Bearcat BCD-996P2 is a great base/mobile scanner both for P.1/P.2 and is currently $325.00 on Amazon or you may purchase it from Bearcat Warehouse in Maryland and they can program it for you for $70.00 for one county. All digital scanners ship free of charge but no sales tax except MD residents.State police is now on the state FIRST system which is a P25 Phase 2 system which the WS1065 cannot receive. The BCD996P2 will receive Phase 2 systems, but the only way to know if it will work is to try it at your location due to the simulcast issue. The SDS200 would not have a problem, but you would be paying for that. I'm going to check if MSP is still on the Harford Co system. If it is, a Phase 1 scanner would receive it.
That is unfortunate.He's smack dab betweeen 4-5 towers.. The most un-optimal situation for the older models..
I don't know if the MSP Bel Air TG on CMARC is strapped full time. It may be that a Harford Deputy Sheriff could be scanning TGs with his mobile radio, which lights up the MSP TG. If there are no on-duty deputies that are doing this, then the TG could be silent. But then again, I'm not there and you have monitored the TG.The traffic for MSP D Bel Air on the FIRST and CMARC systems has been identical. It is presently possible to receive Bel Air barrack on a P25 Phase 1 scanner using the CMARC system.
Probably not, if simulcast is in your area. Only the Uniden SDS series handles simulcast.So you think that the Whistler that I asked you about would work?
Yup you will if somebody is affiliated with the TG. I’m just mentioning that it’s a possibility that it is not be a full time TG. I think that the OP should consider a Phase 2 capable scanner as a minimum for his area / needs.I heard MSP dispatching units and doing car checks on both talkgroups.
Thanks for all your help. I guess this is dead for awhile, I just can't justify an expensive scanner when I don't really need it. Thank you for your time.I agree about the Phase 2 scanner. All of the new systems are Phase 2. With all of the current Phase 2 systems and those upgrading in the future, it makes no sense to purchase a scanner capable of Phase 1 only. If the CMARC system upgrades, it would no longer be possible to receive Harford Co on a Phase 1 scanner. At his location, the adjacent counties are Baltimore and Cecil as well as York Co PA. Cecil is on the FIRST Phase 2 system and York has its own Phase 2 system. Baltimore Co is presently Phase 1, but that could change. I can program all of them into a Phase 2 scanner. I have both the BCD996P2 and BCD536HP and can test if they work on both the CMARC and FIRST systems at his location. I also have a Pro-197 (the Radio Shack equivalent of the WS1065) and the BCD996XT if he only wants a Phase 1 scanner at the present time.