I like the idea of this scanner, especially the feature the OP was inquiring about which is the sleep timer. I could see this working out fine on my nightstand. However, after reading the online manual, I am disappointed. I understand that this is made to be a basic scanner to sit on a nightstand. But here is my main gripe,the scanner does not have PL / DPL tones. Why this feature is not included as standard is beyond me. If I was to put this scanner to use, monitoring my local E.R.S. on my nightstand before going to bed, it would lock up on stations I don't care to hear because of the lack of tone programming, therefore negating the sleep timer feature. I don't understand it, they go all out to even include millitary air coverage, and not include something as basic as PL / DPL tones to lock out unwanted channels. I would LOVE this scanner if it had tones. My house is almost 475 feet above sea level in a neighborhood where all the utilities are underground. Reception is awesome! I don't really need an external antenna for most of my monitoring. This unfortunately means everything comes in, even the stuff you don't want to hear. Tone programming is a must have for me.
Even not having 800 coverage doesn't bother me! The sensitivity specs on this radio are really good. This only adds to my afore mentioned problem! So unfortunately, the sleep timer feature will not be enough to convince me to buy this radio. Too bad!
N1SQB Amateur Extra
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