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Stormy4757

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Times are a changing and I am trying to get up to speed with the new technologies. I had an old Bearcat handheld scanner but since everything went digital, I am lost and out of touch. I am looking to buy a scanner for Dakota County, Burnsville, MN that is already set up to listen to the local PD. Can someone recommend where to buy a scanner for my listening needs? A link is fine. Otherwise, PMs are also welcome.

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chief21

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According to the RR database, all Dakota County public safety agencies now use the statewide ARMER system. ARMER is a P25 phase I multi-site, trunked radio system. If you're not up for programming the newer radio systems by hand, I would suggest that you limit your consideration to scanner models that rely on a pre-programmed database - such as the Uniden Home Patrol, or other models in the HP series.

The Home Patrol scanners are primarily intended for desktop use and have large, easy-to-read displays. The HP I will work for the ARMER system but is an older model. The HP II is newer and will work on P25 phase II as well as phase I, so it offers a bit of future-proofing. The other HP models are your typical mobile or portable scanners. Like the desktop Home Patrol models, some will do P25 phase I only and some are both phase I and II capable.

Disclaimer: I am not familiar with the ARMER system and do not know if any of your desired targets use encryption. No scanner is capable of monitoring encrypted signals. Perhaps it might be best for you to ask about the statewide ARMER system in the MN forum here on RR.

Best of luck,
John
 

kb3isq

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You can purchase a Uniden HP436HP which will receive Phase 1 and 2 plus all you have to do is enter your zip code and it will load your area systems.
 
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