Doing it manually is now more like neurosurgery than doing it with a computer.Perhaps the OP can further explain his statement.
Technically speaking, all scanners can be programmed manually. Some simpler analog models sold today don't appear that much more complex than those sold 20 years ago. So if you're happy listening to what they can offer, you won't need to program by computer. But if your monitoring needs are more complex, computer programming is almost mandatory. That said, I'm sure this Forum has a wide variety of members with differing technical capabilities. For some, interfacing their Uniden or Whistler with their computer is fun and easy. For others, it may be like trying to perform neurosurgery.
Basically, you want to try to bail out the Titanic with a fork.I just want to be able to program it by hand (I have time) I live in Vermont now so the database really has nothing for me, also, since I don't own a computer I'm going to have to purchase a laptop as well. I understand the ease of computer programming, I would just like a manual option
If you haven't updated your scanner to something that does digital trunking, this is unlikely. There are several digital trunked systems in VT, as well as non-trunked digital channels listed in your area.what I mean is I have every local frequency for my area already, (there's not very many) probably more than the paid database