02/24/06 114 W - + 23 - 18 Wiring a Whole House?

Has anyone wired a whole house for scanning / trunked scanning? Here's what I was thinking: base station scanner with RFD Alert and Wake Fire Alert talkgroups locked out, then two cheap VHF scanners on the old Raleigh and Wake dispatch freqs. Then one or more external speakers, with individual volume controls, driven by the base station. Or maybe driven by one of the VHF scanners. Or maybe with a couple more cheap VHF scanners placed next to the external speakers, wherever they're installed. Kitchen, living room, etc. Phew, that's a lot of volume-knob turning when the Missus is around. Or, as she might say, "turn that d@mn thing down!"

What would be the purpose of all the different scanners? You can use just one scanner to provide the signal for an amplifier that has 70v output. Then you can have as many speakers as you like.
guest - 02/26/06 - 02:25

Yes, definitely a better idea. Two scanners driving multiple speaker pairs throughout the house. Or maybe just a dispatch channel scanner. If “something good” is heard, drop what I’m doing and race to control room or car.
Legeros - 02/26/06 - 02:54

Hey Mike – don’t feel bad! I have scanners in multiple rooms as well. I also have each scanner with a primary receiving function. In my living room I have an old Regency Crystal scanner which I use to primarily listen to Wake Fire 1 and SHP low band. It receives like a champ! On top of this scanner is a late 70’s/early 80’s GE MVP two channel VHF walkie-talkie which is on Rescom. All scanners and radios stay on 24/7. In my bedroom I have an older Bearcat 210 that receives primarily Headquarters, and then out of county traffic. My Garner EMS Minitor IV and Clayton EMS Minitor IV are also housed there along with my Motorola XT5000 800 mhz issued by GEMS. Also in the bedroom is an HT1000 UHF formerly used for Med9; now reprogrammed for Walnut Creek Amphitheater operations, as I supervise medical teams out there through GEMS. Upstairs I have another Bearcat 210 which I keep scanning all dispatch/alert frequencies and Johnston County frequencies. I would love to run a speaker from each scanner to one location; possibly in my living room by the stairwell, with volume control knobs located beside my couch so I do not have to leave the couch to control each scanner’s volume!
Jason (Email) - 02/26/06 - 18:41

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