I have been thinking lately, is there any advantage to using a 2 meter ham radio to listen to high band VHF frequencies? I would think that since a scanner is made to receive anything across the radio spectrum it may not receive as good as an actual radio that is made for the particular band your listening to. I thought I heard that a radio won't scan as fast as a scanner, nor can enter as many text tags but that's about all I know. I see all kinds of handheld radios for 100-200 dollars which is about the same price as a plain jane, no frills scanner. So I figure it's worth it, if the audio is alot more clear.