Police Scanners

Albany County Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.

Step 1. Important Notes About the Selected State and Counties
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Albany County, New York - 1*

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Important Notes about New York:

The scanner hobbyist loves monitoring the state's law enforcement; the fire department's responses to structure fires; natural and manmade disasters; cultural events and many more useful purposes. Because a good portion of the radio spectrum is used from low band to 800/900mhz, from analog to digital; the ideal scanner of choice would be a digital scanner that would cover most every corner of the Empire State.

Rural areas in Upstate tend to use VHF with some agencies such as the city agencies, such as Niagara Frontier Transit Authority System in Buffalo using a trunking radio system. Public safety agencies in Oswego County using a complex system that can't be monitored by certain scanners.

In Mid-State, for example Rome in Oneida County uses an EDACS analog trunking system, however the county itself uses a combination of Low, VHF & UHF frequency bands that can be heard by any low end scanner.

On Staten Island in Suffolk County, fire and EMS agencies use a combination of low band, VHF & UHF and law enforcement uses a combination of trunked analog and digital radio systems.

The New York State Police primarily use the VHF radio band over most of the state and the UHF band on the State Thruway. State Troopers assigned to New York City use an analog system called the " New York METRO-21 Trunked Radio System", this system requires a trunk tracking scanner.

FDNY, NYPD and EMS have begun migrating from an conventional analog VHF system to a more complex digital system.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey System uses an analog trunking system, requiring a trunk tracking scanner.

Repeating from the first paragraph, the best all around scanner would be a digital one as it will be able to receive all radio traffic in the state with the exception of encrypted systems that no scanner can monitor and a few other systems that'll be noted in the county breakdown section of this web site.

For more info on Public Safety frequencies in New York City, click on the links below.

www.n2nov.net

Radio Reference - New York

Scanning Central & Upstate New York

Important Notes about Albany County:

Most of the public safety radio systems in Albany County, New York, use analog radio frequencies and are not trunked or use digital communications. However, the city of Colonie uses a mixed-mode of a digital and an analog radio system. The city of Albany uses trunking for their police and fire departments.

If you wish to monitor Albany and Colonie, you should consider a digital police radio scanner, which will also work with the basic Albany County radio systems.

The New York State Police in this area use analog frequencies for communication.

Please click on the links below for online and printed radio resources for this county:

Radio Reference

NF2G Scanning Page

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

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: $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: $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

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

Scanner Price: $489.95
Uniden

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.
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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