I was into scanning many years ago. I have never had real good equipment as it has always been a small hobby of mine. But I wan't to get back into it. I had a Bearcat 200XLT which was lost in a move a few years ago. Now all I have is a Radio Shack Pro 2034. I want a better made, clearer and more contemporary scanner that will pick up the local digital channels and trucks. I am in Los Angeles. I primarily want to use it for emergency type of communication, but don't want to be limited. I am not interested in using a computer interface. I primarily want to set limits, punch in frequencies and go. I was looking at the Radio Shack Pro 197 but think that will be too complex for me to program without an interface. So what scanner would be good for me? I would like a base station and a handheld scanner. Should I be looking at GRE, Radio Shack, Bearcat, etc. etc? Also, if I wanted to get a scanner that will also pick up shortwave communication, what models would I need, or do I need a separate short wave radio for that?? Please help with advice if you can. Thanks.