Originally Posted by mike529
I last owned a scanner in the mid 90's. A Bearcat 200. Had lots of fun with it but lost interest after time went by and sold it. I picked up a Radio Shack Pro 37 for $3 at a garage sale this past summer thats gotten me interested in the hobby again.
I live in Parma. If I've done my research correctly I will need a digital scanner to listen to the Parma police? Cleveland too?
I'm looking at Radio Shack Pro 106, Uniden BCD396xt or the GRE PSR 500. Am I looking at the right radio's?
Also, off topic. I 've recently started buying old radios. Am/Fm transistor and tabletop models. Shortwave radio's too. Some of them need repair/parts. Is there any shops or people in Northeast Ohio I can contact. Any clubs or websites? Even with the internet I'm having trouble locating anything that would be usefull to me. Any help appreciated. Mike
You're correct, you'll need a digital scanner to monitor Parma or Cleveland. To make an informed decision you should check out a couple of Forums here on RR.
The radio manufactures/suppliers have forums here (Radio Shack, GRE, Uniden, etc..) . You'll get first hand information from users.
Also browse this (Ohio) forum, you'll find information on a whole range of topics. In gbearit's reply he provided a link to the MARCS P25 message thread. There are many others, start looking at the top of the Ohio forum page for current topics.
FYI, Parma's P25 system is easy to set up and monitor. One big issue you'll read about is P25 LSM (garble). From reports, Parma doesn't have that issue. But, larger systems like the MARCS P25 Cuyahoga County 700 Mhz does cause problems for many scanner users. We'll have to see what happens with Cleveland's P25 system as it goes live.
So browse around and don't hesitate to ask questions.