Welcome to Scanner School

Are you interested in the scanner radio hobby?   Maybe you have a radio and you have no idea what do to do with it.   Or – did technology pass you by, and now you are lost?

My name is Phil, and I want to welcome you to Scanner School!

I have been around scanners since before I could walk!

Growing up, my earliest memories include watching the red lights dance on my grandparent's old Bearcat 101 in the kitchen.  The sounds of police and fire tones would make their way into the living room as we played on the floor.

A lot has changed from those days.

You can read more about me in the About Page

We are here to help you understand the Scanner Radio hobby

I love this hobby, and I love to share my knowledge with you!     Scanner School is a collection of tutorials that are quick and easy to digest.   From entry level to advanced scanning techniques, we'll cover it!

We release weekly classes via audio tutorials, also known as Podcasts.   You don't need any high tech devices to listen though.  Simply visit our site and there will be a player for each new podcasts.   For those with mobile devices, you can take the tutorials with you and listen via iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.    I suggest signing up for our mailing list so you don't miss any classes.

In addition to Podcasting, we will be bringing you video tutorials, product reviews, scanner classes, and even one-on-one consulting.

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Latest Posts

EDACS Trunk Systems
EDACS Trunk Systems
February 20, 2018
EDACS Trunk Radio Systems (Enhanced Digital Access Communications System), is similar in ways to LTR Trunking, which we talked about in Session 8 of the Scanner School podcast.   In Session 9 of Scanner School, we discuss the multiple forms of EDACS Trunking, how they operate, and how the talk group id's are configured
LTR (Logical Trunk Radio) Systems
LTR (Logical Trunk Radio) Systems
February 13, 2018
LTR or Logic Trunked Radio, is a dinosaur in the trunking world.   In Session 8 of Scanner School, we discuss the multiple forms of LTR Trunking, how they operate, and how the talk group id's are configured
Introduction to Trunked Radio Systems
Introduction to Trunked Radio Systems
February 6, 2018
Trunked Radio seems to be one of those items that trip up a lot of scanner radio users.   In Session 7 of Scanner School, we discuss the basic principles of trunking, how talk groups work, and take a 30,000 ft view of a trunk radio system.
Entry Level Scanner Radio Reviews
Entry Level Scanner Radio Reviews
January 30, 2018
Are you looking for an entry level handheld or desktop scanner? In this session of Scanner School, we review 3 handheld and 3 desktop scanners and let you know our picks for the best buys in each category, as well as a best value winner overall.
AM, FM, Sideband, Narrowband FM, and Wideband FM
AM, FM, Sideband, Narrowband FM, and Wideband FM
January 23, 2018
Welcome to Session 5 of Scanner School.    In this session we talk about AM, FM, Sideband (SSB), Upper Sideband (LSB), Lower Sideband (LSB), Narrowband FM (NFM) and Wideband FM (WBFM)
Simplex, Duplex, and Repeater Transmissions
Simplex, Duplex, and Repeater Transmissions
January 16, 2018
Thank you for joining us for Session 4 of Scanner School.  In this session we talk about Simplex, Duplex, and Repeater Communications.

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