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I'm interested in getting a police/aviation band reciever and was looking for any recommendations. I would like to spend less than $200, and have no desire to transmit. I know NOTHING about scanners/transmitters, so I have no idea what is legal and or practical. I'm more interested in police frequencies, but as a pilot it would be neat to aviation freqs available.
BTW, I do have a FCC restricted radiotelephone operator permit that I need to get before getting hired at the airlines (for international operations I guess). Like I said before, I know nothing about scanners, I'm just curious. Any help would be appreciated.
Like anything else technical, get educated before putting down the cash. $200 should get you a pretty good scanner. You'd be hard pressed to find a scanner that didn't cover the aviation freqs.
Features to look for & decide what you want:
# of channels (should get at least a few hundred)
portable or tabletop
frequency bands / coverage
aux antenna options
programmability from a PC
Cool, thanks for the reply. That's the kind of info I need to start researching a scanner. Now that I know what to look for I'll get started. If anything else crosses your mind please feel free to weigh in.
One thing that people new to scanning should get up to speed on is their state's laws about mobile scanning. If you're inclined to use a scanner while driving, you may need to get a special license or permit. In some states a ham radio license suffices.
I don't do much police monitoring from home anymore, but while driving, if there's no one on my local ham freqs, I enjoy listening to the local PDs
there have been other threads that you might find useful.
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