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    Default Does your scanner pick up cb freqencies?

    I was just wondering if any of you people with police scanners can pick up cb frequencies. I know scanners that have the capability of picking them up, like mine (pro-95) but I cant seem to hear anything or anyone. Is there a reason for that? Anything I can do to change it and actually hear cb frequencies? I was just wondering. Thanks for any replys and info!!!!!!!!!!

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    Most of my scanners also cover the CB freq.s.

    You will find that monitoring CB stuff, and even the VHF Low band which is 30-50 MHz really requires an antenna that's longer than a couple feet and having that antenna outside your car or house. This is so that it can gather a strong enough signal for your scanner.

    I don't doubt that if you tuned your scanner to the local CB channel used by truckers, and had it on the seat of your car, you'd hear them when they were less than a mile from you, but if you've got a small antenna inside the car or your house, hearing stuff from farther away becomes difficult. This also applies if your local state police are on low band. When I lived in CA I could hear the CHP base on 42 MHz easy enough, but the mobiles (this was not a repeater setup) were only audible when they were within a few miles, and that's because I was up on the side of a hill overlooking a valley.

    Most folks will just buy a CB and antenna for the car, and now they can also talk back and ask about traffic conditions if they wish.

    Ed

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    No scanner will pick up CB frequencies with a stock duckie....and you will need an lasrge external antenna to get good enough range

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    If you are mobile the best antenna to use in the car is an Antenna Specialists Mon 51 and you can get that with a magnet mount or have other choices of mounts. This is as good as it gets for a handheld/mobile scanner Unless you use a base station antenna in which case then your scanner now becomes part of your home.

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    I would go to a HAM radio store and ask what antenna they would recommend for a mobile scanner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mplsfalls
    I would go to a HAM radio store and ask what antenna they would recommend for a mobile scanner.
    I have already done this.

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    get a cb for your car, that is the way to go..... you can interact not just listen..... can be fun in times of boredom, and it can save you in times of need...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddieth3king
    get a cb for your car, that is the way to go..... you can interact not just listen..... can be fun in times of boredom, and it can save you in times of need...
    \I have had both in car and CB gets boring and old after awhile because of the characters you hear on there.

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    you dont think they can be entertaining as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddieth3king
    you dont think they can be entertaining as well?
    No too much consider that I was into CB/SSB from 1971 to 1980

 

 

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