles from Florida Line in Alabama
Add one more to your list.

11) Ham Radio Repeaters. Some are going to D-Star. At least you can still buy a D-Star Radio and listen in.

Thanks to Digital Communications your list could grow in the future.
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