I really don't understand the popularity of scanning federal frequencies when 95% of trnsmissions are encrypted.Are there any federal frequencies that you can listen to in the clear?
Thank you to everyone that " weighed in" with their expertise. Are there any examples of Federal scanner frequencies that can be heard with regularity?
Having been in the land and natural resource management business I would rather listen to those and fire departments more than anything else. I like listening to National Parks and Forests as well as the BLM. If you live in the rural west listening to these agencies is essential as fires and other events handled by them can affect you or someone you know.Well for what it's worth I regularly monitor the US Forest Service as there is a National Forest in close vicinity of where I'm at. While it's not really exciting radio traffic it does give me a chance to hear them talking about controlled burns, or responding to forest fires etc. And, so far, it has always been in the clear, no encryption and I have a feeling that it may never be.
I also have other Fed. Freqs. programmed and I once caught, although very briefly, two FBI mobile units talking to each other as they drove down a nearby Interstate. Again wasn't all that interesting but still a good catch. So you just never know what it'll be...