Question: What do I need?

cd1229

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These are the local channels - do I need to invest in a super expensive/top of the line scanner for these? I'd like something better than a phone app, to be able to receive more channels. Don't mind spending a few extra bucks for decent equipment, but maybe not go high-end right off the bat. Trying to figure out what specs I should look for (obviously, I'm a newbie, but am capable) Suggestions are welcome! Thank you!
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
151.07750WQXX456RM127.3 PLRio PD 1Police DispatchFMNLaw Dispatch
155.80500KNBU643RM127.3 PLRio PD 2Police Channel 2FMNLaw Tac
153.92000KNBU643RM136.5 PLRR 3 PD C/CPolice Car-to-CarFMNLaw Talk
154.95000WNED206RM127.3 PLRR 4 PD C/CPolice Car-to-CarFMNLaw Talk
155.07000WNED206BM103.5 PLRR 5 PD TacPolice TacticalFMNLaw Tac
151.17500WQXX456RM192.8 PLRio FD DispFire DispatchFMNFire Dispatch
154.25000KSS290RM192.8 PLRio FD 2Fire Channel 2FMNFire-Tac
155.74500KNDX328RM136.5 PLRR ACO 1Animal Control Office 1FMNPublic Works
158.94000RM203.5 PLRR ACO 2Animal Control Office 2FMNPublic Works
158.94000KNDX328BM254.1 PLRR PWPublic WorksFMNPublic Works
451.03750WREW851RMCC 10
TG *
SL *
RR Schools Sec1Rio Rancho Schools Security 1
 

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All of the agencies you have listed are using analog narrow FM mode. Any analog scanner should work. The Uniden BC125AT Handheld Scanner would cover this and more for around $120. If you wanted a base/mobile style, the Uniden BCT15X runs about $160 or so.
 

n5ims

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Not so fast. The last entry lists a color code which would imply it's DMR (aka MotoTRBO) so to include that one you'd need something more than just a standard analog only scanner. I think that one entry would force you into one of the more expensive scanners. Please note that some of those listed below may require a firmware update or feature update to enable DMR access and these may be free or fee based depending on the brand and/or model.

The Wiki lists these Whistler scanners that should work:

Handheld Scanners:
* WS 1080
* WS 1088
* TRX1

Base/Mobile Scanners:
* WS 1095
* WS 1098
* TRX2

It also lists these Uniden scanners that should work:

Handheld Scanners:
* BCD436HP
* BCD325P2
* SDS100

Base/Mobile Scanners:
* BCD536HP
* BCD996P2
* SDS200
 

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Steve's recommendations are most likely your best choice. Rio Rancho is easy to receive and you have vast amounts to hear with Rio, Sandoval and Bernalillo. Freescan is free and easy to program the BCT15X, I have 2 that I use and they are workhorses. Money well spent.
 

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Not so fast. The last entry lists a color code which would imply it's DMR (aka MotoTRBO) so to include that one you'd need something more than just a standard analog only scanner. I think that one entry would force you into one of the more expensive scanners. Please note that some of those listed below may require a firmware update or feature update to enable DMR access and these may be free or fee based depending on the brand and/or model.

The Wiki lists these Whistler scanners that should work:

Handheld Scanners:
* WS 1080
* WS 1088
* TRX1

Base/Mobile Scanners:
* WS 1095
* WS 1098
* TRX2

It also lists these Uniden scanners that should work:

Handheld Scanners:
* BCD436HP
* BCD325P2
* SDS100

Base/Mobile Scanners:
* BCD536HP
* BCD996P2
* SDS200
Good catch n5ims. I missed that last DMR agency. It appears to be encrypted full time so he will not be able to receive it anyway. If that list is all he wants then an inexpensive analog scanner like the ones I mentioned will work.

Frequency License Type Tone Alpha Tag Description Mode Tag
451.03750 WREW851 RMCC 10
TG *
SL *
RR Schools Sec1Rio Rancho Schools Security 1 DMRE Security
 

cd1229

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Thank you very much, for your replies and expertise, and for getting me pointed in the right direction! This is very helpful!
 

cd1229

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I now have the BC125AT and am quite happy with it. The hardest part was locating the downloaded file on my computer (took a minute, to locate it under Program Manager). This is a great starter scanner, for the location where I live. Someday, either when Rio goes digital, or I end up "going hardcore" I'll advance to the list provided by n5ims. Meanwhile, I'm thankful to all who answered this post, or I'd still be googling around like a doggone fool. Had no idea I would get so many helpful responses here (or any at all) and greatly appreciate y'all helping out a newb!
 

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Keep in mind rio rancho/ sandoval county plan to join the nmsp 700 p25 phase 1, 2 system at some future point. From what I've heard LE without doubt will be encrypted when that occurs, including BCSO, APD.
 

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These are the local channels - do I need to invest in a super expensive/top of the line scanner for these?
The most important part of any set-up is the antenna and it's location. Without it, even the best radio can't "hear".
 
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