View and Compare Your Scanner Options Boise, Ada County, Idaho Fire Police EMS Scanners

Boise Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.
Step 1. Important Notes About the Selected State and Counties
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Ada County, Idaho - 1*

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Important Notes about Idaho:

Most public safety agencies maintain a conventional radio system that can be monitored by most police scanners. For the time being, and with the exception of a few counties (Ada, Bannock and Bingham), a basic police scanner from low to high end will work.The city of Boise in Ada County, uses radio encryption technology which no police scanner can monitor.

However, the state has begun the long process of migrating to an all digital radio system. This system named Idaho Interoperable Mutual Aid Radio System or (IIMARS) will allow cities, counties, state and federal agencies to communicate on one statewide radio system. The system will operate on the 700mhz radio frequency spectrum and requires a digital radio scanner to monitor communications. This system also allows public safety agencies to encrypt their radio transmissions when necessary, meaning no scanner would be able to monitor an encrypted radio transmission. Unfortuantely, this is not good news for the scanner enthusiast when radio transmissions are encrypted. However, encryption is typically not turned on 24/7, so, non-sensitive radio traffic can be monitored without a problem. When this transition takes place, many public safety agencies will simulcast their radio traffic on both the conventional and digital system.

For the time being, any basic scanner will work well, however, we highly recommend a digital police scanner when the switch is made to digital and to presently monitor Ada, Bannock and Bingham counties (with the exception of the city of Boise).

Important Notes about Ada County:

The best police scanner for Ada County, Idaho is a digital trunktracking scanner. The police, sheriff and fire departments utilize the IIMARS digital trunking system for many police, fire and local radio communications, however, some public safety agencies still maintain a conventional radio system. In addition, the City of Boise uses encrypted radio technology, which no police scanner (at this time) can monitor.

To view more information on this county please see the following link:

RadioReference

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Portable Scanners

High-end Portable

Uniden Bearcat BCD396XT Scanner
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Uniden's new top-of-the-line portable scanner is a slam-dunk winner The 396XT represents a huge upgrade in features and digital decode performance over the popular previous model.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Uniden
Uniden Bearcat BCD436HP Scanner
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Very simple to operate, you can be up and running in 3 minutes or less. No programming needed, just your zip code. Once your Zip Code is entered, BCD436HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
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Scanner Price: $489.95
Uniden
Whistler WS1040 Digital Handheld Scanner
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Always be in the know with this digital handheld scanner. The WS1040 stores up to 1,800 frequencies and lets you search for nearby frequency transmissions and automatically jump to a found transmission. Plus, it lets you hear storm reports and more before they are broadcast on TV or radio.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Whistler
Whistler WS1080 Digital Handheld EZ Scanner
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The Whistler WS1080 is a handheld multi-system adaptive Digital tracking trunking scanner with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA and Phase II capabilities. All USA/Canada frequencies are pre-programmed onto the included SD card making it ready to use out of the box. This model features an easy to use navigation with a multifunction keypad and includes a PC program for easy customization.
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Scanner Price: $499.95
Whistler
RadioShack PRO-651 Police Scanner
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Always be in the know with this digital handheld scanner. The PRO-651 stores up to 1,800 frequencies and lets you search for nearby frequency transmissions and automatically jump to a found transmission. Plus, it lets you hear storm reports and more before they are broadcast on TV or radio.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Radioshack
We do not offer programming services for this scanner.

Base/Mobile Scanners

High-end Base/Mobile

Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT Scanner
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The ultimate trunking APCO-25 digital scanner. Uses advanced Dynamic Memory Management. This scanner does it all Covers all bands, is PC programmable, with Close Call and much more. If you want the best, this is the choice.
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Scanner Price: $419.95
Uniden
Uniden HomePatrol Police Scanner
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Very simple to operate, you can be up and running in 3 minutes or less. No programming needed, just your zip code. Once your Zip Code is entered, HomePatrol will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
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Scanner Price: $489.95
Uniden
Whistler WS1065 Digital Base/Mobile Scanner
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Always be in the know with this digital handheld scanner. The WS1065 stores up to 1,800 frequencies and lets you search for nearby frequency transmissions and automatically jump to a found transmission. Plus, it lets you hear storm reports and more before they are broadcast on TV or radio.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Whistler

Desktop Scanners

High-end Desktop

Uniden Bearcat BCD996XT Scanner
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The ultimate trunking APCO-25 digital scanner. Uses advanced Dynamic Memory Management. This scanner does it all Covers all bands, is PC programmable, with Close Call and much more. If you want the best, this is the choice.
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Scanner Price: $419.95
Uniden
Uniden HomePatrol Police Scanner
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Very simple to operate, you can be up and running in 3 minutes or less. No programming needed, just your zip code. Once your Zip Code is entered, HomePatrol will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
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Scanner Price: $489.95
Uniden
Whistler WS1065 Digital Base/Mobile Scanner
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Always be in the know with this digital handheld scanner. The WS1065 stores up to 1,800 frequencies and lets you search for nearby frequency transmissions and automatically jump to a found transmission. Plus, it lets you hear storm reports and more before they are broadcast on TV or radio.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Whistler
RadioShack PRO-652 Police Scanner
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This base/mobile police scanner is bursting with great features (details below). Superior digital voice decoding capabilities. Great size and design for home or car.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Radioshack
We do not offer programming services for this scanner.

The distance a scanner is able to receive varies based on the type of scanner, the location of the radio, and many other factors. A portable scanner inside a home may only receive 10 miles or so. A base station scanner with a back-of the-set antenna slightly more. A scanner connected to an outdoor antenna often will receive double or triple these ranges. If you have a portable scanner inside a car, the metal roof of the car will attenuate the signal you're trying to receive. A mobile scanner antenna mounted outside of the car with a magnetic or other type of mount will significantly increase the distance you can hear and the clarity of most stations.

The distance a scanner will receive depends on many factors including your elevation; the frequency, elevation, transmitter power, and tower height of the transmitting station; the terrain and buildings in your area; whether cellular, paging and other transmitters in your area; whether the system you're monitoring is a wide-area network, and more. Every area and every situation differs. Go to scannermaster.com for antennas, pre-amplifiers and other hardware that will help you increase the range you are able to receive.

Disclaimer
The information for the state and counties listed below is the best information on-hand but cannot be guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Radio frequencies and systems change over time. Some areas have limited reporting on the types of radio systems in use. You may wish to check with local residents and authorities to verify the information below.