Equipment recommendations?


Nov 24, 2015
Staunton, Va
Several years ago cobbled together a scanner in a hurry when our local police went to unencrypted Motorola MotoTRBO system, using an old bearcat handheld scanner that had to be modified and an elderly windows laptop with software to decode and send the stream to Broadcastify.

It still works - usually - but if I wanted a simple system to replace this today, probably with a more modern scanner, what would you recommend getting without breaking the bank? Are there any scanners that do all these functions directly without the laptop? Something more simple and less expensive than a laptop for this purpose? The goal is only to provide basic access to this department's radio transmissions to the public. Not an advanced hobbyist nor am I likely to spend the time to become one, so I'm looking for something I can set and forget.