• 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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mwvnova

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I just moved to Williamsburg, VA from NJ and am having trouble setting up my scanner. In NJ I was using a very old Bearcat and picking up all emergency services without issue. Now I can not get anything here in VA with the same scanner. I assume this is due to the truncated systems but I know very little about how the system works. I'm guessing it is time to get a new scanner that will allow entry of PL codes, is this correct? If so, can somone recommend a fairly inexpensive solution? I would like to monitor James City County/Williamsburg Police/Fire/EMS. Thanks.
 
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Both the Williamsburg/James City/York County.....and the Virginia State Police are using P25 (digital) systems. You need a digital scanner. Since there is a moderate degree of encryption on the Wmbg/JC/YC system, I would recommend one that mutes encryption. That leaves either the Uniden BCD-396T (handheld) or the Uniden 996T (mobile or desktop). Both are appx. $500.00. GRE also makes digital scanners (PSR-500 and PSR-600), but they do not mute encryption. Williamsburg, York County and James City Fire Departments simulcast on VHF on the main dispatch frequencies as does the VSP. However, once they move off the main dispatch channels to a "Tac" talkgroup, you can't hear them.
 
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