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Help buying new scanner

Postby Terry1987 » Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:55 am

Hi all Right where do it I start here. I got my first scanner from my gran when I was about 12. Still habe it to this daynot that I pick much up on it that is. So I'm 28 just getting back into it. And wondering how I pick a good one . And what I would still be able to pick up. I have a tyt md380 with dmr on it. So dont need to listen to that so what else does that leAve me with. Say I wanted to listen to the local council in town at weekend they have motorola trbo radios could I listen to them if I got a scanner or bought a radio capable of trbo would I just need to know the frequencys or what as I typed the freq of it in my tyt but it just lights up and no noise. Cheers
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Re: Help buying new scanner

Postby m0lsx » Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:59 am

First welcome to the forum.
Transceivers do not make good scanners. First they are not designed to scan, just rotate through a couple of programmed channels, second they are not really capable of covering the spectrum we need.
There are digital scanners around, but budget around £400 or more for one. There are also TV dongles that cost around £15 to $20 that with some tweeking & with some free ware will happily listen to & decode most of the popular digi modes. But don't expect much traffic at weekends from most PMR sources & if it's handheld to handheld PMR then do not expect much range.
To listen to digi you need more than just frequencies you need groups & colours too. But with the right set up, you will be able to find that with some work.
As a whole frequencies are all that are exchanged here. In part because no one wants to post anything that could help someone pirate someone else's legally held frequency or cause problems for those we listen to.
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Re: Help buying new scanner

Postby Terry1987 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:28 pm

Thanks for your reply. I'll have a look on ebay and see what desktop scanners are on it and hopefully pick a good one. its just for listening to stuff when bored really. Council was only people Could think of using trbo so used then as a reference. But quite happily listen to most things.
m0lsx wrote:First welcome to the forum.
Transceivers do not make good scanners. First they are not designed to scan, just rotate through a couple of programmed channels, second they are not really capable of covering the spectrum we need.
There are digital scanners around, but budget around £400 or more for one. There are also TV dongles that cost around £15 to $20 that with some tweeking & with some free ware will happily listen to & decode most of the popular digi modes. But don't expect much traffic at weekends from most PMR sources & if it's handheld to handheld PMR then do not expect much range.
To listen to digi you need more than just frequencies you need groups & colours too. But with the right set up, you will be able to find that with some work.
As a whole frequencies are all that are exchanged here. In part because no one wants to post anything that could help someone pirate someone else's legally held frequency or cause problems for those we listen to.
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Re: Help buying new scanner

Postby m0lsx » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:35 pm

If you get a homebase scanner you will need a hombase antenna of some description. The antennas are not that expensive, but the Coax needs to be reasonable stuff & then you need mounting brackets & poles so budget say £150 up depending upon how much Coax you need & the more coax you need, the better it needs to be.
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