See post #2.What would be a new good scanner to buy that I should not have to replace for a few years?
I'll second this. For what you're wanting to monitor, the Uniden 325P2 (handheld) or 996P2 (desktop / mobile) will serve you well and save you a few hundred dollars over buying an SDS100. I have both the 325P2 and the 996P2 (two of these, actually) and I love them. They do very well on my local C4FM towers on the AWIN system (Arkansas) and my little 325P2 does acceptably well on the Little Rock Simulcast system.Aside from the SDS series of scanners, I recommend the 325P2 and 996P2 scanners from Uniden.
I have a PRO 106, IMO, it still has plenty of use. it's a great entry level scanner, but getting hard to find. For what I need out where I am it works great. Unfortunately, it's doesn't handle the simulcast issue problem well, and limited to what you can receive.I forgot to ask. Has the Pro106 outlived its use?
Second this, the 106 has been my main mobile scanner for over a decade when I’m in Nebraska. Still works great on the NSRS, but is increasingly unusable on the ORION system due to simulcast and Phase II talkgroups coming online. Not unusual to have a hard time picking out conversations from garbled audio, and miss things completely with P2 that it can’t decode. Also no expansion for DMR, which a lot of the businesses have moved to.I have a PRO 106, IMO, it still has plenty of use. it's a great entry level scanner, but getting hard to find. For what I need out where I am it works great. Unfortunately, it's doesn't handle the simulcast issue problem well, and limited to what you can receive.
It was my observation that many talkgroups - including OPD - are now mixed mode, in Phase 1 some times and Phase 2 other times.I am still scanning Omaha Police and Fire on a Pro-106 & Pro-197... ORION is phase 2 capable,,, BUT for now still broadcasting in Phase 1 ----I assume at some point they will flip the switch to phase 2.... making the older scanner deaf