PLA Issue #10: Scanner Frequencies

Written by RedBoxChiliPepper on January 2, 1992

If you own a scanner, please don’t let it just sit there and do nothing. Put it
to good use and eavesdrop with it. Listed below are all of the frequencies that
I know of and scan whenever I’m bored, which is quite often. A lot of these
frequencies were reprinted from the SportCat Frequency Guide. For another PLA scanner page, click here.Oh, and Happy New Years!

12 Band Coverage

First of all, here’s the range of freqencies that most scanners carry. Although
it’s extremely illegal, I reccommend listening in on the 806-9xx range. This is
where you pick up cellular phone conversations.

                 29.0 - 29.7 MHz 10 Meter Ham
                 29.7 - 50.0 MHz Low Band
                 50.0 - 54.0 MHz 6 Meter Ham
                  108 - 137 MHz Aircraft
                  137 - 144 MHz Military
                  144 - 148 MHz 2 Meter Ham
                  148 - 174 MHz High Band
                  406 - 420 MHz Federal Government
                  420 - 450 MHz 70 cm Ham
                  450 - 470 MHz UHF Band
                  470 - 512 MHz "T" Band
                  806 - 956 MHz "800" Band (Cellular)

I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be illegal to sell or make scanners anymore
that let you listen in on the “800” band, although I still see those kind in
stores and I’ve bought one. Scanners that won’t pick up cellular can usually
be easily modified to do so. If not, you’ve always got the cordless phone
channels to play with.

Cordless Phones

If you live in a suburban area you’ll be able to tune into just about any of the
following frequencies. Evening listening is usually the best time. You should be
able to hear both sides of the conversation on either the base OR the handset.

          Base Unit       Channel         Handset
           46.61           CH 1            49.67
           46.63           CH 2            49.845
           46.67           CH 3            49.86
           46.71           CH 4            49.77
           46.73           CH 5            49.875
           46.77           CH 6            49.83
           46.83           CH 7            49.89
           46.87           CH 8            49.99
           46.93           CH 9            49.99
           46.97           CH 10           49.97

If you pick up at the beginning of the conversation or they click over to use
the ‘ol three-way calling, you can hear them use the touch tones. If you record
these tones you can either run them through a DTMF decoder or figure them out
through process of elimination and have every number they dial. You’ll be
amazed at the things that are said on people’s phones. If you’re lucky, they’ll
enter their calling card number at some point.

Cordless fone eavesdropping is just about the funnest thing you can possibly
do with your scanner. When people call up businesses and make arrangements of
any kind you can immediately call the business back and cancel or change the
arrangements. Like when a kid ordered 2 large pizzas and after he hung up I
called back the pizza place and changed that to 15 large pizzas.

While listening to a 14 year old girl in Texas, we kept calling her and the
friends she called on three-way and repeating parts of the conversation. We had
her convinced that we were in the bushes outside of her house and had beige
boxed into her line. It never occured to her that cordless phones put out radio waves
and that people can listen to them! Sheesh. (Check out PLA014.TXT for a
detailed text on cordless fone harrassment.)

Wireless Microphones & Fast Food Drive-Thrus

The following frequencies are used by people delivering speeches, entertainers,
professional singers, football referees and other people who have a need for a
wireless microphone. So if you’re not cool enough to get into a convention and
they’re using a wireless microphone, you can listen in anyways. Frequencies
which have a star next to it are also used at drive-through restaurants for
transmitting customer orders to cashiers and customers. (Sometimes accomplished
on seperate channels so you might only hear one side.)

 30.84         33.12       33.14*        33.40*         35.02*         36.70
 37.10         40.22       40.68         42.98          44.87          47.27
 49.83-49.99  150.775     150.790       151.625        151.715*       151.775*
154.570*      154.600*    165.9125      167.3375       167.4875       167.875
169.200       169.425     169.445*      169.505        170.225        170.245*
170.305*      171.045*    171.105*      171.125        171.450        171.825
171.845       171.905*    172.000       172.200        457.525*       457.550*
457.5625*     457.5875*   457.575*      457.600*       460.8875*      461.1125
465.8875*     466.200     467.750       467.775*       467.7875*      467.800
467.8125*     467.825     467.850       467.875        467.900        467.925

I’ve never had any reason yet to listen in on wireless mics. After all, if
they’re broadcasting from one of those, chances are I’m going to hear them
without the scanner. Let me tell ya, though, listening to the drive-thrus can
sometimes be pretty entertaining. In most fast food places they use the radios
to communicate with each other and talk bad about customers.

I wonder, if a singer was performing in the park next to McDonald’s would the
drive-thru orders drown him out sometimes?

Grateful Dead Tour:

462.4875 Operations 469.375 Security 469.775 Crew


151.625, 462.575, 462.600, 462.625, 464.500, 464.550

Additional Frequency Information

The Frequency Fan Club puts out a monthly newsletter called Race Scanning
Monthly. If you’d like information or to subscribe, call or write them.

                            Frequency Fan Club
                            P.O.Box 1987
                            Richmond Hill, GA 31324
                            1-800-RACE-FAN (phone)
                            1-800-SCAN-FAX (phax)

Another place you gotta go to if you have a scanner is Radio Shack. They’ll
have a book that covers your state and a few surrounding states that costs
under $10. The book includes police, fire and medical frequencies for every
single town in the entire state. It also includes school buses, local
businesses, colleges, sometimes taxis. Definately worth the money if you’re
not planning on shoplifting it.


01/07/06 – SerDia from Belgrade: It’s very interesting what u r talking about.since i managed to learn to clone a cell fone in serbia i wonder if i could change transmittor data sent to a large number of recipients.

08/03/05 – Johnny from Louisiana: I’m so looking into buying a yaesu ft-50R (or an vx-7R, if cheap enough) now that i know you can call ppl fat on drive thrus -> OMG PHUN. can we see more drive through phreaking at PLA pleeeeeeeeeeze?????


01/12/05 – mike from oklahoma: i have more then 10,000 frequencies,some are secret channels for cherokee county s.o

12/21/04 – Magnus from Oklahoma: I have been blessed with an old scanner that has no restrictions… except 10 channels.

09/05/04 – andrew from FRANCE from freedom FRIES!!: where do i get a scanner ??

05/02/04 – breast milk from upper chest: all the cordless ph freqs i get are from 902.1000 – 906.1000, are those listed in the 40’s really old?

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9 thoughts on “PLA Issue #10: Scanner Frequencies

  • January 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I have a Radio shack pro 2096 how do i program it to get cell phone conversations we have tried everything

  • January 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    You cannot in ANY way program a cellphone frequency into a scanner manufactured past the year 2000. It is purposely left out of the range of the scanner.

    Anyway if it did work you would only be able to pick up analog phones, which lets see…is no longer in use. All the phones are digital now and run in the GHz band, unless the person next to you is using a 1990’s brick phone, you will pick up nothing. Sorry.

  • March 4, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I have a modified scanner and have been quite happy scanning the 914.00-928.00 range. One gal I particularly enjoy listening to has switched her phone to Vonage. She has disappeared. Her phone is a V-tech that emits a signal every three minutes. This made it very easy to find her frequency. I am assuming I will no longer be able to hear her on the base frequency, but I expected to find her on the handset. The base still is chirping away, but I no longer get the incoming call signals. I dialed her number and she has her Vonage set to go right to voice mail. I am sure she must be making outgoing calls. What gives? Any advice?

  • May 10, 2009 at 6:48 am

    martin my advice to u is to get a new hobby and grow up perv and dont worry about contacting me back cause i used a fake name and email ROFL

  • November 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    You are so cool when write or email me keep me in touch with juiceie news ok

  • May 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    i wil tell you about an method and I will appreciate too much if you could guide me throw this issue lets say that cell to wer emit unmodulated radio wave and by regarding the radio waves charctrestic this this unmodulated radio signal that travel through the air could turn into a modulated signal by hitting an object has sound which make the unmodulated radio waves from cell tower could carry any ones voice in its way and by receiver you could tune on this frequency and listen ( to voices and sounds not cell phone conversation ) and if you review the modulation of radio waves you will find that possible but the question is how is that could be achieved ? appreciate your respond on this issue , WITING YOUR SOON REPLY,LOT OF THANKS.

  • July 4, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I have to say cell frequency is digital these days which means they hop so it’s really will be hard to same thing with house phone but I do have to say home and 3m fast food frequency is 2.4kHz blue tooth so that will be hard but keep in mind most common fast food frequency headset is 921.9375 and used at a lot of fast food places

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