The Secrets are in the Searches

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Have you wondered how you can best use the search function on your scanner?

In this episode, Phil walks through some tips for how to use your scanner to search for new frequencies, from pre-programmed search ranges to scan and search mode, and more.



What You Will Learn in This Week's Podcast:

  • There is more out there than what you program into your scanner.
  • Not every frequency or use for a frequency has been documented.
  • Once when searching late at night, I found an active Federal frequency that was the USPS sorting mail onto trucks.
  • I also once found a military installation trunk system that I was able to monitor.
  • Searching is useful in case something you listen to becomes encrypted so you have alternatives.
  • Even if you don’t know what you want to search for, scanners have built-in search ranges right out of the box that you can use as a starting point.
  • I've set up search ranges for what I like to scan, for example, aviation.
  • Sometimes I'll set up new search ranges for random things I feel like listening to that day.
  • Try setting your search range as a favorites key.
  • You can set your scanner to go through all of your programmed frequencies, and then go back into search mode.
  • You can connect your scanners to your computer with software like Butel or ProScan and have it log the frequencies it finds in search mode for you.

More info:

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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