Bearcat by Electra (1968)

The Bearcat by Electra is believed to be the first commercially produced electronic device made solely for the monitoring of police and fire transmissions. The devices began production in 1968/1969. Three different models were produced, all identical, except for a stamped designation on the back label. One was tuned for Low-VHF reception. One was for…

Campbell police scanner goes dark

Campbell police scanner goes dark Published: Sun, April 2, 2017 @ 12:05 a.m. By Sarah Lehr (slehr@vindy.com) CAMPBELL Have you ever wondered how reporters know when to converge on the scene of a shooting or a fire or a car crash? Typically it’s because they first heard something over a scanner. Members of the public, however, are…

Mahoning deputies may get radio encryption

Mahoning deputies may get radio encryption Published: 5/22/16 @ 12:10 By Peter H. Milliken (milliken@vindy.com) YOUNGSTOWN Many Mahoning County deputy sheriffs would obtain the ability to encrypt their radio transmissions under the county’s plan to buy new radios for them as part of its 911 emergency-dispatching consolidation. Encryption makes radio transmissions inaudible over police scanners available…