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September 30, 2010

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Ed S.

How is this different from equipping my ipod touch with a free Scanner Radio app? And the ipod costs $225.

Shawn Patrick

Ed S, depends on the area you live at. You can make the same argument, only much better, why buy any radio when you can listen to streaming online in great quality? I live in a small town where there is no online scanner.

500 bucks for a scanner that can pick up ACPO-25 digital is a fair price. That's about what they cost at the Shack.

Also the thing about having your own scanner, is you can TUNE and find kinds of interesting stuff, not just police. Baby scanners, Ham operators, drive through windows, electric companies, private UHF services, NOAA weather etc, even older wireless phones inside of houses. Listening to aircraft bands is always superior in a scanner than on a shortwave radio.

Also trying to DX long distance police, fire, and EMS is fun also.

I have a few police scanners, but none that are APCO-25 capable, for I don't need it.

USing an ipod restricts you to only what is available via streaming. Sure, it has some advantages, like being able to listen to police departments several 100 or 1000 of miles away.

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