Originally Posted by bgav
Another vote for the PSR-800 as an owner of both. They complement each other nicely imho. Best one out there right now for digital decoding. I just got back from a trip (via air) to Montgomery county MD and wanted to bring one scanner. I created a new V-Scanner folder for the PSR-800, populated it with TGs and channels from the database, and the PSR-800 made the cut. If it was a trip via car, it would have been the HP-1 hands-down.
I, too, have both the HP-1 and PSR-800. I agree with the others above, but feel you need a caveat before thinking the PSR-800 is "just like" the HP-1.
1) The "V-Scanner" feature is great, as you can create the equivilent to multiple scanners, each with a different configuration, programming and features, that can be selected from the options menu on the radio. (But you can only use 1 at a time!) Think one scanner for Forth Worth, TX and one for Silver Spring, MD by changing one setting on the menu. (The trip I made in November!)
2) Once you have your programming and features the way you want them (by tweaking multiple times via included computer program), you can enjoy almost user-free scanning. You can turn on/off individual scanlists (kind of like a combination of System & Favorites list in the HP-1) from the radio options without much difficulty.
3) It comes with some of the "Extreme" features you have to pay extra for on the HP-1, like raw data output to external decoding programs via the USB programming cable.
4) It charges its batteries via the USB cable, so it can be charged/powered in the car using a 12v to USB adapter, like the one built into most car cell phone chargers. *I still advocate using an external charger, but do not want a repeat of the 10 day discussion of this again*
5) Most "PRO" of all - This is currently the ONLY scanner you can use to scan most of the 700MHz P-25 Phase II systems (in the current FDMA/TDMA configuration. This may not be true when they finalize the phase II protocol)
1) It is almost totally impossible to program the radio without a computer, and changing some features within the programming requires a computer and then re-downloading to the radio. You cannot easily (if at all) tweak a system onboard.
2) It is NOT anywhere near as user friendly as the HP-1. It will take some time to learn how to use the scanner and its features. (Thankfully Mark's Scanners website now has an easier to read users guide for HP-1 and the PSR-800 is in progress the last time I checked.)
Obviously, my "pro" list outweighs the "con" list, but I find I use the HP-1 much more than the PSR-800, except when I am in one of the 700MHz areas.
ps: bgav - I could have given you my V-S for MontgoCo MD, as it is my primary scan area!