I'm new to the scanning world. I'm a HAM and am looking into purchasing a digital trunking scanner. However I'm reading on this forum that there is increasingly less to listen to due to the shift to encrypted communication. Is it still worth it?
Thank you for the feedback!Check out the Uniden SDS100 (handheld) and SDS200 (Mobile) scanner.
Some of the best scanners to use in Southern California. It does P25, DMR, NXDN and Analog.
Thank you for you answer Allend, I'm in the Glendale/Burbank area and I want to stay informed so listening to local law enforcement/fire department chatter has been key in helping me keep my family safe from the fires and whatnot. Up to now I have been using iphone apps but wanted something more robust that is not dependent on cell phone service.Yes encryption is on the rise at alarming rates but depending on where you live and what you want to listen to I would buy the Uniden SDS-200.
Stay away from Whistler and the other models. This new scanner radio has very sensitive filters built into the radio so you can pickup far distance repeaters and trunking systems.
Question: Where do you live and what do you want to listen to? Your geographic area is a big decision maker on what radio you want to purchase and how much money you want to invest in a radio or radios. Hopefully this makes sense.
Trust me I can point in the best direction possible for the right radio and the money that you want to spend.
Thank you for the great advice Allend. I went with your recommendation a ordered a SDS-200. I wanted a device that is as current as possible so that it can have the best service life I can get from it. If I get a less expensive model I'd have to buy a more current model later to keep up and spend more that I would have initially. Whatever the case, thank you again, and I'll be reaching out soon!Well since you live in the Burbank/Glendale area you will have a lot to listen too. You can either go with a BCD996P2 Uniden radio which you can almost get for about 340.00 bucks now on Ebay which works really well for your needs. Really no Phase II so this radio would work great.
But if you want to go with a great radio with a nice large size colored screen then SDS-200 will be a great radio if you decide that spending 700.00 for a radio is something you can afford. My opinion I would go with the latest and greatest. Its the filters that can be used to pick up distance trunked systems. Works great with P25. I have a system that I can pickup in SBDCO with my SDS-200 using the filters that my BCD996P2 can't even tune in at all.
Yes, he is very centrally located in a good area. This is why I advised him to try and get an outside antenna maybe like a discone to get it high up at or 30 ft if possible. Might be-able to get Ventura County too and get the majority of low band CHP too.If you are wanting to listen to fire you are in a great place. You can get Verdugo Fire, LACoFD, LA City, SBCoFD, and if and when OCFA gets their system back open you can add them too.