All police radio here was digitally scrambled about a year ago so no sence in getting a scanner. However, wondered if anyone local knows if truckers or others talk about local radar and lidar setups on CB? Its a long shot I know but just curious...
CB is dead here. I mean its so dead you have to park by a truck stop to hear 2 truckers from out of town talk to each other. VHF is what everyone uses. Ladd 1 on VHF is like the channel 19 on a CB. Can't comment on its usefulness as I don't use it myself.
I looked into CB a few years ago but it was pretty worthless, then heard it's migrating to HAM. Blew that license stuff off since Waze is the new playground but was still curious so I did get my HAM license just to poke around and see what's up. Right now I'm calling HAM a big zero as a CM. CB I'd call "less than zero"
I run a Cobra 29LX in my pick up. For the most part it's quiet, unless you get in a traffic jam. Around Calgary ch 19 will still have chatter on it. Some jeep guys run ch 16 if you look for the antenna there is still a few of us out there.
I also have NOAA weather on it so I get alerts if weather turns ****ty.
In the Vancouver area, I listen to the LAD ch's, as well as the traffic helicopter freq and AM730 Traffic. Also monitor the ambulance and fire depts for MVA's. Some of the RCMP and city police traffic sections have their own Twitter feeds as well. I use this setup mostly for traffic, not CM's.
All are FM, not NFM. LAD 4 is the only freq legally allowed to be used west of Hope but you'll find all 4 freqs in use throughout Metro Vancouver, because most of the truckers who use it aren't licensed or have never read their license conditions. If you need help programming a radio, or have questions about VHF, I can probably help you out.