What was your first scanner model?

What was your first scanner model?

  • ICOM

    Votes: 2 0.9%
  • Radio Shack

    Votes: 100 44.6%
  • GRE

    Votes: 1 0.4%
  • Uniden

    Votes: 59 26.3%
  • AOR

    Votes: 1 0.4%
  • Other

    Votes: 61 27.2%

  • Total voters
    224
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mciupa

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Pro 2022 .
Had it modified so that it could pick up TPS without the tones when they were on 142 megs.
 

n4voxgill

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my first scanner back in the mid 1950s was an FM table model radio with the crystal changed out so it would pick up 159 MHz. Then I got the first Radio Shack Patrolman. A handheld with a gray case and a VFO that workd on hi band.
 

rhutch

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Realistic Patrolman 8 ch scanner then I got the Realistic 4 channel hand held scanner to go with it. I remember laying in bed at night and watching the amber lights flash.
 

Jay911

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Bearcat SP-H/L:



Had four slots for crystals.. only ever had one in it (for 153.86 - at the time, Pickering Fire frequency 3).

I still have this, and it still powers up, given the right amount of juice applied. Nothing anywhere remotely near me transmits on 153.86, so I don't know if it still receives.
 

rhutch

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Get a crystal for the weather channel? It would make a great little weather radio
 

rafale01010

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An old but still operable BC60XLT 10ch 10band radio. now that i know how to run it, i got some of the conventional channels around here programmed in,
 

DaveH

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Bearcat BCIII L/H made by Electra, before the Bearcat name was taken
over by Uniden. It had plug-in front-ends for lowband and VHF highband.
I intended to get OPP 42MHz crystals for it but a few years later got a Bearcat
101, one of the earliest synthesized scanners.

Dave
 

Jay911

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Yeah... those old Bearcat radios :) Low AND high band operation!! 30-54 MHz and 136-174 MHz. :)

I often find myself wondering what else I could have picked up had I had the right crystals. My father got the scanner initially so the family could keep tabs on him at work, but we spent lots of time in York Region as well, in north Markham, at relatives' residences. We tried for a few years to figure out the right frequency and crystal needed for MFD, but it never happened.
 

CharlesDom

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I don't remember the model number but I know it was a 100 channel scanner. This was back in 1989, I was in the Air Force and stationed at Okinawa Air Base in Japan. This Master Sergeant had one and got me interested so I ordered it from the Base Exchange. I thought it was the best thing since sliced cheese.

I could pick up just about all the transmission on base, including incoming aircraft and security forces. I was really in the "know" about everything. Oh yes, the good old days. It was great back then.
 

Lobstah_Guy

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My first scanner was a Heathkit GR-110, 8 channel VHF Hi band that I built while going to an electronics school at Mare Island, CA in 1974
 

williams63

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4 ch " Patrolman " Scanner , with 4 crystals...2 for OPP ( 42 Mhz back then ..and 2 for Sudbury Police.

My dad was a Cop with the Sudbury Dept...so I could now listen to dad at work.

Sudbury had a VHF 2 ch system them, they had 1 ch used for undercover work..it was Speech Inversion or as my dad called it " Sideband " God Bless the ole guy !
 

williams63

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Jay911 said:
I often find myself wondering what else I could have picked up had I had the right crystals..
Good heavens Jay , I soooo recall this now ( after my post ) " Hey dad if only I could get an RCMP Crystal..." LOL , my dad just smiled.
 
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