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    so to revive a thread that ended up sucking in the end. . .

    I want to integrate a scanner into a front end. I just barely started buiding my system, i am converting/modifying a desktop for carpc use.

    I like the uniden scanners, one had GPS and digital capability. the utility of it seems awesome. Frequency bank updates depending on GPS location. Air, Weather, EMS, police, ambulance, fire, homeland security. . . school buses even.

    Right now i use an old trunk tracker but everyone important is going digital.

    Doesn anyone have experience with this type of thing? I wouldnt even know where to start?

    I would like to be able to set the scanner on an automatic setting that automatically sets the freq banks depending on GPS location. Then through the front end i would like to select the bank. maybe 5-10 choices. . . State Police, Local Police, Sherrifs, DOT, Fire/EMG, Weather, Air/Tower, Public Works, and maybe a couple local vicinity's (neighboring towns/county's)

    Also could a notification be posted when banks are updated?



    would something like this be feasable?



    Chris

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    Do not worry, I won't automatically assume you're some ricer or doing illegal activities. I could care less what your intention is. You, like me, have an interest in putting a scanner in your vehicle, not to mention integrate it into your car PC, which is good enough for me, so I shall reply without some stupid and snide judgment or remark.

    Anyway, there was some mention of Icom PC based scanners, meaning they make PCI hardware scanners that are meant for a PC. I don't know about Icom, but I know Winradio does make such scanners.

    However, if completely scanning from the PC isn't your thing and you want the option to physically control a scanner aside from the PC, then you can try a Uniden scanner. Do you already have such a scanner? If so, then I will assume you want to use the scanner you already have instead of shelling out a few hundred dollars for a new scanner.

    To answer your question, yes it is possible to control a Uniden scanner with your PC. Uniden has software called E-Scanner Plus. The software that comes WITH your scanner, just basic E-Scanner, won't suffice because it only allows you to program frequencies, not actually control it.

    I will also assume you want to integrate scanner control into a front end somehow? I can't speak for other front ends, but I will assume it's possible, assuming you know how to code. Having said that, I recommend Road Runner with Digital FX. You can download the latest version of Road Runner here and the latest Digital FX (as of this post, is 3.0) from here.

    However, to integrate scanner control software into Digital FX, I have been told that one needs Butel software. As far as actually integrating this software into Digital FX 3.0, I have yet to figure out that part. I know that you can open up .skin files and play around with them that way, which is really neat, but you must be careful. The scanner.skin and scanner2.skin files are what you should look at, but like I said, I haven't gotten that far yet. Maybe someone else can pick up where I left off and tell you what to do. Good luck either way.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwillis View Post
    I would like to be able to set the scanner on an automatic setting that automatically sets the freq banks depending on GPS location. Then through the front end i would like to select the bank. maybe 5-10 choices. . . State Police, Local Police, Sherrifs, DOT, Fire/EMG, Weather, Air/Tower, Public Works, and maybe a couple local vicinity's (neighboring towns/county's)

    Also could a notification be posted when banks are updated? Chris
    This probably requires some coding on your part, to cause the scanner to interact with not only your front end, but with your GPS too.
    Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

    Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
    - Edit skin to liking.
    - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
    - Facilitate HVAC control.

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    Not sure if this would help anyone here but I run this.... http://www.goteamspeak.com/?page=downloads
    From my home pc for all my scanner needs. Everything comes in on 800 mh in our area. Not sure how I set it up now but might be able to help out.
    Check it out and see what you think.
    It's all free and bug free. I've never had an Issue with it.

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    From what I've seen in FL, many / most of the PD's / HWP are going digital and encrypted (56 bit DES iirc), so we're out of easy answers.

    Anyone ever play with the USRP / GNU Radio? I might be acquiring one of these :]

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