Any point getting a scanner

  makankotoran Beginner

is there any point getting a scanner now? what with ARTC's migration to Ice and everything else, What would I actually be able to pick up?

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  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
I had a scanner and sold it. Just wasn't getting value from it. Funds went towards a new video camera.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!

Many of the things I use to pick-up on my scanner are no longer having gone digital Sad
Air Traffic control seems to be about it otherwise mostly 'static'.

  Flying Scot Beginner

Location: Lara, Geelong Victoria


You can still listen to the following in Victoria:

1) Aviation

2) CFA

3) Ambulance

4) Police


  Ken Hancock Station Staff

Location: Oakleigh

is there any point getting a scanner now? what with ARTC's migration to Ice and everything else, What would I actually be able to pick up?


Depends on where you are. In the Melbourne area Trams; Metro trains until they go digital;
SES; some country police; transport companies; some TV stations until the end of 2013 and FM radio stations. Also aircraft which includes weather info from the ATIS frequencies  .Frequencies available on the  site. he above also depends on they ranges available in the scanner, assuming they and replacement batteries are stlll available.
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
I have a scanner, and regularly scan in the Adelaide Hills. Lots of the stuff I get on the scanner is rubbish, but every now and then there is gems of information.
The Goodwood work has meant that track controllers have been talking to each other from Belair and Mile End.
What area would you be scanning?
The way I saw it when I bought my scanner was that I should buy it now, or else I miss out on an important part of trainspotting which is about to become a memory. I parted with about $100 or so and bought myself a beginner Uniden BC72XLT scanner, and I must say that I am impressed when I am at places such as Dry Creek.
To be honest my scanner gets very infrequent use (once a month is an optimistic guess) and if the ARTC swap over there signals, well that's too bad, and I will then give my scanner to someone else who may have a use for it. ARTC said they were turning off their signals ages ago, but I bought my scanner in May last year and it still worked alst time I used it.
Also, if you want to buy a scanner, check with any local media companies. My local newspaper company were getting rid of their scanners, and I found out too late. If I had knowen earlier, I would have been able to get one through someone I knew who worked there.
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
You can also get some pretty funny taxi driver conversations by accident as well. I don't know what frequencies I get them on, but some of them give me quite an entertaining trainspotting trip!
In all seriousness, don't abuse scanners. This means don't hang them off of your belt, flash them around, have them running through the speakers etc. I put my scanner in my backpack, and then run some earphones over my shoulder and I normally have one ear in. It can be inconveniant if the scanner gets stuck on a fuzzy frequency, and you try to pretend to rumage through your bag, whilst pressing the required buttons, but at least I don't raise suspicions, cause offence and most importantly make me look like a weirdo and tarnish the reputations of other fellow train enthusiasts. All the others who see me will believe I am listening to an Ipod, not listening to a comparatively large radio scanner.

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