TH-F6A for Scanning
I have a TH-F6A and have used it scanning at airshows. It does an okay job, however the scan speed is not as fast as, say a Uniden BCD396T, but it is adequate...my casual observations are that it scans about 10 memory locations/second. I use the TH-F6A with a RH-77CA instead of the stock rubber duckie.
The features the TH-F6A has that seem to be ideal for scanning airshows are the dual receive capability, alpha numeric readout, and the ability to scan specific memory banks. With the alpha numeric readout one can instantly know what frequency is being received. With the ability to scan specific memory banks, it is easy to assign different airshow performers to separate memory banks and include/exclude them as needed.
With the dual receive I thought I could camp one receiver on the airshow boss/ announcer freq, and the other receiver on the airshow performers, but I realized that receiver A only receives (and transmits) on the amateur bands, so airband frequencies cannot be scanned...oh well. I had to transfer all scanning to receiver B. Scanning memories on receiver B works decently.
Another feature that I like about the TH-F6A is the ability to input a frequency on the fly because it has a full numeric keypad. Entering freqs on the fly with my ICOM IC-R2 is impossible to do (even though it is the same size as TH-F6A).
If one had to bring only one radio for scanning and for transmitting the TH-F6A doesn't do so poorly...it is a pretty good radio considering size and features.
In comparison to my Icom IC-R2, I believe the R2 is very slightly more sensitive than the TH-F6A. I'd say the TH-F6A receives 9 out of the 10 hits that the R2 receives.
All in all the TH-F6A does an adequate job for scanning, and it allows you to transmit, however it pales in comparison to the new, dedicated scanners like the BCD396T.