"Simulcast refers to the process of transmitting the same signal from different tower locations over the same frequency at the same time."
Simulcast is a technique in which multiple towers, in different locations, will send out the same signal on identical frequencies at the same time.
(Confusing? We know!)
This is meant to combat reception issues in areas that are widely spread out or highly congested. However, if these signals are not broadcasted at the exact same time with surgical precision, they can, and will cause interference with your scanner. Meaning you can only hear parts of conversations or none at all!
Is this you? Are you in simulcast hell?
Your scanner is working fine but sometimes, on certain channels, the conversation disappears for a few seconds or even minutes until you finally get it again later.
Then, ugh, welcome to the super fantastic world of simulcast distortion!!!
If you’re here - you’re probably ready to throw your scanner out the window, right?
OK, deep breaths.
There is a solution. First, let’s make sure simulcast distortion is actually the issue.
Troubleshooting Your Scanner To Isolate The Issue
Change each of these settings, one at a time, test, rinse and repeat.
- Squelch: Turn all the way up, then all the way down.
- Location: Test elsewhere.
- Channel Isolation: Only scan the channel you’re having an issue with, turn off all others.
- Double Check Frequencies: Make sure 1 channel is 100% in scanner correctly.
- Update Scanner Software: It’s free!
This is the low hanging fruit. Issue still there? Then you have a simulcast problem and the only solution is a new scanner that can handle simulcast. Pro Tip: How to sell your old scanner.
Best Simulcast Distortion Police Scanners
There are three models we carry that can handle simulcast distortion.
Areas Affected by Simulcast Distortion
There is no 'easy' if/then way to tell if simulcast affects your area (fun!). Below are areas we’ve sold folks scanners where simulcast distortion was an issue.
- Genesee County
- Jackson County
- Kent County
- Macomb County
- Midland County
- Monroe County
- Ottawa County
- Saginaw County
- St. Clair County
- Washtenaw County
- Bucks County
- York County
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Deep Dive Into Simulcast Distortion
We cover the basics of simulcast distortion & how it relates to police scanners. BTW - we sell scanners :) Want to learn the nitty gritty of simulcast distortion? You’ll be talking QPSK in no time (or a lot of time) but dive on in below: Radio Reference Wiki - digital simulcast distortion Radio Reference Wiki - simulcast