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    I live in palmer, alaska and i was wondering..

    1. How to know if my local police are digital or analog.

    2. What kind of antenna to get. ( does a glass mount antenna perform just as poorly with a scanner?

    3. And what type of antenna should i get for my BCT8... i want to monitor the cb freqs as well as the police and everything in between.

    and just a sidenote, what frequency do most school bus radios operate on, and also the small handheld two way radios.

    thanks for your time, drew

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    Jan 2006
    Northern New England


    1) By asking a local radio hobbyist, or reading and understanding the emissions designator code on the FCC license.

    2) Personally I like what Vanilla Ice said: "Anything less than the best is a felony." I'd go with a permanent install NMO mount antenna tuned to the band you are interested in, or an all-band by a reputable manufacturer, like the Antenna Specialists MON-5X series or a Larsen. Curiously, a cheap Workman dual band ham antenna I got on eBay for cheap also is an excellent all-band scanner antenna, it's just that the bolts on it are not stainless steel. The only other brand I buy is Antenexx.

    3) Didn't we just discuss that in question #2????

    School buses can be anywhere from low band to 900MHz TRS. You have to find out the company name and look up their FCC license, or get a good look at the antenna on the bus and then figure from there. Around here in central MA, we have 1 or 2 companies still on low band, a major company on VHF high both repeater and simplex, another major company on VHF high simplex, tons on UHF, and 1 or 2 on a 900MHz TRS.

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    The easiest way would be to use this to find the frequencies :roll:

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