Ok, so I have had my scanner for about a month now, I feel as I'm ready to give my review for it. At first, I spent 6 hours between crying, rage, and just all pissed off because I did not know what I was doing to program it. Having a BC396T before, I programmed it just using the keypad and did not have to use any software... So, once I figured out the sentenel software and then, learning how to use quick keys... I was good to go locally. This week I went on a road trip, I figured it would be a cool thing to take using the zip code function going through the bigger cities listening to the local FD traffic... I'm not big on listening to PD. The first few cities (Columbus, Cincy, and Louisville) I just kept hitting ignore to avoid the Police Departments... until I found you can just listen to the groups labeled fire dispatch, fire talk, and fire tac. GREAT FEATURE!!! Now I realize I could have spent some extra money and get a GPS antenna so I wouldn't have to program in all of the zip codes, but I didn't have the time or just the money for such thing, nor I don't think I would really use it beyond the road trip I just took. So, the scanner to me is great once you figure out most of the features.