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Old 01-11-2018, 2:40 PM
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Question Best scanner for the right price

Hello everyone I recently got a uniden BC125AT for Christmas and I like it but realized it doesn't pick up a lot of things I want to listen to. My question is what scanner can everyone recommend to listen to RISCON P25 Phase I APCO-25 frequencies? what are my options for handheld that I wont have to take a small loan out to get ? Thank you to everyone that helped me understand everything I needed to know about scanning in my previous posts !!!!
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Old 01-12-2018, 8:02 PM
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Well, you could probably find a used 396XT on Ebay, Amazon or even your local Craigslist for around $150 or perhaps less. Be ware, however, that buying used scanners can be very dangerous if you don't know exactly what you're buying. I got burned several years ago buying used dirt-cheap used scanners that seemed to work fine (i.e. they powered-up, the displays worked and they passed audio). However, a few days later when I started programming them I realized the RF boards were fried from de-sense.

All that being said, you will have to spend several hundred dollars for scanning P-25 trunked systems. I'm not sure anyone can give you an exact minimum dollar amount. You might consider a Whistler WS-1040, I've seen a lot of good reviews on it. This unit is probably on the low end of the price spectrum. Also be warned, if you've never programmed scanners with P-25 trunked systems, you will have to read-up on the subject, there's a bit of a learning curve involved.

Alternatively, you could also scan P-25 systems for much less with two (2) $20.00 RTL SDR dongles, DSD+ and a windows computer.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:06 PM
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Now the PC idea is pretty damn interesting after a little research, thanks natedawg I'm defiantly looking further into this !!!
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