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Reposting a comment I made in /r/news as I'm sure it will get deleted:
I have the Scanner Radio app on my phone to alert me when a scanner reaches a certain threshold. Usually when I get an alert, it means some serious shit is going down (it's how I first heard about the UCLA shooting and Fort McMurray fires). Then I come to reddit where there's usually multiple news threads and a live thread on the front page.
But not today. I came to reddit after my Scanner app alerted me about Orlando. Didn't see a single post on the front page related to Orlando and figured it must've not been anything serious.
Imagine my surprise when I finally decided to check /r/all and saw all the /r/The_Donald posts...
Edit: People are asking what app I use. It's Scanner Radio.
This is how I first get notified of these unfortunately common mass shootings.
I get an alert on my phone that only shows up when 6,000+ people (don't know the exact number) are listening.
The alert will say "12,300 people are listening to Las Vegas Police Department radio" ... sure enough it was the Las Vegas shooting.
Same for Parkland, Sutherland Springs, San Bernardino, etc.
Edit: here's the app [link]
Scanner Radio. Any time I hear sirens I turn it on and hear about people doing dumb things. It also keeps me in the loop about forest fires, robberies, accidents and road closures.
Edit: link- [link]
In the eternal words of Matt Serra.
As an aside:
I have Scanner Radio on my android devices. You can set it to give notifications when a certain number of people are tuned in to a channel. Every weekend without fail over 2500 people tune into Chicago PD to listen to the calls.
While the bulk of the calls that go out are your typical disturbances, chases, ect, every now and then you get some really fun ones, like the two 12 y/o girls throwing rocks at one another and the neighborhood circled around cheering them on. #Chiraq
They do use private communications for more sensitive things but police scanners have always been publicly accessible if you have the right equipment. Nowadays all you need is one local scanner and it can be broadcast via the interwebs for all to listen in. If you're interested in listening to more there are some pretty cool apps that alert you to popular scanner channels. I recommend Scanner Radio for Android devices.
There's an app for that....
Upvote for the radio scanner. I use Scanner Radio on Android to listen to local police chatter when there's something interesting/concerning going on.
Several apps on phones can use public services for this, I use:
Or of course, have a handheld radio that can use the regular frequencies.
great web site for this kind of info:
Click on live audio, find the area you are interested in and listen. You'll hear real time audio of police, fire, or ems radios. If you're tuning in on the middle of something it might be a little confusing.
There's also a scanner app for phones. What I like best about it is if there's more than a certain number of people listening (as in something's going on) I get an alert. I have it set a 10 for my hometown & 500 nationwide. For example, I knew about San Bernardino right when it was happening. Can be useful if traveling or family in those areas.
here's the app:
I use Scanner Radio on Android.
It also usually alerts when something is happening and a channel has a large number of listeners tuned in (examples- the Vegas/Mandalay Bay shooting, and Philly PD when the Eagles won the Superbowl)
It's an Android app called "Scanner Radio." It has streams from all over the country. It's a little grey/black and orange icon.
EDIT: Added link
EDIT 2: I just reviewed the permission details... It needs full access to storage/USB, etc... Not sure why it needs that. That scares me.
By the way, I take my baofeng uv5r radio when i travel. (you can listen all you want but you can't legally talk without a license)
buy the extended battery & a longer antenna too.
If I'm just going around town and I didn't have that radio with me I use an android app called "scanner app" and it gives me a list of the nearby scanner channels, just click on one of the entries to listen. I've tried a few apps, this one [link] is my favorite, and worth it to get the pro version, IMHO.
Here's a review of other apps that agrees with me :-) [link]
There's an app for that!
I assume there's one for iOS as well, if that's your phone flavor of choice. If you're on Windows Phone, stop by a liquor store so you can drink the pain away.
It's this thing
Other scanner apps might have the same feature(s) or might even be better, you can set listener alerts so if any broadcast has a growing number of listeners it will trigger a notification to you indicating something might be going on. From there I just do a quick twitter search through DuckDuckGo's !tw command, saves time of listening to the scanner for hours I'd rather not waste.
I use Scanner Radio for Android. You can custom set a different number of listeners that triggers an alert for different channels or just for channels within a certain distance of you. I really like it.
Generally speaking the actual radio channels are not available to the public. Some agencies may stream audio for the public to listen to. There are some halfway decent apps that do a good job. scanner radio is the one I use when I'm off duty. It has scanner feeds from all over the country.
we use this on our work phones for when away from the scanner bank.
it does well.
In addition to what /u/pixel8tryx mentioned, there is also a great app for Android (~~maybe iOS too~~ also on iOS) called Scanner Radio. The version I linked to is free, though there is also a paid version which removes the advertising and adds some minor features.
It's great because you can actually listen across the entire country, see hotspots, and set up alerts based on certain criteria (mainly stuff like number of people listening our).
Also decent apps out there. I use Scanner Radio on my phone and ScannerLive on my laptop.
You can download the Scanner Radio app. It works great and it's free:
Scanner for Android: [link]
Scanner for iPhone: [link]
Edit: Sorry I've been up all night and tired. I don't know but you can use those for updates when you're out of class.
Listen to live audio from over 5,300 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world (primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia, with more being added daily).
Scanner Radio for Android is great and allows you to set the number of listeners before you get a notification, I believe it even has a different number you can set for scanners in your area.
Scanner apps for Android and iOS like this work pretty well too. They have online ones as well that you can stream live - I wouldn't be surprised if you found your local emergency services available this way without having to buy a radio.
edit: as an avid police listener myself - I'll tell you, most of the time if you hear sirens the call has already gone out over the radio and not much else will be said about it unless there is a new development. Sounds like you might have already been doing some listening though so you probably know this.
Check Lost FM, it's reviewed here. Radionomy has also a ton of genres and broadcasts private radio stations
Insider tip: mix ambient sounds from Lost FM with Chicago police scanner.
Not strictly ham, but Scanner Radio is an easy way to listen to online scanner streams. There is a pro version as well with some extra features.
Scanner Radio (I presume there is a iPhone app...) will allow you to listen in on police/sheriff dispatch. Any regular scanner will pick up Fire/EMS.
You'll get notifications if a large number of people begin listening on a particular station. I found out about the Vegas shooting much faster than Twitter or the other news outlets were able to report.
A lot of people listen to the "Scanner Radio" Android app to listen to police and fire department radio communications, it's available at [link]
I use this one. [link]
The channels can change from time to time. I loved the LAPD "Hot Shots" channel, which was a feed of the aerial units requested for serious stuff going down in LA County, but I think LAPD had the broadcaster turn off the feed.
You can get the Scanner Radio app on Android phones and listen into the police scanners. Really interesting look at it
Just a tip for those who may want advanced knowledge of breaking news like this... even before they break to CNN or similar sites.
I have an app called Scanner Radio which has a setting to notify you anytime a police radio station has X number of active listeners. I set mine at 2,500 which basically means something's going down.
I have a police scanner on my smartphone the last few big shootings I've had an alert popup of people listening.
I have low threshold for local listeners and a high threshold for national listeners.
It won't help you now, but I usually check the local scanner feeds when I smell smoke:
On my phone I use the Scanner Radio app to browse local feeds.
Aggregates scanner feeds from Broadcastify into a convenient app. You can set alerts to go off anytime any scanner feed has more than X listeners. Great way to get wind of breaking news before it even becomes breaking news.
I'm using an Android app called Scanner Radio Pro. There's a free version as well.
I tried online scanner streams, but they weren't working.
Trying to update as info becomes available.
UPDATE FROM LIVE TWEET: PICTURE OF SHOOTER SUSPECT: [link]
Police are sending teams through nearby buildings to search for a lone shooter. Suspect is apparently on the phone with police making threats. Police evacuating survivors.
4 reported killed
20-25 year old Hispanic male 5'9" skinny wearing black shirt
Command post now setup and on phone with suspect.
K9s on scene with officers trying to force entry to suspect
Beginning containment of highway 20
Live tweet: [link] (thank you u/linkprovidor)
POLICE ARE ASKING THAT IF YOU ARE IN TJ MAXX OR THE MALL CALL 911 SO THEY CAN ESCORT YOU OUT
21:55: 4 more shots reported
Police still searching. ~~I'm going to hand this off to u/krutter9900, who is updating on the big thread: [link] No more realtime updates.
i am also signing out of here for the night. Continue to follow the above twitter accounts and thread for updates.
Here's the fire department scanner livefeed if anyone is interested
• On your computer by going to [link]
• On an Android phone or tablet using the Scanner Radio app ( [link] )
• On an iPhone or iPad using the Scanner Radio Deluxe app ( [link] )
This is the one I use [link]
It's this one.
I'm listening to the "Portland Police and Multnomah County Sheriff Dispatch" scanner audio feed.
You can listen to it...
You can use Radio Reference .com, or the Scanner Radio app on android to stream police communications. Boulder is on the list. I ussually listen to Denver district 1 and 4. You can listen to the fire channel, which is interesting when a wild fire is active.
Radio Reference General Search
Radio Reference Boulder County
Scanner Radio App
EDIT: Now that I am awake, I added links.
The app is called Scanner Radio. Here's the google play link
4900 Gurley block.
I'm listening to the "Dallas City Police 1 Central and 2 NE" scanner audio feed.
Sent from my MetroPCS 4G LTE Android device
Don't know what started everything but they have 3 in custody and now 1 or 2 in a house. They are waiting for SWAT. 4900 block of Gurley.
Still not sure of everything but it started in Mesquite. 12 year old was tied up in the trunk of the suspects' vehicle. 1 Gun found in backseat of car, still 2 guns unaccounted for. 3 in custody. Big ass dog and 1 in a backyard. 1 in a house. 2:28AM, SWAT is about to clear the house...oooh wait, somebody from the house has called 911...
2:42AM, SWAT made entry.
2:46AM, all in custody.
For anyone wanting to listen to the Baltimore PD.
Scanner Radio [link]
I use the Scanner Radio Android app. It looks like there's also an iPhone version.
Using an app. If you have an Android phone, check out [link]
724 is the officer's ID. It's used as their radio call sign while on-the-air. Public Safety falls under FCC Part 90 rules. There wouldn't be colons there because I wasn't identifying who was speaking... I was typing out what would be said verbatim. Sorry if that wasn't clear - my bad. I'll add identifiers in the translation.
>>Officer: "Dispatch, this is 724. Are you receiving me?"
>"724, go ahead"
>>Dispatch: "Yes, 724 - we're receiving.
>"724 signal 23"
>>Officer: "This is 724. Put me in service." (The link in my previous comment takes you to a list of Ohio ten-codes. I'm in Akron. This also serves as their sign-on to the radio network. FCC Part 90 has station identification rules. The dispatch call sign is announced automatically in Morse code periodically per Part 90 rules.)
>"Copy signal 23"
>>Dispatch: "Acknowledged. You're in service." (In service meaning on-the-air and clocked in.)
There's no explicit destination in the copy because 724 is the only one on the air calling a signal 23.
Like I said, it's more and more switching over to plain speech as opposed to ten-codes. Now that police departments are all part of the Department of Homeland Security, changes in communications are coming with the SAFECOM program established after 9/11 to improve interoperability when there were communication issues between agencies immediately following the attacks.
I covered the origins of ten-codes in this comment. It's all honestly pretty interesting stuff. There are even public safety scanner apps you can download to your phone and listen in on unencrypted radio traffic streams.
Edit: fixed link
I'm a fan of Scanner Radio.
You'll need headphones, it's a dual feed.
Scanner Radio I use it daily..Check Here to see what is available in your area if needed.
Suspect wearing full body armor according to Dalls police scanner
Edit : You can access the scanner via google play app. [link]
Typically a standard AM/FM radio won't pick up aircraft. Some radios, mostly what are sold as Shortwave radios will have an Air band that will allow you to listen to aircraft or airport radio traffic. Some AM/FM radios have the Air band since it is so close to the normal FM band for broadcast radio.
If you want to monitor, one of the cheapest and easiest ways these days is to use a site like Broadcastify on a computer, or any number of free Android or iTunes apps like Scanner Radio - Android / Scanner Radio Deluxe - iTunes which are basically wrappers / front ends for the Broadcastify feeds.
not OP, but i use an android app called Scanner Radio
Scanner Radio. It's free, great quality, and has alerts. The SLO county feed is North County heavy, but has a lot going on.
Scanner Radio for Android
I use this one except the pro version without ads
"Boston Metro Area Police and Fire - West" scanner audio feed.
Here, if you don't want to buy a dedicated scanner you can install the app on your phone: [link]
If you have an Android phone, check out [link]
Never used it for Ottawa Police, but Scanner Radio is simple and seems to work well. [link]
[link] this is what I use for phone
I use Scanner Radio [link]
It has Billings and Yellowstone County, no Laurel though.
Cadillac is now on cherrywood, but something is going down on broadway. tune into the scanner / sd police dispatch for info
For Android: [link]
For Android: [link]
Listen on the web
Neat little Android App
If you've got good wifi or data coverage, there's an app called Scanner Radio. It's free, and has quite a few areas covered.
Here you go: [link]
I'm listening to the "San Bernardino Police System 10" scanner audio feed.
• Using your computer by going to [link]
• Using an Android phone or tablet using the Scanner Radio app ( [link] )
• Using an iPhone or iPad using the Scanner Radio Deluxe app ( [link] )
I'm listening to the "LAPD Aero and Special Unit Dispatch / Hot Shots/Code 3" scanner audio feed.
Have you tried a police scanner app?
I've heard (somewhere) that they're encrypted, but try this
this app if you have Android. Do a search for Richmond (you get Chesterfield stuff every time I use it though)
edit: the app info lists these frequencies for Richmond and Chesterfield:
Scanner Radio. I've been using it for a couple years.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scannerradio If you're an android person.
You can get "Scanner Radio" (for Android) from the Play Store, it's available at [link]
Is it better than [link]
[CITATION NEEDED] RETARD ALERT!
Check out the app Scanner Radio. Let's you listen to pretty much any police scanner.
Here you go.
For browser based scanning I recommend:
For mobile phone based scanning I recommend:
Scanner Radio - Android
Scanner Radio - iOS
I've only used the Android app so I can't speak on the iOS app functionality.
I use the scanner radio app. It looks like they have dc's fire and ems, but not the police scanner.
Use your smartphone. It has Spokane city police, fire, county sheriff, etc.
They have one, it's called a police scanner - they even have apps for your phone! =D
You can get a scanner app.
Depending on where you live you can use Crime Reports or RAIDS Online to get an idea of what happened.
I also recommend downloading Scanner Radio <em>Android</em> or Scanner Radio <em>iPhone</em> for any future incidents you want know about while they are happening.
It's literally called Scanner Radio and is the first result on Google Play.
I use it regularly. Works well most the time.
Hey guys, for those of you who will be away from home and inside the city and cannot stay tuned to the TV for updates (like me) you can either take /u/sdlkfjlsdkjfljksfd 's advice and go to this website to listen to Baltimore City PD's radio. Here's a link to his comment which has a link to the website where you can listen in:
For those of you who have an Andriod or iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) the website may not work. It didn't work with my Galaxy. So you can download the Scanner Radio App which is excellent and free:
Scanner Radio for iOS
This is the one I have used for years.
There is a scanner app that uses broadcastify. This is the android version, I'm not sure if the is an iPhone app. [link]
Scanner Radio for Android.
Nope we do not have any idea when any storms will hit until like a few days prior. Best thing to do is stock up before the Hurricane season and when a storm looks to be coming your way you will want to put up your shutters. Do not wait until last minute to put up your shutters. Listen to local media for forecast cones and updates. Turn on your Emergency Alerts for your phone. During Hurricane Irma when I had Depression force winds, I woke up at about 4 o clock and not even ten seconds later a Tornado Warning blasted my phone, these alerts could save your life. Alerts went off in the newsroom on live TV haha.
If you are not sure if your alerts are turned on, follow these steps:
On iPhone (iOS): Tap Settings > Notifications > Scroll to the very bottom > Swipe the Emergency Alert button to show a green like color. If it shows this color, the notifications are turned ON. It must always show the green like color to be ON. AMBER Alerts are for abducted children and probably won't be needed for the duration of the storm but I have mine on 24/7 anyway.
On Android: Open Settings > Scroll down and tap on Sound > Emergency Broadcasts
On a Samsung Galaxy it could be different depending on carrier (according to this article). https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-amber-alerts/
For current storm info, I use the websites linked below under. I found wunderground to be very useful before Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017. I believe they update the cones of the storm every 3-5 hours depending on how much concern the storms are to the NHC, but I could be wrong on the concern statement so don't quote me on that.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY TROPICAL CYCLONE ACTIVITY CAN FORM IN THE OCEAN AT ANY TIME, EVEN OUTSIDE OF THE HURRICANE SEASON. We saw this with Hurricane Alex in January 2016 and Tropical Storm Arlene in April 2017. There are probably a bit of more examples but those are the ones I can remember off the top of my head.
You may also find a NOAA Weather radio useful. Don't purchase the ones that are like 30 bucks at Publix. Download this app for free on the iPhone App store or Google Play Store.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scannerradio&hl=en_US
On the home menu you can search up "Weather Radio"
If you find one that is close to you and provides coverage for your area and surrounding cities... that is awesome! If you are doing something around the house to prepare and you hear the tone at the beginning of this video, it would be in your best interest to pay attention to the alert. Video Link to what a warning for an event could be like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNLUP4nDJGQ Like I said I woke up and not even ten seconds later a tornado warning popped up and blasted my phone. The tornado did not impact my house but I could have died if I did not take cover and just went back to sleep because my phone did not have the alerts on and thus did not alert me. Again good luck, be safe, and have a good evening. :)
Literally just have a way to find out, not sure why the down votes.