Category: Scanner

Scanner chatter goes quiet as police agencies turn to encryption (Virginia)

Across the land, the scanners are going dark. Several law enforcement agencies in Virginia have moved recently to encrypt the messages they send over the radio, leaving dead air for listeners of police scanners — long the source of information for the news media and titillation for thrill-seekers. On Monday, police in Richmond and surrounding […]

Man set up radio transmitter by ‘alien UFO base’ Area 51… what he recorded terrified him

AN AMATEUR radio operator who set up a transmitter near the secretive Area 51 base has captured this extraordinary sound on camera. Thousands of YouTube viewers have watched a man who has set up a radio transmitter within range of the top-secret military base in Nevada. He explains he has done it specifically to capture […]

Meet the Geek Who Tracks Rogue Satellites With Coat Hangers

EVERY 95 MINUTES, the Chinese satellite Zhuhai-1 02 makes a full pass around the planet, its solar-panel arms extending from its boxy body as it observes Earth. Sometimes, its path takes it over Pueblo, Colorado. There, more than 300 miles below, Mike Coletta’s receiving station can pick up Zhuhai’s transmissions. Because as sophisticated as space technology is, the […]

Law enforcement radio encryption draws backlash (Washington)

Pushback from the public regarding the encryption of law enforcement radio traffic has led to discussions about the decision, though it’s not likely that those channels will go back to being clear any time soon. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency completed a switch to an all-digital radio system in June, which among other things involved […]

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