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Sterling N0SSC and Marty KC1CWF talk ham radio...usually.
 
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.
 
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A lot of users in the scanner radio hobby have started using Unication G4 and G5 pagers. Maybe you are one of them or maybe you have been tempted to purchase one yourself. Unication has announced the G2 and G3 pagers. One is VHF or UHF while the other is dual band. We'll talk about the new G2 and G3 as well as the new pricing schedule in today' ...…
 
Many of you have have been submitting their questions via e-mail, and today I am answering some of them. If you have a question about scanning, please visit www.scannerschool.com/ask and leave us a message via SpeakPipe or the local number on our website. We'll play your message on next month's #AskScannerSchool If you are a little shy, you can ...…
 
Enhance your scanning hobby with these apps for your smartphone and tablet. Today be discuss 5 categories of apps that you can download to pair with scanning. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session62 Please support the Scanner School podcast. Visit www.scannerschool ...…
 
SDR - or Software Defined Radio - is bringing new excitement into the scanner radio hobby. If you wanted to learn about SDR - this session will get you off the ground All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session61 Please support the Scanner School podcast. Visit www.scann ...…
 
This week is Valentine's Day - and I wanted to bring someone special on the podcast and get their point of view on the scanning hobby. My wife and I discuss the parts of the hobby that annoy her, the parts that she likes, and how to live in harmony with the rest of your family. We also learned that I can buy as many radios as I want. All sessio ...…
 
Ask Scanner School - but with a twist. Today you are a fly on the wall during a consulting session with Tyler Detmers. If you would like to book a consulting session, please visit www.scannerschool.com/consulting All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session59 Please suppo ...…
 
The Uniden SDS200 is set to be released in just a few short weeks. Inside this podcast, I'll tell you why I am excited for this new scanner, what features I am looking for, and what I'll be doing when it arrives. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session58 Please suppo ...…
 
Ham Radio University is an annual event on Long Island. While most of the topics at the event are centered around Amateur Radio, not all of the forums are strictly geared to the Ham hobby. There are plenty of talks and activities that can be used in the scanner radio hobby as well. Today's podcast is my presentation from HRU 2019. While some of ...…
 
There are three types of trunking under DMR, Connect Plus, Capacity Plus, and Capacity Max. Of these three, only Capacity Max is DMR Tier III compliant. What are the differences between these three forms of DMR Trunking? Check out this week's podcast to find out. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our webs ...…
 
DMR - Digital Mobile Radio DMR is a pure digital system, meaning there is no analog. DMR uses TDMA to double the amount of data that can be sent on a single frequency Today we'll discuss the theory of DMR and how conventional DMR works All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com ...…
 
Many of you have have been submitting their questions via e-mail, and today I am answering some of them. If you have a question about scanning, please visit www.scannerschool.com/ask and leave us a message via SpeakPipe or the local number on our website. We'll play your message on next month's #AskScannerSchool If you are a little shy, you can ...…
 
Scanner School has wrapped up our first year! Thank you all for your support and kind words through the last 12 months. Today, we discuss some of the accomplishments from our first year, and also lay out our plans for 2019 All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session53 Pl ...…
 
Cheap Chinese Radio Reviews They go by many names Baofeng, Pofeng, BTECH, Puxing, Retevis, Rugged Radios, TYT, and Wouxun.... to name a few Cheap Chinese Two Way Radios that have become very popular with the scanner radio crowd. What you need to know These cheap chinese radios are a bargain. For under $30, you can pick up a two way radio from A ...…
 
Should you buy the G4/G5 or a scanner? Many have asked about the Unication G4 and G5 pagers, and how they compare to today's scanners. If you are looking at the Unication G4 or G5 this episode of Scanner School has all the details you need to make an educated decision. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on ou ...…
 
A lot of listeners have been submitting their questions via e-mail, and today I am answering some of them. If you have a question about scanning, please visit www.scannerschool.com/ask and leave us a message via SpeakPipe or the local number on our website. We'll play your message on next month's #AskScannerSchool If you are a little shy, you c ...…
 
The 2018 Holiday Shopping Season has begun! Here are 10 scanners radio accessories that I would recommend as a gift for the scanner radio listener on your shopping list. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session49 Please support the Scanner School podcast. Visit www.sc ...…
 
This week starts the holiday shopping season. Here are a the scanners that I would recommend as a gift for the scanner radio listener on your shopping list. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session48 Please support the Scanner School podcast. Visit www.scannerschool.c ...…
 
I recently took a family cruise. It was a great trip and I even got some scanning in. Today, I have 5 tips to help you enjoy scanning on your first (or next) cruise. All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be found on our website at www.scannerschool.com/session47 Please support the Scanner School podcast. Visit www.scanne ...…
 
A lot of listeners have been submitting their questions via e-mail, and today I am answering some of them. If you have a question about scanning, please visit www.scannerschool.com/ask and leave us a message via SpeakPipe or the local number on our website. We'll play your message on next month's #AskScannerSchool If you are a little shy, you c ...…
 
Encryption - it is the one word that will make any scanner radio listener cringe. Today, we take a brief look at the history of encryption, and also what types of encryption are used today. I also spend a few minutes talking about my thoughts on encryption. What do you think? All session notes with links to the items we talked about can be foun ...…
 
NXDN stands for Next Generation Digital Narrowband For an introduction to NXDN, please see last week's podcast at www.scannerschool.com/session43 NXDN Trunking comes in two classes: NXDN-C and NXDN-D NXDN-C is like most trunking systems. There is a control channel and a set of voice channels. NXDN-D is similar to LTR Trunking, where you have no ...…
 
NXDN stands for Next Generation Digital Narrowband NXDN was created in 2003 with a joint venture of Kenwood and Icom. The protocol was announced at IWCE in 2005 and the first units arrived in 2006. It wasn't until 2017 that NXDN was published by the ITU-R as an international digital land mobile system. NXDN was created to satisfy the 2005 FCC N ...…
 
Electrical and RF Grounding - a simple solution for a common problem. RF Grounding is more important in a transmitting environment than a receiving environment, but scanner listeners can still benefit from grounding their station. By Grounding your receive station, you may find that you've increased your scanner's sensitivity and eliminated som ...…
 
On this episode, we talk to the three 2018 Hamvention Special Achievement award winners in Dayton, Ohio in May 2018, at the Dayton Hamvention. We're joined by Doug, K1DG, and Gerry, W1VE, to talk with Herb, KK4DCX, Victor, WP4SD, and Emilio, WP4KEY, about their amazing work to pass thousands of messages out of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ...…
 
A lot of listeners have been submitting their questions via e-mail, and today I am answering some of them. If you have a question about scanning, please visit www.scannerschool.com/ask and leave us a message via SpeakPipe or the local number on our website. We'll play your message on next month's #AskScannerSchool If you are a little shy, you c ...…
 
Batteries - something that are in practically every device we touch. There are many types of batteries out there. I'm not talking about battery sized, but the chemical composition that makes up a battery. From one time use to rechargeable - there is a correct type for every application In this session, we discuss: Alkaline Batteries NiCd Batter ...…
 
There are a few ways that you can bring emergency power into your scanner radio setup. But there aren't many ways that can be ready to go in the blink of an eye. Generators are good, but you wouldn't want to operate one in the middle of a storm. Most generator users don't have them ready to go immediately. Computer UPS devices could make a good ...…
 
Time is running out..... The 2019 annual budget for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) decreased by $49 Million USD from the 2018 budget. Due to the decrease in budget, the NIST has decided to pull funding for WWV, WWVB, and WWVH. This move will save NIST $6.3 Million USD. WWV is one of the oldest radio stations in continuous ...…
 
Every Scanner needs it's own power brick plugged into your wall. Every other 12 volt device requires it's own wall wart. The worst part about these adapters is the amount of space they take up. Sometimes they are large enough to cover 2 spaces on your power strip. How do we clean up this mess? Power supplies are the perfect way to deliver power ...…
 
There are many different types of RF connectors on the market. F, BNC, PL-259, N, DIN, SMA, MCX, etc ;) Do you know why there are so many connectors on the market and what makes each one different? In this session, we discuss: Common connectors for small diameter coax cables Common connectors for medium diameter coax cables Why we have so many ...…
 
It is possible to combine antennas to improve your scanner's reception. The tricky part is doing it correctly In this session, we discuss: Diplexers Duplexers Triplexers Quadplexers The difference between the above and a combiner or splitter How you can share your coax between antennas and save money All session notes can be found on our websit ...…
 
As the name implies, a filter will either allow or reject frequencies from passing through and onto your radio In this session, we discuss: High Pass & Low Pass Filters Band Pass & Band Reject Filters Common filter terms Why we use filters Where to install a filter What to look for when buying a filter All session notes can be found on our webs ...…
 
There are many different way to share a single antenna with multiple radios. Many will get the job done, but we today we talk about the best way and the preferred way to share one antenna with multiple scanners In this session, we discuss: What makes a multicoupler different than splitters The benefits of using multicouplers Why cable TV splitt ...…
 
Lightning can destroy your scanner radio setup in a second. Adding proper grounding and installing lightning arrestors only takes a few minutes and can potentially save your setup. In this session, you will learn how lightning arrestors work, what they do, the different types of lightning arrestors, and some that I recommend. All session notes ...…
 
Jonathan Higgins is the Digital Media Communications Manager for Scanner Master. He and I speak about his background in scanning, share some great stories, and talk about his "RailFan" experiences. Jonathan and I also talk about the history of Scanner Master, which started 40 years ago. We talk about their current product lines and services, su ...…
 
What are you using for coax cable? Not all coax cable is created equal and in today's podcast we will run through some numbers to show you why the bargain stuff is so inexpensive compared to quality coax. We have a great chart to help you see all the numbers in this week's session notes. All session notes can be found on our website at www.scan ...…
 
Preamplifiers could help you or hurt you depending on several factors. I have used preamps in the past and have seen mixed results. There are certain situations where a preamp could be extremely helpful. I have ways you might be able to improve your station instead of investing in a preamp. All session notes can be found on our website at www.s ...…
 
There are many things to consider when purchasing your next (or first) scanner radio antenna. Do you need an antenna that... Covers many frequencies Covers a particular frequency Is directional Is NOT directional Will fit in an attic Is affordable Will be used for a portable radio These are some of the items we talk about today and tell you wha ...…
 
MilAir Scanning is different depending on where it is you live. Today's guest, Michael Man, is a big fan of Military Air monitoring. Since he lives close to a few training facilities, MilAir Scanning is one of this favorite past times. Michael is lucky enough to live near several practice areas where he can listen to dog fights, refueling exerc ...…
 
Field Day - Amateur Radio's Open House! If you've never been on the air or if you are interested in checking out what Amateur Radio is all about (and if you live in the US), check out Field Day. Field Day is a contest. The more contacts you make, the more points you get... and it is by far the most popular and publicized event featuring Ham Rad ...…
 
Its finally here - the new Uniden SDS100 Scanner. This scanner is new from the inside out, top to bottom. I'll let you know all about this new scanner and my first thoughts after using this radio for only a day. You can keep up to date with my review by visiting www.sds100review.com If you are looking to purchase this scanner, would you mind us ...…
 
Eric Carlson from FlightAware.com joins us on the podcast to talk about ADS-B monitoring using a PiAware setup. ADS-B (Automatic dependent surveillance — broadcast) is the protocol used by airplanes to give their position beacons. This includes there altitude, location, heading, and Squawk Code. Eric and I discuss the benefits of owning your ow ...…
 
Dave Pascoe, KM3T, from LiveATC.net joins us on the podcast. We talk about the basics of aviation monitoring, what equipment is required, and how to understand the terms and common phrases used during aviation communications. Dave also discusses the conversation workflow that a pilot goes through before taking off, while flying, and while landi ...…
 
One of my favorite scanning activities is to scan the local Air Show. The Air Show at Jones Beach is every Memorial Day weekend and it brings a lot of Military and Civilian Performers. In this podcast, I'm going to let you know what you need to maximize your scanning during an air show. We have a lot of links in this podcast, and all of them ca ...…
 
Today we are joined by Jim Peruta, a 45 year veteran of the Fire Buff Photography scene. Jim runs his own website at res23cue.net and is a member of the Connecticut Fire Photographer's Association. Jim and I discuss what it takes to be a fire buff photographer and what someone should do or should not do if they are looking to buff a fire scene. ...…
 
Fire Tone Out (FTO) is a feature included with higher end Uniden Scanners. Before breaking down FTO and how it works, we take a look at basic two tone alerting by Plectron, GE, and Motorola. We also discuss 5/6 tone and ZVEI tones used outside of the US. Show notes can be found at www.scannerschool.com Please support Scanner School by becoming ...…
 
Severe Weather Monitoring goes beyond just scanning. I believe that every home and business should have a weather alert radio in a location that is centralized. A weather alert radio can be a life saving device and should be given the same importance as smoke detectors, CO alarms, Explosive Gas meters, and fire extinguishers. In this session, w ...…
 
Ham Radio and Neural Networking: https://hackaday.com/2017/12/16/neural-network-learns-sdr-ham-radio/ Alexa Ham Radio Skills: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dalexa-skills&field-keywords=ham+radio LoRA: https://lora-alliance.org Andreas Spiess- LoRA Experimenter on YouTube (Guy with a Swiss Accent): https://www.youtu ...…
 
Simulcast - when it comes to digital systems, it can be your worst nightmare. In this session of Scanner School, we have a few tips on dealing with simulcast and a few suggestions to eliminating the problems it causes. You can grab the show notes for today's podcast at www.scannerschool.com/session18 New this week, you can also help support the ...…
 
Today we welcome Marshall Sherard, KE4ZNR, from the Tarheel Scanner/Shortwave Listener's Group, based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Marshall and I discuss the benefits of joining a local Scanner Radio Group, how to locate an existing group, and how to start your own group if there aren't any established in your area. In addition, Marshall and ...…
 
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