Originally Posted by dtscho
The only scanner that can handle Loudoun is the PSR-800. This is because the system uses TDMA talkgroups. I don't believe there is too much encryption on the system, so that should not be an issue.
There is some on the CIRT TGs and a few other non-documented TGs. But for the most part, there is a lot of traffic to listen to.
As for the PSR-800, it has it quirks, but I love mine and have not had any issues with it. I would suggest buying it from Amazon or ScannerMaster (might want to ask them to price match Amazon). I would also suggest getting another microSD card, card reader (writing and reading using the scanner takes forever), some good rechargeable batteries (maybe two sets) with charger, and a USB wall charger if your friend wanted to use it away from the PC and maybe a USB car charger for mobile use.
What I use:
PSR-800 (a friend of mine has the Duracell batteries and charger listed near the bottom with "add all three to cart" and is happy with them)
Kingston 32GB microSD (not the fastest but it's not a camera)
Coby Wall Charger
this one should be good too
Scosche Mobile Charger
Sandisk USB Memory Card Reader
The only real issue I had with it is the headphone audio. The audio is enough for headphone but if you want to use it with an external speaker (say in a loud vehicle), it;s not really that loud. I fixed the issue with a small Pyle amp (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLMPA35-C.../ref=pd_cp_e_3
), a ground loop isolator (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLGI35T-8...+loop+isolator
) and a powered 12v speaker from Radio Shack.