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last changed June 29, 1996 | Lines changed since the previous issue are marked with a | character in the right margin. HOW DO YOU FIND THESE SCANNER FREQUENCIES? by Bob Parnass, AJ9S [NOTE: This article may not be reproduced in whole or in part on CDROMS, in bulletin boards, networks, or publications which charge for service without permission of the author. It is posted twice monthly on the USENET groups rec.radio.scanner, alt.radio.scanner, and rec.radio.info. It is also available electronically from the rec.radio.scanner ftp archive on the official USENET FAQ library ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by- group/rec.radio.scanner.] I am often asked, "How do you find these frequencies?" Scanner enthusiasts can obtain frequency information from several sources, including books, government microfiche records, or other listeners. Books The most convenient source of fire and police frequencies is the Police Call, published each year in 9 regional volumes by Hollins Radio Data, and sold at Radio Shack and larger book stores for under $13. Police Call is basically a computer printout of FCC license information in the fire, police, local government, and conservation services in two lists: by licensee name within state, and by frequency. Later editions have included a few pages of local airport and nonsensitive federal government frequencies. The 1996 edition contains selected business frequencies, too, but callsigns are listed only for local government and public safety licensees. I highly recommend Richard Barnett's 1992 book, Monitor America, published by Scanner Master Corp. A 3rd edition is expected soon and will be available from Grove Enterprises for about $30. This second edition is crammed full of police, fire, local government, news media, sports, national park, and commercial broadcast frequencies for all 50 states. The information was compiled mainly from members of the world's largest scanning club, the Radio Communications Monitoring Association (RCMA). Monitor America contains detailed communications system profiles and precinct maps for major metropolitan areas. Police and fire radio codes and unit identifiers unique to local agencies are listed for several cities. This differs from Police Call, which gives a more sterile, but uniform treatment of licensees, listing even the smallest of towns. A 3rd edition is expected in early 1995. Scanner Master also publishes regional frequency guides for Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and other states. Aeronautical frequencies are covered in the Aeronautical Frequency Directory, written by Bob Coburn, W1JJO. Although most of the information is about civilian aviation, Bob included sections on military mid-air refueling and CAP. The 401 page third edition is available from Official Scanner Guides (P.O. Box 525-NS, Londonderry, NH 03053). The same publisher sells the Maritime Frequency Directory and frequency guides for several New England states. Some of these books are available through Radio Shack, too.