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The best national resource for frequency information is found at Just create a user name and password for free (although donations are welcome) and then go to the “Database” and then “Database Home” for all the information you could ever want on frequencies and trunking talk groups for your area or any area in the nation.

Frequencies, communications systems and more!

If you’re looking for frequencies and trying to understand the many communication systems in your area, you’re come to the right place. Let’s cover some of the basics. There are three types’ communication systems:

Analog conventional

So that means there are three levels of scanners:
1. Analog Conventional
2. Analog trunking
3. Digital (scanner cover all three types of systems)

The type of scanner needed is determine by the communications systems in use in your area.
Let’s start off with understanding the three types.

What is an Analog Conventional Scanner?
These scanners are great for monitoring basic analog “FM” police and fire systems and usually AM Commercial aviation.
Analog conventional scanners do not pick up trunking, digital, 700 or 800 MHz systems.

Basic scanner can also pick up:
Amateur Radio
Air (Excluding Military Air)

What is an Analog Trunking Scanner?
These scanners are non digital that pick up both analog conventional and analog trunking scanning them at the same time.

Trunking is a system which multiple agencies are sharing the same system. One individual department conversation jump from one frequency to another. Conversations of individual group/department can be followed by programming a talk group. Most system there is one frequency called a Control Channel, this channel sounds like a buzz-saw if monitored conventional. The Control Channel is the brain of the system, assigning each user on the system a frequency when transmitting.

Here is Example using Portland, ME Motorola Type II Trunking system, let’s break down steps of programming a trunking system:

Step 1 – First you need to determine the type of trunking system.

Motorola System I/II
(This system is Motorola System II)

Step 2 – You would then enter the group of frequencies of the nearest transmitter site in your area.

Site 1 - Portland - 866.06250, 866.28750, 866.31250, 866.53750, 866.56250, 866.78750, 867.28750c, 867.78750c, 868.28750c, 868.78750c
Site 2 - Scarborough - 855.98750, 856.26250, 856.46250, 857.21250, 857.46250, 857.73750, 858.21250, 858.46250

The “C” indicates it a control channel

(If you’re in downtown Portland you would pick site 1)

Step 3 - The final step is programming the talk-groups you wish to monitor.

Talk Group User
48 Police Dispatch
80 Police Car to Car
1648 Fire Dispatch
1744 Fire Operations 2

Programming a trunking system can be made this simple by getting the optional ARC (Advice Radio Control) software. This software looks very much like a spreadsheet. You can enter the data into the appropriate fields. The other option is to leave the programming to us with our HomeTown Programming Service.

P25_logo.jpgWhat is a digital “Project 25” (P25) Scanner?
This type of scanner can pick up analog/digital conventional communications and analog/digital trunking. Digital communications are transmitted in ones and zeros like computer binary code, or like Digital TV. Digital scanners decode both a digital signal and receive analog signal. Digital scanner cannot pick up encrypted communications, or cell phone calls. It’s not possible or lawful. Click here to see our full line of Digital Scanners.

There are a few systems that cannot be monitor:
Open Sky, EDACS ProVoice, and European Tetra or any type of encryption.

Did you buy the right scanner?
If you already bought scanner, and you are not sure if you have the right one, don’t worry! You can check by simply visiting our sister website This website will tell you what types of communication systems are in use in your area. Plus give you the recommended scanners for that area too. All so you can find great links to online frequency databases covering your local area.

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