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.

Learn from Us



Latest Posts

Plectrons and Early Fire Alerting
Plectrons and Early Fire Alerting
November 30, 2021
Gregg Johnson and I discuss the history of Plectron receivers and how volunteer firefighters were alerted to calls before they had in-home radio alerting or portable receivers.
2021 SDR Holiday Buyer’s Guide
2021 SDR Holiday Buyer’s Guide
November 23, 2021
Since we haven't seen much of an update from the scanner radio scene for 2021, here is a list of Software Defined Radios you may be interested in as a gift this year.
Baofeng Alternatives
Baofeng Alternatives
November 16, 2021
Today, our objective is to find a radio that has the same price point that many Baofeng models come in at, but are better value for the money.
Baofeng Pros and Cons
Baofeng Pros and Cons
November 9, 2021
If you listen to the podcast, it’s no big secret that I give Baofeng and similar radios a bad rap.  Not surprisingly, I have a list of things I dislike about these radios. But as shocking as it sounds, I have a larger list of things that are great about these affordable two way radios that many use as scanner rados.
AskScannerSchool V.38
AskScannerSchool V.38
November 2, 2021
Many of you have e-mailed in your questions.   Today, I answer a few of them on the podcast. If you would like to ask a question and have it answered on future #AskScannerSchool, please submit your question here.
Scanner School’s Discord Community
Scanner School’s Discord Community
October 26, 2021
Our brand-new discord server is the ultimate scanner radio community portal.

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