I own that scanner as well. It is a good basic scanner with the database for USA and Canada on it. Good for travelling. Nice display screen. Easy to manipulate after everything is loaded in the scanner. Sound quality is fair to good depending upon the P25 system you listen to with it.
Broke my antenna within a week Be aware, not very strong at the bend point.
For the same price, I recommend getting the 436HP instead. It works much better than previous scanners on the TRWC system, which Mesa uses. It also includes features (not all of them are released yet) that the HomePatrol can only get with a $100 upgrade.
I bought the home patrol and the 100 upgrade but not happy with it I am at Lindsay and southern and cannot get mesa police at all only mesa fire dispatches and maricopa county sheriff comes in. So far not sure what to do..pretty frustrated
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If you're getting Mesa FD, I would think that you should be getting Mesa PD.
The only thing I can think of, is FD is being carried on the Thompson Peak and/or Shaw Butte IR sites which is where you're hearing them, and PD, at least the main patrol talkgroups that are in the clear, are only being carried on the Mesa simulcast system, which, like the RWC simulcast sites, can be a trick to monitor.
You may need to invest in a directional antenna aimed at one of the simulcast sites, in order to reduce the multipath interference issues. And the best site to aim at, may not necessarily be the closest site, because another site further behind it, or a few degrees off to either side, but still in the beamwidth of your antenna, may still cause the multipath issue. It's frequently a matter of trial and error, to find the best site amongst a simulcast system to aim your antenna at.