Another "what scanner"

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zonian149

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I would like to get a handheld that recieves the milair frequencies (225-400) and has alpha tags. I don't need trunk tracking. I would prefer an older scanner :)D read cheaper:D ). I know the Pro-97 does milair but too much since I am saving for a 996. What other options are availabe? Thanks.--Gary
 

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You could look for a BC250D. It is a 1000 channel handheld scanner with alpha tags. I've had a several and they are good performers. I still own one and use it everyday. Another good performer is the Yaesu VR-500, although it doesn't scan as fast (14 ch/sec vs 100 ch/sec for the BC250D). It is also a 1000 channel scanner with alpha tags. I've owned one for many years. It covers 100KHz-1300 MHz - AM/FM/LSB/USB so you can also use it to listen to HF milcom. Seems to run forever on two AA NiMH batteries.

Dan
Apple Valley, MN
 

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The wiki has a number of mini handhelds and handhelds listed, along with reviews and EHam comments - however, be aware that some handhelds don't take kindly to putting a big antenna (like a discone) on them - it's just too much for them to handle.

If I could find a 250d, that's a very good way to go. Lots of software for that model...73s Mike
 

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VR-500 is ok until you decide to drop it. It will happen, even the most careful of hams will drop a handheld at least once.

It will break, and they ARE made of glass. I am speaking from experience here. It will break from taking a small knock as well.
 
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