Lee County advice needed

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Barryr

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As a "Winter snow bird" resident of Lee County (Fort Myers) FL, I am interested in purchasing a new (and my first) scanner. Some research has suggested that the GRE - PSR-500 should be my choice. I would have the selling company program it for me. The question is: is this level of scanner (digital / trunked) scanner necessary for Lee County? Thanks for your advice!

Barry
 

jack3726

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Unless you plan on using this scanner where your other 6 monthing it and it is heavy into digital I would probably not spend the money on it. You can probably get buy with an in-expensive solution to listen to LEE County the way it is setup today. If they are scrambling and TG's you won't hear them anyways.
 

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Lee Co will be rebanding soon. So... you'll need a scanner capable of the rebanding narrower frequencies. Also... there is talk that portions of the Lee Co system will go digital. Digital doesn't necessarily mean scrambled. Currently Lee Co is a Motorola trunked 800 type II system. If they go digital... most likely they will go APCO25. Here is a link to the newspaper article about going digital Live Scanner Radio From Ft. Myers, FL
 

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Get a digital... you're gonna need it sooner than later. PSR-500 (same as Radio Shack Pro-106) or Uniden BCD-396XT are the way to go if you want a handheld. Rebanded systems are not an issue for either unit and will provide service on systems throughout SW Florida... and beyond.
 
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gcr33

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If you are not the type to program systems and want a radio with the capacity to keep your Northern systems and your Florida systems try a 396XT. Digital APCO 25 already there.
Pricey yes works fine yes. You can use a program called FREESCAN to program it. There is a learning curve. Freescan is free. Perhaps someone near you can help with it. Check the prices on the web of course the advertisers on Radio Reference.
 
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