Often I read about an incident or an accident heard on the police radio or scanner. Who in the Imperial Valley does scanner programming, since now everything is digital. There are many scanner owners who cannot properly listen to their scanners. — Alert, Brawley
While many people might find it odd to own a police scanner, a small but devoted group of hobbyists the world over still finds them useful. Indeed, they are standard office equipment in just about any self-respecting newsroom around the globe.
We called the Radio Shack in El Centro and were told by a sales associate that they do not provide programming assistance but that they do sell software and equipment that can help the Probe writer tune in digitally. But we don’t want to say such an investment is guaranteed to resolve the Probe writer’s concerns, since we haven’t a clue as to what brand scanner he or she may be using. But should the Probe writer be using a Radio Shack-purchased police scanner, the software upgrade mentioned above retails for $34.99.
What is apparent after receiving this letter, looking online and talking to the sales associate, is that scanners are getting more complex to set up and program as the technology tries to keep pace with advances in communications systems.
The Radio Shack associate also suggested going to www.Radioreference.com/radioshack for more programming and troubleshooting resources.
The scanner enthusiast may also want to visit www.policescanners.net (if not already done). The Web site seems to be one of the more comprehensive sites related to police scanners out there. The site also offers a multitude of resources for novice and experienced scanner enthusiasts and a toll-free number to make inquiries: 1-800-SCANNER.
Who in the Imperial Valley programs scanners?
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