Police Scanners

Lake County Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.

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

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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 Lake County:

The best police scanner for most County and some local police, fire and ambulance radio communications in Lake County, Illinois, is a trunktracking police scanner.

A basic police scanner will work for most local police, fire and ambulance radio communications in Lake County, Illinois, including Waukegan, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Gurnee, Mundelein, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Deefield.

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

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

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

Base/Mobile Scanners

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: $219.95
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: $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

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

Mid-range Desktop

The only trunking (non-digital) scanner made anymore with a big-box base design. Has a large thumbwheel for easy channel or frequency tuning. Standard memory design. PC programming/control. CTCSS/DCS capable but no alpha. An all-around classic.
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Scanner Price: $199.95
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.
Click here for details, software, accessories and to purchase without programming.

Scanner Price: $189.95
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

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

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