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Separate receiver or computer

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I am interested in listening to ham operators worldwide, local police, fire, aircraft, and marine. Is it best to get a separate receiver\scanner or use the computer by itself. I see that you can access different broadcasts online.
 
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I would go with a stand alone receiver.
you're not going to really find a one fits all solution though if you want to listen to world wide bands.

what interests you the most?
 

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You will only be able to listen to local services if a feed is currently available, then only certain channels such as police dispatch only ( tactical channels are not permitted) where if you had a scanner you could hear it all.
 
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I will be more interested in local traffic (police, fire, aircraft, etc.). World band receivers have a scanning function. Would that be useful to me if I wanted to "have it all?" Meaning local traffic and ham operators around the world.
 
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World band receivers have a scanning function.
Do they? None of my HF receivers have a scanning function that works very well - they certainly step through a series of frequencies but they don't stop on signal as a VHF scanner does.

Separate receivers for separate functions and you'll need separate antennas too.

Degen 7313, JRC NRD 515, WinRadio G33 and 303e, Kenwood R2000, Yaesu VR5000, UBCT 8 and lots more....
 
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