Novice with old scanner needs help

Novice with old scanner needs help

Post by hall » Tue, 21 Oct 2003 11:37:05

I just bought an old Uniden Bearcat BC140 10 channel programmable
scanner at a garage sale. I know almost nothing about scanners. I
bought a telescoping antenna at Radio Shack that seemed to fit into
the antenna outlet on the scanner. I found an AC adaptor that works. I
programmed some local police frequencies in that I got about 6 years
ago. When the scanner is scanning through the stations, it stops on a
couple of the channels, and there is noise (not squelch noise), but I
can't hear any talking and I'm trying to figure out the problem.

Do police frequencies change regularly so that my old frequencies are
no longer right?

I live in a rural area and the police departments that are programmed
in are about 15-30 miles away. Am I too far away from those towns? I
also live in a house covered with metal siding and roofing.

Thank you for any help you folks can provide!

 
 
 

Novice with old scanner needs help

Post by Jim Mac Donal » Tue, 21 Oct 2003 19:14:54


Here's a site that has conventional frequencies along with trunking
frequencies
<http://www.cityfreq.com:81/>

And this site will have a lot of information
<http://www.strongsignals.net/index.cgi>
Place the scanner and it's antenna in front of a window or get an out side
antenna.
Keep the  antenna installed out side away from the house.

     A really easy antenna
 you can build your self is  a dipole  antenna made  out of a  twenty
(20)  foot or longer length of Co-Ax cable. Install a plug on one end to
go into the scanner radio. Then on the other end, strip back twenty inches
of the outer Co-Ax shielding
and let this shielding hang down. Take the inner conductor and hang this
twenty inch long
center conductor up, out side the house again away from the siding.
Jim


> I just bought an old Uniden Bearcat BC140 10 channel programmable
> scanner at a garage sale. I know almost nothing about scanners. I
> bought a telescoping antenna at Radio Shack that seemed to fit into
> the antenna outlet on the scanner. I found an AC adaptor that works. I
> programmed some local police frequencies in that I got about 6 years
> ago. When the scanner is scanning through the stations, it stops on a
> couple of the channels, and there is noise (not squelch noise), but I
> can't hear any talking and I'm trying to figure out the problem.

> Do police frequencies change regularly so that my old frequencies are
> no longer right?

> I live in a rural area and the police departments that are programmed
> in are about 15-30 miles away. Am I too far away from those towns? I
> also live in a house covered with metal siding and roofing.

> Thank you for any help you folks can provide!

 
 
 

Novice with old scanner needs help

Post by Beloved Lead » Wed, 22 Oct 2003 12:14:17


> I'm trying to figure out the problem.

....

I looked at the picture at
http://n7olq.home.att.net/Radio/Galleryframe.htm

It appears to be a predecessor of the BC210 series. Try programming a
weather station. They run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here's a
list.
http://www.intac.com/~mherson/wx_list.html