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Old 02-07-2018, 11:17 PM
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Hey guys. Iím very new at ham radios and Iím slowly trying to pick my way though the mountain of info on these forums but I canít seem to narrow down my search for a specific product.

Iím interested in scanning, but also drive and travel in different vehicles often for a living. I want to be able to monitor channels and still have the ability to talk on common Ladd channels here in Alberta with one radio. I want to monitor police/fire ect in different jurisdictions with tx prohibited but Tx on proper channels. . Specifically I want to monitor 800mhz dmr and analogue as thatís local PD band.

The only budget friendly radio I can find so far is and FTD2R

Iíd love to look at more options so please let me know where to look!
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You want a separate scanner to scan. Most of the "budget" radios scan about 3 channels per second, and the Yaesu scans 20-30. A Uniden 436 or 536 will scan over 80 channels per second, and can use GPS to switch things on and off so you automatically scan local traffic as you travel.
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Thanks Jon

I guess I'd be willing to spend a bit more on a radio to get the ability to do both features even if the scanning ability is slow or lacking. Specifically looking for a radio that receives 800/900 mhz but no ability to transmit.

If I take the $400 + i would put into a scanner and a few hundred more for a half decent handheld could I not get a transceiver that could act as a slow scanner and does everything I want from one unit?

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No. Because the transceiver in that price range wouldn't cover the ham bands, 800/900, and DMR. Even the $2000+ Motorola digitals won't do 800/900MHz, ham bands, and DMR. I'm not sure you could find what you're looking for for $4000.

You'll be far better off getting a scanner like the 436 that can cover pretty much everything from CB to 1.3GHz, receives all the major flavors of digital trunking, and has a database that covers North America with GPS support (the only way to go when traveling) for listening, and a separate transceiver for talking. You'll have much more capability and will spend less money overall.
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Completely agree that a BCD436HP plus a radio to transmit is the way to go. I always have a 436HP and Yaesu FT-60 2/440 radio with me in car and when travel. Really different tools for different jobs.
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the more i learn and the more i dig into it obviously you guys are all correct. I have been bored at work the last few days and have done as much reading as i can and i have come across the unication G5? Also looks like an interesting alternative (higher tech) than a traditional scanner?
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This appears to be a duplicate post to the one you posted in the Prairies and Pacific forum. You might ask the moderators to merge the 2 either here or in the Prairies and Pacific forum. The FTD2R is an amateur radio and only approved for transmitting on the amateur bands. As I stated in the other post, all frequencies/radios require a license to transmit on all frequencies except CB and GMRS/FRS in Canada.
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