psr500 / win500 thanks

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jloriginal

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Id just like to thank everyone who took the time to help me program my scanner and set up and learn win500. I wouldnt have been able to do any of this stuff without your help. The Radio Reference community is great. Im really glad I joined.
 

kg4ojj

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Now you are up and scanning, it's time to contribute to the hobby!!!

When you're bored of "regular" scanning (in a few weeks), learn to use the Search function. Keep a log of what you hear and try to figure out who it is. In the US, we have the publicly available FCC database for all non-federal frequencies. I routinely go through the various bands (e.g., VHF aviation, UHF aviation, VHF/UHF public safety) and search for new channels. Found one today near a federal facility. Not sure what it is yet, so I programmed it in my scanner as a regular channel. I have one scanner bank setup for unknowns and keep a logbook to help me discover who's using it.

For your next trick, add a wildcard to each of your trunked radio systems. It'll allow you to (possibly) discover new talkgroups. Again, I keep them in a separate bank. Found one of those for my favorite 800MHz trunked radio system. Not secret squirrel stuff, but a previously unknown talkgroup.

Then, come to Florida for vacation and start the programming all over again......

Hope you have tons of fun,
 
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