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Receivers / a (slightly) contrarian take on scanners
« Last post by Quiet1 on November 28, 2021, 09:50:12 AM »
There are all kinds of cool scanners out there, particularly the Home Patrol II.  They’re mostly useless to me, and here’s why.

A quick look at the Radio Reference scanner frequency database (https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/) came back with:
“The [redacted] County Sheriff's Office has moved to the State of [redacted] Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) and cannot be monitored by any scanner on the market.”

Alrighty then, no need for me to buy a high-zoot scanner.  That changes things to a new question: Is it worth it to get a relatively cheap (and maybe sorta obsolete) scanner?  I think so, read on.

OK, so scanning local law enforcement is out.  What else does Radio Reference show?  A short list of county medical and fire dispatch frequencies, and a longer list of Sheriff’s office backup frequencies.  There’re also a couple of local utilities frequencies.

What else is worth scanning?  FEMA’s NIFOG document lists a “when everything else is either incompatible or broken” interoperability frequency, 155.16 MHz.  In a regional disaster where help comes from many states – remember Katrina – that’s going to see some use, so it went on the scan list.  There are other interop frequencies given in NIFOG, but that’s the main one.  (Come to think of it, I need to put 155.16 on my FT-60 as a receive-only too.)

Last years’ rioters were reportedly using FRS/GMRS, so that’s worth listening in on.  Throw in MURS too, somebody *might* be using it.  If a civilian group is savy enough to use MURS, you’ll probably want to listen, be they friendly, hostile, or indifferent.  I found a list of the pre-programmed frequencies for the Baofeng 888 walkie-talkies.  It’s a mishmash of commercial and sometimes allocated frequencies.  Somebody *could* be using those, not knowing anything about programming them.

Throw in the 2m and 70cm ham calling and local repeater frequencies, and it totals up to quite a lot to listen in on.

So I bought a relatively cheap Uniden BC 355N scanner, just to hear what was out there.  They're around $95 lately, though I lucked into a sale for $78 a couple of years back.  So far I’m just using the little suction-cup-to-window wire antenna.  It works for nearby listening, and I don’t care about scanning anything else.  Might upgrade to a discone sometime though.

For a bonus, it’ll scan CB in AM as well.  Definitely worth having.  If the southeast US ever has a home-grown version of Lord Humungous, he and his army will be using CBs.  Probably will want to hear that one coming.

Since getting this bargain basement scanner, it’s been interesting.  Through last past winter I heard a trickle of ambulance dispatches with “difficulty breathing, possible covid case” tacked on.  Some nearby restaurants and RV parks are using GMRS, and the behind the scenes commentary is occasionally interesting.  Heard some kids playing with their new FRSs.  There is always some CB traffic around deer season, and I occasionally hear passing truck traffic on CB as well.

Is it worth it?  I think so.  It lets me know what’s going on nearby now, and in groovy times it’d be one more source of situational awareness data.  Scanners like the Home Patrol II are truly amazing, but give that even that can’t scan local law enforcement, it’s still worthwhile to jump on what’s easily scanned and what will most likely be used.

So what do y’all think?  Anybody else doing something like this?

[side note: Will new content help get the board rolling again?  I hope so.]
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by DragoSapien on November 27, 2021, 11:54:58 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving all. Hope we can get this board going again
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by XJP5 on November 23, 2021, 08:55:45 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys. Enjoy your turkey!
XJP5
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by AD on November 20, 2021, 10:57:32 AM »
Thanks everyone.

Now to get it moved and back up and tunning again.
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by Quiet1 on November 14, 2021, 06:55:27 AM »
Just glad to still be here. 8)
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by XJP5 on November 12, 2021, 02:27:16 PM »
Happy to see the forum back up.  ;)
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by 16bravolima on November 12, 2021, 09:14:33 AM »
Good to know the "Voices of Reason" are again back online...  Stay resolute my friends.
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General Discussion / Re: I'm Baaaaack!
« Last post by DragoSapien on November 11, 2021, 10:54:00 PM »
Glad to see it back up. I’ll be checking in.
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Announcements / Re: Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by DragoSapien on November 11, 2021, 10:50:53 PM »
At least the board is back up. Glad to hear from you again AD
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Announcements / Preparedham has been down thanks for godaddy AGAIN Rat Bastards
« Last post by AD on November 11, 2021, 09:29:03 PM »
As usual godaddy  has screwed up again and as a result took PH offline.

Got a forum guy looking at it now.

Next step is to move hosting to a better service.

AND

They have also killed my AD@ email cuz even though I have Microsoft 365 subscription already they want me to buy it AGAIN.  Fuxk that shit.
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