Originally Posted by MK
.....The future scanner market does indeed seem limited as agencies migrate towards encrypted radio systems.
While you may very well be right, I would also remind people here that we have been hearing that for years because of other changes, too. I got my first Bearcat III 8 channel crystal scanner roughly 38 years ago. I have had many different scanners since that time. I recall hearing predictions of the demise of hobby listening as a result of the following from time to time:
-800 mHz. When band was first available, scanners could not tune it in until the scanner industry caught up.
-Analog trunking. Same deal, until an analog trunk tracker was available, we heard lots of predictions of the end of scanner listening.
-MDT/MCTs. When computers showed up in squad cars many said that we would soon hear NO voice traffic.
-Cell phones/Nextel: Again, people said scanning was done because ALL calls would go over cell phone or Nextel.
-APCO P25. Again, people said that when radios went to digital modulation the scanners would be obsolete.
-DES/DVP On Analog Systems. Here, again, many speculated that soon NO more radio traffic would be in the clear and that ALL signals would be encrypted. Sure, many did use DES/DVP in the analog days and many use encryption on newer systems, but there is still LOTS of traffic in the clear in my area.
Things do change, but just enjoy what we have for now. Heck, I can remember when VCRs came out, some people predicted the end of movie theaters. In my area, movie theaters seem as popular as ever.
There were even some predictions years ago, when so called TV dinners were released, that restaurants would close and people would no longer cook. Guess what guys, we still cook for ourselves and the restaurant industry seems to be doing okay.