Qs about the 396XT

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My questions are concerning Reception, programming, and audio (with headphones).

Is it better than other portable scanners?

I don't have a computer (yet). but I have access to them, just not as an admin (the library, etc.).

How easy is it to program? Without a comp. I mean, like the Pro-94, harder, easier or the same.

I use headphones, even when railfanning at remote locations where I know no one will be bothered. How is the audio with headphones?

I'm in Pittsburgh where there are hills everywhere (with repeaters).
 

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Sensetivity great in high RF areas, doesn't overload like the GRE/RS scanners do. No problem recieving though.
Programming is best learned by doing it manually so your better off starting that way. I doubt the library would let you do it with their computers. You can get some nice refurb computers at Tiger Direct for under $200 and some even have REAL serial ports! I bought two for use with radios, one serial port and 8 USB ports on them for $169 each.
Harder to program than the 94 but once you get it down you'll be OK.
Can't answer the headphone ? other than it works fine at Indy for the Brickyoard 400 and the 500, but then I'm on pitroad so the sounds a bit different but I have no roblem hearing anything.
The hills will be the same no matter what scanner you use.
 
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