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moonwasaloon

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I'm looking to get a police scanner for my dad for his birthday. We live in Philly, should there be anything I should look into before I buy it? Recommendations?
 

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By the looks of the database I wouldn't mess with anything other than digital scanner for your area. Lots of government and a new p25 (digital) system appears to be in the works.

Uniden 996xt and 396xt are top Uniden digital scanners. One is a base and one is a portable.

I will let someone else chime in on GRE and Radio Shack scanners. I mostly use Uniden.

Cost for a new digital scanner no matter the brand will cost no less than about $300. and thats on sale.
So be prepared to drop a little cash.

Also, if you do not go with Uniden then be sure to purchase a programming cable and software. As far as I know you have to buy them separately with the other two brands. So include that in the cost when deciding. Just FYI

I am sure that is a good area to have a scanner. I bet he would like it.
 
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Cost for a new digital scanner no matter the brand will cost no less than about $300. and thats on sale.
So be prepared to drop a little cash.

Who's selling digital for around 300 other than a gre?
 

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Who's selling digital for around 300 other than a gre?
I didn't say any other brand was. The post stated that you will spend no less than $300 on a "digital scanner" and that's on sale. Is this not true?

I try to help a guy out and someone starts dissecting my post.
 

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Does your dad know how to program scanners or willing to learn?

If not, I would go with the PSR-800 or Uniden Home Patrol. They both can be programmed by location with ease. This would be the easiest solution. Just push a couple buttons to set your location and what/who you want to hear and he will be scanning the local systems in no time.
 

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Does your dad know how to program scanners or willing to learn?

If not, I would go with the PSR-800 or Uniden Home Patrol. They both can be programmed by location with ease. This would be the easiest solution. Just push a couple buttons to set your location and what/who you want to hear and he will be scanning the local systems in no time.
I have no idea why I didn't mention the Home patrol. Thanks safetyobc.
 

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I try to help a guy out and someone starts dissecting my post.
I was not dissecting your post. I was asking who was selling in the 300 range because I am in the market for a digital scanner. I asked you a question, why would you think I was dissecting your post?
 

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I was not dissecting your post. I was asking who was selling in the 300 range because I am in the market for a digital scanner. I asked you a question, why would you think I was dissecting your post?
Sorry. It seems sometimes that people are out for a knowledge contest on these forums. I took your comment wrong. However, I have had people do that so it didn't surprise me.

No, I was not being specific on the scanner price. I know Radio Shack had one going for $299 a couple of weeks ago. That was the sale I was speaking of. I would watch Craigslist. I picked up a 396xt with software, case, and the GPS module for $320. It saved me a little money and the guy took very good care of his stuff like I do so it turned out well.

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Craigslist is scary. Been watching ebay and keep seeing the ripoff sites advertising the Uniden BCD396XT for 103.99. These morons claim items are brand new with all included accessories
 

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Craigslist is scary.
Yes, Craigslist is scary. I always meet in a public lot. no dark alleys. After a few email exchanges I get a pretty good idea of who I'm dealing with. But you never know. I don't live in huge metro area so I feel a little safer dealing with small town folks. That cling to their guns and bibles,,,:)
 
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