What do you recommend for a hand held scanner to get Northampton/Lehigh County. Currently have radio shack pro 651 and I’m not getting a lot of talk. Was thinking about either buying a new antenna and/or new scanner.
While still a great radio, Your 651 scanner won't do P25 PH2, something your gonna need/want in the future. If money isn't an issue go with the most future proof models currently available, able to deal with the popular simulcast systems [LSM] that are so troublesome to decode in modern times (in a scanner)
the top of the line...
SDS200 base/mobile model
the midgrade (not so good for simulcast systems, but can work)
the entry level Unidens (don't have full DB built in/compatible, not so good for simulcast systems, but can work)
the above mentioned BCD325P2 handheld
And the various Whistler models too.
Before you buy anything.. I'd do some homework and do a search though this forums' threads for the known issues that can become apparent with specific models, which after purchase folks bring back/report here the problems that come up, buy what you can afford, but be aware...
Here's a link from a similar thread/question that was asked.. some good links in it to follow..
Hello all.....new to this forum. Our local PD (Bozeman, MT), moved to an 800mhz trunked system a while back. It seems its time for a new scanner. I assume a P25 capable scanner would work? Recommendations? Also, I dont know much about trunked systems, but radio reference lists a system ID...
Northampton County is still UHF analog (I thought PD had gone encypted at some point, guess I'm wrong). Lehigh PD/Fire/EMS is still primarily VHF analog. You shouldn't have any issues picking them up with your 651. Before shelling out the dough for a new radio I'd tune into the local NOAA weather frequency and see if you have a pick up on it to rule out faulty scanner or antenna. If all is well there, check your programming on the other agencies
PennDOT/Game Commission (amongst others) are on the new Starnet P25 (PH2) if hearing them is interesting to you, then you'll want a PH2 capable scanner. They can be monitored now, although PennDOT hasn't got radios in your area just yet.. Food for thought..
First two things I do with any radio I acquire: toss the stock rubber duck and disable the annoying key beeps Anyone who argues with me that the stock antenna is the best for your radio has never owned a Comet W100RX