As far as Pro 106 goes....It's better than the 96 for digital (for my area) but both pickup conventional about the same. I got the 106 because the 96 sucked at receiving digital. (my area) Lately I've noticed the 106 is missing quite a bit of the digital transmissions also but I think part of the problem is Don Star's Win 500 program. I'm sure some swear by it and I can only say it works great for me as far as being able to watch what's going on with the scanner on my PC but it took me many hours (my stupidity??) of getting the scanner programmed but only to the point of entering frequencies and talkgroups etc without having any "help file" that could assist me in "tweaking" my scanner with this program. The extended settings portion of the software is a total mystery to the average hobbyist. You have no idea what you change to make your scanner work better. It gives a scary warning that if you change these settings it will have a detrimental effect on your radio if "set badly". What is this crap? We (or I) have no clue of setting it badly, or goodly
Will my radio blow up if I "set it badly"? PLEASE......HELP FILES NEEDED!!!
Bottom line, I don't think I should have to search the internet and be required to register with certain websites in order to post or get answers to questions I have about software that I paid for.
In order to try & cut this short.......If you can receive Analog Manatee county and digital Sarasota county with what you already have, don't waste your money on a new scanner. However, I can only add that my Pro 106 that was programmed for digital Sarasota county would receive poorly from Ellenton....better when I was in Sarasota but I truly suspect it was a programming, frequency & talk group issues.
I'll have to check with a buddy who used Scan Lite software on his Pro 107. He was very satisfied with it but I don't think he tried monitoring Sarasota/digital from Ellenton.
Your help will be needed and appreciated for monitoring Sarasota when I return.