Many CB users keep informed by monitoring their local public safety agencies- Police, Fire, Sheriff, Highway Patrol, etc.
Are you a fully informed citizen? When you become active in CB you’ll find that a great many CB operators have availed themselves of a so-called “Monitor receiver” or “Converter” to enable them to keep track of their community in action.
Many do this in conjunction with their own auxiliary police or volunteer fire activities, some do it just because they like to be well-informed citizens and know what’s happening in their localities. Contrary to many rumors on the subject, there is no federal regulation which prohibits you from listening to these stations providing the contents of any transmissions picked up are not revealed or made use of. (Some states and local governments have regulations which apply to such equipment in cars.)
Equipment is plentiful and can be had for prices ranging from less than $20 for hand-held units to super deluxe professional gear running into hundreds of dollars. Several excellent base station types’ receivers are available at price ranging from $50 to $150.
Recommended: Mounting your Radios in the vehicles
Three bands are now used by public safety agencies-the so-called Low Band (30 to 50 mc/s), the high band (150 to 175 mc/s), and UHF (in the 450 mc/s region). While some agencies operate on several channels, usually these are all located in only one of these bands. When ordering a receiver for these services, it will be necessary for you to know which band you want because most monitor receivers operate on only one of the bands. If you are ordering a fixed frequency (Crystal controlled) receiver or converter you will need to know the specific frequency or frequencies (Stated in mc/s) that you intend monitoring. This information is readily available in the direction published by communication research bureau. The will send you a complete catalog of their various publications if you send them a stamped, self- addressed, #10 (business letter sized) envelope. Their directories each list of hundreds of police, fire and other emergency radio service call signs and dispatcher frequencies.by
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