What is the best handheld scanner on the market today?

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Jack Newhouse

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Jul 9, 2009, 3:01:43 AM7/9/09
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Hi there,

My Pro-97 has finally stopped scanning. It looks like it is scanning,
but it stays on the same band and the same frequency. When I press the
Red button to hear NOAA weather there is no audio there either.

I listen primarily to police/fire/disaster preparedness, city,
aviation, Air force 1, military jets, civil offense, cellular phones,
regular cordless phones. I don't believe
anyone in this relatively unpopulated area has trunking.

Radio Shack said they would fix it for $90.00

I live in Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, County

Here is a site that will show you the frequencies available in SEMO. I
also listen to the Little Egypt area.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=29

What would you reccommend for an excellent new handheld scanner?

A thousand thanks for your time and advice


http://antiterrorist.r8.org

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Golan Klinger

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Jul 9, 2009, 9:14:13 AM7/9/09
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The Other Guy wrote:

> Uniden BCD396XT, without a doubt.

I always get nervous when someone uses a phrase like, "without a doubt"
when discussing a subjective matter. The BCD396XT is a cracking scanner,
I'm sure we'd all agree, but the OP said he listens to cellular and he
won't be able to do that with a Uniden. So, I respectfully counter with
the Icom IC-R20 (unblocked) and/or the AOR AR-8200 Mark III. They are
worthy of a look by anyone who wants to buy a serious scanner.

--
Golan Klinger
Dark is the suede that mows like a harvest.

Jack Newhouse

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Jul 9, 2009, 10:29:18 AM7/9/09
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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:14:13 +0000 (UTC), Golan Klinger <n...@sp.am>
wrote:

>The Other Guy wrote:
>
>> Uniden BCD396XT, without a doubt.
>
>I always get nervous when someone uses a phrase like, "without a doubt"
>when discussing a subjective matter. The BCD396XT is a cracking scanner,
>I'm sure we'd all agree, but the OP said he listens to cellular and he
>won't be able to do that with a Uniden. So, I respectfully counter with
>the Icom IC-R20 (unblocked) and/or the AOR AR-8200 Mark III. They are
>worthy of a look by anyone who wants to buy a serious scanner.

My Realistic Pro 2006 used to pull in so many cellular call ten or so
years ago that I couldn't keep up with the conversations. There used
to be 30 or 40 mimimun going at one time; plus regular cordless.

Now I hear nothing on cellular, and very little on cordless. :-(

After that congressman got caught saying things on his cell phone that
he shouldn't have said, they quickly passed a law forbidding people
from monitoring cellular.

So that was the end of a fascinating period where I could really hear
what people thought about celebrities, and neighbors without them
knowing it.

Needless to say some of what I heard was astounding!

Now the frequencies are so high, and they change so rapidly, it is
impossible to hear MOST phone calls. :-(

I miss all of those arguments between boyfriends and girlfriends,
husbands and wives, lovers, conversations about how they felt about
OJ, Michael J, Clinton, Bush 1, and 2, and of course my neighbors.

I even heard some savage in my neighborhood, tell a beautiful woman
who had been coming by to see that he wanted to kill me. That was back
in 1993, and I haven't been able to figure out yet who that was. It
was a cordless call so the person must have lived within a few blocks
of me.

The woman never came by anymore so I figured he scared her away. Then
a couple of years ago another female friend of mine told me one day
that she was telling her sister who now lives in Texas about me, and
her sister interrupted her saying she knew me well, and thought I was
a great guy. I was amazed by that. So before I knew it, I had Debra's
phone number and email address. I called her and we chatted happily.
She told me she had left and moved to Montana, and a few other places
before getting married and going to Texas.

After a few fun calls, I mentioned to her that I had heard her talking
to this guy and he had threathened to call me. I asked her since we
were supposed to be friends why she didn't warn me of what this person
was saying instead of never contacting me again. She immediately
denied that she had been in a conversation like that. I'm 90% sure it
was here because I listened for a half hour or so and heard her
telling him things only someone who had been in my home would know.

I have looked all over for the tape of the conversation, but have been
unable to find it since I never thought I would see her again. She
stopped calling and emailing me after I brought it up. That is fine by
me, because I now know she was not a true friend and apparently had
other motives for making my acaquaintance. There is no way that if I
oveheard strangers talking about killing a close friend of mine that I
would not at least immediately notify him/her of what I had heard.
After that it would be up to them to decide what to do about it.

I had hoped to hear some criminals stashing large sums of money
someplace nearby so I could get it before it was picked up. In 30
years of scanning I have still not heard that kind of call. I also
heard several adults who were having affairs with 12-14 year old girls
arguing with the girls to not turn them in. One of them did get turned
in and is probably still in jail for jumping such young tail.
And of course there were the millions of calls about race. Listening
to what we actually think about colored people, and hearing how much
they hate us was frightening. My friend tell me I need to write a book
in my decades of listening to scanner conversations. :-)
If I can find enough notes, maybe I will do that.


I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
on the Icom and AOR today.

My Bearcat 895XLT and Pro-2006 still work fine as desktops though.

And so it goes.

Golan Klinger

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Jul 9, 2009, 1:56:34 PM7/9/09
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Jack Newhouse wrote:

> I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
> on the Icom and AOR today.

Perhaps you, and hopefully others, will find these URLs of use:

BCD396XT
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/BCD396XT

ICR20
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/IC-R20

AR8200
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/AR8200

All three are superb scanners. It's nice to be spoiled for choice.

Jack Newhouse

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Jul 9, 2009, 5:24:57 PM7/9/09
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On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:56:34 +0000 (UTC), Golan Klinger <n...@sp.am>
wrote:

>Jack Newhouse wrote:


>
>> I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
>> on the Icom and AOR today.
>
>Perhaps you, and hopefully others, will find these URLs of use:
>
> BCD396XT
> http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/BCD396XT
>
> ICR20
> http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/IC-R20
>
> AR8200
> http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/AR8200
>
>All three are superb scanners. It's nice to be spoiled for choice.

Is there a site where I can compare all three one against the other?

I'm thinking maybe it will be best just to take my Pro--97 to radil
shack, pay them the $90.00 and let them repair the Pro-97

These new scanners cost more than they house, car, and property are
worth! They still won't pick up cellular for the most part. Plus I
have software that will upload and download to and from my scanner.
These new ones don't seem to have that.

Thanks for helping me to narrow my decision. I've heard a lot about
AOR and ICOM when it come to shortwave receivers. They are top of the
line there also.

Alex Clayton

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Jul 9, 2009, 5:41:12 PM7/9/09
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"Jack Newhouse" <fulfi...@charter.net> wrote in message
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My friend tell me I need to write a book
> in my decades of listening to scanner conversations. :-)
> If I can find enough notes, maybe I will do that.
>
>
> I looked at the 396XT last night. It is a pretty scanner. I'll read up
> on the Icom and AOR today.
>
> My Bearcat 895XLT and Pro-2006 still work fine as desktops though.
>
> And so it goes.
>
>

Cell has gone almost all digital. No scanner you can buy will let you listen
to it. I am surprised there is any analog call service anywhere any more.
Cordless phones many years ago went to a system that the scanners you can
buy will not pick up. When it first hit it was of course expensive, but like
all tech, it has dropped in price like a rock. I have not looked at a new
cordless phone for quite a while, but I would be surprised if they even
still sell new ones that can be picked up with your scanner. So again this
is something that will soon be completely gone.
As for Police/ Fire, even if your area does not yet use some kind of
Trunking, they may well soon do so. It would be wise to buy a scanner than
can be used with Trunking, even if it is not yet in your area.
--
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.
Moderation is for monks."

[Lazarus Long]

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Jack Newhouse

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Jul 9, 2009, 11:19:20 PM7/9/09
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We just got radio, television, and computers here in
Rushlimbaughville, MO this year. So I have no clue as to what trunking
can do.
http://www.city-data.com/city/Cape-Girardeau-Missouri.html


All that means to me is two elephants using their trunks to wrestle
each other.

Can anyone find a site that will tell you whether there is any
trunking around here, or in Southern illinois, or Northwestern
Kentucky and Tennessee?

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Golan Klinger

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Jul 10, 2009, 10:54:17 AM7/10/09
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Jack Newhouse wrote:

> Is there a site where I can compare all three one against the other?

Not that I'm aware of.

Golan Klinger

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Jul 10, 2009, 11:04:47 AM7/10/09
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The Other Guy wrote:

> But none of their radios can trunk.

You don't need a trunk tracking scanner to monitor and follow trunked
traffic. Just set the used range of frequencies into a bank and let the
scanner do what it does. While a trunk tracker makes things easier, it
isn't essential.

Jack Newhouse

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Jul 13, 2009, 6:08:54 AM7/13/09
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On Fri, 10 Jul 2009 07:16:29 -0700, Evan Platt
<ev...@theobvious.espphotography.com> wrote:

>On Thu, 09 Jul 2009 22:19:20 -0500, Jack Newhouse
><fulfi...@charter.net> wrote:
>
>>We just got radio, television, and computers here in
>>Rushlimbaughville, MO this year. So I have no clue as to what trunking
>>can do.
>>http://www.city-data.com/city/Cape-Girardeau-Missouri.html
>>
>>
>>All that means to me is two elephants using their trunks to wrestle
>>each other.
>>
>>Can anyone find a site that will tell you whether there is any
>>trunking around here, or in Southern illinois, or Northwestern
>>Kentucky and Tennessee?
>

>Illinois:
>http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=17
>
>Kentucky:
>http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=21
>
>Tennessee:
>http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?stid=47

OK as I'm reading right now, I notice that the AOR has a frequency
range from 500K to 3GHZ
The Uniden goes from 25MHZ to 3Ghz

Does that mean that I can use the AOR scanner to pick up shortwave
stations around the world from 500khz on up to 30mhz, and the Uniden
can't? Also WWV at 5,10,15 mhz.

Shortwave is far more important to me in this area than is a trunking
ability.

Thanks

Jack Newhouse

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Jul 13, 2009, 6:19:23 AM7/13/09
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On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:08:54 -0500, Jack Newhouse
<fulfi...@charter.net> wrote:

I just completed the questionnaire asking what type of scanning I do,
and how far out do I want to hear.

The page responded that since our area is still in the dark ages, a
basic scanner would suffice for all my funky needs! So I'm leaning
toward the AOR scanner with short wave capability and no trunking.

View and Compare Your Scanner Options
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Step 1. Important Notes About the Selected State and Counties
Step 2. How Scanners Differ
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Counties
Jackson County, Illinois - 1*
Union County, Illinois - 1*
Alexander County, Illinois - 1*
Pulaski County, Illinois - 1*
Bollinger County, Missouri - 1*
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri - 1*
Scott County, Missouri - 1*
Perry County, Missouri - 1*
Mississippi County, Missouri - 1*
Scanner Usage

* Police / Fire / EMS


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Disclaimer
Important Notes about Illinois:

The Illinois State Police and many other agencies have switched to the
statewide StarCom21 digital trunked radio system. The system operates
on the 700 and 800 MHz. bands and can be monitored with several models
of digital police scanners

In the Chicago area, the Cook County Sheriff uses an encrypted digital
Motorola Type II trunked radio system although some operations are
unencrypted. Chicago Police use an analog UHF repeater system that can
be monitored on a basic police scanner. The Chicago Fire Department
uses several analog VHF and UHF channels that can be monitored with a
basic police scanner but will transition to a digital UHF radio system
that would require a digital police scanner.

Suburban counties use a variety of radio system types. Will County and
Lake County use EDACS trunking systems, DuPage County uses non-trunked
800 MHz. channels, and DeKalb, Kane and McHenry Counties use analog
VHF channels. McHenry County will transition to a StarCom21 system
soon however so a digital police scanner will be needed.

In the suburbs most agencies use UHF or VHF analog systems. Some 800
MHz. analog and digital systems are in use in the far Northwest
suburbs (Arlington Hts., Schaumburg, Palatine etc.)

Downstate some areas use StarCom21, including McLean, St. Clair and
Madison Counties. Champaign County uses a digital trunked radio system
that uses some encryption. Each of these require a digital police
scanner. Other locations use mostly VHF channels and some UHF channels
that can be heard on a basic police scanner.
Important Notes about Missouri:

The vast majority of public safety radio communications in the State
of Missouri can be monitored on a basic police scanner. The Highway
Patrol operates mostly on VHF, along with most other state agencies.
Most counties and towns use VHF, some are on UHF and a few operate 800
MHz. trunking systems. While neighboring states are building large
scale digital systems this remains but a dream in Missouri.

See the RadioReference site for more information: RadioReference.com
Important Notes about Jackson County:

A basic police scanner will work for all county and local Police, Fire
and Ambulance radio communications in Jackson County, Illinois,
including Carbondale and Murphysboro.

To monitor the Illinois State Police and other state agencies a
digital trunking scanner radio is needed as they operate on the
StarCom21 APCO25 digital trunked system.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

CARMA Profile

RadioReference
Important Notes about Union County:

A basic police scanner will work for all county and local Police, Fire
and Ambulance radio communications in Union County, Illinois,
including Anna and Jonesboro.

To monitor the Illinois State Police and other state agencies a
digital trunking scanner radio is needed as they operate on the
StarCom21 APCO25 digital trunked system.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

CARMA Profile

RadioReference
Important Notes about Alexander County:

A basic police scanner will work for all county and local Police, Fire
and Ambulance radio communications in Alexander County, Illinois,
including Cairo.

To monitor the Illinois State Police and other state agencies a
digital trunking scanner radio is needed as they operate on the
StarCom21 APCO25 digital trunked system.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

CARMA Profile

RadioReference
Important Notes about Pulaski County:

A basic police scanner will work for all county and local Police, Fire
and Ambulance radio communications in Pulaski County, Illinois,
including Ullin and Mounds.

To monitor the Illinois State Police and other state agencies a
digital trunking scanner radio is needed as they operate on the
StarCom21 APCO25 digital trunked system.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

CARMA Profile

RadioReference
Important Notes about Bollinger County:

A basic police scanner will allow you to monitor Bollinger County
Missouri, including Marble Hill. Most operations are on VHF or UHF
conventional systems. Most Fire and other local operations can be
monitored with a basic scanner.

To monitor the Missouri Highway Patrol and other state agencies a
basic police scanner can be used as they operate mostly on various VHF
and UHF conventional channels.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

Missouri Highway Patrol and other State operations at RadioReference

RadioReference Info Page
Important Notes about Cape Girardeau County:

A basic police scanner will allow you to monitor Cape Girardeau County
Missouri, including the city of Cape Girardeau. Most operations are on
VHF or UHF conventional systems. Most Fire and other local operations
can be monitored with a basic scanner.

To monitor the Missouri Highway Patrol and other state agencies a
basic police scanner can be used as they operate mostly on various VHF
and UHF conventional channels.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

Missouri Highway Patrol and other State operations at RadioReference

RadioReference Info Page
Important Notes about Scott County:

A basic police scanner will allow you to monitor Scott County
Missouri, including Benton. Most operations are on VHF or UHF
conventional systems. Most Fire and other local operations can be
monitored with a basic scanner.

To monitor the Missouri Highway Patrol and other state agencies a
basic police scanner can be used as they operate mostly on various VHF
and UHF conventional channels.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

Missouri Highway Patrol and other State operations at RadioReference

RadioReference Info Page
Important Notes about Perry County:

A basic police scanner will allow you to monitor Perry County
Missouri, including Perryville. Most operations are on VHF or UHF
conventional systems. Most Fire and other local operations can be
monitored with a basic scanner.

To monitor the Missouri Highway Patrol and other state agencies a
basic police scanner can be used as they operate mostly on various VHF
and UHF conventional channels.

To view more information on this county please see the following
links:

Missouri Highway Patrol and other State operations at RadioReference

RadioReference Info Page
Important Notes about Mississippi County:

A basic police scanner will allow you to monitor Mississippi County
Missouri, including Charleston. Most operations are on VHF or UHF
conventional systems. Most Fire and other local operations can be
monitored with a basic scanner.

To monitor the Missouri Highway Patrol and other state agencies a
basic police scanner can be used as they operate mostly on various VHF
and UHF conventional channels.

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Jack Newhouse

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On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 06:47:06 -0700, Evan Platt
<ev...@theobvious.espphotography.com> wrote:

>On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:08:54 -0500, Jack Newhouse
><fulfi...@charter.net> wrote:
>
>>OK as I'm reading right now, I notice that the AOR has a frequency
>>range from 500K to 3GHZ
>>The Uniden goes from 25MHZ to 3Ghz
>>
>>Does that mean that I can use the AOR scanner to pick up shortwave
>>stations around the world from 500khz on up to 30mhz, and the Uniden
>>can't? Also WWV at 5,10,15 mhz.
>>
>>Shortwave is far more important to me in this area than is a trunking
>>ability.
>

>Yes, that's correct. I'd suggest if there's ANYTHING at all in the
>area that's trunked or digital, go with a digital scanner, and get an
>inexpensive shortwave receiver.

You make a good point. for a minute there, I just loved the idea of
having one radio that picks up everything but trunking.

I do have two Sony 2010's that are portable and work fine. I have a
Grundig YB400 radio that works well also. Then I also have a Degen SW
radio that is very small and gets outstanding reception.

So if I get the top Uniden, I will be able to pick up agencies when I
travel to larger cities like St. Louis, Chicago, Memphis, or some
other place. As my father used to tell me about carrying guns and
knives to school when I was a teenager: "Son, it is better to have
them in your gym bag, and not need them; than to need them one time
and not have them."

So now that I'm settling on the Rolls Royce of Unidens, it become a
question of finding where I can get it the cheapest. :-)

Jack Newhouse

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On Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:04:47 +0000 (UTC), Golan Klinger <n...@sp.am>
wrote:

>The Other Guy wrote:


>
>> But none of their radios can trunk.
>
>You don't need a trunk tracking scanner to monitor and follow trunked
>traffic. Just set the used range of frequencies into a bank and let the
>scanner do what it does. While a trunk tracker makes things easier, it
>isn't essential.

Do you mean punch in all of the channels one at a time on the same
bank?

Or is there some way to input the entire range of trunked channels
with one or two entries?

Usenet User

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Jul 18, 2009, 7:19:15 AM7/18/09
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My GRE runs rings around the Uniden. Unidens are more easily desensed by
adjacent channel interference. Go with GRE. Audio also sounds much
better and clearer.

The Other Guy wrote:


> On Thu, 09 Jul 2009 02:01:43 -0500, Jack Newhouse
> <fulfi...@charter.net> wrote:
>
>
>> What would you reccommend for an excellent new handheld scanner?
>

> Uniden BCD396XT, without a doubt.
>
>
>
>

> To reply by email, lose the Ks...
>

Golan Klinger

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Usenet User wrote:

> My GRE runs rings around the Uniden.

Perhaps you could provide a model number and a link to some information
about your particular scanner? That might be helpful.

Usenet User

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Jul 19, 2009, 7:55:44 PM7/19/09
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Sorry, PSR500 portable and PSR600 desktop. Previously had the Uniden
996. Terrible digital trunking scanner. GRE have both been great and
audio is crisp and clear.

Jack Newhouse

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Aug 17, 2009, 6:17:21 PM8/17/09
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How do you all feel about the Uniden BC246T handheld scanner?

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/4753

It gets some wonderful reviews. It seems that would be the perfect
scanner for me here in Swampeast Missouri. I've decided not to spend
any more money on my Uniden Pro 97

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/5082

Jack Newhouse

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Aug 19, 2009, 6:17:28 AM8/19/09
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Well, I went ahead and ordered a new GRE PSR 300 for $148.00 and a
W-881 Super Gainer BNC Portable Antenna for $32.95

They next one I want to buy is the Uniden BC246T. It has a totally
different way of working. so it might be fun to play around with that.

do you think these are good choices?

Alex Clayton

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I can speak highly of the BC246T, I have 2 of them. I bought the first one
not long after they hit because of size. Was using a Pro95 (that still
works) at work. The learning curve was a bit of a PITA since they are so
different, but after a little frustration I had it programmed and working. I
use the Radio Shack 800 MHz antennas on mine, they seem to work a little
better on the 800 band and are easier to carry. I often carry it in a
T-shirt pocket with another shirt over it. The reason I got the second one
was after a couple years of hard use at work, the first one was having
trouble with the switch for the earphone. It is used with an ear piece
plugged in at work. That one does still work but now and then I have to push
on the jack to get it to work. Second one has been going strong for a couple
years now.
--
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happened?'

Big Benz

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Well, I've had my GRE PSR 300 for about three weeks now, and I must
say I'm extremely happy with it. It looks like my Pro 97, but this
scanner is way more sensitive. In fact, it may be to sensitive. It
pulls in weaker stations much better, but I have to really tune the
squelch way way back to stop it from picking up every annoying humm,
click, and other unwanted noise on the bands.

I would definitely rate it a "10" on a scale of ten. I already have
some trunking stuff programmed into it and that works well too.

Thanks for suggesting the GSE PSR 300. I'm as happy as a mouse in a
cheese factory now. And I only paid $148.00 for it.

I also bought a highly sensitive antenna from Scannermaster. It cost
me nearly $40.00 Perhaps that it is another reason why it receives so
well. The antenna is flexible rubber also. So when it get bent, or
jammed it springs back to it's original shape.

http://barckobama.buildlastingsuccess.com

Jamie B

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Jamie B

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On Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 6:14:13 AM UTC-7, Golan Klinger wrote:
Golan: You're misquoting the movie line. The correct word is "swathe," not "suede."

Ken Layton

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For 2021, I would assume the Uniden SDS-100 is the best handheld "digital" scanner out there. My locality is still mostly analog (Washington State Patrol went digital two years ago). My BC-200XLT (handheld) and my BC-8500XLT still run fine. One of these days, I've got to repair my now non-functioning backlight on the 8500.

Tekkie©

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On Sat, 6 Mar 2021 07:44:38 -0800 (PST), Ken Layton posted for all of us to
digest...

>
> For 2021, I would assume the Uniden SDS-100 is the best handheld "digital" scanner out there. My locality is still mostly analog (Washington State Patrol went digital two years ago). My BC-200XLT (handheld) and my BC-8500XLT still run fine. One of these days, I've got to repair my now non-functioning backlight on the 8500.

From others more knowledgeable than me the SDS-100, which I own, is the best
for my location. Your location probably had different needs. Are you thinking
of upgrading or just want a new scanner?

--
Tekkie

Ken Layton

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Mar 6, 2021, 9:30:00 PM3/6/21
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I was thinking of upgrading to a digital scanner. Our county dispatch radio system had a bond issue approved by voters two years ago to switch the entire Thurston County ( in Olympia, Washington) to digital. This would mean police, fire, search & rescue, public works, dogcatcher, and city buses would go digital. There's a big fly in the ointment though. They didn't count on all the businesses closed for a year and no tax revenue coming into the government coffers because of the corona. So the county may not have the money to convert.

Tekkie©

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On Sat, 6 Mar 2021 18:29:59 -0800 (PST), Ken Layton posted for all of us to
I would hold off until the county gets their act together. The twists and turns
are numerous. I think Uniden will be making scanners for awhile and may
possibly come up with something 'newer and better'...

A bond issue probably means they have the money in their hands. See if they
spend it correctly. Don't worry about the tax money, they will get it from you.
;-(

In the meantime I would make an investment in RadioReference.com to keep
current.

Good luck Ken, keep us informed and help bring this group back.

--
Tekkie

Ken Layton

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Apr 3, 2021, 12:10:20 PM4/3/21
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Here's an update. I decided to rebuild the Metro West Pro Pack 1200 battery pack for my Uniden BC200 XLT. I bought six of the AA solder tab 2000 mah NiMH batteries on ebay to replace the original 1200 mah batteries that were inside the battery pack. The new batteries are smaller in diameter than what Metro West had inside the battery pack. Even with smaller diameter batteries, it's still a snug fit (I was a bit sloppy in soldering the batteries together). I ended up using a Dremel tool with cutoff wheel to cut the old Metro West battery pack case open. Once I got the case open, it was not too hard to stuff the new batteries in it. Before sealing it up, I checked the + and - terminals on the battery pack for signs of life. I measured 7.5 volts output, so evidently the new batteries were sent to me charged up (they arrived with the terminals insulated with tape and each battery individually wrapped in a plastic bag).

To close up the rebuilt pack, I wrapped a couple of 8" zip ties around the middle of it. Then I ran a bead of silicone glue only down the sides of the battery pack case. After that dried, I cut the zip ties off and finished putting some silicone glue where the zip ties were.

I've been running the scanner off that rebuilt battery pack for three days now, six hours a day, WITHOUT having recharged it yet! I'm glad I rebuilt that battery pack because now I get some decent run time. The batteries I bought on ebay were shipped from Battery Concepts of San Marcos, California ( www.batteryconcepts.us ).

Ken Layton
Olympia, Wash.

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On Sat, 3 Apr 2021 09:10:19 -0700 (PDT), Ken Layton posted for all of us to
Very good, new life. I might have one of those around here *somewhere*

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Ken Layton

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Apr 29, 2021, 11:25:42 AM4/29/21
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Another update: I ended up with a total run time of six days at 6 hours per day on that rebuilt battery pack (2000 mah nickel metal) before it needed to be recharged. It took 6 hours on the Metro West charger to recharge the new battery pack. I'm very happy with my BC200XLT. Now I can take it with me again and not have to worry about a dead battery.
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