View and Compare Your Scanner Options Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York Fire Police EMS Scanners

Saratoga Springs Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.
Step 1. Important Notes About the Selected State and Counties
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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 Saratoga County:

Saratoga County uses a combination of a conventional and analog trunking systems, requiring a trunk tracking scanner. The county has begun the process of proposing a switch to a digital system and are awaiting funding. When that process is complete, a digital scanner will be needed.

The New York State Police in this area use analog frequencies for communication. We recommend a digital scanner to monitor public safety agencies in this county.

Please click on the link below for online and printed radio frequency and trunking scanner radio resources for this county.

Radio Reference

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Portable Scanners

High-end Portable

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: $459.95
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
Uniden Bearcat BCD325P2 Scanner
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An ultimate trunking APCO-25 Phase I II Handheld police scanner. This scanner does it all including Close Call, GPS control and much more.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Uniden

Base/Mobile Scanners

High-end Base/Mobile

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: $329.95
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
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Uniden Bearcat BCD996P2 Scanner
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The new Uniden BCD996P2 may look the same as its similarly named predecessor, the 996XT. It offers both APCO 25 Phase I and II digital capability. For those who like GPS scanning, a feature no other manufacturer offers, you can now enable and disable not only Systems but Groups as well depending on your location (the optional GPS antenna that we sell is required). The radio now offers a band-scope feature, a Fire Tone Out search feature to help you determine the tone out frequencies being used, improved Close Call, APCO-25 NAC code decoding, and more. The 996P2 is a big leap forward with APCO 25 Phase I II digital.
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Scanner Price: $399.95
Uniden
Uniden HomePatrol-2 Police Scanner
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Uniden Homepatrol II. It has the same looks and features as the original Homepatrol I, but adds TDMA Phase 2 capability. 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-2 will load Police, Fire and EMS channels in your area.
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Scanner Price: $499.95
Uniden
Whistler WS1095 Digital Base/Mobile EZ Scanner
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The Whistler WS1095 is a desktop/mobile multi-system adaptive Digital tracking trunking scanner with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA and Phase II capabilities. All USA/Canada services and frequencies are pre-programmed onto the included SD card making it ready to use out of the box; it can even be programmed by entering your ZIP code.
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Scanner Price: $549.95
Whistler

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.

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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.