Bad Home Patrol?
I just bought a refurbished HP-1 and I have to say that the reception is horrible compared to my 396XT. I noticed it the very first time I used it.
I set the 2 scanners side by side with Diamond RH77CA antennas as base units and the 396XT blows the HP-1 out of the water. On the 396XT I can get a UHF P25 system from 35+ miles away with 2 bars reception (great audio), a local 700 MHz site 4-5 bars reception (great audio), a 700 MHz site 55+ miles away with 2 bars reception, an 800 MHz analog site 55+ miles away with 1 bar reception, a UHF LTR system 40 miles away with 2-3 bars reception (Great audio), and a lot of VHF and UHF conventional public safety and amateur radio repeaters.
On the HP-1, the UHF P25 system doesn't come in at all. The local 700 system is OK, the distant 700 site comes in only one bar reception, the 800 site doesn't come in at all, the UHF LTR system doesn't come in at all, and most of the VHF and UHF (even local stuff) has less reception. VHF and UHF stuff that came in on the 396XT with only 1 or 2 bars reception doesn't come in at all on the HP-1, even UHF with 5 bars is now down to 2.
Same thing happens while mobile. 396XT was receiving a VHF freqs from 20+ miles away with 1-2 bars reception with slightly choppy audio but understandable. HP-1 didn't get those at all.
Its refurbished, so maybe itís a bad refurb job? If that's the case, I have until Jan 31, 2013 to return it to Amazon. LOTS of people have very good reviews of this scanner saying itís the best scanner they've owned and that it beats out the XT digital radios. What is your experience in comparing the XT reception to the HP-1?