The first scanner I bought was a Uniden BC100XL (16 channel handheld) sometime in the early 1980's. I don't remember buying it at American Electronics, but I remember visiting that store a couple of times and picking up their scanner frequency sheet which I still have filed away somewhere. Richard, your list goes back further than that.
My first "scanner" was a tube type tunable VHF receiver. IPD was on VHF (155~ MHz). The receiver was so broad that I could hear the dispatch frequency and if the car was close enough I could hear them on the mobile frequency (no repeater at that time). I remember when Marion County Sheriff went to a repeater. I thought that was the greatest thing. When IPD went to UHF I purchased a RS Pro 16-A and a RS Pro-40.
Does anybody remember the old CRB Research frequency guides? They were just three or four paper pages usually tri-folded. You could buy them for certain geographic areas. They were the first frequency guides i remember. Sold by mail for about $2.00 a piece !
The Maps that were posted from K9WG were from the 1980's.Those were available from American Electronics in Greenwood and other locations. I also have those same maps in a file in the communications center.Thanks for sharing your post with others K9WG.
In addition to having to have those lists, I used to have a box of extra crystals that I'd swap when I wanted to hear something different, like adding the highway department for the winter months. After all, I only had 8 available channels....
I have a small tool box full of both Regency and Bearcat cystals.No one uses crystals anymore.When the need arises when I need to test a Regency or Bearcat crystal scanner it is nice to have a 162.550 crystal for National Weather Service,Indianapolis to make sure the scanner is working the way it should.
GT: Yup, that's what the old CRB Directories looked like. I remember ordering the ones for New York City and Los Angeles just to read about the radio systems. They were very concise, yet informative directories.