• 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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jloriginal

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Id just like to thank everyone who took the time to help me program my scanner and set up and learn win500. I wouldnt have been able to do any of this stuff without your help. The Radio Reference community is great. Im really glad I joined.
 

kg4ojj

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Now you are up and scanning, it's time to contribute to the hobby!!!

When you're bored of "regular" scanning (in a few weeks), learn to use the Search function. Keep a log of what you hear and try to figure out who it is. In the US, we have the publicly available FCC database for all non-federal frequencies. I routinely go through the various bands (e.g., VHF aviation, UHF aviation, VHF/UHF public safety) and search for new channels. Found one today near a federal facility. Not sure what it is yet, so I programmed it in my scanner as a regular channel. I have one scanner bank setup for unknowns and keep a logbook to help me discover who's using it.

For your next trick, add a wildcard to each of your trunked radio systems. It'll allow you to (possibly) discover new talkgroups. Again, I keep them in a separate bank. Found one of those for my favorite 800MHz trunked radio system. Not secret squirrel stuff, but a previously unknown talkgroup.

Then, come to Florida for vacation and start the programming all over again......

Hope you have tons of fun,
 
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