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Police scanners can be complicated; our goal is to make scanning easy. Peruse articles below that answer just about any question.

Buying Guides

Police Scanner Buyer’s Guide

Step-by-step guide to buying a police scanner for every situation.

NASCAR & Race Scanner Buyer’s Guide

Everything you need to know to buy a scanner to hear all the action at the races.

Railroad Scanner Buyer’s Guide

Railfans can find the best scanners, frequencies & more.

Aviation Scanner Buyer’s Guide

Complete commercial & military aviation scanning guide.

Police Scanner Antenna Buyer’s Guide

Guides for home, vehicle & on-set antennas.


FAQ After Purchase

99% of all questions after purchase are answered on this page.

What are They Saying?

Breakdown of police codes & other jargon you’ll hear on you scanner.

What’s the Best Police Scanner of 2019?

Find the ideal scanner for every situation from our police scanner experts.

The 125 Best Police Scanner Websites

View the top police scanner websites including links to forums, educational sites, videos, regional & international groups & more.

Are Police Scanners Legal?

Yes, police scanners are legal to own & operate in the US with restrictions in a few states.

Police Scanner Encryption Explained

Review of what encryption means, areas affected & the issues surrounding encryption.


Can I Program a Police Scanner On My Own?

A decision tree to help you decide whether to have your scanner professionally programmed or if you can do on your own.

How to Program Your Police Scanner

Everything you need to know to program your police scanner including software comparisons, reviews & more.

How to Program a Whistler Police Scanner

Step-by-step videos on how to program a digital Whistler police scanner using EZ Scan Software.

How to Program a Uniden Police Scanner

Step-by-step videos on how to program a digital Uniden police scanner using Sentinel Software.

Uniden Scanners

Uniden Scanner Videos

Watch all of our Uniden police scanner videos.

How to Make Sentinel Software Paid Upgrades

Step-by-step guide with images & links.

Whistler Scanners

Whistler Scanner Videos?

Watch all of our Whistler police scanner videos

TRX-1 How to Adjust Sound & Light

Video guide to a very common question.

Additional Articles

Zip Scanners’ Blog

View our latest articles and catch up on scanning news on our blog.

Key Police Scanner Concepts & Overview

Police scanner lingo can get technical & confusing quickly.

How to Sell Your Old Police Scanner

Is your old police scanner worth anything? Find out how to sell your old scanner & get the most money.

Compare Police Scanners

See features, video, opinions & more.

Ham Radio Crib Notes

Infographic breaking down ham radio info including bands.

Digital Phase 2 Scanner Compared

Infographic showing the best police scanners of 2016.

Simulcast Distortion Explained

In-depth article defining what simulcast is, affected areas and best simulcast scanners.

Emergency Communication Devices Explained

What’s the difference and which one(s) do you need.

Acronyms for scanners, electronics, military & more

Deep dive into this world.

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