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Handheld 900MHz scanner for a newb

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

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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

http://www.columbia.edu/~fuat/cuarc/fcc-bandplan.html

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

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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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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.

Glooko

..."HUG A CANUCK DAY!!" -me

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