How to Structure and organize banks

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buliv

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Now that I have my first decent scanner, a Pro 95. How do I begin the task of keeping this stuff organized?

I have 1,000 frequencies with 10 banks. Not being a structured person, I am curious on how experienced members keep track of everything. Fire, Police, EMA, MABAS, etc etc.

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Bill
 

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I keep things separated by location, others keep them separated by service (police, fire, etc.) You use whatever makes sense to you, even if no one else uses your system.
 

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I keep things separated by location, others keep them separated by service (police, fire, etc.) You use whatever makes sense to you, even if no one else uses your system.
I keep things separated by location mostly as well. For me I did law enforcement north, south, east, and west (from my location) in consecutive banks. I also had some additional fire agencies in separate banks, and then a large trunking network that took up 2 banks, plus the highway patrol. So some by location if it made sense, and then by function or agency for others. I listen to almost exclusively LE, so I spent a lot more time organizing that - and then just bundled all the fire stuff together in case I needed it.

So it looks like this:

1-large TRS and conventional local law enforcement/fire
2-large TRS additional TGs
3-CA Highway Patrol
4-North LE
5-South LE
6-East LE
7-West LE
8-Fire agencies 1
9-Fire agencies 2
10-Feds and mutual aid stuff
 

GrayJeep

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I run my Pro-106 using banks sorted by what I want to hear when I'm in particular areas of my commute.

This means that I have areas for certain trunking towers then areas for a slightly different set of towers.
And the choices are by agencies of interest in that part of the commute.

I programmed a loaner Pro-96 for a coworker so that he leaves home using bank 1 then adds 2 and removes 1, then add 3 and remove 2 then add 4 and remove 3 then up to the 5th zone. By area. And I put the agencies of interest for each area in those banks.

Up to you.
 

scannerboy01

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My scanner is organized geographically, but it's your decision on how to organize the frequencies since you are going to be the one using the scanner.
 

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I have different scanners organized in different manners. It depends on the use of that scanner. Some are organized geographically, because I use them when traveling. Some are organized by type of radio service. For example:

0 = All conventional fire frequencies (within 100 mile radius)
1 = Cal Fire (statewide)
2 = US Forest Service and Park frequencies
3 = CHP (statewide)
4 = City of Sacramento trunked system plus media frequencies
5 = Co of Sacramento plus California state frequencies
6 = conventional law enforcement north of hwy 50
7 = conventional law enforcement south of hwy 50
8 = Amateur radio and marine frequencies
9 = Aviation

Are you using the scanner only at home? Or traveling too? Do you listen to just police and fire, or have other interests (railroads, aviation, marine, etc)?
 

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my primary base. bcd996xt

1.local/priority.
2.north bank fire.
3.south bank fire.
4.state police trunk.selected talkgroups.
5.my local pd. i lock them out because they are busy./not big police listener.
6.all fire frequencies as alloted by the fcc.v-lo/v-hi/uhf.
7.big crap nyc. sod/fire/ems. only real active stuff.
8.air/coast guard. some civil.some milair.select c.g. stuff.

will eventually put more stuff in. have to get a fm notch filter.
 
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