Bearcat Radio Scanner

I’ve had a fascination with radio scanners for many years. (In fact I dedicated an entire episode of You Don’t Know Flack to them a few months ago.) I have a couple of handheld models but have always wanted a desktop model that I could just turn on and scan through random radio signals.

I found this one sitting in a thrift store for a couple of bucks. I plugged it into a wall outlet and static came out of the speaker. Assuming it worked, I brought it home. Unfortunately, a friend of mine who knows much more about these old scanners than I do informed me that this particular radio scanner (a) requires crystals to pick up specific frequencies, and (b) was missing all the crystals. I’m a fan of vintage electronics, but sometimes the newer ones are much easier to get up and running.

This one will probably end up sitting on my shelf until I get around to re-donating it or finding a new home. I sure do like the look of it though.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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4 thoughts on “Bearcat Radio Scanner

  1. Badwolf says:

    They may still sell crystals at Radio Shack. I know they have them at Fry’s Electronics.
    Stranger things have been known to happen. But you’re right, the solid state hand-held type are much easier to work with. This type with the crystals is really there for local signals like FD and Police – you find out their freq’s and then just get the appropriate crystals.

  2. Bgood1973 says:

    The PD in this state, and I’m guessing most of the country, have switched to digital transmission that can’t be picked up with these old scanners. I guess that is why I keep seeing nice scanners for very little money lately.

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