Police Scanners

Boise Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.

Step 1. Important Notes About the Selected State and Counties
County
Ada County, Idaho - 1*

* Custom Programming Level
Disclaimer
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

Step 2. View and Compare Your Scanner Options

To compare products below, click the check box next to your choices and then click the "Compare Selected Products" button.


Portable Scanners

High-end Portable

Top-of-the-line trunked digital scanner workhorse that's slim but powerful in audio and features. Thouands of memory slots, service search, weather alert, Close Call, sub-tones and so much more. For digital areas this is the scanner you have to have. Uses 3 AA's.
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Scanner Price: $495.00
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: $449.95
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

Base/Mobile Scanners

Low-end Base/Mobile

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, BCD536HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
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Scanner Price: free
Uniden

Mid-range Base/Mobile

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, BCD536HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
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Scanner Price: free
Uniden

High-end Base/Mobile

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: $495.00
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: $449.95
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
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, BCD536HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: free
Uniden

Desktop Scanners

Low-end Desktop

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
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, BCD536HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: free
Uniden

Mid-range Desktop

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.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: $489.95
Uniden
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, BCD536HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: free
Uniden

High-end Desktop

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.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: $449.95
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.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: $489.95
Uniden
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, BCD536HP will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: free
Uniden

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