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Gymbag

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There is a thread in the Radio Shack forum about crystal scanners. I was wondering if anyone in Ontario would happen to know if you could still find/buy crystals for the older scanners. In my neck of the woods (Oxford County) the fire depts are still analog. If anyone knows or has some info on obtaining crystals can they pm me please. The freqs I would be most interested would be 158.3850, 154.1000 or 419.2875.
 

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It's been years but I used to order from CTS in Streetsville, Les Smith in Oakville or West out in British Columbia.

I'm pretty sure CTS stopped crystal production and I've heard Les Smith is gone as well.

West might be your only choice.
 

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Just spoke to Radio World and they do not sell nor did they ever sell radio crystals. Thanks for the info but I guess I will have to keep searching
 

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I did a quick Google search on West and Crystal and found their website.

Looks like they still make crystals.

There's also Bomar in the US.
 
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