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#78045 - 11/26/06 05:09 PM Re: Scanners
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Sorry. $%^&*(*&^%^&* computers!!!

Just do a google search for police radio codes, you should find it. Not all that many agencies use the eleven code anyway, and there are a bunch of variations of the ten code. Only agency I am aware of that uses the nine code is the Los Angeles Sheriff...

#78046 - 11/26/06 06:20 PM Re: Scanners
Alan_Romania Offline


Registered: 06/29/05
Posts: 631
Loc: Arizona
nine codes are common in Arizona also. the 960 series (car accidents) are almost consider plain talk amoung EMS providers in maricopa county.
"Trust in God --and press-check. You cannot ignore danger and call it faith." -Duke

#78047 - 11/26/06 08:11 PM Re: Scanners
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
Right - 10 codes vary from place to place - and even in the same place (for instance, NYPD 10 codes are different than NYPD Transit Division 10 codes!)

That is why the National Incident Management System (NIMS) - which is a superset of the "Incident Command System" (ICS) REQUIRES the use of "plain speach" - no 10 codes - you get to the site, you say "I'm on site"

BTW EVERYONE (partiularly the folks here) should probably take the FEMA "IS-& A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance" at


And if you want to learn more about how FEMA is SUPPOSED to work, take IS-22, IS-100 (a big one) IS-200 (ICS for single resources), IS-271 was fairly good, IS-288 is good if you do any volunteer work, 292 wasn't bad

Haven't take 394 (That'slooks new since the last time I looked) - IS-700 was very good

If you look at the list, you'll see a LARGE stack of classes you can take. When I have "down time", I'll often take one, just to keep the skill level up (and yeah - I'm just a dumb civilian...)
73 de KG2V
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#78048 - 11/26/06 09:06 PM Re: Scanners
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Didn't know that.

I love your sheriff by the way...

#78049 - 11/27/06 06:09 AM Re: Scanners
311 Offline

Registered: 03/12/06
Posts: 285
It really aggravates me that public service agencies (law enforcement, ems etc.) can't even standardize on a phonetic alphabet. Traffic laws are fairly standard, why can't communication be also? We don't (usually) drive on the right in some states & on the left in others!

#78050 - 11/27/06 01:22 PM Re: Scanners
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
I have an old one so that can't do trunking so I can't hear the police in my location so I want to get a better one so I can see when their emergency response time is around 30 minutes from the first 911 call.
Some states have laws prohibiting scanners where they can destroy them if they find them in your posession so if you get a portable one don't drive into states like KY and NY or get a HAM license so you can carry it.

#78051 - 11/27/06 04:13 PM Re: Scanners
unimogbert Offline
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Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 864
Loc: Colorado
Yep, I use one. I commute 100 miles/day and it provides situational awareness for going around accidents plus it has NOAA weather.

Interagency differences in 10-codes is not really a problem here even though I cross 4 different jurisdictions. Even in a strange area one can learn a lot by listening for context.

I consider scanner use to be vital. Your local broadcast news isn't going to advise you of an armed felon fleeing the police in your neighborhood. (for instance)


#78052 - 11/27/06 08:57 PM Re: Scanners
cedfire Offline

Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 659
Loc: Orygun
I've found them to be most useful when on long car trips. It's nice to know about accidents ahead, road closures, etc. Picking up the NOAA weather channels is nice, too.

#78053 - 11/28/06 02:42 AM Re: Scanners
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
The NOAA channels are pretty nice. I don't have a scanner yet but have a CB radio in my truck which will alert loudly when the NOAA sends the tone out, when were down on the farm I leave it on with a window down so I'll hear if something comes up because on top of the mountain storms can roll in fast.

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