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Scott Farr has located what looks to be a really useful handheld RF frequency scanner. It is called the RF Explorer and is available in several different models. The one most useful for us would most probably be the one that handles a range from 240 to 960. It is also one of the more expensive units at $129.00 (US).

Available online at: seeed

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I use the Lectro411a Receiver Scanner. (blk 22) and it does the job for me. But this scanner that you mention could scan a greater range of freqs. which could come in handy on tech scouts.

and it could let me know if its okay to take off my aluminum foil helmet

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Was just wondering if there was such a thing that wasn't too expensive.

"let me know if its okay to take off my aluminum foil helmet"

Don't do it. I did..and well...

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I did a whole writeup on these a couple of weeks ago. Several of our members have already put their names on the "Notify Me" list to be contacted when they are again in stock.

Here's the thread:

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Mine is on the way from Hong Kong, so they tell me this week.

Once I've learned how to use it, and had results, will talk about it.

My only scanning experience so far is the 411 scans.

Jim Rillie

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I have one on order, a little concerned about the web sites write up on protecting the unit from various RF.

Is all new to me. I guess I cheat, I have 2 rack mounted R400s and I let them scan and pick my freqs and set up everything from the R400s scans. I guess a poor mans scanner. It works great for me. The rack mounted units not only scan but then tune to the open freq. I then set my venue and portable units from there.

Thanks

Tom

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Gotham has them available alone or as a kit. There is also a 2 min video where Cory "explores" the explorer. It sounds like the company plans to release an updated version that goes down to 15Mhz early this summer.

http://www.gothamsound.com/homepage.php

scroll down to the second post on the main page.

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Mine is on the way from Hong Kong, so they tell me this week.

Once I've learned how to use it, and had results, will talk about it.

My only scanning experience so far is the 411 scans.

Jim Rillie

The company is really good about notifying when it ships. Patience is the order of the day, though, as both of my orders took more than two weeks to arrive.

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There's a combo version available covers 240 - 960 MHz and 2.35 – 2.55 GHz.

http://www.seeedstud....html?cPath=174

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 29 February, 2012.

I've just ordered one from Seeed who are in Shenzhen China and they were very helpful when I wanted to change my shipping arrangements from free (3 weeks) to EMS (3-5 working days) for $30

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There's quite a difference between a real RF spectrum analyzer and the RF "scanner" you see on a 411. Since a real RF spectrum analyzer typically costs anywhere from US$1500-$10000, I'm wondering how this new device compares.

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There's quite a difference between a real RF spectrum analyzer and the RF "scanner" you see on a 411. Since a real RF spectrum analyzer typically costs anywhere from US$1500-$10000, I'm wondering how this new device compares.

Surprisingly well for the price.

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I just got mine yesterday from Gotham. Ordered it last week. Seems really well made and solid. I will use it tomorrow in NYC... The antenna is larger that the one in Jeff's photo. I also got it with the 2.4GHz module so it has 2 antennas (or should I say antennae?) It took me until today to realize the built in battery only charges via USB if the unit is switched on (even though it turns on when plugged into USB-even with the switch in the off position.)

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15Hz - must take a little while to deploy the aeriels

Mainly I'm interested in 72MHz to see if I'll have trouble with my older Comteks.

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" should I say antennae? "

I would...

Only if they are insects.

Antenna is the singular in all applications. For biological sensors, one uses the Latin plural (antennae), for radios, one uses the English plural (antennas).

Sorry to be pedantic but David did ask.

David

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I predict a bunch of toasted front-ends on these units as unwary users attempt to use it like a metal detector, measuring everything from walkie-talkies to microwave ovens.

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My one is on the way from Gotham Sound

Cant wait to use it - will report in this rapidly changing RF world!

mike

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