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Old 02-18-2018, 8:28 AM
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Was having a conversation with another radio enthusiast the other day and he mentioned a fellow he knew used to be able to listen to the local Tim Hortons drive thru here in Cape Breton but he never did get the frequency....has anyone around the province try scanning the local fast food places to see if they were able to pick up whats being heard?
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Old 02-18-2018, 8:55 AM
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Was having a conversation with another radio enthusiast the other day and he mentioned a fellow he knew used to be able to listen to the local Tim Hortons drive thru here in Cape Breton but he never did get the frequency....has anyone around the province try scanning the local fast food places to see if they were able to pick up whats being heard?
I used to listen to a bunch of fast food operations here in PEI. In the last few years, most businesses switched to digital/encrypted intercoms. Cannot be monitored. Tim's, McDonald's, Wendy's, ect. all use encrypted comms here now.
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In case those intercoms haven't been changed in Cape Breton, give the 469.0000 to 469.3000 Search range a try. But, reading the post above, it may be a long shot.
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In case those intercoms haven't been changed in Cape Breton, give the 469.0000 to 469.3000 Search range a try. But, reading the post above, it may be a long shot.
I'll give those a try thanks!. It's too bad they goto such a extreme measure as in encrypting the audio of " hi id like a double double please" lol
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I'll give those a try thanks!. It's too bad they goto such a extreme measure as in encrypting the audio of " hi id like a double double please" lol
If that's all they say, why do you want to listen to them?
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If that's all they say, why do you want to listen to them?
Thanks for taking an interest in a Canadian forum, but why do you want to respond?
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Old 02-18-2018, 11:38 AM
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First, lose the attitude. Second, I asked the question because I wanted to know what you find so interesting about it. Virtually every fast food place down here has at least one drive-thru, too.
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I used to listen to a bunch of fast food operations here in PEI. In the last few years, most businesses switched to digital/encrypted intercoms. Cannot be monitored. Tim's, McDonald's, Wendy's, ect. all use encrypted comms here now.


Not likely encrypted, but rather they are likely using spread spectrum of some sort in either the 900MHz or 2.4GHz ISM bands.


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First, lose the attitude. Second, I asked the question because I wanted to know what you find so interesting about it. Virtually every fast food place down here has at least one drive-thru, too.
There were a number of reasons why listening was good times.


It was easier to understand when they asked you questions about your order.

You could hear them question each other when they got it wrong, and hopefully got it corrected.

You knew when you'd better check your order, before you drive away.

They would discuss bad service and bad food and if it was you about to get screwed.

As they had intercom on ch.2, they would chat/ crack jokes/ talk about problem guests in store.

They would tell each other "last one" or "sold out", you could then order the last one, or not.

You could hear others orders and know if your screwed for a long wait in line, and just go in.

You could hear how picky/fussy & stupid some peoples orders were, I cringe for the staff sometimes.

Sometimes it was easier to pickup the HT and TX/RX directly when ordering especially during rain.

If you were picking up friends from work, you knew when they were off, or working late.

Do stupid things in the parking lot to entertain the DT slaves and listen to their reaction.

My future to be girl friend now ex-GF worked the DT and I could listen to her voice and listen to DT customers who needed a beatdown for talkin' to my (ex-) girl (to be) disrespectfully.


It is scanning, like all the other comms scanner people like tuning into.
Like reality TV shows before those happened, except you might know the charactors.
Little-bit o stalking for teens, but now teens do it internet-ally.
At least it was less weird than creapin' on baby-monitors.

You sound like my non-scanner friends (and then ex-GF), "why do you listen, that's so weird." and "were you sniffing my sweater just now???"


Being a member here, did you really need this one explained to you????????

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Old 02-18-2018, 1:19 PM
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There's still some listening out there -- I can't think of one area I drive through several times a year to get from point A to point B with close call active and I'm briefly listening to hamburger or taco orders...

I hadn't thought about the "inside" intercom discussions --

We all have different reasons for listening to one thing or another... Occasionally, I have the local amateur DMR site enabled but then, inevitably, some long winded, verbose ham keys up and I'm like - ok, that's enough of that for a while...
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My area is dead. No more DT.
I look, everyone has the spread spectrum hardware on the wall, and the boom mikes with the red/grn LED's in the mic.

Only activity is the mall stores and lumber yards on LPI all battling for the same 3 UHF channels.
Even apple store uses digital hopping radios. (you can easily see the model # on their radios)
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I have listened to all types of fast-food drive-thru's and made a list as well in Palm Beach Co.,FL as well as Upstate NY (Onondaga and surrounding counties). It's just one more thing to listen to that can be interesting. I have noticed that many places are getting off frequencies that are able to be picked up by scanners, but on the flipside I've also run across a few that are still using vhf-lo/vhf-hi pairings. Here are a listing of pairings I utilize to pick up fast-food drive thru's: (the first freq. is the customer freq. & the second is the clerk freq.)

30.840/154.570
31.000/170.305
33.140/151.895
33.160/154.515
33.400/154.540
35.020/154.600

151.715/169.445
151.775/171.905
154.570/170.245
154.600/171.105

457.5125/468.4875
457.5375/468.7625
457.5625/468.8375
457.5625/469.1375
457.5875/469.1375
457.6125/469.4625
457.6125/469.8875

460.8875/465.8875
461.0375/466.0375
461.0875/466.0875
461.1125/466.1125
461.2875/466.2875
461.5375/466.5375
464.9625/469.9625
464.9875/469.9875
469.0125/464.0125
469.0375/464.0375
469.0625/464.0625
469.0875/464.0875
469.1125/464.1125
469.1375/464.1375
469.1625/464.1625
469.1875/464.1875
469.2125/464.2125
469.2375/464.2375
469.2625/464.2625
469.2875/464.2875
469.3125/464.3125
469.3375/464.3375
469.3625/464.3625
469.3875/464.3875

Also search 902.000 to 930.000 as Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks & Chick-Fil-A's love using this band!!!!!

PL Tone Pairings:

71.9/88.5
77.0/77.0
82.5/88.5
94.8/94.8
94.8/146.2
131.8/94.8
131.8/131.8
131.8/146.2
146.2/94.8
146.2/131.8
146.2/146.2
156.7/162.2

The list is quite extensive so I'm sure it'll help. 73!!!!!!
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Hey thanks for the info, glad I program my scanners using software and not by hand!! 73!


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and "were you sniffing my sweater just now???"


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I was right outside macdonalds with my scanner , couldnt pick up anything , freq must be in a high range or encrypted so I heard , same with tim hortons couldnt pick up anything , might be different for Wendys etc
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If that's all they say, why do you want to listen to them?
I would occasionally plug in local drive through frequencies. Especially if there was a long line. You could hear some really 'interesting' conversations. There were times I didn't know who could be the dumber. The poor kid taking the order or the one doing the ordering.

Certainly not a full time occupation if you didn't have to listen to them, but fun for a few minutes of diversion.
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I was right outside macdonalds with my scanner , couldnt pick up anything , freq must be in a high range or encrypted so I heard , same with tim hortons couldnt pick up anything , might be different for Wendys etc


900MHz or 2.4GHz spread spectrum. Your scanner will not follow or decode it.


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I would occasionally plug in local drive through frequencies. Especially if there was a long line. You could hear some really 'interesting' conversations. There were times I didn't know who could be the dumber. The poor kid taking the order or the one doing the ordering.

Certainly not a full time occupation if you didn't have to listen to them, but fun for a few minutes of diversion.
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I was right outside macdonalds with my scanner , couldnt pick up anything , freq must be in a high range or encrypted so I heard , same with tim hortons couldnt pick up anything , might be different for Wendys etc
Yes, it depends on the restaurant. Many years ago I did a lot of drive-through scanning for cheap laughs ... I had the scanner in the car with me one day; the girl at the window asked was it was after I'd received my order. I told her "police-band scanner" and she said "You're not allowed to have that! That's illegal!" I looked at her, said "Then call the cops" and pulled out of the drive-through.
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