Without going into too much detail, there are two major bands on scanner that are in AM mode: the VHF aircraft band and the UHF military aircraft band (found on fewer scanners). Both are AM mode. The VHF band is 108 - 136 MHz and the mil band is 225 - 380 MHz. Some high-end scanners pick up shortwave as well, which is AM mode from 0 - 28 MHz. And of course the CB radio band is from 26.965 - 27.405 MHz and is AM for the most part. Just about everything else is FM, either regular FM, wideband FM (tv broadcast), or narrowband FM (newer systems). Hope that helps.