Scanner for Manatee/Sarasota public safety

chief17

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Thinking about buying a new scanner. Located in Lakewood Ranch. Which is better for that system-BC436/536 or SDS200/200? Thanks
 

6Paul21

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Unication, no doubt. But they have to release new Beta Hardware. Have not found any location in Sarasota or Manatee that I have not received all transmissions loud & clear.
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Bolt21

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SDS200, no contest. I have both BCD436HP and SDS100, and I can tell you that the 436 is simply not equipped for P25 simulcast. Yes, the price is much more, but the frustration that you won't be experiencing is worth it.
 

tampabaynews

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I second the SDS models over the HP models.

I haven't personally used the Unication pagers. I heard they work very well for P25 simulcast but I know you're going to limit yourself compared to the flexibility of a scanner.
 

sjlamb

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Make that THREE votes for SDS series. Simply put, nothing else compares to the performance of the SDS100 and SDS200 series of scanners on the Sarasota-Manatee P25 system. Memory size, programming ease and flexibility, massive color display size and customization, sensitivity and audio all excel.
 

whooey

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Unication cannot pause on a channel; HUGE deal breaker for me. I was in Anna Maria Island all last week with my SDS 100, I got manatee/Sarasota and Pinellas perfectly all week long.
 

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SDS is the clear choice for simulcast.
 

grossepointebob

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My 436 works good and picks up the Manatee/Sarasota P25 system without any problems. My location in Lakewood Ranch is close to one of the system's transmission towers (located at SR70 and Lorraine) which helps. However, if I had to start over, I'd go with one of the SDS models for the reasons noted above.
 
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