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Old 10-08-2011, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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I don't know if I'm alone in this, but Friday nights shortly after the bars close I fire up a police scanner (I use Radio Reference City of Pittsburgh Police, Fire, and EMS Live Scanner Audio Feed) and listen for an hour or two. It helps that I'm at work already, and in Homewood, so it's relatively relevant to work.

Anyhow.

Tonight's edition included a police pursuit that ended with a car going through the back wall of a house and possibly hitting a gas line, one woman stabbing another, two people smoking crack getting into a domestic disturbance... and one calling the police, and a ton of other things that would be hilarious if they weren't really happening in my new hometown.


Anyone else like to listen to the local scanner? Any gems I missed? Any of you featured tonight?
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Just wondering, how much do they run for. I was more interested in having one when I was younger living in the suburbs (when less was going on.) Now that I live in the city, I don't knows if I would want one or not. I just picture it going off all the time for every petty police call.
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:38 AM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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I just picture it going off all the time for every petty police call.
Correct. I have one laying around here somewhere. When I lived in Highland Park, I listened to Zone 5 for a few hours. I never listened to it again. Non stop calls. Most all were petty crap. Then I changed it to Fox Chapel. Dead air. Sharpsburg was not that busy either really. It was a fun toy for about a day and it got put on a shelf.
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:59 AM
 
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i forget the url, but you can listen to the police scanner online.

i listened to it a bunch during the g20. the best part was about 20 minutes of hullabaloo about a suspicious item on the north side that turned out to be an empty wendy's bag.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I always thought they would be handy if I heard fire trucks on my street and would know if there was a serious fire or something. That's about it.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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i forget the url, but you can listen to the police scanner online.

i listened to it a bunch during the g20. the best part was about 20 minutes of hullabaloo about a suspicious item on the north side that turned out to be an empty wendy's bag.
Attack by a Frostee?
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Non stop calls. Most all were petty crap. Then I changed it to Fox Chapel. Dead air.
Still sounds more interesting than Charlie's Angels or The Playboy Club...
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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i forget the url, but you can listen to the police scanner online.
If you re-read my post, you'll get a hint as to where you can find that URL.
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA & Sh-ittsburgh, PA
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Yep, both of mine are on 24/7/365.
I monitor everything in the City proper plus Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette, Beaver, and Butler counties, I have had a scanner running in my place since I was about ten years old, which is when I got the first one for my birthday from my grandma. Got hooked young and kept the tradition going now going on 45.

I always look forward to Fri and Sat nights between midnight and about 4AM. Great stuff! LOL
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Yeah
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I don't know if I'm alone in this, but Friday nights shortly after the bars close I fire up a police scanner (I use Radio Reference City of Pittsburgh Police, Fire, and EMS Live Scanner Audio Feed) and listen for an hour or two. It helps that I'm at work already, and in Homewood, so it's relatively relevant to work.

Anyhow.

Tonight's edition included a police pursuit that ended with a car going through the back wall of a house and possibly hitting a gas line, one woman stabbing another, two people smoking crack getting into a domestic disturbance... and one calling the police, and a ton of other things that would be hilarious if they weren't really happening in my new hometown.


Anyone else like to listen to the local scanner? Any gems I missed? Any of you featured tonight?
The best was listening during the G20
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