Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by barnega.. » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 22:28:12

Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
after a young man
attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
Yorks Finest.

I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
BC 95 Scanner;

( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

BarnegateDx

 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Davi » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 22:38:11




>Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>after a young man
>attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>Yorks Finest.

>I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>BC 95 Scanner;

>( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

>BarnegateDx

During the '90-'91 Gulf War, monitors in the continental USA were
receiving Kuwait on the VHF Low band.
 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Bria » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 23:11:16

I monitor fire and EMS in the Hampton Roads area (Norfolk is the largest
city near me).

I have a Scantenna up at about 40" and run in with LMR-400 coax to my RS
Pro-96.

One evening back in August I heard a call go out for a MVA with an
overturned vehicle at Mile Marker 44.  I knew this was not near me as
our Interstate mile markers are in the 150s.  I kept listening and got
the location as the New Jersey Turnpike Mt. Holly.  That is 217 miles
from me!

Brian

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Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by radiosrfu » Fri, 16 Nov 2007 23:16:19




>>Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>>after a young man
>>attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>>Yorks Finest.

>>I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>>BC 95 Scanner;

>>( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>>Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>>Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>>am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>>http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>>so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>>Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

>>BarnegateDx

> During the '90-'91 Gulf War, monitors in the continental USA were
> receiving Kuwait on the VHF Low band.

If the conditions are right, I can receive the Fire and Police Services from
the Santa Monica and Orange County area of California - and I live in PA. A
school friend of mine - went out there once to work and told me he heard our
neighboring county out there - on their radio system. We're talking close to
3000 miles. It doesn't happen often, but it has a few times. Jupiter Florida
is another we can hear on occasion - over 1000 miles away.
That one comes in fairly often during storms. Otherwise, we have freqs in
our scanner that do routinely pick up - at least 100 miles away.Using an
"indoor" antenna. BUT - the strange part is - if you're ready for this - "I"
know "why" it happens; we can't pick up the city 40 miles from us - at all.
WHY? We live behind a hill blocking them completely off. If we go 3 miles
down the road - we can pick all of their stuff up on a portable scanner.

FM can be very interesting.........

 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by BDK » Sat, 17 Nov 2007 03:01:36

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Quote:

> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
> after a young man
> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
> Yorks Finest.

> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
> BC 95 Scanner;

> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

> BarnegateDx

It's a whole lot further than 70 miles. I'm in Ohio and have heard
California "Chips" and Texas units on low band, a bunch of New England
police and fire on VHF Hi, and Minnesota, Wisconsin, and a couple of
other PD and FD's from the area on UHF.

BDK

 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Your nam » Sat, 17 Nov 2007 11:57:03



Quote:

> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
> after a young man
> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
> Yorks Finest.

> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
> BC 95 Scanner;

> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

> BarnegateDx

Barring freak atmospheric conditions known as "skip", which can bounce
signals 1,000's of miles, VHF/UHF comms are "line of sight", obviously a
self explanitory term.

The higher your receiver, the greater reception range ... Which is why you
see antennas on high masts, or at least in the highest practical location.
Out in a desert or on the ocean, where you can see from horizon to horizon
with no interuptions, your line of sight reception is likely to be 40 miles
+.
In an urban environment, with many obstacles to radio waves, you can expect
considerably less ... Though once again, exceptions are known to happen,
and also variables such as the power output of the emitting radio can and
do affect range.

 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Scott » Sat, 17 Nov 2007 15:53:21


Quote:

> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
> after a young man
> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
> Yorks Finest.

> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
> BC 95 Scanner;

> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

 I don't know, but in Texas (Dallas) I was able to
 pick-up Mexican police and the California Highway
 Patrol on Low VHF. This was during the 90's when
 there were lots of crazy sunspot cycles going on.
 Here in the mountains, I can only pick up local
 stuff on VHF but Shortwave and AM Band is very active.
 Lots of CB skip too.  

--
'Brother Can You Spare Another Piece of Cake?'

 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Davi » Sat, 17 Nov 2007 23:23:09




>> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>> after a young man
>> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>> Yorks Finest.

>> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>> BC 95 Scanner;

>> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

>> BarnegateDx

>Barring freak atmospheric conditions known as "skip", which can bounce
>signals 1,000's of miles, VHF/UHF comms are "line of sight", obviously a
>self explanitory term.

>The higher your receiver, the greater reception range ... Which is why you
>see antennas on high masts, or at least in the highest practical location.
>Out in a desert or on the ocean, where you can see from horizon to horizon
>with no interuptions, your line of sight reception is likely to be 40 miles
>+.
>In an urban environment, with many obstacles to radio waves, you can expect
>considerably less ... Though once again, exceptions are known to happen,
>and also variables such as the power output of the emitting radio can and
>do affect range.

Sometimes 42 mHz is VHF;  sometimes it's shortwave.
 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Davi » Sat, 17 Nov 2007 23:24:14




>> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>> after a young man
>> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>> Yorks Finest.

>> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>> BC 95 Scanner;

>> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

> I don't know, but in Texas (Dallas) I was able to
> pick-up Mexican police and the California Highway
> Patrol on Low VHF. This was during the 90's when
> there were lots of crazy sunspot cycles going on.
> Here in the mountains, I can only pick up local
> stuff on VHF but Shortwave and AM Band is very active.
> Lots of CB skip too.  

Adjacent octaves can have overlapping characteristics.
 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Scott » Sun, 18 Nov 2007 00:35:58





> >> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
> >> after a young man
> >> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
> >> Yorks Finest.

> >> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
> >> BC 95 Scanner;

> >> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

> >> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

> >> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

> >> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

> >> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

> >> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

> >> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

> > I don't know, but in Texas (Dallas) I was able to
> > pick-up Mexican police and the California Highway
> > Patrol on Low VHF. This was during the 90's when
> > there were lots of crazy sunspot cycles going on.
> > Here in the mountains, I can only pick up local
> > stuff on VHF but Shortwave and AM Band is very active.
> > Lots of CB skip too.  

> Adjacent octaves can have overlapping characteristics.

 Yes. "42"
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'Brother Can You Spare Another Piece of Cake?'
 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by PhattyM » Sun, 18 Nov 2007 08:09:06






>>> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>>> after a young man
>>> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>>> Yorks Finest.

>>> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>>> BC 95 Scanner;

>>> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>>> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>>> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>>> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>>> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>>> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>>> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

>>> BarnegateDx

>> During the '90-'91 Gulf War, monitors in the continental USA were
>> receiving Kuwait on the VHF Low band.

> If the conditions are right, I can receive the Fire and Police Services from
> the Santa Monica and Orange County area of California - and I live in PA. A
> school friend of mine - went out there once to work and told me he heard our
> neighboring county out there - on their radio system. We're talking close to
> 3000 miles. It doesn't happen often, but it has a few times. Jupiter Florida
> is another we can hear on occasion - over 1000 miles away.
> That one comes in fairly often during storms. Otherwise, we have freqs in
> our scanner that do routinely pick up - at least 100 miles away.Using an
> "indoor" antenna. BUT - the strange part is - if you're ready for this - "I"
> know "why" it happens; we can't pick up the city 40 miles from us - at all.
> WHY? We live behind a hill blocking them completely off. If we go 3 miles
> down the road - we can pick all of their stuff up on a portable scanner.

> FM can be very interesting.........

A friend who is a dispatcher for a local 911 center says that they will
randomly pick up Emergency-Comm signals from other centers in different
states. Seems to happen fairly frequently.
 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by radiosrfu » Sun, 18 Nov 2007 08:13:11







>>>> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>>>> after a young man
>>>> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>>>> Yorks Finest.

>>>> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>>>> BC 95 Scanner;

>>>> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>>>> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>>>> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>>>> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>>>> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>>>> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>>>> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

>>>> BarnegateDx

>>> During the '90-'91 Gulf War, monitors in the continental USA were
>>> receiving Kuwait on the VHF Low band.

>> If the conditions are right, I can receive the Fire and Police Services
>> from the Santa Monica and Orange County area of California - and I live
>> in PA. A school friend of mine - went out there once to work and told me
>> he heard our neighboring county out there - on their radio system. We're
>> talking close to 3000 miles. It doesn't happen often, but it has a few
>> times. Jupiter Florida is another we can hear on occasion - over 1000
>> miles away.
>> That one comes in fairly often during storms. Otherwise, we have freqs in
>> our scanner that do routinely pick up - at least 100 miles away.Using an
>> "indoor" antenna. BUT - the strange part is - if you're ready for this -
>> "I" know "why" it happens; we can't pick up the city 40 miles from us -
>> at all. WHY? We live behind a hill blocking them completely off. If we go
>> 3 miles down the road - we can pick all of their stuff up on a portable
>> scanner.

>> FM can be very interesting.........

> A friend who is a dispatcher for a local 911 center says that they will
> randomly pick up Emergency-Comm signals from other centers in different
> states. Seems to happen fairly frequently.

Considering where most "Comms centers" have their towers and so on - not
surprising! But for scanners not always at that advantage - it is pretty
neat to hear "Skip" on it. I enjoy it every time I hear it.
 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by John » Sun, 18 Nov 2007 22:18:14

...over 300 kilometres, reception of the ISS !








>>>>> Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>>>>> after a young man
>>>>> attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>>>>> Yorks Finest.

>>>>> I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>>>>> BC 95 Scanner;

>>>>> ( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>>>>> Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>>>>> Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>>>>> am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>>>>> http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>>>>> so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>>>>> Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

>>>>> BarnegateDx

>>>> During the '90-'91 Gulf War, monitors in the continental USA were
>>>> receiving Kuwait on the VHF Low band.

>>> If the conditions are right, I can receive the Fire and Police Services
>>> from the Santa Monica and Orange County area of California - and I live
>>> in PA. A school friend of mine - went out there once to work and told me
>>> he heard our neighboring county out there - on their radio system. We're
>>> talking close to 3000 miles. It doesn't happen often, but it has a few
>>> times. Jupiter Florida is another we can hear on occasion - over 1000
>>> miles away.
>>> That one comes in fairly often during storms. Otherwise, we have freqs
>>> in our scanner that do routinely pick up - at least 100 miles away.Using
>>> an "indoor" antenna. BUT - the strange part is - if you're ready for
>>> this - "I" know "why" it happens; we can't pick up the city 40 miles
>>> from us - at all. WHY? We live behind a hill blocking them completely
>>> off. If we go 3 miles down the road - we can pick all of their stuff up
>>> on a portable scanner.

>>> FM can be very interesting.........

>> A friend who is a dispatcher for a local 911 center says that they will
>> randomly pick up Emergency-Comm signals from other centers in different
>> states. Seems to happen fairly frequently.

> Considering where most "Comms centers" have their towers and so on - not
> surprising! But for scanners not always at that advantage - it is pretty
> neat to hear "Skip" on it. I enjoy it every time I hear it.

 
 
 

Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by Dr Scot » Mon, 19 Nov 2007 16:18:48



> >Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

> Scanners can receive signals from the other side of the world.

 Not mine.
--
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Longest distance for Scanner Reception

Post by **THE-RFI-EMI-GUY* » Wed, 21 Nov 2007 09:48:05

Around 1982, I was driving from Chicago to Indianapolis and had my
Bearcat 210 wired in the vehicle. I was able to hear Los Angeles area
CHIP's transmissions clearly on low band.



>>Enjoying my new scanner, recently listened to the traffic generated
>>after a young man
>>attempting to rob a bank, was pursued and speedily captured by New
>>Yorks Finest.

>>I occasionally pick up New Paltz N.Y.  over 70 miles away on my Uniden
>>BC 95 Scanner;

>>( Truck stuck under the toll booth )

>>Even though I am ~ 300 feet above sea level, I find this remarkable.

>>Go a rat shack Center loaded whip,

>>am waiting for Fair Radio to send me some co-ax

>>http://www.fairradio.com/catalog.php?mode=viewitem&item=1291

>>so I can mount the whole thing in a window . .

>>Is there any record for long distance reception on scanners;  ?

> I don't know, but in Texas (Dallas) I was able to
> pick-up Mexican police and the California Highway
> Patrol on Low VHF. This was during the 90's when
> there were lots of crazy sunspot cycles going on.
> Here in the mountains, I can only pick up local
> stuff on VHF but Shortwave and AM Band is very active.
> Lots of CB skip too.  

Around 1982, I was driving from Chicago to Indianapolis and had my
Bearcat 210 wired in the vehicle. I was able to hear Los Angeles area
CHIP's transmissions clearly on low band.

--
Joe Leikhim K4SAT
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For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

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