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

Easy Emergency Battery Power
Easy Emergency Battery Power
September 18, 2018
There are a few ways that you can bring emergency power into your scanner radio setup.   But there aren't many ways that can be ready to go in the blink of an eye.
Petition to Save WWV, WWVB, and WWVH
Petition to Save WWV, WWVB, and WWVH
September 11, 2018
The 2019 annual budget for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) decreased by $49 Million USD from the 2018 budget. Due to the decrease in budget, the NIST has decided to pull funding for WWV, WWVB, and WWVH.   This move will save NIST $6.3 Million USD.  
Power Supplies
Power Supplies
September 4, 2018
Power supplies are the perfect way to deliver power to all of those 12volt devices at your scanner radio station.  Using a single 12v source for your scanner and 12v accessories, this is a great way to bring some order to the electrical wiring mess in your shack!
RF Connectors
RF Connectors
August 28, 2018
There are many different types of RF connectors on the market.  F, BNC, PL-259, N, DIN, SMA, MCX, to name a few. Do you know why there are so many connectors on the market and what makes each one different?
Combining Antennas
Combining Antennas
August 21, 2018
How do you combine all three antennas over a single coax line and feed them into your scanner? Diplexers, duplexers, triplexers, and quadplexers are common ways to combine multiple antennas over a single coax run.
August 14, 2018
A filter is a great tool to either block unwanted frequencies from reaching your scanner, or only allowing a certain range of frequencies to pass to your receiver.  Depending on your needs the filter you require would change.

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