Police Scanners

Fulton County Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.

Step 1. Important Notes About the Selected State and Counties
County
Fulton County, Illinois - 1*

* Custom Programming Level
Disclaimer
Important Notes about Illinois:

The Illinois State Police and many other agencies have switched to the statewide StarCom21 digital trunked radio system. The system operates on the 700 and 800 MHz. bands and can be monitored with several models of digital police scanners

In the Chicago area, the Cook County Sheriff uses an encrypted digital Motorola Type II trunked radio system although some operations are unencrypted. Chicago Police use an analog UHF repeater system that can be monitored on a basic police scanner. The Chicago Fire Department uses several analog VHF and UHF channels that can be monitored with a basic police scanner but will transition to a digital UHF radio system that would require a digital police scanner.

Suburban counties use a variety of radio system types. Will County and Lake County use EDACS trunking systems, DuPage County uses non-trunked 800 MHz. channels, and DeKalb, Kane and McHenry Counties use analog VHF channels. McHenry County will transition to a StarCom21 system soon however so a digital police scanner will be needed.

In the suburbs most agencies use UHF or VHF analog systems. Some 800 MHz. analog and digital systems are in use in the far Northwest suburbs (Arlington Hts., Schaumburg, Palatine etc.)

Downstate some areas use StarCom21, including McLean, St. Clair and Madison Counties. Champaign County uses a digital trunked radio system that uses some encryption. Each of these require a digital police scanner. Other locations use mostly VHF channels and some UHF channels that can be heard on a basic police scanner.

Important Notes about Fulton County:

A basic police scanner will work for all county and local Police, Fire and Ambulance radio communications in Fulton County, Illinois, including Canton, Farmington and Lewiston.

To monitor the Illinois State Police and other state agencies a digital trunking scanner radio is needed as they operate on the StarCom21 APCO25 digital trunked system.

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

CARMA Profile

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

Low-end Portable

Simple to use scanner that does not do trunking or digital. For areas with basic radio systems only. Easy 5 touch service search banks. A fine starter portable for many areas.
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Scanner Price: $129.95
Uniden
Simple to use scanner that does not do trunking or digital. For areas with basic radio systems only. Easy 5 touch service search banks. A fine starter portable for many areas.
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Scanner Price: $99.95
Uniden
Know what's going on with this Handheld radio scanner from Whistler. This 200-channel scanner lets you listen to FM radio bands and can be categorized into 10 separate memory banks. Also, it offers the convenience of one-touch searches of marine, fire/police, air, ham and weather frequencies.
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Scanner Price: $99.95
Whistler
Be in the know. Be aware of what's happening with this 200-channel handheld scanner from RadioShack. Just touch one of this scanner's dedicated search buttons for VHF marine, fire/police, VHF aircraft, HAM radio, SAME or weather action. For a list of SAME codes, click here.
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Scanner Price: $99.95
Radioshack
We do not offer programming services for this scanner.

Mid-range Portable

Uniden's new trunking (non-digital) portable scanner adds dozens of new features to an already great mid-range portable scanner package. This is a brand-new model.
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Scanner Price: $199.95
Uniden

High-end Portable

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
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
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
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
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

Low-end Base/Mobile

Low cost, small, basic mobile police scanner that can also be used in the home (details below). Not suitable for trunking or digital radio system monitoring.
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Scanner Price: $99.95
We do not offer programming services for this scanner.

Mid-range Base/Mobile

The finest (non-digital) trunking mobile scanner that can also be used as a base. Includes pre-programmed state and local police frequencies trunking. Select from the 50 state menu. Add in thousands of frequencies too with alpha tags.
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Scanner Price: $189.95

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: $419.95
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.
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Scanner Price: $569.95
Uniden
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

Low-end Desktop

An excellent choice for a night-table or family room scanner for areas with standard analog radio systems. This scanner even includes AM-FM radio and TV audio from channels 2 through 13 and a clock/alarm.
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Scanner Price: $99.95
Uniden
Know what's going on with this desktop radio scanner from Whistler. This 200-channel scanner lets you listen to FM radio bands and can be categorized into 10 separate memory banks. Also, it offers the convenience of one-touch searches of marine, fire/police, air, ham and weather frequencies.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.
Scanner Price: $99.95
Whistler
Stay on top of stuff.  Know what's going on with this desktop radio scanner from RadioShack. This 200-channel scanner lets you listen to FM radio bands and can be categorized into 10 separate memory banks. Also, it offers the convenience of one-touch searches of marine, fire/police, air, ham and weather frequencies.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.
Scanner Price: $99.95
Radioshack
We do not offer programming services for this scanner.

Mid-range Desktop

The finest (non-digital) trunking mobile scanner that can also be used as a base. Includes pre-programmed state and local police frequencies trunking. Select from the 50 state menu. Add in thousands of frequencies too with alpha tags.
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Scanner Price: $189.95

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: $419.95
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: $569.95
Uniden
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.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.
Scanner Price: $399.95
Whistler
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.

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