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Old 07-30-2014, 08:01 PM
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know anything about police scanners?

My buddy has one and its kinda fun to sit and listen around the fire all the strange crappolla that's happening

anyone here a monitoring freak? I know they have analog and digital radios, does anyone have a good one that does both?

thanks for any advise

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If you know the freq. of the local channel you can listen to it on your computer.

We listen to 147.26 in Grand Blanc, Mi for weather and Flint,Mi police.


Here's Washington state click on the county you are in

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/stid/53
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:21 AM
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If you have an Android phone, there are some scanner apps for you're buddy's phone.
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We used to listen to the "private" channels on my uncle's radio (RCMP). When they were dealing with stuff they didn't want average joe knowing. Robbery in progress, etc.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:49 PM
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Radio shack used to sell the books that had all the frequency listed and the scanners they sold would pick them up. As things changed police,fire,ems and airports changed some things and only a few would pick them up still, yet radio shack still sold a home use one that would pick up 900mhz signals. Check some old electronic store, may find one really cheap.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:16 PM
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They are digital nowadays here.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:18 PM
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Me and my now EX wife used to listen to the scanner all the time in Houston, we would go out with our Rottweiler in the back seat, a couple of Copilot's full of Dr. Pepper and park in some active areas and watch the street walkers.

When a call came in I would try to beat the cops to the location but I never did. It was some seriously fun times back in the early 90's inside the loop, plenty of scanner action, and it was cheap entertainment.

We made it to a domestic disturbance at a house on a corner, the cops pulled up to the front and I was driving by on the side street when a guy came running out of the house, jumped the four foot chain link fence and came after me with a machete, I was in the car but it was a chilling.

I still have a nice handheld scanner but I don't pick up squat in the current small town, and there is little action anyway compared to Houston.
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You did that without packing heat? You're lucky Darwin didn't come calling!
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:21 PM
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You did that without packing heat? You're lucky Darwin didn't come calling!

Of course, carrying a handgun in the vehicle was illegal in those days, but don't misunderstand our involvement, normally we were out of the way and safe as spectators.

Far worse happened to me while living in that hell hole, the most chilling was sitting in rush hour traffic c2003, in my 79 Wagoneer and looking to my right and seeing a hoodrat pointing a large handgun at my face. There was absolutely nothing I could do but look straight ahead and pray; apparently, my driving pissed him off.
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Your breathing may have pissed him off. I went through that in Seattle.
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I listen to enough 10 codes at work lol!

But, I was thinking the other day what folks who don't know the 10 codes think when we're jabbering away. It's honestly like a different language!

We're pretty small, but always stuff going on for the most part.

One of my freakiest times was when I was out in the boonies last year at about 2am, slowly getting further and further away from civilization, when this bone chilling, very monotone female voice comes on over the radio and saying something of the effect of "blah blah blah... 1 dead... Blah blah blah... 9 dead..."

Turned my car around and headed back to civilization! Thought maybe the zombie apocalypse was going down haha!
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:36 AM
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It really was a lot of fun, I forgot how many channels I had programmed but central, southeast and northwest come to mind, it is mind blowing how much is happening in big cities especially on Friday and Saturday night. If I remember correctly I also had an EMS channel that was always busy, a ton of chest pain and trouble breathing calls but other stuff too.

It was also interesting to hear LEO's who I went to school with, seems like a dozen in my senior class of '82 went to HPD or Harris County.

Watching the wrecker drivers was a hoot too, flipping the coin from what I guess is the method to determine who tows when they all hit the same place at the same time.

We were young and too poor to blow money on other entertainment, except maybe halfprice books or cd's. I don't have time for it now and really know interest.
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i thought they changed how the wreckers got the jobs in houston,due the the accidents they were causing trying to get there first.

i ran our TX route for many years. the tow trucks were more of a problem than the accident they were responding too.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:52 AM
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That is very likely, I am reminiscing, that was 23 years ago
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last couple years before i quit driving in 2004 there was rumor of laws being changed after a string of bad accidents by wrecker drivers running red lights at excessive speeds,blocking traffic,etc. they truly were idiots out there. usually younger guys.
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