Mario snags a Memorex TrackTec Scannocular!

Photo source: Universal Radio

Photo source: Universal Radio

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi (N2HUN), who recently wrote an article for the excellent Radio World magazine. His topic?  The Memorex TrackTec Scannocular! Mario writes:

Ever heard of a Scannocular?  Universal Radio used to sell ’em, they were for race fans, basically a scanner with surgically attached binoculars:

http://www.radioworld.com/article/whats-black-and-red-and-hears-all-over/279408

“I’ve always had a penchant for the weird, the off-beat, the non-mainstream. In high school I felt most at home with fellows who were ostracized by the general student populus, who acted and thought differently, had the intestinal fortitude to walk the road less traveled and were genuinely interesting individuals.

The same affinity goes for electronic devices; the weird stuff interests me. That’s why I recently acquired a Memorex Scannocular from an eBay auction.”[…]

Continue reading at Radio World…

Mario, I must say that I had never heard of the Scannocular–what an intriguing piece of kit! It sounds like a decent performer (especially for $26!). I’m surprised it actually has a proper BNC connector for an external antenna.

I just searched eBay, but had no luck finding a set of Scannoculars. Perhaps there’s been an increase in popularity–other members of the “bohemian brigade” who decided the Scannocular is the only item they’ll need to stand out among other race fans!

I always enjoy your articles and reviews, Mario! Thanks for sharing!

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2 thoughts on “Mario snags a Memorex TrackTec Scannocular!

  1. Rob

    I have one minus the binoculars. The scanner is awkward to program and the binoculars, when they were on the radio, were poor quality. I still have the scanner (for what reason, I don’t know! 😉 ) and it works pretty well.

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  2. Michael Black

    Mattel made a toy radio that turned into a toy gun, and a toy camera that turned into a toy pistol. Perhaps that’s the origin of this, though her you can listen to the radio and look though the binoculars at the same time.

    I’m sure the intent was that you might need to be closer to the scene while hearing the car race or fire department.

    Michael

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