Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

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Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters
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By edhat staff

We're happy to announce a new initiative on edhat, our Scanner Collective! 

This is a group of dedicated edhat readers and scanner enthusiasts who volunteer their time to report what's happening throughout the county. From brush fires to high-speed chases to cats stuck in a tree, they'll do their best to keep us informed and engaged. 

As you all know, Roger the Scanner Guy took a step towards retirement earlier this year, but he's still reporting on local news and happenings when he can. Since then we've had some fantastic readers and reporters step up to fill the gaps and offer their services. 

Ed decided to create an official group and to introduce our readers to these new reporters. Our current scanner reporters are:

  • Roger the Scanner Guy
  • Scanner Andrew
  • RoadsTech/Tagdes
  • Monitor
  • ScannerActivist
  • 805LiveGuy


We look forward to watching our scanner community grow and thank them for their efforts to keep us all connected and informed. 

If you're interested in being part of edhat's Scanner Collective please email us at [email protected]

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Roger Nov 07, 2020 10:38 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Peter would laugh as he knew I'm dyslexic besides it's spelled San Andreas...Scanners I have a Digital Bearcat, I never updated and 3 Analogs I find the best one to be the Bearcat analog BC72XLT 300 Channel, now they come in 500 Channel but you can still get the 300 Channel..Peter Skler would be pleased because not only do we have a decent staff of Scanner reporters but Lauren has done a wonderful job with Edhat..

SBsurferlife Nov 07, 2020 09:37 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Love this! It's what edhat is all about. Much appreciated to everyone for your hard work. Thank You!!

sbnativeson Nov 07, 2020 10:12 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

I would like to know what Brand / Model # of scanners our reporters are using out there?
I am currently using an old analog scanner as they still work in this area, but know that digital will eventually be needed here in the future.
Your replies would be helpful, thanks!

Monitor Nov 07, 2020 04:30 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

I still use several old Radio Shack analog receivers, both portable and desktop for most scanning . For mobile, I have a Uniden Bearcat BCT-8, very good reception and sensitivity. It can also handle trunked systems, but they aren't much used in the tri-counties. For digital and more modern systems I have a Uniden SDS-100. Awesome performance - but more than I really know how to use! It is not intuitive, and pretty costly. Fortunately in the tri-counties, a cheap analog, 100 channel or more covers everything important in public safety. As an editorial comment, I think Uniden are better than most brands.

kane kena Nov 07, 2020 10:51 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Thank you Edhat and thank you to the collective scanners. Request to Ed: can you please have somebody proofread the posts so we get correct street names, and also translate cop radio code numbers into plain English. It is good to be accurately informed!

hz Nov 07, 2020 12:25 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

put the police scanner codes into the top line of a new page...and up pop all the relevant police codes...pretty easy to do...

a-1604795735 Nov 07, 2020 04:35 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Yes, we could do that, but why not just NAME the code, i.e., instead of saying "459," just say "burglary?" Why make the reader jump through hoops when you already have the information at hand? I will never understand this.

a-1604844233 Nov 08, 2020 06:03 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

You obviously didn't comprehend what I said. Why make the reader memorize dozens of police codes when all the reporter has to do is say "assault" instead of "245?" Is that too difficult a request?

a-1604854249 Nov 08, 2020 08:50 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

The probable reason for using specific (CA) codes is that layperson terms such as burglary are do not tell the field officers what is happening in the way that the code numbers do. Don't see why people have a problem with that practice. It seems professional and probably more efficient than explaining the action being checked in full sentences.

a-1604858723 Nov 08, 2020 10:05 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

@8:50am: Yes. We UNDERSTAND that cops must talk in codes. Presumably, the scanner reporters know what these codes are (otherwise they wouldn't be reporting scanner news), and all they have to do is write "burglary" when reporting a 459. What the hell is so difficult about that?

USA in ruins Nov 07, 2020 01:39 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Thankyou all. There was a time when communicating what a person heard on a scanner was against the law. Did the law change or do sensitive communication now just go to land line. Thanks again

tagdes Nov 07, 2020 02:12 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Scanners are and have been legal for at least since I've been using them since 1968. 5 states including Fla. and NY can't use them mobile unless they have a license. Telephone conversations are illegal and some scanners back in about the early '70 s quit using them on those freqs.

USA in ruins Nov 07, 2020 04:03 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Tagdes. You missed my point. I realize scanners are legal otherwise they could not be sold. And today's scanners don't allow the frequencies to pick up telephone calls. My whole point was... Is it still illegal to communicate what one is hearing on a scanner. Is there a law against using a scanner in the act of commiting a crime?

tagdes Nov 07, 2020 04:28 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

"communicate"....share info or news....not illegal....using one in the act of committing a crime...illegal.

Monitor Nov 07, 2020 04:46 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

In response to the question about laws regarding scanning. Section 636.5, CA Penal Code, makes it a crime to intercept public safety radio to aid or abet a crime, or divulge the contents for the purpose of evading arrest.
Very rarely invoked, as crooks tend not to have the patience or focus to learn the codes or how to cover the channels they would need to follow. LE is well aware of scanning and use cellular phones and Mobile Data Terminals for sensitive communications. Feds go further, with encrypted systems.

SBTownie Nov 07, 2020 04:33 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

Thank you for your service! This is such a valuable community research and so many of us really appreciate the time all of you put into this! And I am glad that although Roger retired we still get to "see" him here daily.

a-1604859080 Nov 08, 2020 10:11 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

A pending new ruling from CA DOJ will impact ALL public safety radio traffic—
all CLETS and FBI data info will be required to be encrypted with AES encryption no later than 12/31/2020. I wonder how that will affect your scanner monitoring.
Many agencies will have to invest in AES encryption, yet vendors say it cannot be done by end of December and will cost a bundle.
If it goes into effect, I wonder how that will affect your scanner monitoring.

Monitor Nov 08, 2020 10:53 PM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

I don't know anything about this DOJ 'ruling,' but DHS has been advocating encryption of public service radio since at least 2012. CLETS and FBI records are not communicated via radio, but via internet to authorized agencies, so I don't see what the State might be getting at except maybe the re-broadcast of information from these sources by local agencies.
In any event, encryption of local public service communications would put citizen and media scanning out of business, along with transparency of what these agencies are doing. But doing so would be hugely complicated and expensive, given the issues of inter-operability among agencies and crypto key management. .. unless you federalize the whole thing.

PitMix Nov 09, 2020 07:14 AM
Announcing Edhat's Scanner Reporters

I would say reporting stuff you hear on a scanner is not really "news", it is more like current events. News to me would be to analyze the scanner traffic for the last month, note that the calls for home invasions have increased by 50%, and talk to some people about why this is happening so the reader can make some informed decisions about what to do and who to vote for, maybe. Otherwise it is just more scary white noise and we already have a lot of that in our lives.

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