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Old 03-24-2017, 9:30 PM
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Nationwide Scanner Database: Includes all known police/fire/ambulance/DOT channels in use in the USA and Canada*
Weekly Updates: Free updates keep the scanner database current so if an agency changes channels, you won’t be left behind.

Seems to basically be an HP2 integrated into the scanner. But limiting the Agency Types and may not let you make a Favorite list?
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:13 PM
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Nice!

Now build one that's a dual band ham transceiver for Vhf/Uhf and a HomePatrol married together and you will rake in some cash.
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Now build one that's a dual band ham transceiver for Vhf/Uhf and a HomePatrol married together and you will rake in some cash.
I like that idea. I would rather have a scanner that can decode simulcast though.
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UPMan, will this CB just "alert" to nearby PS radio use like the older Unidens, or will it actually "receive audio" like a regular scanner?
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:05 AM
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Lightbulb Amateur Handheld with Digital Trunking Scanner

What I would like to see is a (analog) Ham HANDHELD transceiver (could just be 2 meters or even dual band) with a Digital Trunking Scanner (receive P25). Uniden has manufactured VHF Ham transceivers in the past. Remember the Midland model 13-510. It was made by Uniden.

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I would buy one of these in a flash !! Any other amateur radio operators wish to second this "dream" handheld / scanner idea ?

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UPMan, will this CB just "alert" to nearby PS radio use like the older Unidens, or will it actually "receive audio" like a regular scanner?
The way I read it, the "alert" and the scanner functionality are two separate features. I'm assuming the "alert" is for people who don't want to listen to the radio traffic, just be alerted to nearby units, like a radar detector would do.
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...I would buy one of these in a flash !! Any other amateur radio operators wish to second this "dream" handheld / scanner idea ?...
Nice idea. Years ago, others tried the ham/scanner ideas. Examples: the family of ICOM IC-2SRA, IC-4SRA, etc.

I haven't seen a true portable front-keypad fully-programmable CB/scanner or Ham/CB/Scanner, but would like to, though. Maybe the Bear Tracker 885 is a "first-step" in that direction by Uniden.
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The 885 sounds great, as far as it goes. But I already own a BCD536, in fact, two of them. So a CB with a scanner is redundant for me. But if a CB radio were manufactured that included the 40 AM channels, with SSB capabilities and the FM CB band, family radio, GMRS, and the legal itinerant frequencies, I'd be interested.

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Very cool idea Uniden! Now let's put some of those new features into the successor to the BCD396XT/BCD996XT.
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OMG. I think a lot of these are going to be confiscated, especially in the more paranoid communities of New York State. Imagine a cop's reaction to something that is receiving police calls in a civilian vehicle that has a microphone attached to it!

Ham operators have been cited in two cities near where I live for violating the state's mobile cellphone law while talking on their HTs. As one officer told the ham involved, "It's all the same."
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CA, IN, NY, FL.. oh boy the fuzz is gonna bust the fuzzbusters big time... And not just in scannerhater land... You let any LEO hear scanner traffic and see an mic, let alone you talk into it... You have a long talk about to happen at the very least.... An HH version at least in IN won't get as much static from the boys in blue as this mobile rig will. So you have been warned folks... If you ain't got a Ham ticket, or some other type of official FCC license, or State Level LEA permit.... You take the risk...
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7 color LCD display on a CB when the 536HP top of the line scanner is Whiteish Blue, go fiqure!
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The 885 shouldn't raise the ire of LEOs anymore than using a commercial-grade transceiver as a scanner. If in doubt, just switch the radio off when you see the ol' red/blue in the rear-view.
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CA, IN, NY, FL.. oh boy the fuzz is gonna bust the fuzzbusters big time... And not just in scannerhater land... You let any LEO hear scanner traffic and see an mic, let alone you talk into it... You have a long talk about to happen at the very least...
Sounds like some PDs need to get sued.
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Sounds like some PDs need to get sued.
They are enforcing valid state laws.

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Not if they hassle you under the mistaken assumption that you've got a radio capable of transmitting on their systems.
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Indiana law is very particular on this, it considers anything capable of receiving or transmitting police radio traffic a "police radio" under the law.

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Indiana law is very particular on this, it considers anything capable of receiving or transmitting police radio traffic a "police radio" under the law.

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Correct. IN law does not equivocate on this. If it can receive public safety it falls into the coverage of the law. So if you use it mobile you must have FCC license for operation of amateur or other specialized classification or an permit from ISP or authorization from PS department on official letterhead. You can run it as base at home. You can try the "its a CB " excuse if you don't use the scanner functions and that should work. But if its scanning you step in doodoo


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Correct. IN law does not equivocate on this. If it can receive public safety it falls into the coverage of the law. So if you use it mobile you must have FCC license for operation of amateur or other specialized classification or an permit from ISP or authorization from PS department on official letterhead. You can run it as base at home. You can try the "its a CB " excuse if you don't use the scanner functions and that should work. But if its scanning you step in doodoo


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Does not seem like it does everything the 536 does. The Frequency range on the 536 seems better according to this write up.
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