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.
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.
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.
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.