• 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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    COMPACtenna SCANNER

    It would appear that China already has a cheap knockoff, and it looks like something I could have built myself with a short visit to Lowe's plumbing department. I can only imagine what they have stuck inside that thing. :) but here it is: OPX-350 Antenna UHF/VHF High Gain 100W Car Radio...
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    Pro-2006: Unknown Problem

    Sounds like a bad capacitor somewhere along the line. It saddens me to see great old scanners going to the recycle bin when they are too far gone.
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    Best cheap CCR

    That extra $$ tacked on will for sure kill a noticeable amount of sales. It may not substantially drop their sales, but I bet it's going to sting deep for a while.
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    Best cheap CCR

    That is also a good radio. I have one and it is a decent entry level radio at a good price. I found one listed in ebay for $21.99 with free shipping, and it is located in NJ so delivery will be only a couple days. Here is a link: Baofeng UV-82 Two Way Radio UHF VHF Dual-Band Walkie Talkie Ham...
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    Best cheap CCR

    Look on ebay. I saw a new Baofeng UV-5R for $19.99 with free shipping. It is from China, so you will have to wait a few weeks. If you get the programming cable (about $6 to $8), you can use CHIRP on your computer to get it programmed in about 10 minutes or less.
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    Listen before you leap

    I also signed up, only to be disappointed due to the complete and total lack of the only information I was seeking. Most of the very active repeaters are listed in Repeater Book. I have found some that are not listed, some that are (and have been) off the air for some time, some that have gone...
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    Listen before you leap

    Thanks Hit_Factor. I appreciate the information.
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    Listen before you leap

    I do not know where to access that either and would much appreciate a link for North Carolina if possible. Thanks.
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    COMPACtenna SCANNER

    Somebody knew what it was and had to relieve you of it. That really sucks. I had an expensive dual band Diamond on the trunk of my car, amazingly nobody ever stole it.
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    Streaming from Android Smartphone to Zello

    That looks like an interesting idea. I had not thought of using the Zello app with vox. I don't see any reason why it would not work. Let us know how it turns out.
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    10 Codes and other Codes

    I haven't checked this particular forum in a while and I'm glad I did. I have been looking a bit here and there for the Surry county 10-codes and there they were. Thanks for all the info, it is very much appreciated and now I will know if something is just routine or something I should pay a...
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    1/4 wave or 5/8?

    To further understand how you receive signals in the shadow of a hillside that you think would be blocked, below is an excellent article and easy to understand. Knife edge diffraction is also one of the questions you study before passing an Amateur Radio exam. It was on mine. Radio Wave...
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    1/4 wave or 5/8?

    Since I could do a street view on google earth in your town, I now see what type of terrain you are in. I'm still of the opinion that a simple 1/4 wave will serve you well given your set of circumstances. My opinion is only formulated by experience (sometimes bad), so you can take that for...
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    1/4 wave or 5/8?

    Given that you are surrounded by mountains, I absolutely agree with mmckenna. The 1/4 wave will have some advantage over the 5/8 given the fact that the 1/4 wave has a somewhat higher angle of TX/RX pattern. However slight it may be, that will be advantageous for signals coming over the...
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    1/4 wave or 5/8?

    How far away are the mountains? If you have to look up at a 45 degree angle, then they are pretty close, but if they are a good distance away (like 15 to 20 mi.) it might change things a little bit.
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    1/4 wave or 5/8?

    If you are in a mountainous area, where you are will dictate which one you will serve you best. First, are you in a valley or up fairly high? Are you close to a hill, or mostly out in the open? This information is critical to determining the proper antenna. I live in the same type of area...
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    5/8 wave vs. 1/4 wave receiving antennas

    The topic of the OP is getting lost with this conversation. I cannot possibly cover the information you are missing in a post or two for you to see your error. I strongly suggest reading the ARRL Antenna handbook, it dispels popular and incorrect concepts that seem to have transcended time even...
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    5/8 wave vs. 1/4 wave receiving antennas

    A 5/8th antenna element, by itself, actually has no gain. The 5/8th wave depends on radiation from a reflection or radiation from a second source to create gain. Those little radials on a discone are not sufficient to create any gain at all, therefore there will be a net loss due to the coil...
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    5/8 wave vs. 1/4 wave receiving antennas

    Pick up any ARRL Antenna handbook ;) ;)
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    Looking For A Base Antenna For 39.3 - 39.6 Range

    The 5/8 is used only for transmit (there is a whole theory behind this that I am not going to get into), but the 5/8 is slightly off frequency for the receive. I would not suggest it for receiving purposes. That 6.4 dB gain claim is assuredly bogus. Any magical antenna that only states "dB"...
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