232 episodes

Welcome to Scanner School, a podcast dedicated to the Scanner Radio Hobby.

Each week we cover another topic related to scanning and will be answering all of your questions to take you from Scanner Radio Student to Scanner Radio Scholar.

Scanner School - Everything you wanted to know about the Scanner Radio Hobby Phil Lichtenberger

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    • 4.8 • 122 Ratings

Welcome to Scanner School, a podcast dedicated to the Scanner Radio Hobby.

Each week we cover another topic related to scanning and will be answering all of your questions to take you from Scanner Radio Student to Scanner Radio Scholar.

    231 - What Happens When Trunk Systems Fail?

    231 - What Happens When Trunk Systems Fail?

    What happens when a trunk system fails?
    Where do the radio users go?
    How do they communicate?
    In this session, we’ll go over how trunk systems are supposed to work, what happens when they fail, and what can happen if an administrator plans for failure.
    What You Need To Know
    I was able to watch our new P25 system fail several months after it was populated with radios and users These users were part of the county police system and they needed to fall back to cell phone communications while the system was offline Trunk systems are a pool of frequencies with group of users called Talk Groups All radios on the system listen to the control channel, which acts as a director, and tells all users what frequencies to go to and when to go. What happens when that controller fails? If the radio fails, we would have the alternative control channels kick in and resume control of the system. The entire site could go offline or become an island site Or we can have full loss of all trunking, and this is called Failsoft in a Motorola systems When we are in fail soft mode, a system acts as a conventional repeater system Radios are assigned a home frequency based on the talk group they are currently using. The trunk system will send out a beacon to alert the radios they are supposed to fall into Failsoft mode, and all radios will beep to notify the end user they are in Failsoft. As a scanner radio user, we would need to program the trunk system’s voice channels in our radios as conventioal frequencies in order to continue to hear the system once it is in Failsoft. A good System Administrator would have thought of a backup plan and would have programmed a backup zone into all the radios on the system. You might be able to find your local county’s radio guides by doing some google searching for the trunk system.  
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    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/discord
     
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    🎓 Check out our online courses
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    Our free Software Defined Radio course will have you up and running with a SDR in a weekend.
    Upgrade to our Advanced Course, and learn how to setup SDR Software like a pro.
    🔗 https://www.courses.scannerschool.com
     
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    ⚠️ I want to answer your questions
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    I am always looking to answer your scanner radio question.
    If you have a question you'd like answered, please leave me a voicemail with your question:
    📞 516-308-2885
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/ask
     
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    Supporting the podcast can be done for as little as $1 per month.
    Supporters at the $3 and $5 level will receive the podcast without the middle commercial break.
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    • 30 min
    Business Band Hidden Treasures

    Business Band Hidden Treasures

    Business band frequencies.... what can we find when we search these ranges?
    These frequencies are used in places like department stores, home centers, nurseries or garden centers, schools, etc.
    Building a scan list of these frequencies will strange results that may surprise you.
    What You Need To Know
    “Business Band” is an unofficial name to common frequencies used by businesses In the past, businesses and other organizations could obtain a GMRS license, and some radios were sold with color-coded GMRS channels for business use. In 2017, the FCC rules were changed, and FRS frequencies were combined with GMRS. As a result, the businesses can operate in lower power and lower bandwidth FRS radios on these same frequencies shared with GMRS. MURS is a multi-use radio service, and these are VHF narrowband frequencies with a power limit of two watts. The FCC formerly defines MURS as a private two-way short-distance voice or data communication service for personal or business activities of the public. While FRS was primarily set up for use by personal use, it got grabbed up and became a part of business use. Family Radio Service frequencies should be in your business band scan lists. CB can be used for businesses There is no need to get a license for CB, which makes it attractive again for businesses, and there is CB all over the world, which is another crazy thing. We can find forestry services on “low band” vhf frequencies in the neighborhood of 27MHz. We have already heard that some companies like Walmart are now switching over to their own IP-based radio systems. Some business have begun using Spread Spectrum Radios which are not scannable. For the most part, most businesses are going to buy the bubble pack radios or the radios they get from their local radio dealers, and they're going to be put on some of the business band channels that are free to use. Simply scanning these business band frequencies will find plenty of results you only need to program in your scanners. We can find national radio services offering business solutions Many business might be using local "community" trunk systems if they need a larger footprint to communicate. (Tow Trucks, Oil companies, Security) ====================================
    🔗 Links from Today's Podcast
    Radio Reference Wiki Page for Itinerant Frequencies:
    https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Common_Itinerant_and_Business
    Radio Rental Companies:
    https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Common_Itinerant_and_Business#Radio_Rental_Companies
     
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    Frequency bands used (US) (In MHz)
    27 29 30 33 35 37 42 47 151 154 158 462 464 467 469
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    By using Discord, a free, multi-platform community portal, you can now be part of the Scanner Radio Discussion!
    Chat real time, share photos, ask questions, and give feedback to other's in chat.
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/discord
     
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    🎓 Check out our online courses
    ====================================
    Our free Software Defined Radio course will have you up and running with a SDR in a weekend.
    Upgrade to our Advanced Course, and learn how to setup SDR Software like a pro.
    🔗 https://www.courses.scannerschool.com
     
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    ⚠️ I want to answer your questions
    ====================================
    I am always looking to answer your scanner radio question.
    If you have a question you'd like answered, please leave me a voicemail with your question:
    📞 516-308-2885
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/ask
     
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    • 31 min
    229 - GMRS - General Mobile Radio Service

    229 - GMRS - General Mobile Radio Service

    GMRS is a personal radio service that you and your family can use or you. It’s a great time to get your license if you haven’t gotten one already because the FCC last month has dropped the price to $35 for a 10-year license.
    What You Need To Know
    GMRS is a family Radio service The license covers you and your family, and you can use a single license to talk to each other. General Mobile Radio service sits in the UHF spectrum in the United States These frequencies are intertwined or even the same as FRS. On most frequencies, you can use higher power than FRS users if you are licensed to use GMRS You can use your GMRS license to communicate with anyone on FRS. GMRS allows you to use Repeaters to extend your range Some repeaters are open to all users, others are closed to an organization, while others may be for private use. In 2017, the FCC expanded GMRS to allow short data messaging applications, including text messaging and GPS location information, to be sent over GMRS frequencies. GMRS is analog and never encrypted give you something you can monitor with any scanner radio on the market There are versions of GMRS in many countries so GMRS is not limited to just the US. ====================================
    🔗 Links from Today's Podcast
    MyGPRS
    https://mygmrs.com
    Repeaterbook:
    https://www.repeaterbook.com
    RadioReference:
    https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/General_Mobile_Radio_Service
    Wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Mobile_Radio_Service
     
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    FRS/GMRS Channel Table
     
    01 - 462.5625
    02 - 462.5875
    03 - 462.6125
    04 - 462.6375
    05 - 462.6625
    06 - 462.6875
    07 - 462.7125
    08 - 467.5625
    09 - 467.5875
    10 - 467.6125
    11 - 467.6375
    12 - 467.6625
    13 - 467.6875
    14 - 467.7125
    15 - 462.5500
    16 - 462.5750
    17 - 462.6000
    18 - 462.6250
    19 - 462.6500
    20 - 462.6750
    21 - 462.7000
    22 - 462.7250
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    🎙 Join our new Scanner Radio Community
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    Join our FREE Discord server and connect with other Scanner Radio Users!
    By using Discord, a free, multi-platform community portal, you can now be part of the Scanner Radio Discussion!
    Chat real time, share photos, ask questions, and give feedback to other's in chat.
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/discord
     
    ====================================
    🎓 Check out our online courses
    ====================================
    Our free Software Defined Radio course will have you up and running with a SDR in a weekend.
    Upgrade to our Advanced Course, and learn how to setup SDR Software like a pro.
    🔗 https://www.courses.scannerschool.com
     
    ====================================
    ⚠️ I want to answer your questions
    ====================================
    I am always looking to answer your scanner radio question.
    If you have a question you'd like answered, please leave me a voicemail with your question:
    📞 516-308-2885
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/ask
     
    ====================================
    🏆 Thank you Patreon Supporters
    ====================================
    Thank you to all monthly Patreon Supporters.
    Supporting the podcast can be done for as little as $1 per month.
    Supporters at the $3 and $5 level will receive the podcast without the middle commercial break.
    Supporters at the $5 level not only receive the podcast early, but they also get access to discount codes, monthly zoom meetings, and Squelchy sticker packs.
    🔗 Join our Patreon program at https://www.scannerschool.com/patreon
     
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    🎥 Subscribe to our growing YouTube Channel
    ====================================
    We are live once a month on YouTube to answer your questions. 2022 will be the year of Video for Scanner School Be ready for the upcoming videos by subscribing now to our YouTube channel
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/youtube
     
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    • 40 min
    Ask Scanner School v44

    Ask Scanner School v44

    Every month I answer your questions on the podcast.
    If you have a question you would like me to answer, please leave me a voicemail at 516-308-2885 or by visiting www.scannerschool.com/ask
    Don't forget to join us on YouTube on the first Tuesday of every month for our live Q&A session.   Click here to Subscribe!
    Questions answered on this week's podcast
    Wayne has a few questions about CTCSS and PL Tones Dennis is looking for tips about setting up a scanner at a remote location Gary would like to know when to use the "Force Write Database to Scanner" option when programming his scanner in Sentinel Roger is looking for information about filters in the SDS series scanners  
    ====================================
    🎙 Join our new Scanner Radio Community
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    Join our FREE Discord server and connect with other Scanner Radio Users!
    By using Discord, a free, multi-platform community portal, you can now be part of the Scanner Radio Discussion!
    Chat real time, share photos, ask questions, and give feedback to other's in chat.
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/discord
     
    ====================================
    🎓 Check out our online courses
    ====================================
    Our free Software Defined Radio course will have you up and running with a SDR in a weekend.
    Upgrade to our Advanced Course, and learn how to setup SDR Software like a pro.
    🔗 https://www.courses.scannerschool.com
     
    ====================================
    ⚠️ I want to answer your questions
    ====================================
    I am always looking to answer your scanner radio question.
    If you have a question you'd like answered, please leave me a voicemail with your question:
    📞 516-308-2885
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/ask
     
    ====================================
    🏆 Thank you Patreon Supporters
    ====================================
    Thank you to all monthly Patreon Supporters.
    Supporting the podcast can be done for as little as $1 per month.
    Supporters at the $3 and $5 level will receive the podcast without the middle commercial break.
    Supporters at the $5 level not only receive the podcast early, but they also get access to discount codes, monthly zoom meetings, and Squelchy sticker packs.
    🔗 Join our Patreon program at https://www.scannerschool.com/patreon
     
    ====================================
    🎥 Subscribe to our growing YouTube Channel
    ====================================
    We are live once a month on YouTube to answer your questions. 2022 will be the year of Video for Scanner School Be ready for the upcoming videos by subscribing now to our YouTube channel
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/youtube
     
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    All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at https://www.scannerschool.com/session228
    #podcast

    • 44 min
    Is this the end of the scanner radio hobby?

    Is this the end of the scanner radio hobby?

    Have we reached the end of the scanner radio hobby?
    I know many feel this way due to encryption and a lack of new scanner radio models being released.
    However, this hobby has been around for decades and there is no reason why we can’t enjoy this hobby in some form or another for decades to come.
    Some Feel / Think:
    Live feeds are killing the hobby Many agencies will be going encrypted to keep people from listening Scanners are becoming too much money due to simulcast Other agencies are going off radio and onto IP solutions Manufacturers won’t invest in scanners due to widespread encryption UK laws and going fully encrypted is the future in the US Current chip shortages hurt hobby Lack of interest from whistler How is might be wrong
    There will always be skeptics Some aren’t happy unless they are making noise and being negative There will always be something to listen to  Secrets are in the searches – what else is out there to hear? What can we listen to now that should always be there?
    Aviation Rails Ham CB GMRS Businesses DMR / NXDN Systems Utilities Security Firms My Thoughts
    Resurrection of the hobby due to new hardware and interest Software Defined Radios are introducing more people to the hobby They get into it because it’s something to do with a computer Learn about NOAA weather satellite reception Opens them to more projects and learning opportunities  Manufacturers will continue to make low end analog only scanners as they have for years Top of the line scanners today will become mainstream designs and hardware, dropping the overall costs as time goes on. Pandemic had people dusting off old hobbies and picking up new ones Conclusion:
    Scanning is following the same course as other hobbies As technology changes, we see changes in scanning.   No More crystals Evolution of Motorola Trunking Inclusion of EDACS and LTR Eventual support of P25 phase 1 Support for phase 2 NXDN and DMR Simulcast Will Tetra come to the next evolution of scanners? Scanning will continue to be here for years and decades to come, as long as there is something out there to listen to.
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    🎙 Join our new Scanner Radio Community
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    Join our FREE Discord server and connect with other Scanner Radio Users!
    By using Discord, a free, multi-platform community portal, you can now be part of the Scanner Radio Discussion!
    Chat real time, share photos, ask questions, and give feedback to other's in chat.
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/discord
     
    ====================================
    🎓 Check out our online courses
    ====================================
    Our free Software Defined Radio course will have you up and running with a SDR in a weekend.
    Upgrade to our Advanced Course, and learn how to setup SDR Software like a pro.
    🔗 https://www.courses.scannerschool.com
     
    ====================================
    ⚠️ I want to answer your questions
    ====================================
    I am always looking to answer your scanner radio question.
    If you have a question you'd like answered, please leave me a voicemail with your question:
    📞 516-308-2885
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/ask
     
    ====================================
    🏆 Thank you Patreon Supporters
    ====================================
    Thank you to all monthly Patreon Supporters.
    Supporting the podcast can be done for as little as $1 per month.
    Supporters at the $3 and $5 level will receive the podcast without the middle commercial break.
    Supporters at the $5 level not only receive the podcast early, but they also get access to discount codes, monthly zoom meetings, and Squelchy sticker packs.
    🔗 Join our Patreon program at https://www.scannerschool.com/patreon
     
    ====================================
    🎥 Subscribe to our growing YouTube Channel
    ====================================
    We are live once a month on YouTube to answer your questions. 202

    • 45 min
    Social Media and Scanning

    Social Media and Scanning

    In today’s podcast, we are going to talk with our special guest Esteban Reyes. Esteban is a Tik Tok creator who helps people with scanner radio hobby, and he is here today to talk about how social media and scanning go together.
    You can find Eteban on TikTok under the username 626HawkEye
    What You Need To Know
    Social media is an important tool when it comes to bringing people together online. It gives people access to others who share the same interests, beliefs, and thoughts. Tik Tok was used to be for kids, but now you can find a ton of short educational form content over on Tik Tok. Many radio operators on social media share their thoughts and ideas about scanner radio hobby and what they love to do with their radios. Esteban has been creating TikTok videos for some time to teach others about the scanner radio hobby. Esteban came to scanner radio hobby back in 2005 or 2006 as an interest in security in Los Angeles. Tik Tok is more personal social platform because you get to see the person talking or doing something. You can easilty interact between audience and creater Tik Tok is very personal because it’s very raw. When you go over to YouTube, you expect a steady camera, a little bit of editing, and a good microphone, but when you are on Tik Tok, simple expectation is handheld phone in your face, which makes it easy to get into. Esteban sees scanner programming questions more on social platforms, and there are people that will walk you through the comments or private messages until you get it. There are people in the social media groups already that are familiar with scanners, and these groups can help you, either get into the hobby or help you with your scanner if you have problems. There are a lot of different layers in the scanners, and it’s not as simple as turning switches off and on anymore, and we can see how a lot of people get very frustrated with it. One of the things Esteban enjoy is seeing other people’s radio shacks and even antenna ideas. There are several ways you can set up your radios, from having a custom-built rack to getting scanner master cell racks for radios. ====================================
    🔗 Links from today's podcast:
    Esteban's TikTok:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@626hawkeye
    Scanner School's TikTok:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@scannerschool
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    🎙 Join our new Scanner Radio Community
    ====================================
    Join our FREE Discord server and connect with other Scanner Radio Users!
    By using Discord, a free, multi-platform community portal, you can now be part of the Scanner Radio Discussion!
    Chat real time, share photos, ask questions, and give feedback to other's in chat.
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/discord
     
    ====================================
    🎓 Check out our online courses
    ====================================
    Our free Software Defined Radio course will have you up and running with a SDR in a weekend.
    Upgrade to our Advanced Course, and learn how to setup SDR Software like a pro.
    🔗 https://www.courses.scannerschool.com
     
    ====================================
    ⚠️ I want to answer your questions
    ====================================
    I am always looking to answer your scanner radio question.
    If you have a question you'd like answered, please leave me a voicemail with your question:
    📞 516-308-2885
    🔗 https://www.scannerschool.com/ask
     
    ====================================
    🏆 Thank you Patreon Supporters
    ====================================
    Thank you to all monthly Patreon Supporters.
    Supporting the podcast can be done for as little as $1 per month.
    Supporters at the $3 and $5 level will receive the podcast without the middle commercial break.
    Supporters at the $5 level not only receive the podcast early, but they also get access to discount codes, monthly zoom meetings, and Squelchy sticker packs.
    🔗 Join our Patreon program at https://www.scannerschool.com/patre

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

KD5LJK ,

Excellent podcast and more for scanner radios fans

This podcast channel and all the associated resources Phil has put together through his scanner school website and related social media sites are superb and fill a need that many of us scanner enthusiasts maybe didn’t even realize existed!. Though I’ve been a licensed ham for many years, after listening to just a few of these podcasts, I’ve already learned details about the hobby that have eluded me for a long time Phil’s down to earth style is excellent and welcoming to all regardless of skill level. I’m looking forward to catching up on two plus years worth of podcasts as well as taking his SDR course. Thanks Phil!

Blueslover1970 ,

Great podcast

Very informative and easy to listen.

VAlistening ,

More Than A Podcast

I had been in the hobby before and when the times kept us home I looked at it again. I started looking and found that what I knew wasn’t current. Ordered new scanner and was amazed how complicated they could appear. Not many resources as well developed as Scanner School. Started at the beginning of podcasts and felt as if my knowledge level increased to be able to use the new radio. Now I have the hobby bad and monitor multiple areas of interest. Not all podcasts apply to my areas of interests but are extremely informative and well produced.

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