We bought ourselves an emergency scanner for Christmas this year as well as one of each of our dad’s. It’s a great little gadget (and serves a a BIG reminder of how great the little town in which we live is!) However, the manual is a bit lacking. So… to help our dads get their scanners set up and to clarify for others that may be Googling for help, here’s a quick and dirty little cheat sheet:
Find Your Local Frequencies
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/ Everything you need to get a list of frequencies in your area. You can use this unit to hear transmissions up to around 512MHz, so don’t bother with any above that if someone uses them in your area. Most local police, fire and EMS are well below that, however.
Turn on the scanner
Turn the knobs on the top all the way down (counter-clockwise). Press and hold the power button on the front for about 2 seconds to power it up. Turn up the volume until you hear hissing. Turn the squelch knob up until the hissing just stops. This is to eliminate background noise.
Store Your Local Frequencies
You can store up to 100 channels in memory. This will let us scan over just the frequencies in use rather than every single one (which takes a long time and would cause us to miss real broadcasts). Repeat the following process for each frequency you wish to store. Start with channel 1:
- Press the Hold button.
- Enter the channel where you want to store the frequency.
- Press the Func button.
- Press the “E” button.
- Enter the frequency with the number keys and decimal point. Just enter the first 3 decimal places — additional decimal places get dropped. Example: 453.65000 should be entered as just 453.650.
- Press the “E” button (enter).