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    Default Simple Scanner Question

    Rumor has it that Santa is Bringing me an 800mhz. Scanner this year

    I'm wondering if anyone knows if they are any more powerful than your standard VHF/UHF Type and can an 800mhz. Frequency be received over a 40 mile distiance ?

    Just curious....Don't know much about the Scanning World....Except how to to turn it on and off


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    It's just another frequency range. There is no such thing as "more power".

    Whether you will hear it 40 miles away depends on:

    The hight of the transmitter
    Transmitter power
    Terrain between you and the transmitter
    Height of your antenna
    Type of your antenna

    40 miles is a long way. I wouldn't be too hopeful.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    There is a big difference in scanners on the market today. Did you ask Santa or the correct one??? Are you going to scan the trunking format? Is it designed for the newer digital system or will it just receive analog system? Does it have the APCO 25 card? A lot of concern, since you are getting a scanner!

    You can, if so desire and are able to, is install an outside antenna on the roof or inside the attic to pick up transmitters of 40 to 50 miles away. You may need this.




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    Wow !! Didn't know that 800mhz. had diffrent systems.....What I'll be trying to listen to is the 800 system where I work.....As far as I know it is a digital radio system which repeats all seperate frequencies on one repeater of 460.600mhz. which I do ocassionally recieve if My Scanner is in the right part of my bedroom.

    So I guess We'll see.

    Plus the N.J. State Police use 800 and the actual transmitter I would be receiving from at work is actually 30 miles so maybe

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    Hey Bud, As the old capt said, it does make a difference of what you are trying to scan. I have provided a link for you to go and see the different scanners. Take a look and see if the one you ask for is what you want. Did you specify a brand and model to the sweetie? If not you may end up with something that or won't receive what you would like to hear. Do you know what the frequencies are?? Another link for you.


    Good luck listening.





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    I just try to have as many to choose from as possible. If one scanner doesn't do the job maybe another scanner will.
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    Hey cellblock - show'em your car!

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    Must... not.... reply... smash... keyboard... now!
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Originally posted by nmfire
    Must... not.... reply... smash... keyboard... now!
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    Cool Well...............

    Radio Shack, (at least around here) is almost the only place to find Scanners now. Used to be a fair amount of competition in the Scanner business, but not any more. My desktop Scanner model of choice is the Radio Shack Pro 2053. 300 Channels in 10 banks, scans any combination of Motorola I and II, EDACS, Etc. as well as simplex and duplex systems, ranging from 30.00 thru 899.9950. Radio Shack also carries a Frequency Guidebook, "Police Call" that comes in a number of editions, for different areas of the country. The book includes a CD, so you can look up your frequencies on the computer, instead of flipping paper. The Scanner was $129.95 and the book/CD was $21.95 In the 46.00 band, I pick up Franklin County PA, which is 125 miles Northwest of me. In the 800 band, I seem to have a 40 - 50 mile range, with weather causing some variations. Transmitter Towers that are High up, like Franklin's Mountain top location, have the edge over the Flatlanders in Delaware/Maryland/Virginia's "Eastern Shore" area
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    CrapShack is FAR from the only place to buy a scanner. You can buy scanners online at Uniden's online outlet (http://www.uniden.com), Scannerworkd (http://www.scannerworld.com), and many other online stores. If you just go to CrapShack, your wasting your money.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Originally posted by cellblock
    I just try to have as many to choose from as possible. If one scanner doesn't do the job maybe another scanner will.
    And today, we mourn the loss of forum member cellblock. Who died in an inverted worm hole because his numerous scanner antennas absorbed so much RF that it caused a rip in the fabric of time and space.
    I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

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    Originally posted by sbfdco1
    Hey cellblock - show'em your car!

    Ask and you shall receive. Shown in the attached pic from the bottom up is a color TV, 100ch conventional scanner, Pro-2067 Trunktracker Scanner, Laptop computer for running Ham Radio Automatic Position Reporting System APRS tracking program, Kenwood TM-D700 dualband ham radio, Magellin GPS plugged into the ham radio for use with APRS, Cadet red rotator dashlight for fire department response and finally a VHS-C video camera.
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    To see other scanner and radio monitoring desks check out the posts in this forum-> http://www.radioreference.com/module...wtopic&t=13841
    Photos of some mobile setups can be seen at-> http://www.radioreference.com/module...wtopic&t=16174
    Enjoy,
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    We need that "Bang Head On Wall" smilie.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Originally posted by nmfire
    We need that "Bang Head On Wall" smilie.
    This one?



    I have a Radio Hack Pro-96. At the time it was the only one capable of picking up the digital statewide system.
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    Bingo. That's the one!
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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