Originally Posted by turn619
I recently decided to purchase a scanner and am trying to decide which one to get and which one I'll get the most enjoyment out of.
I too have been a scanner guy since the 70's and consider myself very technical. That said, I'm not quite sure how I decided to buy the Uniden 396XT in 2009 and 996XT not long after that. I bought both, online from scannermaster.com Painless transactions and they have price protection and maybe still have free shipping.
I swear it was two days before I had even known conventional "channels" coming out the speaker. It takes time.
With free software tools like FreeSCAN - Sixspot Software
and this site, you can't go wrong. Bob is right. The 996XT would be a good choice for you.
Uniden continues to actively support its products and they have a Product Manager, (UPMan), who reads and responds to posts in these forums. Uniden Scanners - The RadioReference.com Forums
The cool thing with freescan, is that you can share files with other scanner owners. Hopefully someone in your area already has a file built. I make tweaks to my configuration almost daily via PC interface and freescan.
Want an analogy? Remember the 1st time you saw Windows 95? You get the idea. Good luck!