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Hi there,

My Pro-97 has finally stopped scanning. It looks like it is scanning,
but it stays on the same band and the same frequency. When I press the
Red button to hear NOAA weather there is no audio there either.

I listen primarily to police/fire/disaster preparedness, city,
aviation, Air force 1, military jets, civil offense, cellular phones,
regular cordless phones. I don't believe
anyone in this relatively unpopulated area has trunking.

Radio Shack said they would fix it for $90.00

I live in Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, County

Here is a site that will show you the frequencies available in SEMO. I
also listen to the Little Egypt area.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=29

What would you reccommend for an excellent new handheld scanner?

A thousand thanks for your time and advice


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The Other Guy wrote:

Uniden BCD396XT, without a doubt.


I always get nervous when someone uses a phrase like, "without a doubt"
when discussing a subjective matter. The BCD396XT is a cracking scanner,
I'm sure we'd all agree, but the OP said he listens to cellular and he
won't be able to do that with a Uniden. So, I respectfully counter with
the Icom IC-R20 (unblocked) and/or the AOR AR-8200 Mark III. They are
worthy of a look by anyone who wants to buy a serious scanner.

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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:14:13 +0000 (UTC), Golan Klinger
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The Other Guy wrote:

Uniden BCD396XT, without a doubt.


I always get nervous when someone uses a phrase like, "without a doubt"
when discussing a subjective matter. The BCD396XT is a cracking scanner,
I'm sure we'd all agree, but the OP said he listens to cellular and he
won't be able to do that with a Uniden. So, I respectfully counter with
the Icom IC-R20 (unblocked) and/or the AOR AR-8200 Mark III. They are
worthy of a look by anyone who wants to buy a serious scanner.

My Realistic Pro 2006 used to pull in so many cellular call ten or so
years ago that I couldn't keep up with the conversations. There used
to be 30 or 40 mimimun going at one time; plus regular cordless.

Now I hear nothing on cellular, and very little on cordless. :-(

After that congressman got caught saying things on his cell phone that
he shouldn't have said, they quickly passed a law forbidding people
from monitoring cellular.

So that was the end of a fascinating period where I could really hear
what people thought about celebrities, and neighbors without them
knowing it.

Needless to say some of what I heard was astounding!

Now the frequencies are so high, and they change so rapidly, it is
impossible to hear MOST phone calls. :-(

I miss all of those arguments between boyfriends and girlfriends,
husbands and wives, lovers, conversations about how they felt about
OJ, Michael J, Clinton, Bush 1, and 2, and of course my neighbors.

I even heard some savage in my neighborhood, tell a beautiful woman
who had been coming by to see that he wanted to kill me. That was back
in 1993, and I haven't been able to figure out yet who that was. It
was a cordless call so the person must have lived within a few blocks
of me.

The woman never came by anymore so I figured he scared her away. Then
a couple of years ago another female friend of mine told me one day
that she was telling her sister who now lives in Texas about me, and
her sister interrupted her saying she knew me well, and thought I was
a great guy. I was amazed by that. So before I knew it, I had Debra's
phone number and email address. I called her and we chatted happily.
She told me she had left and moved to Montana, and a few other places
before getting married and going to Texas.

After a few fun calls, I mentioned to her that I had heard her talking
to this guy and he had threathened to call me. I asked her since we
were supposed to be friends why she didn't warn me of what this person
was saying instead of never contacting me again. She immediately
denied that she had been in a conversation like that. I'm 90% sure it
was here because I listened for a half hour or so and heard her
telling him things only someone who had been in my home would know.

I have looked all over for the tape of the conversation, but have been
unable to find it since I never thought I would see her again. She
stopped calling and emailing me after I brought it up. That is fine by
me, because I now know she was not a true friend and apparently had
other motives for making my acaquaintance. There is no way that if I
oveheard strangers talking about killing a close friend of mine that I
would not at least immediately notify him/her of what I had heard.
After that it would be up to them to decide what to do about it.

I had hoped to hear some criminals stashing large sums of money
someplace nearby so I could get it before it was picked up. In 30
years of scanning I have still not heard that kind of call. I also
heard several adults who were having affairs with 12-14 year old girls
arguing with the girls to not turn them in. One of them did get turned
in and is probably still in jail for jumping such young tail.
And of course there were the millions of calls about race. Listening
to what we actually think about colored people, and hearing how much
they hate us was frightening. My friend tell me I need to write a book
in my decades of listening to scanner conversations. :-)
If I can find enough notes, maybe I will do that.


I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
on the Icom and AOR today.

My Bearcat 895XLT and Pro-2006 still work fine as desktops though.

And so it goes.
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Jack Newhouse wrote:

I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
on the Icom and AOR today.


Perhaps you, and hopefully others, will find these URLs of use:

BCD396XT
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/BCD396XT

ICR20
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/IC-R20

AR8200
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/AR8200

All three are superb scanners. It's nice to be spoiled for choice.

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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:56:34 +0000 (UTC), Golan Klinger
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Jack Newhouse wrote:

I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
on the Icom and AOR today.


Perhaps you, and hopefully others, will find these URLs of use:

BCD396XT
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/BCD396XT

ICR20
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/IC-R20

AR8200
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/AR8200

All three are superb scanners. It's nice to be spoiled for choice.


Is there a site where I can compare all three one against the other?

I'm thinking maybe it will be best just to take my Pro--97 to radil
shack, pay them the $90.00 and let them repair the Pro-97

These new scanners cost more than they house, car, and property are
worth! They still won't pick up cellular for the most part. Plus I
have software that will upload and download to and from my scanner.
These new ones don't seem to have that.

Thanks for helping me to narrow my decision. I've heard a lot about
AOR and ICOM when it come to shortwave receivers. They are top of the
line there also.


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"Jack Newhouse" wrote in message
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My friend tell me I need to write a book
in my decades of listening to scanner conversations. :-)
If I can find enough notes, maybe I will do that.


I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
on the Icom and AOR today.

My Bearcat 895XLT and Pro-2006 still work fine as desktops though.

And so it goes.



Cell has gone almost all digital. No scanner you can buy will let you listen
to it. I am surprised there is any analog call service anywhere any more.
Cordless phones many years ago went to a system that the scanners you can
buy will not pick up. When it first hit it was of course expensive, but like
all tech, it has dropped in price like a rock. I have not looked at a new
cordless phone for quite a while, but I would be surprised if they even
still sell new ones that can be picked up with your scanner. So again this
is something that will soon be completely gone.
As for Police/ Fire, even if your area does not yet use some kind of
Trunking, they may well soon do so. It would be wise to buy a scanner than
can be used with Trunking, even if it is not yet in your area.
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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 14:41:12 -0700, "Alex Clayton"
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"Jack Newhouse" wrote in message
.. .
My friend tell me I need to write a book
in my decades of listening to scanner conversations. :-)
If I can find enough notes, maybe I will do that.


I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
on the Icom and AOR today.

My Bearcat 895XLT and Pro-2006 still work fine as desktops though.

And so it goes.



Cell has gone almost all digital. No scanner you can buy will let you listen
to it. I am surprised there is any analog call service anywhere any more.
Cordless phones many years ago went to a system that the scanners you can
buy will not pick up. When it first hit it was of course expensive, but like
all tech, it has dropped in price like a rock. I have not looked at a new
cordless phone for quite a while, but I would be surprised if they even
still sell new ones that can be picked up with your scanner. So again this
is something that will soon be completely gone.
As for Police/ Fire, even if your area does not yet use some kind of
Trunking, they may well soon do so. It would be wise to buy a scanner than
can be used with Trunking, even if it is not yet in your area.


We just got radio, television, and computers here in
Rushlimbaughville, MO this year. So I have no clue as to what trunking
can do.
http://www.city-data.com/city/Cape-G...-Missouri.html


All that means to me is two elephants using their trunks to wrestle
each other.

Can anyone find a site that will tell you whether there is any
trunking around here, or in Southern illinois, or Northwestern
Kentucky and Tennessee?
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Jack Newhouse wrote:

Is there a site where I can compare all three one against the other?


Not that I'm aware of.

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The Other Guy wrote:

But none of their radios can trunk.


You don't need a trunk tracking scanner to monitor and follow trunked
traffic. Just set the used range of frequencies into a bank and let the
scanner do what it does. While a trunk tracker makes things easier, it
isn't essential.

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On Fri, 10 Jul 2009 07:16:29 -0700, Evan Platt
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On Thu, 09 Jul 2009 22:19:20 -0500, Jack Newhouse
wrote:

We just got radio, television, and computers here in
Rushlimbaughville, MO this year. So I have no clue as to what trunking
can do.
http://www.city-data.com/city/Cape-G...-Missouri.html


All that means to me is two elephants using their trunks to wrestle
each other.

Can anyone find a site that will tell you whether there is any
trunking around here, or in Southern illinois, or Northwestern
Kentucky and Tennessee?


Illinois:
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=17

Kentucky:
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=21

Tennessee:
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=47


OK as I'm reading right now, I notice that the AOR has a frequency
range from 500K to 3GHZ
The Uniden goes from 25MHZ to 3Ghz

Does that mean that I can use the AOR scanner to pick up shortwave
stations around the world from 500khz on up to 30mhz, and the Uniden
can't? Also WWV at 5,10,15 mhz.

Shortwave is far more important to me in this area than is a trunking
ability.

Thanks


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