While there are earlier models (BC250, BC296, BC785D, BC796D), I'd stick with the BCD396XT for handheld, or BCD996T for base/mobile. Those earlier models listed above had some issues, particularly with motorboating. The BCD396T also had motorboating issues, but they are fixed in the BCD396XT. The BCD996T had motorboaring issues that were fixed in a recent firmware update. The BCD996XT is great too, but in my mind not worth the extra $. You can pick up a used BCD996T on Ebay for around $300 if you are patient. A BCD396XT is pretty rare to find used, so may as well get it new for $475 to $500. I have owned most of these models at one point.I would like to listen to local police,fire,city,ems, for Clay and surrounding counties.