What are scanners?

A scanner is a radio receiver that checks ("scans") many channels quickly to allow you to listen to two-way radio calls. Two-way radios, used by police, fire and others, use short transmissions that occur on thousands of radio channels.

There are many different types of scanners and it can get kind of confusing to decide the right one for you. Fortunately we have done the work and offer the most cost effective and easy to use scanner on the market. You can click here to buy one today!

Another thing to remember is that once you buy a scanner you can learn more about how to use it as you go. Get the basics down now and learn about the more advanced features later if you wish. Whether the police scanner is for yourself, a relative or friend, the great thing about scanners is that you can use them at a basic level just to listen to your local agencies or one can immerse him or herself in the details of the scanner features and in the hobby and exploration of radio itself. A police scanner can be simply interesting and informative, entertaining or even provide you with a lifetime hobby if you so desire.

Why do I want or need a scanner?
Most people who buy a scanner do so to hear what is happening around them. They want to hear their local police or fire departments and know what is happening in their neighborhoods. Other scanner users have a professional need, police and firefighters want to hear their own agency when off duty and neighboring agencies when they are on the job. Tow trucks want to know when there are wrecks in which they are needed. Security guards need to listen for activity in their areas, and so on.

What can I listen to?
Most people who buy scanners want to listen to their local police and fire calls. While they are often called "Police Scanners", there is a lot more to listen to if you want. Here is a selection of other users you could listen to on a scanner (depending on your proximity to the agency and the power and type of radio system they are using):

  • Police (Local Police, County Sheriff, State Police and Highway Patrol)

  • Fire Departments

  • EMS/Rescue Squads/Hospital

  • Road and Street Departments

  • Railroads

  • Air Traffic Control

  • Military

  • Schools and Universities

  • Utilities (Water, Gas, Electric etc.)

  • Malls and stores

  • International Space Station

  • Stadiums

  • Walkie Talkie Traffic