Programmig all the Frequencies in the search range

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Was wondering if anyone has ever done this... this will probably not apply to a lot of people as this relates to non-trunked VHF/UHF stuff....

My scanner has these PD/Fire search ranges pre-programed as most scanners do:

Group / Step

33.420-33.980/ 20
37.020-37.420/ 20
39.020-39.980/ 20
42.020-42.940/ 20
44.620-45.860/ 40
45.900-46.060/ 40
46.080-46.500/ 20
153.770-154.130/ 60
154.145-154.445/ 15
154.650-154.950/ 15
155.010-155.370/ 60
155.415-155.700/ 15
155.730-156.210/ 60
158.730-159.210/ 60
453.0375-453.9625/ 12.5
458.0375-458.9625/ 12.5
460.0125-460.6375/ 12.5
465.0125-465.6375/ 12.5

So I did a quick spreadsheet and mapped out all the possible frequencies based on the steps. I excluded 458.0375-458.9625 and 465.0125-465.6375 as these are usually input frequencies.

I ended up with 425 frequencies which I will program in the unused banks of my 1000 channel scanner. I live in the middle of nowhere in Kansas and really only have about 15 active frequencies near me, but on occasion I get skip stuff that comes in.

With all these frequencies programmed in I can just scan them when I want without having to hassle with the search feature, that way I can scan my regular stuff as well.

So now if weird weather conditions present themselves I will be able to pick up any VHF/UHF PD/Fire signal that may be swept my way....
 
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Can't say I've tried that fredg , but an interesting concept nevertheless. :)

I wish I had your spare time.:D

I suppose you could enter them all with the delay set , and as you get "hits' on that freq. you could take the delay off and see how many of those 425 you have received. :cool:
 

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Just teasing about the spare time. :wink:

I have a Pro 2052 that I could try your idea with ... if I had some spare time ....oops :p
 

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You're assuming that 'service' search is actually complete, which it probably isn't. And the channel spacing in VHF High band is changing now, with new licenses being issued at 7.5 KHz channel spacing! (Old channels were 15 KHz spaced)

If you REALLY want to listen to everything in your area, you're better off to go to the FCC license search site, using the geosearch option, to specify your state, your specific latitude and longitude (Use Google Earth to 'fly' to your location and see what it is, if you don't know), and ask for all stations within a 50 mile radius.

http://tinyurl.com/ysj7xo

This will give you public safety, business, all of it. It'll probably be a very large list, so you may want to also generate one specifying only the public safety radio services (hold the control key down to select multiple groups, read through the list and select anything that includes public safety, there's may different codes for them).
 

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Yes you are correct Skip, I realized that later when I started browsing around the database for KS and found a bunch of freq's that I clearly missed.

Plus I was using the search steps based on my PSR-100 which are different from my Pro-2052 that I am actually programming the freq's into.

I think what you are suggesting is what I actually need to do to have the best shot at hearing the most!

Thanks!
 

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I like his fredg's approach. In my area, there used to be one 453 MHz unlicensed police tactical channel in use and some 458 and 460 MHz unlicensed ambulance mobile extenders in use. If you don't have an extra radio to devote to searching or don't have a radio like the Uniden 396 that can search and scan at the same time, this is a good way to scan your favorite freqs but also find some elusive new ones too.
 

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SkipSanders said:
You're assuming that 'service' search is actually complete, which it probably isn't. And the channel spacing in VHF High band is changing now, with new licenses being issued at 7.5 KHz channel spacing! (Old channels were 15 KHz spaced)

If you REALLY want to listen to everything in your area, you're better off to go to the FCC license search site, using the geosearch option, to specify your state, your specific latitude and longitude (Use Google Earth to 'fly' to your location and see what it is, if you don't know), and ask for all stations within a 50 mile radius.
I did this for all of Kansas filtered by PW. Got a massive list. Removed all the dups and did some other cleaning up also removed all VHF Lowband as I don't think much is going on there anyway.

Ended up with about 210 freq's after removing the 150 or so I already had for my surrounding counties. I then browsed the RR database and in every case that I spot checked anywhere in the state I found that I had the freq's listed.

So for about 350 programmed freq's I should have most all the possible freq's for Kansas (PD/Fire/Amb and some local gov).

On the other hand, I could have sprung for a premium membership here at RR and got the same thing alot eaiser with a CSV file.... :)

EDIT: Just did the Premium sub... got the CSV file now!!!
 
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