Originally Posted by FreqKen
I want to buy my mother a scanner for Christmas. She lives in the countryside near Medaryville.
She's interested in listening to the police/fire bands mostly.
I'm struggling with whether to get an analog scanner or shell out for digital.
My main questions are:
-will even small police/fire departments go digital soon? (Meaning I'd rather just go digital now if it avoids buying another scanner 2-3 years later)
-do I have to get digital to listen to SAFE-T, and is it worth it?
-what models are user-friendly? My understanding is that, with software and RR subscription, I could set up a digital scanner (like say BCD996XT or BCD396XT) for her while I'm home and then leave her to flip the channels I've programmed. Does that sound about right?
-what models have the largest readouts/buttons for those with poor eyesight?
Thanks in advance for all help and advice.
I would get a digital scanner for her, like the others said
KidClerk is right they use the Safe-T all the time. Being that she is close to madaryville there is a tower nearby, so she should get good reception of that tower. It is in the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. I don't know really anything on Uniden Scanners, but I have RadioShack ones and GRE witch they don't make it anymore, I don't think
Kinda sad I would like another one of them.
You could really set it up yourself without having to buy the software and Subscription. I don't have either and I programmed my RadioShack Scanners with no problem, the GRE one that was a different game. It was pretty much setup to use a computer for programming.
I would say the Uniden, I haven't seen one in front of me but from the PC, I think the Uniden. The 2 RadioShack scanners are Kinda Small. The GRE PSR 800 is pretty good but that is the one, I don't think they make anymore, witch sucks because its the only scanner out For Now that picks up P25 Phase, not that I need it at this point. Im sure in the Future I will
If you have anymore questions just ask, someone here will help you. We all try our best to help eachother out
Love and Blessings Brother and Good luck on the scanner