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Noob Question Why so many?

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I see these photos of people with racks of scanners... why so many scanners?

It sounds like if you get a digital trunking scanner can't you perty much run the gambit?



Admins thanks for the site!

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Welcome to RadioReference fudtone :)

Each one would be dedicated to something specific. Different PS agencies, aviation, etc...

One may be decoding trunking data 24/7 . Another may be a Live Scanner feed.

There are many reasons for those with the means to run these type of set ups.
 

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well i just have two scanners for now, i have the same fraqs programed into both of them, there is so much chatter i still miss alot, and i live in a city with only about 68,000, plus i sometimes listen to a large nearby city. we all have different reasons for multiple scanners/receivers.
 
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Welcome fudtone.

Why so many fishing poles?
Why so many cameras?
Why so many pots & pans?
Why so many RC airplanes?
Why so many guns?
Why so many baseball bats.

There have been many posts regarding this subject and you can do a search.
The basic answer is "More is better"

Have fun.

HCH
 

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Like me. Some people are mentally rebanded every day.
I like a look at a good rack of scanners.
Afraid scanner will break down before I can buy another another another another one
Got to check every cop freq. – afraid of getting busted for something
Santa keeps dumping on me
Checking up on the wife.
A lot of knobs to play with. Knobs knobs more knobs
Avoid having to talk to the wife
Just some crap my friend has left over after ripping off a few hundred car stereos
My Goal – One Scanner per chromosome
Spock!! The radios are dividing like Tribbles. Cooool !!!
Want to be a Scan Master B
Every time I enter rehab I buy another one
Hell bent on creating confusion
Keep sending my car payments to ScanMaster by mistake
Scanners create an invisible screen around me protecting me from reality
My girlfriend likes guys with big scanners and I can’t find one so I compensate
Got more room in the shack
I am prolific. I love more than one
Batman needs his equipment
Only a Tube scanner that lights up with that orange glow will ever satisfy me.
Insatiable need to program something.
My older brother when I was a baby crapped in my pants and now keeps buying me these scanners. Honey !!!
 

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Too funny Kennrth Scary part is I believe you! The invisible screen thing... I want one!

So, for practical reasons, its basically to monitor different feq simultaneously?

How can you listen to them all?
 

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I see these photos of people with racks of scanners... why so many scanners?
Because everyone loves a nice rack. :)

Seriously though as others have stated I have a few scanners dedicated to different agencies and frequency bands as well as my feed scanner.

But really it's all about what you enjoy listening to. Unfortunately what I enjoy listening to changes frequently.

Draf
 

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It sounds like if you get a digital trunking scanner can't you perty much run the gambit?
Because as I type this response, I am listening to my county which is on digital, and another county which is on analog. Yes, my digital does analog, but it can't simultaniously let me listen to both. That, and the fact, I can have more than one scanner:)
Larry
 

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So not all will do digital and analog at the same time? do some?

I'm still looking for my first scanner.
 

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So not all will do digital and analog at the same time? do some?

I'm still looking for my first scanner.
No scanner can do two, or, more systems at the same time. All digital scanners do analog as well. What I meant in my response, is, that I can not listen to both systems at the same time on the same scanner. It is one at a time only:) If you want to hear two, or, more systems at one time, multiple scanners are neccessary. This is generally the reason people have more than one scanner.
Larry
 
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