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Local scanner changes leave old radios silent

Local scanner changes leave old radios silent (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- If you have a police scanner and haven't reprogrammed it, it will no longer work.

Over the weekend, public safety agencies went from analog to digital frequencies.

That means if you have an analog scanner, it will never work again. And, if you have a digital one, you have to bring it in to a specialist to be re-programmed.

Electronics Specialists, located at 18537 Forest Rd in Lynchburg, has been in business for 30 years and they're the only place around town that can do it.

They say they normally see one or two scanner customers a day, but with the frequency change, they've seen close to 60 come through their doors this week.

The Dixons are two of those customers. They say when they woke up Sunday morning, they didn't know why their scanner was silent and they couldn't get it to work.

They brought it in the store and learned that it was only analog, so, they had to buy a new digital one that cost them close to $500. But for them, it's worth it.

"The neighborhood we live in is elderly and if something happens, we like to know, and plus we like to know what's going on around the city," said Debbie Dixon.

The frequency change effects Amherst, Bedford, and Lynchburg radios.

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