So a few weeks back I purchased a Radio Shack pro-96
At the time, I didn't know the first thing about Trunking systems, analog or digital. There is a learning curve, but it's not really that steep.
I've since learned. And now I'm actually adding TalkGroup ID info to my local scanner database.
I also had to learn Police codes/signals in order to understand conversations like...
A220 Signal 89...
...A220 Code 10
I'm still in the process of weaning myself from my reference cards... but It's much easier now.
I currently can receive transmissions from aircraft, police, fire, rescue, School buses, FedEx, The Airport, Detectives, Courts, Animal Control, you
name it. This gives FOIA a whole new meaning, and in Real Time.
As I speak, someone just held up a Dept Store down the road from me, and the police are chasing him down.
Now, with Trunking systems the way they are today, I can hear everything around the entirety of Atlanta and all of it's suburbs. That's quite a lot
Anyway, I completely recommend anyone who wants to really know what is happening around them ala RF, go pick up one of these. Mine cost $379.
Then go to Radio Reference
and Scan America
Now you CAN get Scanner feeds from this last site, but I recommend getting the scanner, so that you can control the Talkgroup IDs and pick up TONS
more than are offered in these feeds; as well as take it with you.
Are you really a Conspiracy Theorist? Then you need to get a scanner.
As an added bonus.. run this thing around your Microwave when you are cooking something.... Yep.. now you know where NOT to stand.
[edit on 8-9-2008 by Quazga]