You'll need a scanner capable of doing digital (P25 Phase 2).
Uniden has several such as the BCD325P2, BCD996P2, BCD436HP, and the BCD536HP. Uniden Scanners - The RadioReference Wiki
Whistler has several such as the WS1088, WS1098, TRX-1, and the TRX-2.
Whistler Scanners - The RadioReference Wiki
To what twjr80 has listed, add also the Whistler WS1080 and WS1095. These are essentially the same as the WS1088 and WS1098 models, except that they do not have the numeric keypads. Note that the discontinued PSR-800, as well as the RadioShack Pro-668 are also Phase II capable. However, neither of these are capable of being updated to also handle DMR, and RadioShack has all but abandoned support of scanners sold under their name.While there are a couple of threads in the forum about how to modify the PSR800 and Pro-668 to accept later firmware for the Whistler models, that's a lot of gymnastics to go through.I'm looking for a new scanner to cover Denton County. which one is the best, easy to program from my computer, and easy to operate.
Thanks in advance.
None of the listed scanners would program like your 163 & 164, and none of them have software available from Starrsoft. The Whistler scanners, and the older PSR-500 and the Pro-668 all use Object Oriented Scanning, while the Uniden's are Dynamic Memory Architecture (DMA). None use the banks and channels, although you can use scanlists (for the Whistlers) and quick keys (for the Unidens) to mimic the bank structure.Ok my old scanners are the Pro 163 and 164, i like the way i was able to program them with starrsoft software. i had banks set up for the different areas i wanted to listen to. which one of these would compare to the 163 164 programming and bank set up ? not so much intrerested in downloading from RR but could do it. i like to enter the freqs. and the DEC onto an excell sheet, then up load it to the scanner. Thanks.
I don't have the WS1088, but it is very similar to the TRX-1, which I do have. So my comments on the WS1088 are based soley on what I've seen posted on the forums.Hi Steve, i think i'm going with the WS1088. or the TRX-1
just a few questions.
do both come with a programming cable ?
does either have the pl tone alert thing. cant remember what it is called.
how many scan list will each do ?
what is the battery life ?
the trx1 looks like it has a better belt clip.
if both were on a table and you could choose one, which one ?
The 436HP (as well as the 536HP) has better filtering than the other models.I am currently using a PRO668 for Denton County in the Flower Mound area and reception of Flower Mound is marginal at times but County transmissions seem to be good. Just picked up a BCD436HP and between the Uniden software (free) and the Butel software ($40) the Butel software is easier to use. Reception on the 436 also seems to be better. I have a BCD325P2 on order to test. I plan on giving it to my wife, yes, she has her own scanner and uses it, and plan on using my two pro668's for the FMFD and FMPD Web feeds with better antennas.