Thank youHi Tracker,
Yes, you are correct you can choose what you what to listen to right from the scanner. It is quite easy and one of the easiest scanners to program on the market. Your best bet is to order from scannermaster.com
One accessory I would recommend is GRE 800mhz antenna https://www.scannermaster.com/GRE_800_MHz_Rubber_Antenna_p/30-541226.htm
I hope that helps
Why not look at the BCD396XT? You can manually program it if you choose to, or you can use FreeScan to upload/download programing as you see fit. I've found this software to be pretty stable and ultimately VERY EASY to use which has increased my scanner usage and overall satisfaction with my purchase.B C, I was looking for something that looked portable, (walkie talkie lookin)!