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Best scanner for Mixed use?

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Apr 6, 2007
Nashville, TN
I've read to reviews I've seen to opinions good and bad but I've not seen this topic compared.

I live in a mixed use area within 15 miles I could have Digital trucked, digital single channel, Motorola type 1, 2, or hybrid system, conventional and some encrypted ( I know I can't scan these just an example). Out of the big boys in portables BCT396XT, PRO-106 and GRE-500. Which works best in this enviroment.
Jul 25, 2004
They all will do the job pretty will. The Uniden folks will select the BCT-396XT. The GRE / Radio Shack folks will pick the the Pro-106 or GRE-500 (the Pro-106 is based on the GRE-500). What is best for you will be based on which one will works best for you based on several factors, including:

* control layout
* physical size and weight
* audio quality
* programming software
* ...
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