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    Quote Originally Posted by SKiTLz
    But right now I have to get back to smuggling my drugs and other illegal activities...

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    No offense but let's not turn this into a legal debate or a flame thread. Let's please get back on topic...

    I believe alot of scanners have serial interfaces and software to program them and tune with them. If you search around google you may be able to find quite a bit. There is a new scanner out that has a GPS capability that will automatically select the frequencies of interest in your area. It may be possible to program it to do quite a few interesting things with that feature as well as it's "close call" feature that will only alert you with transmissions in your area. I might play with this sometime down the road but I've been tied up with other things.
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    Yeah yeah, alright, no legalese :P

    I have seen a serial based scanner, basically a little box that you control completely through the computer. It worked pretty well. I'm trying to see if I can find it for you..

    Edit: The ICOM PCR-1000, here's a review: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3391

    And the website: http://www.icomamerica.com/products/receivers/pcr1000/

    There's one up on ebay right now:http://cgi.ebay.com/ICOM-PCR-1000_W0...QQcmdZViewItem

    I'd really want to get one of these bad boys, if I weren't broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKiTLz
    I was just wondering if anyone knows of anyone integrating a police scanner into there CarPC? Has anyone integrated any of the software to control your scanner into there frontend?

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    Around here the police/EMS use encrypted channels. Unless you get some crazy expensive scanning equipment or get them to program your radio for you, you will be SOL.

    Wetzel

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    in no way did i mean that you dont have a nice car. and i never said my car was better than yours. a skyline is a sweet ride. what i meant was you have a car that you probably race in and thats why you want a police scanner to see where the cops are when your doing a 100mph on a side street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetzel
    Around here the police/EMS use encrypted channels. Unless you get some crazy expensive scanning equipment or get them to program your radio for you, you will be SOL.

    Wetzel
    Very few departments that I know of use encryption. I'm sure it has to be expensive for them, money most likely better spent elsewhere.
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    I would be willing to bet that the signal is DIGITAL and not encrypted. There are plenty of encrypted systems, but most places don't pay the extra $$$ to go beyond digital and go encrypted. There are only a handful of scanners that will decode the digital communications. Also, it is illegal in a lot of places to scan while in a vehicle. In most states you need a "letter" signed by the chief of your local LE agency. A HAM ticket will exempt you just about everywhere.

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    how about trunked systems?
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    When they say "encrypted" they are talking about trunked systems.

    When buying a new scanner, you are going to want to get a "trunked" system at least. Basically what it is is like a cell phone. It hops frequencies. Makes it a little harder for the outside public to hear whats going on. The problem with PCI cards is MOST of the good ones are extremely over priced. My scanner uses the earphone jack as a serial port to upload new channels as well.

    As for reasons to use a scanner, I am a Firefighter/EMT for my area, scanners allow you to hear where accidents are reported or when something is going on. I mainly use it to listen for accidents that are around me so I can slide over and assist in any way until EMS arrives. Usually call response times in my area can get in the upwards of 10min.

    Check out: http://radioreference.com -- good spot to start learning about scanners/scanning. They also have a growing database of Fq's and information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKiTLz
    I drive a Nissan Skyline GTR. Yea its Japanese but its in no way rice. The body is bone stock, but it does what it was made to do well... Go fast.
    I'll believe that you have a Skyline when you post a picture standing next to it holding a sign that says "Yes it's mine..."

    and no Photoshop

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