The GYMA members publish regular blog articles on a variety of topics ranging from local radio news to first impressions of new radios and equipment. Sometimes we just try random communication related things and share them with you!


 

 

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…

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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…

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Campbell police join digital dispatch system with encryption option

Campbell police join digital dispatch system with encryption option Published: Thu, December 29, 2016 @ 12:05 a.m. By Sarah Lehr (slehr@vindy.com)   CAMPBELL The Campbell Police Department’s shift to a new digital dispatch system could save lives, according to Mike Romeo, a tech-support consultant and auxiliary canine handler for the department. The city began looking into…

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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…

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