Scanner Radio: awesome police scanner and its free!??!!


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  1. jaywesson

    jaywesson Guest

    i listen to police stations all over the country with this app. its awesome. they even have all my local police fire ems stations in nh where i live.

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  2. Neki

    Neki New Member

    So where i can download this FREE app and is it for pc?
  3. jancat

    jancat Well-Known Member

    So you only have to pay for access to the archives?
  4. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Well-Known Member

    For the most part, these apps suck.

    I was listening to FDNY and LAFD at the same time on two phones, and it was exactly the same feed. Several others did that as well. So really, either the devs. are lying about how much they offer or that it simply doesn't work.
  5. DankNasty

    DankNasty Well-Known Member

    They use the same frequencies I think paramedics do also.
  6. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Well-Known Member

    What are you talking about? If I click on different departments across the nation, I shouldn't hear the exact same chatter.
  7. ndh777

    ndh777 Well-Known Member

    lol look at his original post, he listed two different departments in two different parts of the country and said they were the same exact chat meaning that it was the same situation happening.

    I loved this app but nothing ever happens and when it does I wonder how accurate it is in terms of grabbing it and streaming it instantly or just being from an archive.
  8. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Well-Known Member

    I'm testing that out with local NYPD freq. and seeing what comes up.
  9. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    I love this app! I use it and my 14 year old son uses it. Never had any issues with it at all.
  10. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Well-Known Member

    I'm not talking about technical issues, I'm talking about either these feeds are just generic and not real, or they are backlogs of previous recorded calls.

    I'm waiting for a local fire dispatch to test the FDNY one.
  11. sandeep23

    sandeep23 Member

    so how did the test go..... was it a real time feeds or just recordings?
  12. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Well-Known Member

    Well some of it is live, but very very delayed. It takes about a minute for the app to broadcast the original signal. Plus, a lot of the time, the channels are down because whoever manages the feed either has bad bandwidth or forgot about it.
  13. redneckrebel

    redneckrebel Well-Known Member

    I think the problems ya'll are having stem from the people providing the stream rather than the app itself. I use Scanner Radio Pro and have tested it by listening to both the app and officers with someone pulled over in front of my house and I experience about a 3 second delay, which is to be expected as the streams are sent over the air waves, picked up by a radio reference geek and rebroadcast over the net.

    Edit: Free version worked just as well, but if you want to play/stop from the widget you need Pro.
  14. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    I've been using the Free version for over a week since I got my phone and it works, since I live in a bi-state area and listen to two different depts channels...they are different and not the same chatter.
  15. deidein

    deidein Member

    This app saved me from hideous gridlock traffic more than once. Agree that its a must have, esp. at the low low cost of nothin'.
  16. Larry Allig8r

    Larry Allig8r Member

    i listen to the Chicago Police via this scanner and it is almost certainly live, since when a cop or dispatch mentions the time it's usually within a minute or two of the time on my phone. at night the chicago band will easily have 400 people listening in and sometimes as many as 600-700. never a dull moment in the city of wind, that's for sure.
  17. PeninaD

    PeninaD Well-Known Member

    This app helps me 'keep an eye' on my hubby and kids when they are on a fire call, as well as even lets me know what roads might be effected when the local siren goes off...that said, it is my understanding that the author of this app (as well as the PC one) has little to no control over what is on the frequencies, the frequencies are basically being rebroadcast over the internet by volunteers who run scanners in their local areas.
    BTW, I was a Lieutenant Paramedic for FDNY, and spent 9 years inside the 911 dispatch center, so I do have a bit of a clue about this stuff.
  18. Goozedam

    Goozedam New Member

    This App. is BS; I've tested it couple of times. I was listening to the Police station near my house; and they said there was some robbery down my street and I went to the location and there was no cops, nothing happening. Another test I did was I used my phone and my friend's phone to play the same station; I paused mine and played his...then I played mine, realize it was repeating...MEANING IF IT WAS LIVE, IT WOULDN'T HAVE REPEATED....it's a file that is playing, a recording...DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS SCAM, they would not allow regular people to LISTEN TO SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY HAPPENING, ITS DANGEROUS
  19. jwc553911

    jwc553911 New Member

    Well I was on the sheriff's depth for 3 years, and I can tell you that the feed from my home town is live (3 second buffer). Your feed is dependant on whom ever is copying the feed from their scanner and re broadcasting it. I use radioreference.com on my desktop at home.
  20. Shinji01

    Shinji01 Well-Known Member

    As much as I have no idea what to use this app for for myself, I think its cool :)
  21. notlikeyou

    notlikeyou New Member





    first of all, i was using a scanner before most of you were born, most likely since no one on here seems to have legit radio knowledge. let me make this clear.... police are, and always have been transmitting on VHF radio frequencies. same as paramedics, firefighters, coastguard, military, and even nasa. this is how we communicate. VHF means very high frequency. HF is high frequency and is used to bounce signals off the atmosphere, then off the earth, ba ck and forth until they are received by a radio operator with an antenna somewhere far away. look up ham radio. vhf signals are sight to sight. they emmit a radio frequency which goes from point a to point be, directly but they can easily be obstructed by o jects, so to get around this, AND to extend the range of the transmission, we use repeaters which pick up the signal, and rebroadcast it on a different frequency, which we are all tuned i to. the repeater is a bridge between radio operators. it relays the transmission and boosts the signal. police use the same thing. their repeater works differently though, and also, in many places nkw they use digitsl encryptio n, which is very expensive and the reason why not sll drpartments have it yet and can still be scanned by handheld vhf scanners which ARE legal. it corresponds with the radiocommunication act. you can kisten, but othing more.. unless you are licensed and have a good reason. its up to thepolice to get encrypted. itis not illegal, but criminals can use transmissions to help their crimes. citizens can use their transmissions to assist, but the police would rather nit be scanned, and who can blame them. NOW, regarding this guys words about it repeating. that is because what you are hearing is vhf signals which have been sscanned, with a radio, which is the o ky way to do it, then relayed through a computer, ,THEN uploaded to a server andTHEN streamed live to your pc. this would not happen if you had a vhf radio, but u use co outers and know nothing about how radio frequency works. this means in i way that the signal is archived, but it has to go thru a transformation to packet, lr data, from radio frequency, thenserved over the internet and no one gets the same speed on a y device so tnere will be some kind of delay. i am listening right now on my tablet and my phone. guess what. thete is a delay. my tablet connects to my router faster than my phone so it comes in first. also, i cqn still scan encrypted police signals, but all i hear is static. digital encryption scatters the signal, and reassembles it on the other side only if you have the right gear, built just for them, but we can still hear them, just sounes kike noise, they are stil transmitting on vhf frequency. now, if what you are hearing om this app comes from an encrypted police source, then whoever is retransmitting it to you has broken the encryotion with some high tech gear which i believe is illegal. still it isnot illegal for you to listen, but it is for you to develope and use decryption, as far as i know.


    VE7...
  22. notlikeyou

    notlikeyou New Member

    pardon my mispelling. i am using an android tablet. i am used to a keyboard, or better yet, a radio, which has no delay, and no typos, just signal strength. what do you think happens when your electronics go down, your cell towers, the whole works, how do you thinj emergency services are contacted, how do you think help arrives, or dissasters are coordinated? the ham radio operators with the towers in their badk yards, that you know nothing about, start doing what they do best, they get the signal out when no one else can. we are emergency back up. internet can go off with the flip of a switch. try stopping a radio transmission with a decent antenna and a generator for power. but to have and use one, you need to learn some real stuff. which is only known by my parents generation and some of their children. this real tech stuff, its the backbone behind what you use. how do you think military coordinates themselves, going way back to ww2 and further. they used radio technology, they still do, and it has notnvhanged much at all in the last 70 years, because it works, plain and simple.
  23. Fox Mulder

    Fox Mulder Well-Known Member

    I'm a ham radio operator as well and have a good understanding of how apps like this work. The quality of what you hear on each of the hundreds of available streams depends entirely on the person providing the audio for that stream. For each one there is a radio receiver picking up the local transmission, which then feeds its audio through an internet connection where it is streamed through the app. If there is an issue with a particular source or stream it's usually on the originating side and not with the app, all the app does is gather these streams together from around the world to make them available in one convenient place.
    I've been using Scanner Radio for a long time and it's a great app.
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  24. Stick405

    Stick405 Well-Known Member

    I'm a Firefighter Emt... My pager goes off, the App broadcasts about 15 seconds later...All my radio traffic comes thru about 15 seconds delayed... Takes so much time to buffer I guess.. Works for me... Cheers...
  25. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Well-Known Member


    I stay on the westside of chitown I'm one of those 700 haha.

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