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#1 GUEST_Slitscan_***

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Posted 01 June 2003 - 03:35 PM

For an absolute beginner, what's the best handheld 900MHz range scanner? I'd like to keep the price down.

#2 nick84

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Posted 01 June 2003 - 04:24 PM

Well, assuming you can find something legal to listen to (apart from the people still using analogue cellular over there - the UK has had GSM for years you really need to catch up :) ) - take your pick from:

899.750  -    901.000  Business
901.000  -    902.000  General Purpose Mobile Radio
902.000  -    928.000  Amateur 33 Centimeters
928.0125 -    928.3375 Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Private Multi-Address
928.3625 -    928.8375 Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Reserved
928.8625 -    928.9875 Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Wide Area Paging
929.0125 -    929.7375 Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Reserved
929.7625 -    929.9875 Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Telco / Utility Paging
930.000  -    931.000  Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Advanced Techn. Paging
931.000  -    932.000  Domestic Pub. Radio Svc. Common Carrier Paging
932.000  -    935.000  Government Private Shared Operation Fixed Sys.
935.000  -    937.500  Business SMR
937.500  -    938.750  Industrial Land Transportation
938.750  -    940.000  Business
940.000  -    941.000  General Purpose Mobile Radio
941.000  -    944.000  Government Private Shared Operation Fixed Sys.
944.000  -    947.000  Broadcast Radio Studio-Xmtr Link Intercity
947.000  -    952.000  Broadcast Radio Auxiliary STL
952.100  -    952.700  Private Microwave Service Omnidir. Control
952.800  -    956.100  Private Microwave Service Operation Fixed Sys.
956.2625 -    956.4375 Private Fixed Servuce Signalling and Control
956.500  -    959.800  Private Microwave Service Operation Fixed Sys.
959.8625 -    959.9875 Common Carrier Radio Service Wide Area Paging
960.000  -   1215.000  Aviation Service NAVAID/DME
960.000  -   1350.000  Land-based Aero NAV
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An Icom (IC-R2) is a good choice - had mine for a couple of years now, and its very good all round. Goes from a couple of khz to 1.2 GHz, and has NFM, WFM, and AM - you can also attach an external antenna to it.

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 07:31 AM

RadioShack has a couple of trunking models around $200. And I've been quite satisfied with my RatShack scanner.

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Posted 05 June 2003 - 12:11 AM

From what I understand , older is better.. more output/hackabe input... Radiocrack, They used to make some pretty interesting scanners, I suggest you do historical search and try ebay.

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Posted 04 July 2003 - 02:10 AM

Arn't the new scanners factory tamperproofed from being modded to pick up "cell" band?

I always like the new stuff when it come sto electornics because of the features and better designs.

Then again it's true that older models have it's perks of being hacked out have more tweakability in it.

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