Radio scanners are used by civilians to listen in on police, fire fighter, ambulance, NOAA weather, ham radio, FRS (walkie-talkie), CB (Citizens’ Band), air traffic control, NASCAR drivers and crew, taxi, railroad, marine and other radio communications. Large concerts and sporting events have multiple crews working to make everything work smoothly. A scanner provides an interesting behind-the-scenes look at a world hidden from most people.
They can be used for:
- Entertainment (they are good gifts for retirees, anyone with time on their hands).
- Keeping track of family members who are pilots or who work in emergency services.
- Situational awareness during disasters or smaller emergencies. Find out what is really going on, as it happens.
- Spotting airplanes, ships or trains.