Scanning is dead, nothing to listen to, the end is nigh.....

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Re: Scanning is dead, nothing to listen to, the end is nigh.....

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mattdcooley wrote: 17 May 2021, 11:15
scottyboy wrote: 16 May 2021, 20:09 Wynd you neck in with the what you smoking comment.
From what I have read it would prioritise the ESN over public but that may not be the case then.
I’ve never bothered to do a network scan as had no reason to do so.
Yea I’m that young I remember sitting with my scanner listening to analog mobiles prior to gsm
Fair enough if you didn't know. I just remember reading the same inaccuracy about 3 years ago over on a mobile phone group with people moaning about EE customers stealth paying for the ESN yet getting a lesser service as a result. The reality is ESN has (at all taxpayers expense) allowed EE to cover more remote areas with masts and customers will benefit, in fact everyone will because emergency calls can be made cross-network so anywhere with EE signal any phone can make a 999 call (think extreme rural areas with ZERO coverage previously). The relatively small bandwidth demands of the emergency services is hardly going to swamp a cell 4G cell. The public will also have fallback to 2G/3G for the time being which ESN won't so the 4G side of things has got to improve first its unclear though whether some new cells will be 4G only at 800MHz.

I usually do a manual network scan in poor coverage areas just to see what it's like on others. If you are on EE it's easy to see which is which is which although home network is always listed at the top on Android anyway. If you are on another network it lists other networks in order of strength. The ESN sometimes shows up as 23432, Virgin Mobile or even ASDA depending on SIM card! But it's quite obvious and comes up top of the list everywhere I have checked including the middle of the Standedge tunnel. It doesn't appear to be a leaky feeder system just a couple of cells either end of the tunnel.
Ok so every day is a school day.
Yea I’m with ee and since yesterday did a couple of manual scans and as you say 234 32 shows up on my list.
EE at the top and normally 234 32 at the bottom or 1 from bottom. Using an iPhone
Things will definitely need to improve as where I am and it’s not rural EE is dreadful at times, I have numerous call failed issues and poor call quality with lots of voice breaking up etc.
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Re: Scanning is dead, nothing to listen to, the end is nigh.....

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I got either a hospital or old folks home on 456.9812.5 MHz CTCSS 103.5 Hz
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Re: Scanning is dead, nothing to listen to, the end is nigh.....

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Don't want to put my leg in it as the 90 are gone and yes I was one on CB for many many years and many scanners, but dmr even going dry unless you got the database keep it real.

Just to say I use a app on my phone at night to USA frequencies and they still got everything we had in 90 even their own FM stations lol.

Lesson to USA thu phone going bed your be surprised, police running afther criminals very interesting.

I still look at CB cobra and power packs and burners and desktop mics, I loved my setup but it all gone because it just noise

90 was so much fun loads of eyeballs many friends meet loads of girls had so many arguments and makeups was all fun.

USA still has it all going still.

I do miss CB was so fun
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For anyone living near to theatres, events and tv you can always listen to the radio mics. Few people seem to do this but their few mW carry quite a way. I’m always surprised yoytube isnt full of out of tune singing and ranting and raving!
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Royroger wrote: 04 Jun 2021, 06:18 Don't want to put my leg in it as the 90 are gone and yes I was one on CB for many many years and many scanners, but dmr even going dry unless you got the database keep it real.

Just to say I use a app on my phone at night to USA frequencies and they still got everything we had in 90 even their own FM stations lol.

Lesson to USA thu phone going bed your be surprised, police running afther criminals very interesting.

I still look at CB cobra and power packs and burners and desktop mics, I loved my setup but it all gone because it just noise

90 was so much fun loads of eyeballs many friends meet loads of girls had so many arguments and makeups was all fun.

USA still has it all going still.

I do miss CB was so fun
Those were the days, I remember going to work with my dad who fitted windows and doors etc. We had a CB in the van and travelling to places like Oxford, Swindon, Bristol, Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, and Wales.. gave us many CB contacts to talk to throughout the travels.

I had a mobile CB but used it at home rather than mobile. Had numerous eyeballs and thinking back it was dangerous because I was a young boy under 18 at the time. In today's world it would be too risky. People using 200 watt burners and just keying up over the 1-9 was a major pain in the backside.. I remember once someone I had eyeballed decided to have a house party and he decided to wind up someone and less than an hour later a huge bloke was at his door holding him by his throat. I learned quick not to hang around with him for too long. Then I'd come home and listen to my Realistic Pro 2042 and pick up too much to listen to. The old Copter Chopper was a favourite. I think Privacy and the internet has killed the hobbies from back then. But it was definitely a fun time.
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paulears wrote: 04 Jun 2021, 07:19 For anyone living near to theatres, events and tv you can always listen to the radio mics. Few people seem to do this but their few mW carry quite a way. I’m always surprised yoytube isnt full of out of tune singing and ranting and raving!
Yup. Karaoke mics are audible here and some of the voices are truly shocking. We also have a local vicar who uses a radio mic and his singing voice is pitiful. All on or around 174 MHz.
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