Scanner Master and Industry News
Police and emergency service scanning is constantly changing. New equipment, updates to old equipment, rebanding and interference, professional conventions and other news of interest to the scanner world are available here and frequently updated.
Whether news of the latest RadioShack, Whistler or Bearcat scanners ship date or general trade news, visit us frequently to stay up-to-date on all of the important scanner world information.
Pre Order BCD436HP/BCD536HP
Uniden Bearcat BCD536HP Scanners
Our Pre orders for The BCD536HP will begin shipping on Friday January 24th. They will ship in same order as received(first ordered first shipped).
Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP Scanners
Our Pre orders for The BCD436HP will begin shipping on Thursday, January 30th. They will ship in same order as received(first ordered first shipped).
If you ordered programming please allow 10 - 15 business days for this. You may cancel the programming if you do not wish to wait by emailing us.
Dayton Hamvention 2013
We will not be attending the Dayton Hamvention this year, only the 2nd time in about the last 15 years. We will be back next year though.
Massachusetts State Police Statewide Trunking System
The Massachusetts State Police have started the "Rebanding" process for their towers on Cape Cod for the statewide trunking radio system.
Some of you may be asking what is Rebanding?
The 800MHz band is shared by both NEXTEL/cellular and public safety communications. For over a decade now there have been problems with interference. To eliminate the interference, all public safety systems operating between 865-869MHz will "reband" to 851-854MHz and join with other public safety frequencies operating from 851-861 MHz. This will form a buffer between the public safety and cellular frequencies rather than being intermingled as they are today.
What will happens...
When the Rebanding takes place, your scanner will usually stop working on Motorola trunking systems. If you are listening to conventional (non-trunked) channels or EDACS channels you may need to simply change frequencies. Depending on the model scanner you have you may need to both update the scanner's firmware (operating software) as well as the trunking frequencies. Scanners older than 8 years old may not support Rebanding, so they will need to be replaced. - Read more _________________________________________________________________________
GRE PSR-400 Police Scanners Now available
We had set aside some time ago 10 brand-spanking new PSR-400 analog trunking desktop scanners. These are the very easy to program models which GRE discontinued over a year ago and replaced them with the PSR-410's which used object oriented programming. Now all the 410's are gone but we are selling off these 10 PSR-400s for $299.95 each. There isn't even anything comparable to them in the Uniden line. First come, first served on these 10.
HomePatrol -1 Extreme Update!
This short video introduces the major new enhancements in the HomePatrol-1 Extreme Firmware and HomePatrol Sentinel releases.
Includes great new features for everyone, plus upgrade to the paid version for some Extreme tools for the serious scannist. - Read more
See us at the Dayton Hamvention!
This week Rich Barnett of Scanner Master along with Gommert Buysen of Butel Software will be at booth #402 inside the Hara Arena Complex at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, OH. The Hamvention is the world's largest Amateur Radio convention and Scanner Master will be there demonstrating and selling scanners and accessories for the scanner community that attends each year. If you're a fan of scanners please stop by and say hello.
Price Drop on PSR-310 and 410
The GRE PSR-310 portable and GRE PSR-410 base/mobile analog trunking scanners are now only $174.95 each. This is an amazing price for two extremely capable radios.
PSR-800 Decodes X2-TDMA!
GRE has confirmed that it's new PSR-800 pre-programmed digital scanner will decode both APCO-25 digital AND X2-TDMA which is an early variation of APCO-25 Phase II TDMA digital. This is very exciting and important news in the scanner world. Currently X2-TDMA is used by select public safety agencies in the Washington D.C. area, particularly in Prince Georges County, MD. Up until now no scanner could decode TDMA. X2-TDMA is not the final spec of APCO-25 Phase II but we believe it will likely be quite some time before the final specifications are announced and equipment is manufactured. Thus the PSR-800 will not be able to decode a future unknown specification. In the meantime though, for people in the DC area and possibly other areas in the future, the PSR-800 for now is the scanner of choice.
Digital PSR-800 now Available
GRE's pre-programmed PSR-800 is now available in limited quantities. With a great size and form factor, too. This scanner is pre-programmed for the U.S. and Canada and contains 200 scan lists that you can access. Simply select the state, county, cities and agencies you wish to monitor and go. Visit the
PSR-800 product page for more information and to order.
New Lapel Speaker/Antenna
Boost audio and reception of your portable scanners with our new SpectrumForce Lapel Speakers with Antenna Mount. These speakers look just like the speaker microphones used by law enforcement, EMS and fire service personnel but of course these are speakers only. But they have a couple of great new functions. First, they bring the audio from your portable scanner right up close to your ear while you keep the portable scanner on your belt and with a unique twist it boosts the audio from everyday speakers for most scanners on the market.Secondly, the product also elevates your portable scanner antenna up by your shoulder and away from your body providing an improvement in reception. Available for SMA and BNC antenna-jack portable scanners.
See photos and more details now.
Suffolk County Rebands
The Suffolk County, NY, trunking radio system is currently under-going re-banding. This means that scanners will need to be re-programmed and scanners which are a year or two old or older will need a firmware (scanner operating system) upgrade as well. Older scanners, such as the Bearcat 895, 780 and 235, and most older RadioShack scanners, are not re-bandable and will need to be replaced. Scanner Master offers a firmware upgrade and a programming service if you're interested. For more information:
Groundbreaking PRO-107 iScan
RadioShack has just released its all new PRO-107 iScan radio. This trunking (non-digital) scanner is the first of its type to have the look and feel of an mp3 player or even the Apple iPhone. No longer do you need to program it. You simply select from a list your state, county and city and of course you can choose multiple cities/regions to monitor. The radio runs on two AA batteries and will fit in a shirt pocket. This is an outstanding choice for novices and those who don't wish to "play" with the scanner, but rather just listen.
Garmin GPS Receiver in Stock!
We now have available specialized Garmin GPS receivers that work superbly with the Uniden scanners which are GPS-controllable. These are high-quality Garmin receivers that rapidly access the satellites and transmit position data back to the scanner. Scanners such as the BCT15, BCD996T, BCD396XT and BC346XT can use that data to automatically enable and disable systems (and groups) based on the user's location. Note that the Garmin includes a DB-9 connector which attaches to the back of the base/mobile scanners but does not connect to the portables. You will need to use your existing serial cable that comes in the box with the scanner along with adapters that are available separately.
For Immediate Release
NBC Network News Selects Scanner Master for Vortex-2 Scanner Equipment and Programming
Boston -- NBC Network News Field Operations has selected Scanner Master Corp. as its sole provider of scanning radios and scanner programming for its Vortex-2 support team. As part owners of the Weather Channel, NBC is providing equipment and field logistics to the Weather Channel crew on the five week Vortex-2 mission.
Vortex-2 is the largest "tornado chase" ever, with over 100 engineers, scientists and support personnel working together to locate and analyze tornadoes in an effort to improve their understanding and ability to predict these natural monsters.
NBC and other Vortex 2 team members employ multiple police scanners in their trucks and in their equipment bags in order to keep track of how public safety agencies are handling weather emergencies out in the field. By learning of road closures, storm damage, listening for siren activations, and monitoring storm spotter channels, reporters, producers, engineers and scientists will have another tool in their arsenal to help predict where severe weather is occurring and to stay as safe as possible at the same time.
Kevin Parrish, Senior RF Engineer for NBC Network News Field Operations said, "We chose Scanner Master both for their high-level of expertise and service and also for their unmatched ability to program scanners in an extremely comprehensive way. We required programming of conventional, digital, trunking and multi-site systems covering thousands of square miles in the midwest, including GPS coordinates which are so useful on Uniden scanners. On short notice Scanner Master did an incredible job of programming and it's helping us perform our jobs more efficiently."
Scanner Master has provided scanners, software, antennas and custom monitoring solutions for the news media for over a decade. In conjunction with Butel Software, Scanner Master has created ScannerStation, an assignment desk local and remote monitoring software package for news media that is used nationally by ABC, CBS, Fox and others.
For more information on Scanner Master, scanner programming, ScannerStation and other radio monitoring products contact:
Molly Olive Marketing Coordinator
Scanner Master Corp.
For more information on Vortex2 see the following:
New England Law Enforcement Expo.
Scanner Master displayed its full scanner and accessory line at the first New England Law Enforcement Expo on May 12-13th in Sturbridge, MA. You can read more about the Expo at www.nelawenforcementexpo.com. Manning the booth were Molly Olive, Scanner Master Marketing Coordinator, and Jonathan Higgins, one of our top scanner experts.
New Uniden Scanners!
New Bearcat Portables.
Uniden America Corporation in late March released two new high-end portable scanners into the marketplace: The Bearcat BC346XT analog portable and the Bearcat BCD396XT digital handheld scanner. Both scanners utilize the same "396/330" case used by older models, but inside there's a world of difference from their predecessor scanners. The 346XT replaces the beloved Bearcat 246T. The new version has a far more advanced and informative display, more memory, and a load of other new features. The BCD396XT jumps in memory from 6,000 to 25,000 memory locations (so more than you'll ever need), has significantly improved digital voice decoding quality, and also a host of new great features. Both models are re-banding-ready for updated Motorola trunking systems. These are VERY impressive upgrades. Well done Uniden!
Nashua NH Re-Bands!
New frequencies & firmware required.
The city of Nashua Motorola trunking radio system has just re-banded. They are now operating on a new set of 800 MHz frequencies for their mixed digital and analog trunking system that is used by the police and fire departments as well as just about all city services. The only way you can listen to Nashua now is to either buy a new scanner (if you only had old models) or upgrade the firmware in newer models. See the Uniden.com or the GREAmerica.com web site for further information on re-banding firmware for downloading. Also see this excellent page for further information.
Scanner Master Hires New Customer Service Rep
Scanner Master is pleased announce the hiring of its newest Customer Service Rep, Greg Jolly. Greg is a Massachusetts firefighter and also a part-time fire dispatcher. He's also been an avid scanner hobbyist for decades and is familiar with all the major brands. Greg will be working at Scanner Master when he's not at the station helping to generate content for the Scanner Master web sites and also working with our customers helping them to make the best scanner choice for their area. As an active public safety official and a radio enthusiast, Greg is perfectly suited to assist Scanner Master customers in listening to their local police and fire departments.
Bearcat Product Close-Out Buy
Scanner Master Buys Remaining Stock of Uniden BR-330 Scanner and RH-96 Remote Heads
Scanner Master Corporation today completed its purchase of Uniden America's remaining stock of the BR-330 scanner and the RH-96 Remote Head kit. This large purchase ensures that Scanner Master customers will have access to two exciting products that will no longer be manufactured.
The BR-330 is the only trunking scanner that has ever been manufactured which includes the 500 KHz to 25 MHz AM Broadcast, 20-40-80 Meter Amateur Radio Bands and the Shortwave Broadcasting bands. The scanner is also unique in that it covers the entire TV audio spectrum which includes wireless microphones. (TV audio itself will soon go away as part of the move to digital TV.) This is a very unique wideband scanner that Scanner Master is proud to carry. The scanner is also re-bandable.
The RH-96 allows users of the BCT-15, BCD996T base/mobile scanners and the BR-330 and BCD396T portable scanners to operate their radios in a vehicle with a small "head" unit. A ten foot cable connects the head unit to one of the above-listed scanners which can mounted under a seat or in a trunk. This handsome, easily-mounted, remote head is perfect for those who want an attractive installation that takes up little room in the front cab area of a car or truck.
Holiday Showroom Walk-In Hours
Come visit us at our Boston area store in Natick, Massachusetts on any of the following dates:
Thursday December 11th from 11 AM to 8 PM
Saturday December 13th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Tuesday December 16th from 11 AM to 8 PM
(Other weekday hours available by appointment. Please call 1-800-SCANNER)
We'll be showing and selling all the Uniden and GRE scanners, BuTel Software, our full line of accessories, and our all new Scanner Master Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire Pocket Guide - 11th Edition. This book makes a great gift.
The 2009 Scanner Master Catalog Has Arrived!
Our 9 page 2009 catalog is now at our warehouse. You may view and/or print out the PDF version right now from our website on our Catalog Page. If you would like a free copy mailed to you simply send and email to email@example.com and include your Name and full mailing address. We will mail you a catalog and add you to our mailing list. The catalog has a full listing of all our products.
Scanner Master Corp. and ScanNewEngland.net Launch Joint Marketing Affiliation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ScanNewEngland.net, a leading resource for local frequencies, user forums and live feeds within the region, and Scanner Master, the nation's oldest and largest scanner-only dealer, finalized a marketing agreement earlier this month.
As a result of this affiliation, Scanner Master's extensive line of scanners, software, antennas, and accessories will now be available to purchase through ScanNewEngland.net. By purchasing scanner products through the Scanner Master links on their website, ScanNewEngland.com will receive commission on all sales that they generate. This affiliation will allow for a new approach for New England radio hobbyists and professionals to give back and help grow one of their favorite, frequently visited websites, as well as enhance the business of a local company that has been dedicated to scanner products and services for the last 30 years.
Scott Halligan of ScanNewEngland.net stated, "It is my pleasure to get on board with Scanner Master. They are a local business, long established in the hobby, and a leader in the sale of scanners, accessories, and some truly unique devices. I look forward to working with the company, and from the comments received thus far from many Scan New England members, so do they."
Rich Barnett of Scanner Master remarked, "Scott Halligan has provided the scanner hobbyists and professionals a superior regional resource for years, starting with his ScanCapeCod site. Now, with Scannewengland.com, Scott is extending his efforts throughout the six state area and we are very proud to serve as his affiliate scanner dealer."
After undergoing major expansion, ScanNewEngland.net now serves as a platform for the frequency data of six states, offering radio hobbyists and professionals a publicly accessible discussion forum, New England frequency database, and New English Scanner Feeds Teamspeak Server.
Serving the radio community for over 30 year, Scanner Master has prided themselves on their informative service and extensive knowledge of scanners, accessories, programming, and other custom products.
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Richard Barnett Visits Hong Kong Electronics Show
Richard Barnett, president of Scanner Master, just returned from the Hong Kong Electronics Show where he met with the developers of a new line of antennas and speakers the company is developing for scanner hobbyists and professionals. The first antenna should be available later this year.
Salt Lake City Area Re-Bands
It has been reported that the SLC area has re-banded. Only recent TrunkTracking scanners are capable of re-banding using firmware downloads from the scanner manufacturers which are or are soon expected to be available on their web sites. For older model scanners, such as the BC895, BC780, BC235, PRO91, PRO2066 and others, you will need a new scanner. These and other older models cannot be upgraded. Check the manufacturer web sites for further details. Re-banding will affect Motorola 800 MHz trunked radio systems across the country.
RadioReference.com and Scanner Master Corp. Renew and Extend their Partnership.
RadioReference.com, the Web's premier resource for radio communications information, and Scanner Master, the nation's oldest and largest Scanner-only dealer, today announced the renewal and extension of their joint-marketing partnership.
Through this partnership, the most comprehensive line of scanners, software, antennas and communications-monitoring accessories, sourced from around the world, are offered to the world's largest online community of two-way radio users. RadioReference is also developing exciting new products services which will be marketed through Scanner Master starting later year.
Richard Barnett, president of Scanner Master Corp., remarked, "Our partnership with RadioReference.com is our most important. It allows us to present scanners and accessories to an enormous audience of dedicated radio professionals and hobbyists. Through this relationship, we strive to provide unmatched service and a wide product mix to the RadioReference.com audience through our strict focus on scanners and scanner users.
Lindsay Blanton, president of RadioReference.com LLC, said, "Scanner Master is widely recognized in the radio communications community as the leading provider of scanners and communications equipment to the industry. This, coupled with their leadership in innovating new products and offerings for the industry means that this partnership will continue to grow and be very successful."
With its extensive frequency and trunking databases, news sections and user forums, RadioReference.com is the one-stop repository of radio communication information.
For over 30 years Scanner Master has served the radio community through its line of popular Scanner Master and Monitor America books as well as through the sales and service of scanners, accessories, software, antennas and other custom products.
Scanner Master has hired Molly Olive, our new Marketing Coordinator.
Molly, a recent graduate from the University of Vermont, will be exploring new marketing opportunities, promoting new products, and she'll be working with new public safety, news media, insurance and commercial accounts. Meet Molly and the rest of our staff.
Police Call Founder Gene Hughes Dies
The founder and original editor of Police Call, Gene Hughes Costin passed away recently. Gene was instrumental in the growth of the scanning hobby by providing critical frequency information through his Police Call guides which were sold for decades through Radio Shack and other stores. In later years Scanner Master president Rich Barnett joined forces with Gene and became the book's editor. Gene was a wonderful business partner and friend and he will be sorely missed by the entire scanner community, Barnett said.
A list of links about Gene and his life:
Scanner Master is Now Accepting Google Checkout
Our customers requested it and we now accept it. Google Checkout is a fast, secure way to buy from stores across the web. When it's time to buy, look for the button. Use it once and stop creating new accounts every time you buy.
SSE Selects Scanner Master as Master Distributor
SSE of England, owned by Jim Finch of the well-known and highly-regarded "Jim" brand of radio accessories, has selected Scanner Master as its North American Master Distributor for its line of RF/Communications products.
These SSE productsinclude notch filters, antenna switches and diplexers, a UHF military and commercial airband portable rubber-duck antennas, a very unique adjustable audio filter, and more. All these SSE/Jim products provide the monitoring hobbyist and professional with the highest quality design and components.
Scanner Master is proud to offer the SSE/Jim line through its North American dealers and direct to its customers.
Scanner Master Begins Selling AirNav Radar Box
Scanning in Europe is a huge hobby and to supplement the scanning experience there hobbyists have flocked to the AirNav Radar Box which allows you to follow the flights, in real time, of commercial aircraft from around the world. It's like having an Air Traffic Control radar screen on your PC. In the U.S. the system now only tracks international flights, but U.S. flights are coming soon. However, through your web connection, you can follow national and international flights around the world! And combined with a scanner it's amazing fun. See the AirNav Radar Boxon our site.
Richard Barnett meets with manufacturers in Tokyo and Taipei
Richard Barnett, President of Scanner Master, traveled to Tokyo and Taipei this June to meet with scanner and antenna manufacturers seeking to expand its lines to offer you the best product on the market.
Scanner Expert Added to Staff
Scanner Master has hired Jonathan as one of its Customer Service Reps/Scanner Experts. Jonathan has been an avid scanner user for many years. His in extensive experience and knowledge greatly compliment our current staff of scanner experts. Meet Jonathan and the rest of our Staff.
Congratulations on 30 Years
The world's major scanner manufacturers all send in their congratulations to Scanner Master on our 30 years of service in the scanner industry. Click on the links to see. Uniden-Bearcat letter. GRE letter. AOR letter.
Rich Barnett meets with Uniden's Paul Opitz at CES 2008
Rich Barnett, president of Scanner Master, met with Uniden's scanner product manager at Uniden's booth at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show this past Wednesday in Las Vegas. Uniden was not showing any new scanners but the two discussed the healthy state of the scanner market and how dealers could better serve their scanner customers going into the future. Paul Opitz has been involved in scanner development for many years, going back to his years at Radio Shack, and is one of the nation's experts on scanner technology.
Scanner Master is now an authorized GRE "GRECOM" Scanner Dealer!
Scanner Master has been named one of GRE Radio's Authorized Scanner Dealers, able to sell GRE's new line of scanner radios exclusively designed for the U.S. market.
GRE has sold scanners in Europe for years under their own brand name but is just now entering the U.S. market for the first time under the GRE banner. For years GRE has been developing and manufacturing scanners for Radio Shack with approximately half their PRO series scanner line. Some of the famous and highly regarded GRE scanners that were built for Radio Shack include the great PRO-2004, 2005 and 2006 scanners as well as more recently the PRO-96, 97 and 2096. The PRO-96 and PRO-2096 are Radio Shack's digital models that are well known in the industry for their superior digital voice quality.
GRE now enters the U.S. market under their own brand name and Scanner Master is proud to offer these great scanner radios for sale starting in late October '07.
Scanner Master is named the North American Distributor for Waters & Stanton
The largest distributor of scanner and related radio products in the United Kingdom, Waters & Stanton, has named Scanner Master its exclusive North American distributor. Scanner Master is now importing, distributing and selling Waters & Stanton's superior line of scanner antennas, pre-amplifiers, mounting devices, speakers and related products. These are completely unique and extremely valuable accessories which are available now in the U.S. through Scannermaster.com. These accessories are also available at wholesale prices for retailers interested in also selling the gear. For more information contact Rich Barnett at 1-800-SCANNER.