5 Steps to Get You Started with Scanning Today

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If you are looking to get started in the scanner radio hobby, I have 5 tips to help you get started today.

I also walk through common mistakes and this podcast will help you avoid making common beginner mistakes.

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What you need to know

  • Step 1 – Make a list of what it is you want to listen to
    Be as detailed as possible and write down specifics to help you understand who it is you want to monitor

    Step 2 – Set reasonable expectations on how far you want to monitor
    Scanner reception is dependent on many factors.  Be prepared to monitor anywhere from down the block to across the county

    Step 3 – Know the frequencies and trunk systems in your area
    Use the database at Radio Reference in order to help you understand how you can monitor your local area

    Step 4 – Understand your budget
    New radios will range from $100 to over $600.  You may need to work within your budget to get started with the hobby.

    Step 5 – Be prepared to ask and learn
    There will be a lot to learn.  There are great resources online and on YouTube to help you understand the scanner radio hobby

    Bonus – This is a hobby and you will learn and grow with it
    Don't be discouraged.  Sticking with any hobby is rewarding and scanning is no exception.


Are you looking for your first scanner radio?

Download our new e-guide, “5 Thinks You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Scanner”.   This free PDF is about 30 pages long and has 5 things you should look for, plus a few extra bonus items to make sure you make an educated purchase.

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