There are a few things that one needs to know before buying a radio scanner. This information can help you in selection when buying or using one. These things include:
The functions and features of the radio scannerSome scanners enable a person to tune in to the channels the police use during operations. A person can also listen in to paramedics and fire fighters. Some scanners can allow a listener to listen to traffic between the control tower and passing airplanes, the national weather service, and radio traffic in racing events. Most scanners are able to tune into the citizen’s band radio or CB radio because of the wide use and acceptability.
The legality of the scanner
It is illegal to listen to conversations by certain organizations e.g. military operations. One can face jail time when caught listening in to such channels so it is important that a person gets to know what the law says about use of a radio scanner.
In most cases, scanners come with connecting peripherals that help a user get the most out of his device. Some of these accessories include:
This is the plastic covered wire that juts of the scanners. Their degree of efficiency depends with the type of radio scanner. It is important to get one that suits your needs.
Reception in a moving car can sometimes be choppy and therefore this device becomes necessary. A buyer can either opt for the magnetic mount antenna or the glass mounted antenna depending on his needs.
These are commonly seen mounted on the roof. Users need to get them very high so as to get the best reception.
These serve as the connection between the radio scanner and the antenna. Without these, the scanners will not work so it is important to keep them safe. Also, a person can get better quality cables to improve the reception quality.