There are many reasons for listening to a scanner radio and a great variety of things you can hear. From your local police and fire departments to airliners at 30,000 feet or the local trucking company. And that’s just barely scratching the surface!
After more than 30 years of scanning, I’ve heard a little bit of everything, but I keep listening because like fishing, you never know what you will catch next. Like any hobby, scanning is not for everyone, but it’s easier these days to “test the waters” without spending money on a scanner radio.
This site features news and information that will help you get a handle on scanning and why it is a hobby so many people enjoy. You will also find recommendations for scanner radios as well as links to online retailers that sell scanners.
Two-way radio technology has changed dramatically over the last few decades and it can be difficult for a hobbyist to get back into scanning if they have been away from it for a while.
In some cases a 20-year-old scanner will serve the listener just fine, as long as it still works! It all depends on what you want to listen to. If all you’re interested in hearing are your local police and fire departments and they are still using analog radios, you’ll likely be able to monitor them. For now.
It seems like technology keeps pushing everything in our lives forward at a pretty good pace and two-way radio systems and scanners are no exception. Many agencies have either converted to or plant to convert to new communications systems that take advantage of newer technologies like trunking and digital radios.
Fortunately for those who feel left behind by technology or are just getting started with scanning, manufacturers have recognized the need to simplify the hobby and have introduced new models that take a lot of the complexity out of getting into the hobby.
There’s a lot more to learn about scanning, so explore the site and find out what you can hear with a scanner radio. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line by using the “Contact Us” page.