Hopefully the scanner will be a "gateway drug" into the radio addiction we all share and will cause the young person to want to get a Ham ticket...then a CCR wouldn't be completely inappropriate because its shortcomings will cause said youngster to want to earn the $$$ to get something better.Better yet educated the youngster so they know what they're getting vs what they might want. Then have them get a job and at least earn part of the cost of getting something better if they think they want it or will need it.
It's only been 2 days.What's funny is this is the 23rd post and the OP hasn't even cared enough to comment
Better than noneI can't say I blame him...He asked a simple question and gets a bunch of irrelevant parenting advise. This thread should have been 5-10 replies at the most...
HA! That's what I use!The cheapest used would be a used Radio Shack Pro 106, but it is old technology and may not work well with some P25 systems.
Thanks. That's exactly what I am looking for, model numbers, and testimonialsLook at some of the low end Uniden scanners (EZI30XLT, BC75XLT, SRC30)
The Colorado statewide system is still P25 Phase I. I can still use a Pro-96 on this system (I'm in Fort Collins). Your PRO-106 should do well - and has the benefit that you are already familiar with it.Thanks. That's exactly what I am looking for, model numbers, and testimonials
So the "kid" is my 21 year old daughter that got a job in Estes Park CO. She knows nothing about scanners and probably doesn't care. I figured if I got her one set up with park and fire stuff she may like it. It would have to have alphanumeric display.
The battery compartment has a lot of circuitry and I believe they are Nicad batteries. Can use use Nimh with Nicad circuitry?I always thought the older Uniden 100XLT/200XLTs were solid performers. Replace the battery pack with newer NimH and get hours of operation.
Yes. As far as charging is concerned nickel cadmium (NiCd) and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) are about the same.Can use use Nimh with Nicad circuitry?
I got my brand model numbers mismatched. I thought the RS Pro-106 is the same as my PSR600. I have the cable for the PSR600 will it work on the 106?The Colorado statewide system is still P25 Phase I. I can still use a Pro-96 on this system (I'm in Fort Collins). Your PRO-106 should do well - and has the benefit that you are already familiar with it.
Exactly. I've done the same. The charging circuit is designed for what... 500 mAh NiCads? 2000+ mAh NiMH's don't break a sweat.The circuitry is a simple 3 term regulator and associated parts.... I have updated several packs to NiMh with no problems ( w/ greatly increased Ahr capacity).
scanmanmi-Your "cheapest" BEST bet is the Bearcat BC-75XLT as it is discontinued so look on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. The next model up which I would suggest is the Bearcat BC-125AT and look at that on YouTube but your way above $50 now.What would be a good/best HH scanner for a kid, definitely under $50? The Baofeng forum is for transcievers, which is OK because I could disable transmit. I would like to import data from RR with free software (chirp?). Are any of the 5R flavors better? I see there's aBF88 and 888 but I don't know how they scan. One thing I REALLY hate about my UV82 is the horrendous squelch tail, even when using PL.
Strictly analog VHF UHF.