Once you decide to embark on the growing phenomenon of Software Defined Radio, you have an unlimited source of information and software that is mostly free and able to make your emergency and monitoring experience easy and complete.
We suggest you review information from the good folks at Radioreference.com. Their site offers specific information regarding frequencies and call signs for your area along with useful information for your SDR radio.
For the newbies to SDR radio, Patriotwaves wants to make the initial setup as easy and painless as possible. We are focused on the transmissions that make up the military government complex and your particular local law enforcement and emergency radio systems.
There are many free software scanning and traffic tracking analyzer software packages available for different genre and applications. The list to the right offers many links to the best information. Patriotwaves recommends these two programs for beginners and those interested in the emergency service monitoring.