Best aviation scanner for listening: Pro-197 or Uniden536HP or SDS200?

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Hi,

I was wondering everyone's thoughts: Which of these 3 scanners will have the best RX on the aviation bands?

SDS200
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Uniden BCD536HP
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Pro-197


Which one is the best and why?


I am look forward to hearing everyones thoughts and opinions.
 

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Yes BC125AT very good Air scanner and cheaper but you listed all desktop scanners as a comparative, get scanner of your choice and better invest in proper Air Band antennas if this is your primary scanning requirement
 

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Thanks.

I forgot to add the reason for the three models: I already own these 3 models.
The 3 scanners I own, and just trying to figure out which one out of the 3 would be best :)
 

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I forgot to add the reason for the three models: I already own these 3 models.
The 3 scanners I own, and just trying to figure out which one out of the 3 would be best :)
If you have all three then surely you are in the best position to judge which best suits your requirements for an airband scanner as you can compare them directly?

Your input with such a comparison would likely be of interest to quite a few users ;)
 

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Find a used Uniden 780XLT for cheap. Best air scanner made in most opinions.
I agree back in it's day. However the BC780-XLT is 22 years old! Capacitors are already failing in most of them. There are better scanners with more features and better performance available today. You can buy a brand new BCT15X for just about $150, and sometimes you'll find a used one for about the same price for a used BC780-XLT.
 

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Thanks.

I forgot to add the reason for the three models: I already own these 3 models.
The 3 scanners I own, and just trying to figure out which one out of the 3 would be best :)
Wait. You already own all three? Then why aren't you comparing them directly?
 

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I agree back in it's day. However the BC780-XLT is 22 years old! Capacitors are already failing in most of them. There are better scanners with more features and better performance available today. You can buy a brand new BCT15X for just about $150, and sometimes you'll find a used one for about the same price for a used BC780-XLT.
I am running three here and I have not had issues. Your point is well taken though.
 

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I am running three here and I have not had issues. Your point is well taken though.
I'll bet if Uniden did a new manufacturing run on BC780-XLT's they'd sell a lot of them. You ever wonder how many are just sitting in a closet of someone who passed away and their family doesn't want it and don't know what to do with it? Or how many were tossed in the trash over the years? Sad.
 

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My Shack 780 is running next to me here now. Its filtering is second to none, not even the BCT-15. My 325P2, hooked up to the same antenna, is completely deaf compared to the 780 on CIVIL and MILAIR. I am 20 miles north of ORD, running a discone at 20 feet and the all three towers are almost full bars. Atis comes in fairly clear and I can hear many of the aircraft on the ground control frequencies. Nothing like the 780.
 

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Uniden must have used high quality and expensive capacitors in the 780. I haven't heard of anyone that needed to recap a 780.
If they would start to build new 780's they would be too expensive, probably at a $600 level. Wheren't they selling for $399 20 years ago?

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Wait. You already own all three? Then why aren't you comparing them directly?
Because I don't have the extra time at the moment to experiment with them. And wanted to hear other peoples opinions.

Thank you everyone for the responses, much appreciated
 

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If you don't need digital or trunking the BC125AT is literally THE BEST scanner on the market right now!! Cape May CITY is still on VHF analog, I have a 125AT on my scooter and love it. It does great on VHF and UHF airband which is a definite plus. 500 channels is PLENTY for me!
I’ve heard great things about the BC125AT as well. I believe it’s even less expensive.
 

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Thanks.

I forgot to add the reason for the three models: I already own these 3 models.
The 3 scanners I own, and just trying to figure out which one out of the 3 would be best :)
Seems like you can answer your own original question pretty easily.
 
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