I am wanting to get back into scanning. Currently all I have is a Radio Shack Pro 2034. I want a more contemporary scanner that will pick up the local digital channels in Los Angeles including LAPD, etc. and trunked freq. I primarily want to use it for emergency type of communication, but don't want to be limited. I was looking at the Radio Shack Pro 197 but think that will be too complex for me to program without an interface. So what scanner would be good for me? I would like a base station and a handheld scanner that is simple to program and scan with! I may also get my Ham license at some point so that I can be on the air! Should I be looking at GRE, Radio Shack, Bearcat, etc. etc? Also, if I wanted to get a scanner that will also pick up shortwave communication, what models would I need, or do I need a separate short wave radio for that?? Please help with advice if you can. Thanks.