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    Default Scanning FAQ???????

    I've been browsing around here and following some links, but I'm having a hard time getting started on scanning. Can someone either write or link to a FAQ on what you need to do, buy, and know for scanning for the purpose of countermeasures?

    For example, I gather that you need to start with where you live and drive, then figure out what system the police use. I see links to sites with this info, but it's hard to interpret. Analog, digital, trunking, frequencies.... What's the best and/or simplest site for this info?

    Next I guess you need to figure out what scanner to buy based on the above? Not trivial due to the considerable expense of the better scanners I think.

    Then, maybe some info on how to operate/listen, or maybe that becomes self-evident once you have the scanner? For example, I gather that one needs to somehow update the frequencies or something as you move around?

    I suspect a lot of this info is around here, but it's hard to figure it out and find it when you don't know where to start. An A to Z guide would be great and probably even save the experts a lot of time replying to individual queries.

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    You could do a google search for scanner frequencies in your area. You can also pick up a book at your local Radio Shack that lists frequencies for just about anything and everything you can imagine.

    Once you figure out what is being used, you can figure out what you want to get. For example, in Michigan, the State Police use a digital trunked system. Scanners that pick up these signals run about $500 or so. Do you want to spend that much, or spend a couple hundred and just listen to your basic stuff?

    First find out what you want to listen to, then decide what equipment to buy.

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arvetus
    Scanners that pick up these signals run about $500 or so. Do you want to spend that much, or spend a couple hundred and just listen to your basic stuff?

    First find out what you want to listen to, then decide what equipment to buy.
    But what is "basic stuff" and what extra is on digital trunking? Will this be explained in the Radio Shack book? If basic stuff means firemen and you need digital then I guess I need digital. Or do some LEOs use one and some another? As a practical matter, what do people with experience say you need to keep track of the LEOs around you?

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    Where I'm at, nobody uses trunking. I can monitor everything except the Staties, who use digital. "Basic Stuff" would be stuff at or around 155MHz or 450MHz. That's what they use here in Po-Dunk, Clare, MI. I'm not sure where you're located, so I don't know what they use in your area. But if you live in a large town like Detroit or something, you'll probably need digital to pick up the locals. I don't know about other states, but Michigan State Police uses an 800MHz digital trunking system, similar to the way Nextel operates also happens to be close to the same frequency. Off topic - but ironically, this is also a partial reason (along with the fact that IDEN is oudated) why Nextel needs to move their network to CDMA on 1.9 GHz. Back on topic - most small to medium sized town's depts use an analog repeater system (not trunked).

    Trunking means that every time someone talks, the transmit frequency changes, so you need a receiver that follows the same algorithm that the transmitter uses to figure out the next frequency to transmit on, so you can hear the whole conversation.

    Most other's use a "simplex" method of operation (receive and transmit on the same frequency), or a repeater system (different transmit and receive frequencies, but they're always the same frequency each time). With a repeater system...all you need to know is the receive frequency and you'll still get both sides of the converation.

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    I live in CT. I found this site in another post:
    http://www.radioreference.com/module...ame=RR&aid=827

    (Now in reality I want to be able to scan, say I95 for the whole northeast, but we can start here.)

    How do I read this and will I have to input all this into the scanner somehow?

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    If these are the frequencies you want to pick up, you can pick up the most of them on a regular scanner. Notice, the mode is FM. This is standard. If you notice the ones that are using APCO-25 as the mode, this is a digital trunking system, so you will need a digital trunking capable scanner to listen to those particular frequencies.

    I'm going to guess that on I-95, you're going to mostly run into Staties, with the exception of a few county boys, and in your larger cities, you may get some city cops out too. I would recommend a digital if you want the whole shebang because that's what the majority of your state cops will use.

    Most of the new scanners these days come with PC software, so you don't have to spend hours upon hours programming those frequencies into the scanner. Just put in the frequencies you want, label them accordingly, upload them to the scanner...you're good to go in 20 minutes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientintegra
    How do I read this and will I have to input all this into the scanner somehow?
    Looks like the state police are using a Moto trunked system, with digital signals. If you find the page for your local county and city, it may be a different type of system.

    My Pro-96 was a computer interface on it. I bought a program called Win96 that lets me use my PC to program it. Win96 can download data from web sites that support it. The web site you mentioned is one of the ones that if you donate to them, will let you access that feature.

    So, it's possible to use a program to connect to a web site, to download and program your scanner easily.

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by edweird
    Quote Originally Posted by ancientintegra
    How do I read this and will I have to input all this into the scanner somehow?
    Looks like the state police are using a Moto trunked system, with digital signals. If you find the page for your local county and city, it may be a different type of system.
    I can't find my exact town, but I drive around plenty, so I'm interested in a good bit of the whole state anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by edweird
    My Pro-96 was a computer interface on it. I bought a program called Win96 that lets me use my PC to program it. Win96 can download data from web sites that support it. The web site you mentioned is one of the ones that if you donate to them, will let you access that feature.

    So, it's possible to use a program to connect to a web site, to download and program your scanner easily.

    Ed
    V1=$400
    LE30 or M20=$4-500
    Veil=$100
    LaserShield=hardly worth counting

    I'm already $1000 into this, $500 for this scanner seems like a lot, although I like that it does all the channels, incl CB, and the PC interface sounds great. Of course now I'm spending for the program and the subscription to the data.

    How low can you go with price and retain most or all of these features? I don't want something tiresome to use to save $100, but if I can get something decent for <$200 then maybe that would be a good starting point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edweird
    Previous detectors
    Passport '9?-'01
    Escort '8?-'9?
    Fuzzbuster II '81-'8?
    Ed
    BTW I get the feeling you're one of the few around here who has me beat on age--my first detector was an Escort in '83 or '84. I've owned more than you though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientintegra
    Quote Originally Posted by edweird
    Quote Originally Posted by ancientintegra
    How do I read this and will I have to input all this into the scanner somehow?
    Looks like the state police are using a Moto trunked system, with digital signals. If you find the page for your local county and city, it may be a different type of system.
    I can't find my exact town, but I drive around plenty, so I'm interested in a good bit of the whole state anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by edweird
    My Pro-96 was a computer interface on it. I bought a program called Win96 that lets me use my PC to program it. Win96 can download data from web sites that support it. The web site you mentioned is one of the ones that if you donate to them, will let you access that feature.

    So, it's possible to use a program to connect to a web site, to download and program your scanner easily.

    Ed
    V1=$400
    LE30 or M20=$4-500
    Veil=$100
    LaserShield=hardly worth counting

    I'm already $1000 into this, $500 for this scanner seems like a lot, although I like that it does all the channels, incl CB, and the PC interface sounds great. Of course now I'm spending for the program and the subscription to the data.

    How low can you go with price and retain most or all of these features? I don't want something tiresome to use to save $100, but if I can get something decent for <$200 then maybe that would be a good starting point?
    No matter what, digital scanners are going to cost you about $500, so plan to spend at least that

 

 

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