Direction of antenna for scanning

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GLCostanza

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Hey everyone, I'm new to scanning. Most of the listening I do is to police and ems radio. I recently bought an external antenna (a UHF Directional and VHF Omni) which will go up on a mast connected to my chimney. I'm all set up to install it, but I don't know which way to point it. It's a silly question. I live close to downtown Houston (about 10 miles away); should I start by aiming it at downtown, or vice versa? Thanks for any feedback.
 

KC4RAF

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Hope this will help some...

Welcome to the RR website. This’ll be the place for most of your question and answer concerning scanning.
Your location will have some variables involved. What type of antenna, ( I know you said directional, but is it a simple Yagi with 2 or 3 elements, etc.) I’m assuming your talking about Houston, Texas. That’s a big city and think they may have several tower sights for police and EMS.
If you can loosely clamp the antenna to the holding hardware and have a short coax that you can attach to the scanner (is it portable or base?) and to the antenna and twist the mast to different directions while listening and watching your receive bars on the scanner will give you a general location.
Others will come up and give you more info about what you should and should not do, so try to have an open mind and do as they suggest. (let me rephase that: if they suggest you jump up and down on the roof while holding and turning the antenna… you know what I mean! Lol)
Have fun and if in need of more help, let us know. Someone will be happy to offer tips and tricks of the trade.
 
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