Hi, Here is a good list. Radio Shack scanners are good, but Bearcat makes a few models as well. I recommend you get a digital scanner that supports rebanding and this list includes those model numbers.
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If you are located in Hickory there are a couple of things
you need to know before you get too invested in buying a radio.
The city of Hickory is migrating to a proprietary type of radio system
called "Opensky". Opensky systems cannot be monitored on any scanner.
All is not lost though. Catawba County is using VIPER for a majority of its comms and these comms can be monitored on most digital capable scanners.
A list of current scanners that can monitor VIPER in Catawba County are:
--Uniden BCD396XT, BCD996XT, & HomePatrol HP-1.
--Radio Shack Pro 106, Radio Shack Pro 197, and Radio Shack Pro 18.
--GRE PSR 500, GRE PSR 600, and GRE PSR 800.
There are other discontinued scanners (such as the Radio Shack Pro 96 & Pro 2096)
that can also monitor VIPER in Catawba County. You just have to be careful buying radios on the secondary market
To sum up: Long term unless something drastic happens monitoring City of Hickory comms will be a thing of the past but monitoring Catawba County Comms should be possible into the foreseeable future.