What is Zello and how to use it as a live scanner

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A creative use for a popular app

Can you setup a private live scanner feed in a “PTT” app for your smartphone?  You bet you can!


Did you know you can use a free app to set up a live scanner feed?

How can you get started?

In this episode, Phil walks you through how to set up a live feed of your scanner radio using the free app Zello, including equipment you’ll need and how it compares to setting up a broadcast hosted on your own computer.

What You Need To Know

  • Zello is a free app for your smartphone or other smart device that wasn’t originally built for the scanner radio hobby.
  • Zello is a push-to-talk application that allows you to mimic the function of a two-way radio.
  • It can be set up with “private rooms” where only one user can talk, or a few trusted users can talk, which makes it perfect for scanner radio broadcasts.
  • There is almost no delay in the broadcast like there is with other online broadcasts.
  • You can keep multiple rooms open at once.
  • To broadcast your scanner, you need a Windows computer that’s always on, a wired Internet connection, a radio scanner with output through a patch cable, potentially an additional sound card depending on your setup, and a separate Zello account just for the live stream.
  • Know what your audio input is.
  • Turn on Vox and set the activation threshold and deactivation threshold.
  • To listen to your channel, open the app on your phone and search for the group you’ve created.
  • Phil has set up a Scanner School channel on Zello. Go to www.scannerschool.com/zello to get the link.

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Bonus Material:

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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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