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Dec
05

Using a Scanner for Prepper Security and Intel Gathering

Something to consider when thinking about security for a bug-in or bug-out situation is your ability to monitor the two-way radio activity of groups that could potentially threaten yours. Roaming gangs may well use “off the shelf” two-way radios to plan and execute robberies. In this case, you will want to be able to monitor their activities when they are operating close to you. This can be easily accomplished by programming the following frequencies into a police scanner. This list contains the frequencies for nearly every “off the shelf” two way radio ever made, including children’s walkie-talkies from the 80’s and 90’s. If you plan to bug-out, you should program these frequencies into a portable scanner and assign a member of the group to monitor it at all times and bring potential threats to the group’s attention. If you plan to bug-in, you should program these frequencies into a base police scanner with an outside antenna and assign the task of monitoring the scanner to whomever is assigned the duty of security. A base station scanner with an outside antenna will increase the range of activity you can monitor and will give you more advanced notice. In either case, make sure you have plenty of battery power for your scanner.

Some additional considerations are as follows:

  • CB frequencies are in AM mode, unlike most other two-way radios that use FM mode. Many scanners will automatically program these frequencies as AM, others will force you to choose AM mode, and others cannot receive AM mode at all.
  • Use the service scan mode on your scanner to search for active frequencies, including CB if your scanner won’t program AM mode. Many scanners have built in banks that will automatically search for active frequencies in the CB, Aeronautical, Ham, Railroad, Police/Fire, etc. bands.
  • Use a service like RadioReference, http://www.radioreference.com, to search for known police, fire, EMS, ham, and other frequencies in your area. A great deal of information can be gathered on these frequencies during an emergency that could threaten your security.

The following are the frequencies I recommend you program into your intelligence gathering scanner:

  • 26.9650 MHz – CB Channel 1
  • 26.9750 MHz – CB Channel 2
  • 26.9850 MHz – CB Channel 3
  • 27.0050 MHz – CB Channel 4
  • 27.0150 MHz – CB Channel 5
  • 27.0250 MHz – CB Channel 6
  • 27.0350 MHz – CB Channel 7
  • 27.0550 MHz – CB Channel 8
  • 27.0650 MHz – CB Channel 9
  • 27.0750 MHz – CB Channel 10
  • 27.0850 MHz – CB Channel 11
  • 27.1050 MHz – CB Channel 12
  • 27.1150 MHz – CB Channel 13
  • 27.1250 MHz – CB Channel 14
  • 27.1350 MHz – CB Channel 15
  • 27.1550 MHz – CB Channel 16
  • 27.1650 MHz – CB Channel 17
  • 27.1750 MHz – CB Channel 18
  • 27.1850 MHz – CB Channel 19
  • 27.2050 MHz – CB Channel 20
  • 27.2150 MHz – CB Channel 21
  • 27.2250 MHz – CB Channel 22
  • 27.2550 MHz – CB Channel 23
  • 27.2350 MHz – CB Channel 24
  • 27.2450 MHz – CB Channel 25
  • 27.2650 MHz – CB Channel 26
  • 27.2750 MHz – CB Channel 27
  • 27.2850 MHz – CB Channel 28
  • 27.2950 MHz – CB Channel 29
  • 27.3050 MHz – CB Channel 30
  • 27.3150 MHz – CB Channel 31
  • 27.3250 MHz – CB Channel 32
  • 27.3350 MHz – CB Channel 33
  • 27.3450 MHz – CB Channel 34
  • 27.3550 MHz – CB Channel 35
  • 27.3650 MHz – CB Channel 36
  • 27.3750 MHz – CB Channel 37
  • 27.3850 MHz – CB Channel 38
  • 27.3950 MHz – CB Channel 39
  • 27.4050 MHz – CB Channel 40
  • 27.4900 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 27.5100 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 27.5550 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 30.8400 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 33.1200 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 33.1400 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 33.4000 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 35.0200 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 35.0400 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 42.9800 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 43.0400 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 49.6700 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 1
  • 49.7700 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 2
  • 49.8300 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 3
  • 49.8450 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 4
  • 49.8600 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 5
  • 49.8750 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 6
  • 49.8900 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 7
  • 49.9300 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 8
  • 49.9700 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 9
  • 49.9900 – Walkie-Talkie Channel 10
  • 151.8200 – MURS Channel 1
  • 151.8800 – MURS Channel 2
  • 151.9400 – MURS Channel 3
  • 154.5700 – MURS Channel 4
  • 154.6000 – MURS Channel 5
  • 151.5050 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 151.5125 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 151.6250 – Itinerant Business Band (Red Dot)
  • 151.7000 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 151.7600 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 151.9550 – Itinerant Business Band (Purple Dot)
  • 154.5150 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 154.5400 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 154.5700 – Itinerant Business Band (Blue Dot)
  • 154.6000 – Itinerant Business Band (Green Dot)
  • 158.4000 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 158.4075 – Itinerant Business Band
  • 462.5625 – FRS/GMRS Channel 1
  • 462.5875 – FRS/GMRS Channel 2
  • 462.6125 – FRS/GMRS Channel 3
  • 462.6375 – FRS/GMRS Channel 4
  • 462.6625 – FRS/GMRS Channel 5
  • 462.6875 – FRS/GMRS Channel 6
  • 462.7125 – FRS/GMRS Channel 7
  • 467.5625 – FRS Channel 8
  • 467.5875 – FRS Channel 9
  • 467.6125 – FRS Channel 10
  • 467.6375 – FRS Channel 11
  • 467.6625 – FRS Channel 12
  • 467.6875 – FRS Channel 13
  • 467.7125 – FRS Channel 14
  • 462.5500 – GMRS Channel 15
  • 462.5750 – GMRS Channel 16
  • 462.6000 – GMRS Channel 17
  • 462.6250 – GMRS Channel 18
  • 462.6500 – GMRS Channel 19
  • 462.6750 – GMRS Channel 20
  • 462.7000 – GMRS Channel 21
  • 462.7250 – GMRS Channel 22
  • 464.5000 – Itinerant Business Band (Brown Dot)
  • 464.5500 – Itinerant Business Band (Yellow Dot)
  • 467.8500 – Itinerant Business Band (Silver Star)
  • 467.8750 – Itinerant Business Band (Gold Star)
  • 467.9000 – Itinerant Business Band (Red Star)
  • 467.9250 – Itinerant Business Band (Blue Star)
  • 469.5000 – Itinerant Business Band (Brown Dpx)
  • 469.5500 – Itinerant Business Band (Yellow Dpx)

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