As noted, she'd definitely need a digital scanner. Check this rather lengthy thread for a discussion of the Waco P25 system. Besides the Waco system, there are a couple of other smaller systems in McLennan County that are P25 as well. including Woodway (discussed here) and Lacy-Lakeview.From the database, it looks like the Waco area is going digital. Has that happened or can a regular scanner work for the area. I am in Florida. Anyone in the area????
John,Thanks guys. That is what I thought from the radio reference page. Thanks Steve for the run down. The daughter and her husband are there in Waco for about another 2 years. He is active duty military there at Baylor Univ. They use the one on there phones and tablets for mobile ops but would like one for the house. I think something like the home patrol that is easy. I have a good knowledge of mine (scanners) but do not want to try do the long distance support thing. Brain is 67 years old and has been on overload for a lot of years.
The closest you're going to get to a 'zip code programmable' scanner in the $250 range (of a little less) is perhaps a PSR-7oo, or it's near clone the Radio Shack Pro-107. I've never owned either, but they are location based scanners, similar in concept to the Home Patrol, but handled a different way.Ok. a fly in the ointment. Her budget is 250 dollars. Will they be able to use a conventional scanner for a little while. They will be moving in about 19 months. they definately need one that can be programmed with the zip code.
In Waco, knowing most of the RS sales representatives I've encountered here, I can assure you that most don't have a clue about the subject matter. On the other hand, I once walked into the RS on Waco Drive & heard a tactical channel being broadcast there in the store. In my opinion, they should have taken that talk group (channel) off the air in the store. I might add this was on the new digital radio system.I spoke to a lady at the Radio shack there in Waco. She said they had went digital already!!!! Thanks ensnared.