Okay, well was really interested in picking up HAM signals around my area. Also police. Have an old police scanner but I feel HAM is out of range on it and it's incapable of picking it up. Doing some research overnight, the most diverse Scanner or if you wanna be picket a communications receiver I've come across is the ICOM IC-R20-06. Has a frequency range of 100 kHz - 3.3ghz! Not sure how good this is as they say jack of all trades master of none. Although what I've realized with scanners it's not so much the actual device, more the antenna you use for your needs. Their is no all purpose antenna for everything. I've seen people get multiple antennas for this device one good for police, one for ham, one for military ect. This scanner doesn't come cheap though. They also make a couple of table top scanners but way out of my price range. Anybody have any experience with this receiver?What is your goal? Which systems or services do you want to listen to?
There is no "all in one" solution for everything, as there are significant differences in the physics of the signals.
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Hams use many different bands. A general coverage receiver would be ok for picking those signals up, as no special processing is required. (Except if you want to listen digital voice modes.)Okay, well was really interested in picking up HAM signals around my area. ...
Any Recievers like ICOM IC-R20 that also picks up digital trunked signals? Reason why I wanted a receiver and not a scanner is the gapless frequency coverage. If theirs ever anything in between on a scanner, you'll miss it.not really, there are frequencies/channels, that are digital that are not trunked. I don't know of any scanner that picks up digital that is not a trunking scanner though. So if you plan on hearing digital, plan on picking a new scanmner up.